Machine Gun Unicorn is a horribly hilarious online video slot loaded with precious ponies wielding weapons dripping with zombie blood. Since its release by Genesis Gaming in 2015, Machine Gun Unicorn has garnered a lot of attention for its playful theme, excellent graphics and effective slot design. At the 2015 ICE convention, this online slot was a “Game to Watch” award finalist. Machine Gun Unicorn offers an RTP of 97,19% with the chance to win up to 200x the Total Bet thanks to a stern, blonde unicorn with a penchant for gunning down zombies. Play this slot online from either a Windows desktop or iOS/Android mobile device.
“My Little Ponies” Meets “Zombieland”
Machine Gun Unicorn is a 3-row, 5-reel, 10-fixed payline online video slot. Somehow, Genesis Gaming successfully blends adorable ponies with flesh eating zombies. The result is absurdly delightful and sets Machine Gun Unicorn apart from other slots. There are plenty of animations including zombies exploding, a fountain of shell casings appearing on wins, badass ponies using their weapons wisely and, oddly enough, bright rainbows streaking across winning paylines. Oh, and it’s hard to miss the zombie head waving a white flag of surrender with the words “Big Win” stained in blood red. Not to mention – a short intro video that gives us a glimpse of the story behind the slot showing formerly peaceful ponies taking up arms against an invading horde of flesh-eating zombies. Sadly, they are losing until a lone hero appears – a unicorn with a machine gun where its horn should be. The music is very action-packed and dominated by an electric guitar – something you’d expect from a Rambo themed slot.
Machine Gun Unicorn displays values for Balance, Bet/Line, Win and Total Bet in cash along the bottom of the slot screen. Individual payline wins are displayed across the slot screen as they occur. Adjust the Bet/Line (1p-£25) to select a Cash Bet ranging from 10p-£250 at Vera&John. Paytable values list pays in credits only, and they remain fixed despite changes in bet selection. This online slot auto-calculates Wins by multiplying the Bet/Line by the pay.
Machine Gun Unicorn only has 8 symbols, and all of them reflect the ponies hunting zombies theme. This slot’s single special symbol is the Machine Gun Unicorn Wild. It can substitute for any symbol, only appears on reel 3 and is integral to the Symbol Bombs feature. The 7 regular symbols all consist of either a pony or zombie character making this slot rather unique when compared to many other slots which typically utilize card symbols for their lower-paying slot symbols. Listed in order of highest to lowest value, they include a Red Jar Zombie Head, Green Jar Zombie Head, Blue Jar Zombie Head, Purple Pony, Pink Pony, Dragon and Yellow Pony.
This online slot features a ‘2 Way Pay’ gameplay which allows winning combinations to form starting from either reel 1 or reel 5. So, get 3+ of any regular symbol starting from the leftmost or rightmost reel to get paid. Of course, this gameplay design puts us in mind of NetEnt’s popular Starburst slot which also allows players to “Win Both Ways” along 10 paylines. No doubt Genesis Gaming is looking to replicate Starburst’s success by incorporating this Feature into Machine Gun Unicorn.
The highest paying symbol of this slot is the Red Jar Zombie Head which pays (100, 20, 5) giving the base game the potential to award up to 10x the Total Bet along a single pay line and up to 100x the Total Bet along all 10 paylines each spin. Of course, the Symbol Bombs Feature offers an even larger max prize of up to 200x the Total Bet.
Like most online slots, Machine Gun Unicorn offers an Autoplay option. Players may select 5, 10 or 25 automatic spins with no advanced options.
Game Settings include toggling sound on/off, pressing the ‘stop’ button once the reels are spinning to stop them quickly and activating Turbo Play to speed up overall gameplay.
Machine Gun Unicorn Bonus Feature
Symbol Bombs Feature: Whenever a Machine Gun Unicorn Wild lands on reel 3, every Zombie Head on all 5 reels explodes. In the wake of the carnage, a Credit Prize is revealed. Explode up to 14 Zombie Heads – the more Heads, the higher the Credit Prize! If there are no Zombie Heads to be found, players will still receive a special Credit Prize anyway. Unlike regular gameplay wins, all credit values revealed are multiplied by the Total Bet.
Summary table Machine Gun Unicorn
|Software developer||Developed by Genesis Gaming, offered by Quickfire (Microgaming)|
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||July 2015|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||97,19%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Average|
|Features (?)||Symbol Bombs Feature and Wild symbol|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 / 10|
|Bet / Line||1p up to £25|
|Min. / Max. bet||10p up to £250|
|Max. prize||200x your bet|
Hail the Hero as He Picks off Zombies for Cash and Saves the Day!
Machine Gun Unicorn is an entertaining play. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself anticipating the appearance of that zombie exploding Unicorn. While its ‘2 Way Pay’ gameplay parallels Starburst’s ‘Win Both Ways’ gameplay, Genesis Gaming has infused this online slot with its own unique Symbol Bombs Prize Feature and contrasting theme which sets it apart from other slots. The whole idea of inserting zombies into what feels like a “My Little Pony” episode is so ludicrous that it actually works. Certainly, it ensures that Machine Gun Unicorn stands out and is not easily forgotten.
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