The slot machine creator’s, International Game Technology, is definitely one of the best developer companies in the online gambling business. It is so up high in the food chain that I believe it should have no introduction at all.
The only thing that should not be left unsaid is that the company has placed lots of their games at the very top of the market many times and we truly believe this time will be no different.
Balloonies started small as a light weight virtual slot machine available for mobile devices only, like smartphones and tablets. However, it became so popular that International Game Technology decided to make it available for personal computers too through web browser networks.
If we look into the theme of this game, it looks like it has been inspired by one of our kid’s birthday parties. Almost all of the symbols that decorate the reels are balloon figures (like those made by clowns), from real animal figures like elephants, giraffes and monkeys, to original little monsters from the theme, along of course with the traditional A, K, Q, and J poker cards.
Balloonies’ visual design is simple and sober, but still bright and colorful to fit the actual theme. From the layout to all of the symbols decorating the reels, everything has been beautifully crafted.
What We Love
First of all, let’s talk about the most interesting thing about the game. Since all of the symbols on the grid are balloons, the reels don’t spin downwards; quite the opposite, they float upwards.
Every time you hit a combination, the balloons forming it pop, leaving an empty space for the ones that were right below them. This way you are able to make a lot more combinations than you would on another slot machine with regular spins, as the spaces keep being filled until you run out of combinations, without having to spin the reel again.
As if that wasn’t interesting enough, there are multiplier scatters. These, represented as yellow stars will only appear on the first, second and third columns of your grid. Every time they do, they double up the pay-line winnings and, in addition, leave a 5x multiplier that will keep increasing if you manage to get more of these yellow stars.
On the other hand, the wilds will work as your “jokers” as they replace any of the regular symbols to help you make more combinations across all of the available pay-lines. These symbols will be represented as an odd little red monster original from the game.
Finally, there are some balloon symbols that will appear on the first, second and third reels only and will. Whenever they do, the symbols will trigger a pick feature with three options that will reveal the amount of free spin rounds you will get.
During the free spins the star multipliers will appear more often than they do on regular spins. Even if the game does not feature the biggest payout in the market, it has a decent RTP of 96.23% that grants you frequent winnings.
What We Did Not Like
I seriously could not find something I actually did not like about this slot machine besides having such a small maximum payout.
In conclusion, Balloonies has great playability that is boosted with many original special features. It also has a fresh and rather sober pretty design. With this game you definitely have the opportunity of winning some money while entertaining yourself.
It gives me such a fresh breath of air to finally see something different in the market to make a new statement. International Game Technology has, again, managed to develop a really nice video slot machine.