Piggy Fortunes is another fun, non-progressive, online video slot from Microgaming that employs five reels, twenty-five pay-lines, wilds, scatters, free spins, and a bonus game. It offers a seriously exciting top jackpot payout of 37,500 coins, and like some of Microgaming’s other recent slots (e.g., Jack and Jill – Rhyming Reels), it bases its theme on a childhood tale.
Piggy Fortunes is based on the story of the Three Little Pigs, so the plot is set in an idyllic countryside location, with symbols including the Big Bad Wolf, several charming log cabins, the Three Pigs, and playing cards from 10 through to Ace. The highest paying of these symbols is the Three Little Pigs, which pay 125, 500, and 2,500 for three, four, or five-of-a-kind, followed by the Red Brick House which pays 40, 120, and 900 for three, four, or five of the same symbols.
The soundtrack features a happy guitar strumming along to light brushes of a drum, and the characters become animated whenever you score a winning combo. The Pigs come to life with a catchy banjo riff, the likes of which you’d expect to find somewhere in the rolling, green hills of the American Mid-West, while the Big Bad Wolf leans out over the reels and grins.
The betting range goes from 0.25 all the way up to 75.00 making Piggy Fortunes a great choice of slot for players with all different budgets. The coin bet range runs from 0.01 up to 0.20, and you can wager with up to 15 coins per line.
The wild symbol is represented by none other than the Big Bad Wolf, and this huffing, puffing wolf can blow you away with some potentially huge payouts as he can substitute for all other symbols apart from the scatter and help you make additional winning combos.
The scatter symbol is represented by the stars of the show, the Three Little Pigs, and this trio will reward you with the bonus round if three or more of them appear anywhere on the reels. Scatter wins are multiplied by the total bet staked.
The Big Bad Wolf Feature is unlocked with three or more scatters, and here’s where the fairytale really comes alive. If the Wolf wild symbol lands adjacent to any of the house symbols, all houses of that time will be blown down. However, in a cunning twist, three or more Pigs scatters appearing on the reels will allow you to rebuild any random house which has been blown down. You’ll physically see the symbols change as they’re restored by their piggy buddies, and rebuilding houses will extend the time of the Big Bad Wolf Feature, hopefully resulting in more wins for you!
If the Straw House gets blown down, you’ll be rewarded with a wild multiplier of 2x; if the Wooden House gets blown down, you’ll get a wild multiplier of 3x, and if the Brick House is blown down, you’ll get a wild multiplier of 4x. If the Wolf scatter symbol substitutes, then wins will be multiplied by the highest awarded wild multiplier. The feature ends when all the houses have been blown down. N.B. This feature cannot be re-triggered.
The Piggy Fortunes slot is both quirky and fun. The fact that the bonus round has an added twist (the pigs rebuilding their houses) is a nice touch and the character animations are great to watch. It’s a great choice of slot for players of all skill levels, and there are many features that give you the potential to grab generous amounts of winnings. So don’t let the wolf huff and puff and blow your house down, pop along to play Piggy Fortunes for an altogether happier ending!