Buffalo Power: Hold and Win

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Buffalo Power: Hold and Win


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Stampede with the buffalos across the American Great Plains in Playson’s latest Hold and Win slot, Buffalo Power! Will you stumble across great riches amidst the thundering hooves? With five reels on three rows and with twenty paylines, it beholds artistic stylizations of a menagerie of majestic creatures as its high-paying symbols. It follows in the ever popular vein of other such stampede or buffalo-themed slots, and much like its contemporaries it features fun bonus features and an alluring four tier jackpot system. As the excitement mounts with every spin, the smooth and latin-inspired soundtrack heats up with thundering drums that play in tempo with the pounding of your heart.

With an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, the Buffalo Power Hold and Win slot pays out from left to right across its twenty paylines, and three or more connecting symbols pay out a win derived from the symbols’ value and your stake. There are nine, normal paying symbols at play, with the first four being the expected Ace, Queen, King, and Jack: the second group consists of the fearsome Bear, the cunning Lynx, the prideful Eagle, and the majestic Wolf. The ninth and final symbol is the almighty Stacked Buffalo Wild, which substitutes all symbols on a payline aside from the Bonus, Scatter, and Power Symbols. These are three of the four special symbols in the game that either trigger or are part of one of the slot’s bonus features.

The slot’s options and controls are simplistic and easy to understand for a player’s convenience. To increase or decrease your stake, you must either click on Bet to quickly view and choose a preferred amount, click repeatedly on one of the Arrows to manually increase or decrease your stake, or if you’re feeling very daring and adventurous, simply click on Bet Max to wager a nerve-fraying 100.00 per spin! Spinning is as simple as clicking on the big red Spin Button. The smaller icon to the right of it enables Autoplay, which has the game automatically play out a set amount of rounds for you, with each spin using your current stake setting as its wager.

On the bottom right of the screen, there is a Speaker: clicking on it disables or re-enables the slot’s music and sound effects, but hovering over it allows you to individually raise or lower the volumes of the sound effects and music via two pop-up Sliders. The little Cog next to the Speaker brings up an option for you to Quickspin your rounds – great for those who need to pump their endorphin levels higher and higher!

If you prefer to run as wild as the buffalo itself and gamble on the go, the slot is mobile-friendly and automatically adjusts itself to comfortably fit on various devices’ screens.

Buffalo Power Hold and Win has a lower than average theoretical RTP percentage than other slots: 95.04%. However, it also has medium volatility, so per spin wins are expected to be frequent yet between low and average, but high to colossal wins –jackpots excluded– are infrequent but aren’t rare, either. The maximum you can theoretically win in the base game is a colossal 1187x your selected stake, but the bonus features give you the chance to be paid out heavily once they’re triggered. While the RTP percentage is lower than that of its contemporaries, which typically range from 96.00%–98.00% that players always prefer, its volatility ensures that high wins hit big and hard once they occur.

The most attractive aspect of the Buffalo Power Hold and Win slot game is the tempting four tier jackpot system, with each jackpot amount directly tied to your current stake: Mini (x20), Minor (x50), Major (x150), and Grand (x500). To try your hand at winning a jackpot, you must first trigger the Bonus Game by having six or more Bonus or Power Symbols drop on anywhere across the reels and paylines. After entering a Bonus Round, the famous Hold and Win mechanic kicks in: your existing Bonus and Power Symbols are locked in place, and you are given three, automatic re-spins to fill the remaining gaps across the reels with additional free-falling Bonus and Power Symbols. Every additional symbol resets the amount of chances given back to three, and a round where no new Bonus or Power Symbols are locked in place decreases your count by one. This continues until you have either filled the reels or have run out of chances, and then the accumulated monetary value of each Bonus Symbol is paid out to you. If you’ve been blessed by Lady Luck to have more than two Power Symbols, you’ll win one of the jaw-dropping jackpots, with the highest, the Grand, requiring five and the Mini just two.

To trigger eight free spins, you must have the Scatter Symbol of a distant, storm-battered mesa each appear in reels two, three, and four. Oh, and for an added bit of spice to your gameplay, the Stacked Wild Symbol has been upped to pay out x2, too! Delicious!

The potential payouts from the jackpots and the bonus features are an irresistible temptation for jackpot hunters and thrill seekers. The RTP percentage and variance ratios may not be as high as other slots’, but they present a challenge that casual slot players may find appealing: after all, beating the odds adds an extra, victorious thrill to every payout.

The free spins from the Scatters are few in number, but the Stacked Wild being x2 in these games more than makes up for this deficiency. The Bonus Symbol system can be highly unpredictable to trigger, but once activated it keeps you on the edge of your seat and can dish out some very lucrative wins. However, scoring no more than one Power Symbol per activation appears to be the most regular result, so don’t count on every Bonus Round being a jackpot win!

The graphics of the Buffalo Power Hold and Win online slot are good and have been purposely created in an elegant, painted style. After all, classical slot designs still do possess a charm of their own that’s withstood the test of time, even with the more complicated and realistic aesthetics seen in modern slots, and they still enjoy great popularity among slot players. The atmospheric audio design synchronizes well with the graphics and theme of the slot to create a pleasant, coherent package in total, and the resulting ambience is a nice backdrop to the heat of the reels’ action: if you listen carefully and think deeply during a break from spinning, you can imagine yourself on a cool plain at dusk, surrounded by the distant thunder of stampeding hooves and a stormy sky.

All in all, the Buffalo Power Hold and Win slot will either have you stampeding in victory or be trampled underhoof in defeat.