Birthday-themed pokies are not new. In fact, there are more than a couple of them floating around on the net. However, while most of these games tend to be rather cheesy affairs, ELK Studios’ new Birthday pokie is certainly top drawer. With quality graphics and plenty of famous characters from other online pokies from this developer worked into its design, there is plenty of originality going on in this title.
Birthday isn’t just your run-of-the-mill anniversary-themed pokie. Instead, this game features several reoccurring main characters from the developer’s other pokies, which makes the game more about ELK Studios’ own birthday rather than that of a generic person. To our knowledge, this hasn’t been done before, which makes the game really stand out. If that’s not enough, the bizarre and barmy payline structure might do it for you.
How to play it
This pokie machine features an easy to handle set of wagering menus which have been primed for mobile users. The coin buttons can see you alter your bets from a base minimum of $0.10 per spin up to a capped maximum of $50 a spin, although all 178 paylines on this 5-reel pokie are fixed into place. Still, a minimum stake of just $0.10 for a 178-line spin is certainly excellent value for money.
Wild symbols: Keep an eye out for the birthday cake. This symbol appears as a wild icon, and it can substitute for all others in the game to help you land wins on the reels.
Scatter symbols: These icons appear as Maggie (from Electric Sam) and she can trigger a free spin bonus when she appears on the reels of the game.
Randomly triggered bonuses: Three randomly triggered bonuses are available in this pokie. When the doorbell rings, one of the characters from other pokies will pop up and offer a present, which could include an instant 3, 4 or 5-of-a-kind winning combos, free spins until you pocket a five-of-a-kind combo, frozen symbols and re-spins with Electric Sam, free spins until you win at least 20x your total bet, and re-spins until a win occurs with a randomly selected symbol chosen by the Matador from Wild Toro.
Free Spins/Happy Spins bonus: Once you’ve landed Maggie on the reels, you’ll be rewarded with 10 free games. Blooper’s Soundtech Blooper pop up and reward players with sticky wilds, walking wilds and other goodies. Maggie can also pop up to trigger a Happy Spins Bonus during this round, which is essentially a re-spins feature, which puts your free spin bonus temporarily on hold. Once Happy Spins are over (if they occur) your free spin bonus resumes.
The Birthday logo appears as the best-paying symbol in the pokie and can dish out wins worth 15x your total bet if you strike it lucky. That may sound like a rather small amount, but given the minimum stakes, the surplus of bonus features and the 96.30% RTP rate, you won’t hear many complaints about that.
It was a nice touch from ELK Studios to include many of their other pokies’ famous characters in this game. Hidden’s Camel, Lake’s Five’s Mr Lake, Electric Sam, the Matador from Wild Toro, Maggie from Electric Sam, Blooper’s Soundtech Blooper and Wild Seas’ Anne Bonny all show up to make this an extra special occasion for the developer and their Birthday pokie.