Swedish online and mobile casino software developer NetEnt released its new pokie, When Pigs Fly, earlier this month.
The game is a nod in the direction of classic space-themed Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s and 80s, and features five reels, 45 paylines with 3125 different winning combinations, and various bonus features.
As far as space-themed pokies are concerned, the developer has boldly gone where others have gone before. However, no developers have done it quite like this, and certainly not with a crew of pigs in space suits.
When Pigs Fly’s translation from online to mobile is notable. It doesn’t happen often that mobile pokies are comparable to their online versions, but in this game’s case, it loses nothing of the look and feel, and it manages to retain the game’s special features.
Pokies with Visual Appeal
NetEnt obviously set out to create mobile and online pokies that are visually appealing with When Pigs Fly. The cartoon-feel runs throughout the game; from the introduction to the reels, and from the backgrounds to the bonus features.
The reels feature the familiar mix of standard playing card symbols and themed symbols including helmets, spacecraft, pigs, game logos, and piggy-pink Wilds that only appear on the second, third, fourth, and fifth reels.
The slightly limited appearance of the Wild notwithstanding, it can substitute for all the other reel symbols, which is not usually the case in other online and mobile pokies.
Bonus Features and Betting Options
NetEnt has stuck to the more common types of bonus features in When Pigs Fly. Apart from the Wild symbol, other features include free spins that are linked to re-spins during which the reels change shape.
Each re-spin offers two new symbols on the reels, as well as an increasing number of possible winning combinations. There are 135 ways to win on the first re-spin, while the fifth re-spin offers 1875 ways to win. If the fifth re-spin lands a winning combination, eight free spins will be triggered and played on the same bet that was played before the first re-spin.
Players have a betting range with 10 levels, with each level played at 50 coins. Depending on the coin value selected by players, the cost of each spin ranges between 0.50 and 100.00.
When Pigs Fly was released hot on the heels of Theme Park: Tickets of Fortune, so if online and mobile pokies featuring pigs in space don’t appeal to players, perhaps fun-fair rides and treats will.