Boasting a maximum win of a quarter of a million pounds, it really will feel like your birthday if you win big in this deposit bonus slot game from Elk Studios.
About the Developer
Elk Studios are based in Stockholm and are proud to make adventurous casino games and slots online. These range from games with a historical theme like Ivanhoe to futuristic sci-fi/monster mash-ups like Kaiju.
About the Game
Birthday has a perfectly irritating earworm of a signature tune. Lightly dancey with some high pitched ethereal electronics and a lively beat driven chorus with robot vocals singing ‘Happy Birthday!’, it’s sure to rattle around in your head for days after. Whether or not that’s a good thing is another matter entirely!
It’s pleasing to see that no symbols in Birthday rely on the lazy use of J, Q, K, A so prevalent in slots online. Every symbol here is specific to the party theme. Symbols are a green balloon, blue balloon, heart-shaped red balloon, a couple of clinking cocktail glasses, a red rose and a title symbol. With 178 ways to win, there’s plenty of opportunity to rack up the rewards.
As well as paying symbols, there are a tonne of birthday guest characters each with their own rewards and bonuses. A big birthday cake is the standard WILD in the game. However, walking WILDS can be triggered, moving leftwards one reel at a time until they leave the Gameboard.
Sticky WILDS can be triggered randomly during Happy Spin and Free Spins rounds. The 3 sticky WILDS handed out will remain for the duration of the bonus round. A character called Maggie is the free spins SCATTER; her appearance awards 10 free spins although further spins can be awarded.
There are 5 characters who can turn up to the party during Happy Spins, each with their own unique gift:
- The Matador respin feature begins with a selected symbol. The reels spin until a match with the selected symbol occurs.
- The Anne Bonny respin feature spins until the player gets a Big Win, equivalent to 20x the bet.
- The Electric Sam feature begins with a selected symbol. Reels spin continuously, collecting as many instances of that symbol as possible before payout.
- The Mr Lake respin feature spins until the player gets a connecting payline across all 5 reels.
- The Camel respin feature spins until between 3 and 5 wins are achieved.
Lastly, there are 4 betting strategies that vary according to the Bet Level Selector:
- Optimizer – This bets a percentage of your balance.
- Leveller – This raises your bet 2 levels after 5 consecutive losses.
- Booster – This raises your bet 1 level after a loss.
- Jumper – This raises the bet level when you win.
Birthday is an enjoyable game with some neat bonus ideas for an online slot. The music and visuals are spot on while the gameplay is solid, if not as varied as all the twists and turns of the rules might suggest. If you enjoyed Birthday why not try Vikings Go To Hell