NetEnt has made history by sending a pig into orbit for the very first time. In the immortal words of Astro Pig, “One small step for pigs, one potentially huge coin win for mankind.” A huge coin win of up to 480,000 coins to be precise. When Pigs Fly is NetEnt’s newest online video slot boasting an RTP of 97% with Wild substitutions, Re-spins counting down to Free Spins and 3125 ways to win.
This Little Piggie Went to the Moon
When Pigs Fly is a 1-5 row, 5 reel, 45-3125 ways to win slot. The overall graphics style is that of a 2D cartoon such as Loony Tunes or Tom and Jerry. During Main gameplay, the background shows an animated Astro Pig and a rumbling rocket ship with mission control close by. During Free Spins gameplay, the background is studded with stars. The music is barely perceptible at first and grows in intensity as the Re-spin countdown nears Free Spins. Classic cartoonish sound effects add to the overall theme nicely.
When Pigs Fly displays both coin and cash values for Total Bet, Balance and Win on the slot screen. Adjust the Bet Level (1-10) to select a Coin Bet ranging from 50-500. Adjust both the Bet Level and the Coin Value (0.01-0.20) to select a Cash Bet ranging from 50p-£100 at Betive. Paytable values are listed in coins only and remain fixed despite changes in bet selection.
This online slot has 12 symbols. The only special symbol is a Wild which appears on reels 2-5 during both Main gameplay and Free Spins. It can replace any other slot symbol. The rest are regular symbols. Listed in order of highest to lowest value, they include: a ‘When Pigs Fly!’ symbol, Astro Pig, Aviator Pig, BAR, Balloon-7, Helmet, Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10.
When Pigs Fly gameplay is left to right only, and requires players to get 3+ of any regular symbol to form a winning combination starting from reel 1. Initially, only row 3 is unlocked, so the chace to win is at its lowest to start with. Re-spins unlock additional rows with consecutive wins greatly increasing win potential.
When Pigs Fly shows deceptively low profits along individual paylines. A glance at the Paytable reveals that players must get 4+ Balloon-7s – ‘When Pigs Fly!’ symbols or 5+ of any higher-paying slot symbol to profit. Not to worry, multiple wins on differing paylines are allowable, and multipliers are applied when more than 1 matching symbol rests on the same reel. For example, the appearance of 3 BAR symbols across reels 1-3 would ordinarily pay 10 coins with a Bet Level selection of 1. However, if there are 2 BAR symbols on reel 1, 3 BARs on reel 2 and 1 BAR on reel 3, the pay would be calculated as follows: 2 x 3 x 1 x 10 coins = 60 coins.
The highest paying symbol of this online slot is the ‘When Pigs Fly!’ regular symbol which pays (1.000, 250, 10) giving the Main game the potential to award up to 10,000 coins along a single payline (without multipliers). When combined with Re-spins, Free Spins and multipliers, this symbol gives When Pigs Fly the potential to award up to 480,000 coins on a single spin.
When Pigs Fly’s Autoplay allows players to choose from a range of 10-1,000 consecutive spins as is standard across NetEnt slots. Advanced settings allow players to set Autoplay to stop on any regular win, when Free Spins activates, if a single win exceeds a set amount or if cash balance increases/decreases by a set amount.
Game Settings include: set the spacebar to spin (if playing from a desktop), activate Left Hand Mode (if playing from a mobile device), activate Quickspin, choose Low/Med/High Graphics, toggle Animations on/off, adjust Sound Effects/Music and view Game History.
When Pigs Fly Bonus Features
Countdown Re-spins: Any win will trigger a Re-spin during When Pigs Fly gameplay. There is a counter above Astro Pig’s head which counts down to Free Spins with each consecutive Re-spin win. It begins at 6, and as it counts down, more paylines unlock. The Main game starts at 45 paylines, and the 1st Re-spin gives 135 paylines, the 2nd gives 405, the 3rd gives 675, the 4th gives 1,125 and the 5th Re-spin gives 1,875 paylines.
Free Spins: After the 5th Re-spin win, 8 Free Spins are granted. All 5 x 5 reels are completely unlocked with the slot’s maximum of 3125 paylines active.
Summary table When Pigs Fly
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||July 2016|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||97%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Medium|
|Features (?)||Countdown Re-spins, Free Spins and a Wild symbol|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 reels and 3125 ways to win|
|Min. / Max. bet||£0,50 up to £100|
|Coin value||0.01 up to 0.20|
|Betting levels (?)||1 up to 10|
|Max. prize||480,000 coins|
A Repackaged Success
The overall slot design parallels NetEnt’s Reel Rush with its 3125 ways to win, cross patterned reels that unlock into a 5 x 5 set up and Re-spins that countdown to Free Spins. The major difference between the two slots is the theme. When Pigs Fly resembles an episode of Top Cat, whereas Reel Rush looks as if it came straight from an arcade game. Fans of slots with unlocking reels, cartoonish animations and thousands of ways to win should definitely take this online slot for a spin. If you find slots with unlocking reels particularly intriguing, give Quickspin’s Crystal Queen a go.
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