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The Wombat says: Hiiiiiiiii yyyyyyyyaaaaaaaa! Karate Pig slot from Microgaming features a martial-arts fighting pig. That’s right, a pig that does karate. We do love a cartoon slot. We got loads on Wombat Casino, there’s the Bar Bar Black Sheep slot, there’s Top Cat, there’s the Jack Hammer 2 slot, there’s….I digress. Back to the hand chopping Karate Pig.
Set in ye olde ancient Japan, our hero hog must defeat the bad guy – a muscled Buffalo – in a serious battle of the black belts in the Bonus round, all while you pick up as many Yen as you can! There’s so much to say about this game we almost don’t know where to start…
Look and Feel
You’ve got Miss Piggy Geishsas, bonsai trees, a sushi hut, saki-swilling Red Pandas, a lucky waving cat, a golden Buddha, a wise old sensei, an angry two-fanged buffalo and our hero, Mr Karate Pig. Even that cunning chap off Foxin’ Wins is looking interested. All these delightful cartoon characters add to the Japanese vibe in this comedy caper slot.
The symbols also have a life of their own on the screen too, as well as their coin value; the Golden Stork flies off the reels, the tipsy Panda blushes, while the eponymous Pig smashes through the Wild using a well-timed karate chop, whenever you get a win. All in all, great graphics and a really fun theme.
With 5 reels and 40 paylines bets, start from 0.01 to 0.10 a spin, and your highest paying symbols are the angry Buffalo at 375 coins for 5x, and the smiling Golden Buddha who’ll pay out 250 coins a full 5 on the reels, too. Your Bonus symbols include the Karate Pig Wild, Piggy Scatter Bonus and a Gold Stork Spin Scatter. In the base game it’s all about getting the stacked wilds which will make up your winning payline combos.
Free Spins Feature
If you manage to land 2 Golden Stork scatter symbols on reels 1 and 5, you’ll pick up 15 free spins! All wins are multiplied x2 during this round, AND you can also re-trigger the spins by landing the coins on the reels again. What you can’t do is trigger a Pig Scatter Bonus in the Free Spins. But we’ll get to those in a minute…
3 of the Karate Pig Scatters symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger off the Karate Bonus game. Here you must choose to play either the Pork Chop Bonus or Hammer Bonus:
Pork Chop Bonus
Pick three barrels and each time our hero hog karate chops it, a prize is revealed.
Pick 3 tarps for Karate Pig to smash the hell out of, and as above, a prize will be revealed.
Once you’ve completed your round, you’ll receive a karate belt, and when you have all 7 (and you’re a black belt, yeeeaaaahhh), you’ll be able to play the Final Showdown. FYI Wombat fans: your belt level is hung over the left hand corner of the reels.
You’ve got 3 rounds in which Karate Pig and his hairy opponent must battle to the death. Choose 1 of 2 Karate combinations to defeat your worthy enemy and you’ll progress to the next round, scooping a cheeky win while you’re at it. Once you’ve completed this round, all the belts reset back to white.
We really love this slot. The animated symbols, the far eastern soundtrack (complete with karate noises), and the unique bonus round levels all make for excellent gameplay. Meanwhile, the Free Spins can really boost your bounty, but you might be waiting a while to collect all 7 Bonus belts…
Wombat Score 4/5
Loses a point as the bonus feature takes a while to trigger