Piggy Bank Video Slot Review
I remember growing up watching old movies starring The Keystone Cops, 3 Stooges, and The Marx brothers. Such simple concepts in hindsight, but their slapstick humor never failed to have my family in stitches. We'd set up an old projector and watch them against the lounge wall with some popcorn and chocolate. Afterwards, my brother and I would act out some of the scenes until the inevitable injury brought the night to a tearful close. I still have some scars to show for it, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. Piggy bank, a video slot by Belatra Games, reminds me of those old films and brings out the same playful joy (minus the injuries). It can be played on all devices and platforms, but I chose to start in my cubicle on my office P.C. Playing the game had me making eyes at passers-by that were bigger than Marty Feldman's in Silent Movie. After H.R came down to chat, I got moved outta my cubicle into a closed room. I didn't care - was a kid again and dang it I was gonna enjoy every minute!
Piggy Bank has 5 reels, 9 paylines and lots of surprises! The symbols are a piggy bank, policeman, robber, safe, keys, getaway car, hammer, gold coins, cash and a wanted poster. The wanted poster is the wild and substitutes for everything except the policeman, and the scatters which are the piggy bank. After reviewing a few Belatra Games, I've begun to enjoy the intuitive nature of the controls. The setup is as follows along the bottom panel: Lines/Credits, Bet/Total Bet, Win Display, Max Bet, Start/Autostart. On the far left, there is a general settings option which includes advanced Autoplay and Gamble settings.
Piggy Bank has 2-way pay, so it pays from left to right and right to left. After each winning spin, there's a gamble option, which is either a double or nothing bet, or 4x/nothing bet, depending on whether you choose color or color and suit. You can also change the gamble feature in setting to another double or nothing high card game. (There are free spins too, but we'll chat about that a bit later.)
3 piggy wilds trigger a bonus round where 5 piggy banks are just begging to be cracked with the hammer by our robber. The problem is you gotta choose which piggy banks to break, and each has differing rewards. However, a wrong choice summons the policeman who arrests the hapless thief, ending the bonus game. If you're a high roller though, chances are your round will continue – the reason being that any bet over 45 credits which activates the free game gives you a second life! One of the piggy banks can also contain a free spins prize! In these free spins an entire reel is wild, shifting from the right to left and back again with each spin. If you're lucky enough to get a key in the bonus round, then you advance to the next level, in which you unlock safes and reveal prizes. After either game ends, you get to keep your prizes and are returned to the main game.
The graphics, animation, and music hit the right tone of jovial mischief and humor. I seldom actually enjoy the music in a slot, but in this case, I most definitely did. Performance wise Piggy Bank did excellently – despite so many features and animations in the bonus rounds, we never had a single glitch.
Piggy Bank is good clean fun. It's very tough not to let this inept thief steal your heart and not to adore this game. It kept me engaged all the way through, and the bonus games are some of the most enjoyable I've played in a long time. Tonight I'm gonna try to find a silly old film on Youtube and relive my memories. After that, it's time for me to start spinning again!