NetEnt created an interesting new slot called When Pigs Fly!, which might make NASA change their usual course and send pigs to explore Mars, rather than dogs or monkeys. First we need to see for ourselves how the pigs will adapt to the space environment in this 2016 release.
Astronaut Pig looks prepared enough in this cartoon-like game which will offer up to 3,125 ways to win and an amazing jackpot of 480,000 coins to their players. Ground control is ready for lift-off, and the Final Countdown starts from 6. Whether it will reach zero depends entirely up to gamers, who will have to land 6 consecutive winning combinations in order to blast into space.
What We Love
There are not many video slots that offer 480,000 coins as a maximum payout, and we simply love the fact that you can strike it rich with a single spin, thanks to the respin feature and free spins that come immediately after.
In the very beginning, the 2016 release seems a bit odd, being in a shape of diamond and offering just 45 ways to win, but once you land your first winning combination, respins will follow and Astronaut Pig will start preparing for lift-off.
After every respin the reels expand a little, and after six consecutive respins triggered by six consecutive winning combinations, the game turns into a standard 5×5 slot that offers amazing 3,125 ways to win, which only occurs during free spins activated with the final respin. All you need to do then is sit back, relax and wait for multiple winning combinations, while you watch the Astronaut Pig set the button in the control room on 8 free spins.
When we talk about the visual impression in general, we would like to point out that NetEnt did a damn good job with the graphics and cartoon lovers will be particularly satisfied with the end result, since at some point they will actually have the impression they are watching a 1990’s cartoon rather than playing a slot game. Thumbs up for the soundtrack also, since, even though it is a bit peculiar, it does heat things up especially during respins and free spins.
What We do not Like
Since When Pigs Fly! slot is yet to be released, it is a bit early to talk about the negative sides of the game, but there is one thing that caught our eye. The preview does not reveal whether the Astronaut Pig actually gets the chance to fly the spacecraft through space and, if it were up to us, an additional bonus game would have been added involving an adventure in cosmos. We can only suppose that triggering six consecutive respins will not be an easy task, meaning that free spins will also not be activated very often.
We did state that we like the graphics, but, when talking about symbols, we were a bit disappointed to see playing cards icons, while some of the symbols used do not seem to follow the story. We did expect to see much more pigs on the reels.
Even though the slot is yet to be tested, our first impression is that When Pigs Fly is not the best NetEnt has to offer to gamers, despite the fact that the 2016 release houses pretty good graphics and soundtrack and offers some nice possibilities for lucrative payouts.
Our main concern is that respins will not land as smoothly as expected, meaning that free spins will also occur on rare occasions, leaving players simply to spin the reels and wait for the Free Spin Countdown to strike zero.
However, once the Astronaut Pig boards the shuttle, gamers can expect some decent winnings, and those with lady luck on their side might blast into space, bearing in mind the maximum possible payout.