Balloonies Farm is an unusual game, but then again so was its predecessor, which was called just Balloonies. In both slot machines IGT has chosen to focus on balloon animals, the kind that would normally entertain children, but there are a lot more details in the ones you see here. The game’s 5 reels get 20 active lines for each round. Among the features of Baloonies Farm, you can count the Floating Reels, free spins, the Star Multiplier Wild and the Bonus Baloon scatter. The big payout in this case is considered the one that gives you 10,000 coins.
As many other games before it, Balloonies Farm only asks you to decide what the bet per line should be, and keeps the lines fixed otherwise. You need to have wagers that cover 20 lines at a time, but you decide how much each of them gets otherwise.
The series started with a slot machine called Balloonies, released by IGT a couple of years prior. Now, the same developer has released a sequel, called Balloonies Farm. In both cases, the action revolves around balloon animals that are shown as symbols on the reels, looking like they’re just hanging in mid-air. The difference is that while in the first slot you got images of wild animals, here you’re looking at the animals that you’d expect to see on a farm. That’s why in addition to the Elephant symbol, which is present in both games, the others are with pigs, cows and sheep. Just like in the previous game, the list of symbols ends with poker cards, which are made out of the same balloons. I enjoyed the unusual and ingenious look of the first game, and I feel the same way about Balloonies Farm. It’s a well designed slot machine, a bit quirky looking perhaps, but it definitely doesn’t sport a typical design. Considering how much competition there is for it, I’d say that’s a good thing.
IGT didn’t try to keep things simple when it comes to the features either, and there are some interesting ones in there. One of those features is the one with the ability of the wild. Its image shows a yellow star with a Wild logo in front. The Star is present on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th reels only. By appearing there, these symbols can contribute to any winning combination that you form, just by acting as a substitute. It will not be allowed to be a substitute for a scattered Bonus Balloon. The thing that I found most attractive in this wild symbol is the multiplier that comes with it, a random one that can be at 2x, 3x or 5x. Something a bit rarer in a slot machine is the next feature, the Floating Reels. This feature triggers when you get a winning combo, at which point the symbols that are forming it will be removed from the reels. There will be new balloon symbols that come in and take the empty spots, and with some luck they will form other wins for you. There is also a Bonus Balloon scatter symbol, used on the same three reels as the wild. Having it appear on all those reels, so a total of three times, will get you a free spins bonus, plus a small payout. The game will ask you to make a choice, from the four options available. You select one of those balloons, and you will get a number of free spins, plus a multiplier to be applied by the wild symbol if it contributes to a combo. The four options are for the balloons colored in blue (15 spins and a 2x wild multiplier), green (12 free spins and 2x/3x wild multiplier), purple (9 free spins and 3x/5x wild multiplier) and red (5 spins and 5x/10x wild multiplier).
The game has a prize of up to 1,000 coins during base game spins, if the combination is formed out of regular symbols only. It can increase to 5,000 coins, with a wild contributing to it. During certain free spins, a multiplier of up to 10x is possible, so there you can get to 10,000 coins with the prize. In terms of RTP, it’s far from an impressive game. IGT itself claims that the game has an RTP that varies between 92.90% and 96.40% in the long run. While the second number is a good one, the true RTP is probably somewhere in the middle of that range.
Balloonies Farm has remained as fun as the first slot machine from the series, but thanks to the theoretical RTP, I’d go with another game, one that has better odds.