If you were to check out Playtech's entire back catalogue, you're going to come across a game called Buffalo Blitz. And, if you were to sort the same catalogue in order of popularity, you will more than likely see that Buffalo Blitz is right at the top end of the list. In the last five years or so, interest in Buffalo Blitz as a slot game has remained constant. We often see with video slots that one excellent release will usually inspire a sequel, which can then lead to a hit series being created. But, Playtech have something else in mind here.
There is no denying that Playtech are one of those development teams that put a lot of their energy into innovation. They don’t want to keep releasing run of the mill slots that punters quickly get bored of, and we’re grateful for that. So, with this in mind, they present Buffalo Blitz Live. And, as you will expect, it’s a case of it being exactly what you think it is. It's a live version of the Buffalo Blitz slot game. Everything you believe will come with it does, such as a live setting and presenter. There isn't just going to be one punter playing along, either. There can be an infinite number.
Bringing a video slot into the live casino arena is innovative, but it’s not the only angle that Playtech explore with Buffalo Blitz Live. Yes, you’re playing one of the studio’s most successful slot games of all time in a live setting with a presenter in real-time, but this is a serious opportunity for a social occasion and to have a natter with fellow players. As the reels spin, everyone can talk amongst themselves, akin to what we see with bingo, for example. It could well be the first dip into the social gaming market by Playtech and video slots.
You will immediately notice there are a lot of similarities between the original Buffalo Blitz slot that was released in 2016 and the live casino version. But, you will also appreciate that there were changes that had to be made to allow the game to work in the way it does in the live and interactive setting.
The action itself will take place to the dealer's right from a player’s perspective, with there being 4,096 ways to win across the game’s six reels. Winning combinations work in the same ways as a standard slot, and they must go from left to right.
The opportunity to place bets will present itself before the reels begin to spin. You can wager from 20p per round, and there is also the option of putting limits in place. Punters can chat throughout with others who are playing and the host.
You can't call a game Buffalo Blitz or Buffalo Blitz Live and not make a buffalo part of the action. It can appear stacked across all six reels, which can prove highly advantageous to those who are playing when this feat occurs.
As well as the buffalo appearing stacked, there is also a diamond wild. But, as it doesn’t appear on reel 1, it means it can’t pay directly. It can, however, act as a substitute, And, during the free spins round, which we will come onto next, it can provide multipliers of up to 5x.
The free spins feature will come into play when three or more scatters appear simultaneously on the reels. And, there are up to one hundred free rounds available, which is excellent. More scatters during the free spins feature means that more will be added.
Any game that brings something entirely new to the table is worth checking out. And Buffalo Blitz Live is Playtech’s take on a slot game in a live setting. But, it’s arguably the social aspect that brings this game to life, as there is nothing better than playing along with others.