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The wombat says: Sound the klaxon, ring the bells and generally make a right old racket! Yes, wombat fans we’ve come across another game from Elk Studios!
And they’ve really outdone themselves this time. These kinds of slots have really move the goal posts in terms of design and this game sits quite happily with other beauties like the Moby Dick slot machine and Asgardian Stones. Graphic Designers, take a bow!
Birthday! features a whole host of well-known characters from some of the previous releases in the ELK portfolio all at a big birthday party. Among all the characters showing up on the celebratory reels are Anne Bonny, the notorious pirate from Wild Seas slot who will hand over a cheeky and higly lucrative respin gift and Electric Sam who will be doling out sticky symbols too – plus the Matador from Wild Toro and Mr Lake from Lake’s Five to name but a few. Let’s dive straight in…
Look and Feel
Like most slots born and bred in Scandinavia, Birthday! from the Stockholm-based ELK Studios is very easy on the eye, and just like the Fortunium slot this game has been designed with mobiles in mind (don’t worry- it still looks fantastic on a desktop if that’s what floats your boat).
The action takes place in a classy New York style bar where a party is being thrown that is full of surprises -like the fact that the Bull from Wild Toro is acting as your barman… As always with ELK the graphics are top notch HD and the 3D animations are simply superb – plus the reels are see through which makes it perfect to play on mobile. All in all first class design, a step ahead of more traditional games like Fluffy Favourites we’d say.
Birthday! is a 5 reel slot designed for mobile first. It has 5 reels and 178 ways to win – which means there are no pesky paylines. As long you match 3x symbols on adjacent reels you’ll scoop a win. Your symbols on the reels include red, green and blue balloons, plus clinking cocktail glasses, red roses and tasty-looking birthday cakes. The most lucrative symbol in the game is the Birthday! logo which will scoop you out 15x your bet for 5 of them.
The wild in the game is represented by the birthday cake, this icon will do the usual job of substituting or all other symbols on the reels to make extra winning combos for you. Sweet.
Free Spins and Bonuses
Well there’s a whole load of these on offer, in fact this celebration themed slot offers you 5 different types of randomly triggered respins as well as a Free Spins feature! Which means lots of opportunities for wins.
When the doorbell rings a Elk Studios character will enter the party and hvae a little cameo. This will set off the Happy Spins feature where each of the familiar faces will bring an added extra with them to the spins:
– The Camel from Hidden: This dromedary respins will give you 3x, 4x or 5x guaranteed winning spins.
– Mr Lake from Lakes Five – The genial master criminal moose brings with him respins that continue until you hit a 5-of-a-kind win. NICE!
– Electric Sam: Sam will pick a symbol at random. As long as 1x of that symbol lands, then the respins will just keep on coming.
– The Matador from Wild Toro – The Matador picks a symbol and your respins will continue until you land a winner that features said symbol chosen by the Matador. Now these really are happy spins…
– Ann Bonny: Last but not least, wily female pirate Ann Bonny brings with her a whole load of bounty in the shape of respins that keep going until you land a win of 2ox your bet or more. Who said pirates were a selfish bunch? It’s madness I tell you, madness!
If you hear Maggie from Sam on the Beach slot ring the doorbell, then it really is time to celebrate Wombat Fans, as you’ve set off the Free Spins bonus! You’ll start off with 10 free spins but Maggie can ring the doorbell again to give you another 10 more free spins if she’s feeling particularly generous. In fact she can do this numerous times which could mean unlimited free spins. EEEEEEKKKKK! Cheers Maggie.
Keep your eyes peeled also for the Soundtech guy (from Bloopers slot) – he can award 3x extra Walking Wilds that will traverse the reels from right to left and give you more wins during both the Happy Spins feature or the Free Spins feature. While Fix it also from Bloopers will pop up and gift you 3x sticky wilds that remain in place for the duration of the spins.
Just like in previous ELK Studios slots you can set automatic betting strategies which will adjust your bet levels according to the outcome of the previous spin. You’ll find them explained in full in the Birthday! menu, however simply put Wombat Fans:
The Optimiser will change bets according to the selected % of your balance.
The Leveller will raise your bet after 5 consecutive losses
The Booster will raises your bet after a loss and resets after a win.
The Jumper will raises your bet 1 level up after every winning spin until you get 4 levels above your starter bet. Then it resets. It also resets after a loss.
Play Birthday! on Mobile and tablet
Like spinning the reels on the go? Then we have yet more good news for you! ELK Studios are all about mobile first as we mentioned above, so naturally this cool little slot will play perfectly on your mobile and tablet.
WE LOVE THIS SLOT. The theme is a lot if fun and it’s great to see some of ELK’s best love character’s make an appearance. However it’s the pay outs that really put a smile on this wombat’s face.
Put it this way; we won £49.55 with a £0.50 bet due to a mega combination of features. Firstly we triggered the Free Spins, then were treated to some Sticky Wilds courtesy of the Fix It Blooper, and then in came the Camel from Hidden who chewed up and spat out 5 winning respins for us! It was all too much for this wombat who had to have a cheeky snifter to calm himself down. With an RTP of 96.3% it’s a generous slot and one that we’ll be playing again. Give it a go immediately, you won’t be disappointed.