ELK Studios is one of a new breed of online slots developers, who have been making a name for themselves with a string of inventive titles with high production values, and Birthday is one of their most intriguing recent titles. It is among a range of ELK games that can be found in the Las VegasCasino roster, which includes the best and brightest of slots gaming.
The layout of this online slot has a typical ELK feel to it and there is a smooth, effective soundtrack underscoring the action. It is also a nice touch that the game incorporates notifications about the birthdays of random celebrities during gameplay, which is pretty unusual.
Birthday slot game presents as a 5-reel, 4-row slot offering an impressive 178 fixed paylines. The game can be played on all mobile devices for stakes that range from $/£/€ 0.10 to $/£/€ 50 and it notably incorporates characters that are known from previous ELK games such as Wild Toro, Wild Seas and Electric Sam.
The symbols employed in this slot are also distinctive. There are only six in regular use. These are made up of balloons in various colours for the low-value symbols, while the higher reward icons are represented by roses, drinks and the Birthday symbols, the last of which is worth a return of x15 if you can line up five of the symbols across the reels.
One of the main bonuses in this slot game is the Happy Spins feature. This consists of five types of respins that are triggered at random. Each Happy Spins bonus is heralded by a doorbell sound, and depending on the identity of the ‘guest’ you will pick up a particular reward.
In this online slot if you land the Camel, you will benefit from a respin round that progresses until you hit a given level of wins. With the Mr Lake respin, your respins continue until you land a win with five of a kind on the main reels. The biggest bonus in this feature is from Anne Bonny, the pirate character from Wild Seas. Her respin gift is of continuing respins until you hit a win of x15 or better.
Separately from the Happy Spins feature, you can trigger another set of Free Spins, gaining ten whenever Magpie, a quirky girl character, rings the bell. This character can also trigger further free spins and other chances to win within this bonus.
You will also be able to benefit from two types of Wild. Sticky Wilds can turn up anywhere on the reels and all of these Wilds remain throughout the remaining free spins or respins. Walking Wilds can appear anywhere on the reels, and they move left by one reel each spin until they disappear from the gameplay area. Walking Wilds can also appear during the Happy Spins bonus feature.
This is a relatively high volatility title with an RTP of 96.3% and a maximum win of x5000. It is a cheery and diverting slot with plenty to keep you engaged, and should appeal to most players.
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