Boulder Bucks will take you a few thousand years ago back to prehistoric times, when mankind still lived in caves. Fear not, we are not going back in time just to live through it again, or even visit our ancestors. On the contrary, we are going there to cash in on all the valuable treasures of the time. Developed by Barcrest, Boulder Bucks is an entertaining slot which takes players on a prehistoric romp. Read on to find out the stunning features that Boulder Bucks has in store for you.
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|Release Date||April 2016|
|Casino||Vera and John Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||98.0%|
|Slot Reels / Paylines||5 reels / 10 paylines|
|Min / Max Bets||10p – £500|
|Free Spins||Up to 20 free spins|
|Features||Free Spins, Egg Hunt Pick Me feature, Big Bet feature|
|Pros||High Payouts, Easy to trigger wilds|
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If we are completely honest, we started playing this game feeling a little skeptical. For starters, we have not always had the best time playing games from Barcrest, and we know for a fact that experience is absolutely crucial in the development of games.
All the symbols in this game is in line with the prehistoric theme that Boulder Bucks exhibits. Naturally, you will find the Caveman himself who will be accompanied by his wife, dinosaurs and the familiar A, K, Q, J symbols.
Boulder Bucks features the standard 3 X 5 reel setup with a modest 10 paylines. The minimum wager that this game accepts is a mere 10p whereas the maximum wager accepted per spin this game would be a massive £500. From this range alone, we can tell that this game is catered more towards serious players rather than casual players.
Autoplay is available in this game, a feature that comes in handy in the case that you are multi-tasking on your PC, or just feeling a little tired. The part that amazed us most is the fact that the RTP in this game can go all the way up to a profitable 98% when you play in the Big Bet Mode.
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The most notable feature in this game would be the free spins. Unlike many other slot games that offer free spins, the amount of money that you can actually make from the free spins will blow you away. All free spins are triggered when you are awarded at least three Boulder Bucks symbols anywhere on reels one, three and five. The three types of free spins available in this game are as follows:
Sabre toothed Tiger Spins – This mode will offer you six free spins with expanding wilds anywhere on your second, third or fourth reels. To make things sweeter, these wilds will remain as they are for the whole duration of your free spins.
Mammoth Spins – From our experience playing this game, we feel that this free spin mode pays the best. In this mode, you will receive 20 free spins with expanding wilds on your second, third and fourth reels.
Pterodactyl Spins – In this mode, you will be rewarded 10 free spins, and will also allow wilds to appear on your second, third and fourth reels.
As much as the free spins are extremely profitable and fun to play, Barcrest still has other amazing features up its sleeve. One such instance is the Egg Hunt Pick Me feature. Once you trigger it by getting three dinosaur symbols on reels two, three or four, you will be given an option to click on any of the three eggs. In this feature, you can win anything from multipliers on your winnings to free spins.
The last feature in this game is called the Big Bet feature. If we were to explain this feature to you in just one sentence, it will pretty much be: Go big or go home! For both the £20 and the £30 options, you will buy yourself 5 special spins. In this Big Bet Feature, the probability of you triggering the other bonus features (especially the free spins) are greatly increased.
When it comes to performance, we have to give Barcrest a great deal of respect. They may not be known as one of the best mobile gaming developers out there, but boy, they have definitely proved their worth this time around. Even after playing Boulder bucks for close to an hour, we encountered zero flaws; anything and everything was just smooth as silk all the way! The graphics were stunning, especially when the wilds expand across the reel, and the soundtrack that accompanies this game is as exciting as can be.
The one thing that really caught our attention playing this game is the profitability of it. Whilst the Return to Player (RTP) rate of this game is around 94% to 96% in the base game, the RTP rises to a staggering 98% when you play the Big Bets. On top of all that, whenever we played the free 20 Mammoth Spins, we would get expanding wilds every 2-3 spins. Occasionally, we would get two expanding wilds on 2 different reels. With this game, Barcrest has just pushed the limits of payouts to a whole new level, and we LOVE it.
Although we have not played many games from Barcrest, they have certainly proven to us that they can make amazing slots. Their games are made of loads of fun, and most importantly they are profitable. Boulder Bucks is playable across all devices and platforms, and we highly recommend you play this game. Look out guys, Barcrest is the new star in town!