If you’ve been paying attention to the games that Microgaming has been releasing to their casinos over the last couple of months, you might have noticed an interesting pattern. They seem to be on an animal-themed kick, with several different games featuring a number of different creatures from around the world. The “Untamed” series has brought us slot machines featuring the Bengal Tiger and the Giant Panda. There was also the Surf Safari slots game, which had a number of African animals on surfboards – not a place you’d normally expect to see them.
Now, Microgaming has released their latest animal-based slot machine: White Buffalo. This game continues the trend of featuring animals from different parts of the world, as the animals in this machine would most likely be found in the plains of North America.
About The Slot
White Buffalo is a five-reel, 25-line slot machine. Players can vary the number of coins per line as well as the coin value, so as usual for an online slot, there’s plenty of room for players of all budgets to enjoy this game. The object is to match symbols on your active paylines, with three or more of the same symbol usually necessary to receive a prize.
The symbols in this game are beautiful: a phrase that could also be used for the graphics in general. Sure, White Buffalo does feature the typical nines, tens, and aces that seem to be used in almost every slot machine to denote the lower-paying symbols. But for bigger wins, you’ll be matching the large animals of the Great Plains: not just buffalo, but also elk, rams, moose, and other wild creatures.
Of course, the white buffalo is the biggest winner – and for many readers around the world, that might require a little explanation. If you’ve ever seen a picture of a buffalo, you probably know that they tend to be brown, not white. However, there are a number of genetic reasons why, on rare occasions, a buffalo could be white. According to estimates, only one out of every 10 million buffalo is born white. These animals held great spiritual significance for many Native American tribes, and are still revered by many people today.
That Native American heritage is seen in the game’s wild symbol: a wood carving of a buffalo in the wild. This symbol will substitute for any other symbol in order to help make winning combinations. In addition, there’s a scatter symbol (a White Buffalo logo) that can win prizes when you match them anywhere on the reels.
Free Spins Round
One of the more interesting features in White Buffalo is the free spins game. This feature is notable for being randomly triggered, which is rarely seen in online slots. Once the game begins, you’ll be treated to six free spins. On each of these spins, all of the animals will turn into white buffalo, giving you an even betting chance of winning prizes. You can also randomly retrigger more spins during play.
Even without a lot of bonus features, the White Buffalo slot machine is visually attractive, and is an interesting tribute to Native American culture and some of the largest animals in North America.