Based on the legendary tales of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Quickspin’s Pied Piper pokie is an interesting new take on the typical fairy-tale and nursery rhyme themed pokie genre, which usually contains princesses and princes, frogs and evil stepmothers. This game brings something unique and rare to the genre, and of course, it looks visually stunning, as do most pokies from this developer.
Quickspin normally dishes out above board graphics to online casino players, although admittedly, their gameplay is usually a few notches behind. Pied Piper doesn’t really seem to fall into that hole, though, with decent gameplay and quality graphics more than accessible to players who wish to give this game a run for its money. The pokie is a pleasantly surprising release from this developer.
How to play it
Players are going to find a slightly larger selection of paylines in this game than they may ordinarily be used to seeing from this developer. The pokie machine features 40 paylines over its 5 reels, and of course, players are not going to be able to adjust those paylines. They can adjust their bets, though, so wagers are going to flex upwards from a base minimum of $0.20 per spin up to a capped maximum of $100 per game.
Wild symbols: Like most major video pokie machines, there are wild symbols to be had in this game. They tend to show up stacked on the reels of the game and manifest themselves as the title character, the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Wild symbols can substitute for all other standard paying icons but not scatters. They can also offer a re-spins bonus when they show up stacked over an entire reel.
Piper Re-spins: This re-spins bonus round is triggered via stacked wilds (most of the time), as we’ve said. If players keep landing wild symbols, they will keep triggering further re-spins, which as you can imagine, results in win after win.
Randomly triggered bonuses: There are two of these worked into the Pied Piper pokie’s design. Firstly, the title character may decide to show up on the reels and add wild symbols, giving you a decent win out of nowhere. Secondly, the Piper Re-spins bonus may be triggered at random, which is certainly not going to hurt.
Free spin bonus: As for the main bonus round, that is triggered by landing scatter icons on the second, third and fourth reels during a single base game spin. This will offer players 10 free spins. During those spins, mouse symbols act as secondary wilds and although they cannot replace standard wilds, they can ramp up your odds of landing a winning combination on the reels of this pokie.
Players will note that the mouse wilds only show up in the free spins bonus round. As it would happen, they are the best-paying symbols in the game, so the only time you can win the non-progressive prize is during that bonus. The top prize is worth 20x your total bet, so it is rather petite, all things considered.
Pied Piper is a decent release for its developers. They have gone above and beyond with the graphics in this game (certainly more so than in many of their own pokies) and the features are reasonably good, too. Throw in the cheap stakes and you’ve got an above average release for Quickspin here.