When you take a look at this new slot here at the best gaming site, you'll think that it perhaps looks a bit odd. We're not sure why, because it's a relatively regular, if not a little unique game, so we're not too sure what the thing is. Regardless, it's Barn Festival, and it's straight off the developers' floor at Pragmatic Play. This slot seems to have taken the collect feature to a different level, in that there are loads of other symbols to enhance the cash you can collect. There’s also a respins feature that can be triggered quite regularly, and let’s not dismiss the fact that potentially up to 20,000x your stake is also up for grabs.
Pragmatic Play seems to have been quiet in recent months, or perhaps it's that they took a little time to brainstorm a way to make a super collect feature to beat out hot competition from rival online casino game studios. Microgaming, for example, is going crazy with the collect feature, including it in recent releases such as Wolf Strike and Hyper Gold. It seems that this online slots feature is becoming as regular as a free spins feature these days. Barn Festival uses a farm theme and also makes use of a mechanic that sees symbols pay anywhere on the reels. This means they don’t need a payline or to fall in a cluster, but merely enough of them on the reels on the same spin to create winning combinations. To add even more value, there are also cascading reels which are instrumental to the bonus features' inner workings.
Players taking up a few sessions on Barn Festival will have a possible 20,000x your stakes as a maximum win. This is very respectable and should never be seen as an order too tall – dreams do come true thanks to online slot games. Just ask winners of progressive jackpot slots. Pragmatic Play has gone with a smaller than average wagering window, with the minimum stake being 0.20 and the maximum 10. It is perhaps because of the popularity Megaways titles are showing, which are known to use lower wagering numbers. Wins aren’t too difficult to come by in Barn Festival due to the medium levels of volatility, but the returns on wins won’t be quite as impressive as in high variance casino games.
The regular symbols are reasonably straightforward, especially the lower paying ones being playing card suits clubs, diamonds, hearts and aces. The higher value ones are all fresh produce from the farm, being eggplant, sweetcorn, mushroom, orange and strawberry.
As we mentioned earlier, Pragmatic have gone all out on the collect feature, so there’s no wild or scatter to be seen. There are, however, a load of symbols pertaining to the collect feature. These include a green pot as the Money symbol, along with a selection of booster icons.
Every time a pot Money icon lands, it will have a multiplier attached of between 1x and 500x your wager. In order to get one of these applied to your bet, you'll need to land three pot symbols on the same wager, which includes consecutive drops because of the cascading reels.
If you hit four or more pots on the same wager, you trigger the respins feature. The regular grid is replaced with a 4x5 grid, and only pots with multipliers attached will fall, along with a host of other special icons that can boost the value of the multipliers attached to the pots. When any symbol lands during the feature, the respins are reset to the initial three, you were originally awarded. There is the possibility that no symbols land three times running, in which case the respins end. The alternative way the feature ends is that you fill every window of the grid with a symbol.
We understand why Pragmatic elected to use no wild symbol in Barn Festival, and this is because the multiplier wins thanks to money symbols are quite a regular occurrence. Add to that the respins, which also aren't too difficult to trigger, and you have a slot that really has massive paying potential. Could this be one of those slots online that shifts the goal posts for other casino software studios? Only time will tell.