It's not long since the UK Gambling Commission granted Playson an operating license, thus making it possible for Playson to finally supply all their immersive games to the UK market. We are extremely thankful for that as Playson are one of the most innovative game developers out there. After playing Bumper Crop, we couldn't believe how interesting the features in this game were. In Bumper Crop, not everything is entirely random, you can go through the different stages of the game faster with the help of tools from the gardener.
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|Release Date||15th September 2015|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.5%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 27 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||27p – £135|
|Free Spins||Up to 30 free spins|
|Features||Wild Tree, Super Wild Tree, Super Gardener Symbol, Gamble Mode|
|Pros||Immersive 3D graphics, interesting storyline|
|Cons||Lack of paylines compared to other slot games|
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Bumper Crop features a 5×3 reel setup with a humble 27 paylines. At first glance you will notice that 27 paylines is a much too few. Considering the fact that the average slot game these days have at least 200 paylines, what was Playson thinking when they decided on such a small number of paylines?
It turns out that even with just 27 paylines, the payout that you will receive is actually on par with some of the best paying games in the industry. In fact, the payout frequency is also much higher than what you would find in other slot games.
That being cleared, another gameplay feature that we would like to highlight is that Bumper Crop is a high risk, high reward game. You can bet as little as 1p and as much as £135 per spin. In our opinion, this game suits mid and high budget players really well. Those with a high budget especially will enjoy this game is designed with features that reward you players who stay for longer.
The features in this game are unlike any other in the slots market. You'll play the role of a gardener cum slot player. Besides collecting winning combinations, your secondary aim of the game is to collect grape seeds and some gardening tools – a watering can, a shovel and some sunlight. If these symbols appear on the reels, they'd fall into the patch of grass under the reel and start to grow.
Now, once you've collected all four elements, your humble seeds will sprout into a Wild tree. The Wild tree stands tall and accommodates the entire space of the reel; filling the entire reel with wild symbols! Like traditional wild symbols in slots, the Wild tree substitutes all other symbols and complete winning paylines. In this case, money does actually grow on trees!
Now, if that's not enough, the Wild tree also offers 1 to 4 free Spins. The number of free spins is determined by the number of fruits on the tree, which is in turn determined by a random number generator. Four free spins aren't enough, but wait until you hit the next feature… If you successfully grow a tree in the third reel, the game rewards you with a Super Wild tree. This magical plant offers 10 free spins!
You'll be rewarded even further during the free spins mode. Then, Super Gardener appears and speeds up the growth of any sprouting plant that you have on your screen.
Finally, there is the Gamble mode, which is offered after every winning combination. During this mode, the game presents you with two flowerpots. Pick the right one and you'll double your winnings; pick wrongly and you'll leave empty handed. This feature never fails to get my adrenaline pumping! What's even better, the game allows us to gamble up to 5 consecutive times after every winning combination.
These features technically cost nothing. Seeds, watering cans, shovels and suns can be collected, even if you haven't completed any paylines during a particular spin. A regular slot game is only exciting when there are winning paylines, Bumper Crop doubles the excitement level and your cash winnings. The Wild trees aren't mythical features either – I successfully planted five trees in 20 minutes!
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All the high definition graphics and animations in this game are on point. Right from the start of the game, you will encounter many animations of the gardener as he tries to explain features of the game to you. The Wild feature of this game also exhibits one of the best animations we have ever seen. The tree that you have planted will grow into a full-sized tree, and you will receive free spins.
To accompany the spectacular graphics, there is a peaceful yet energetic music that will make your whole gaming experience more exciting. As a result, Bumper Crop is an absolute pleasure to play.
We are also pleased to report that Bumper Crop's gameplay is smooth regardless on which device it is played on. Even on smaller screens such as on a mobile phone or a tablet, every detail can be seen vividly.
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Slots aren't the star attraction anymore…
Two years ago, we enjoyed the Castle Builder slot, in which we collect bricks and tools. These construction materials were used to build a castle, which later generated cash for the player. Rabcat, the developer behind Castle Builder, uses a similar approach to Bumper Crop. Both game developers weave compelling storylines and side-shows into slot games; and it is proving popular among slot players. I didn't know which game I enjoyed more – the slot or the gardening. I had double the fun – and earned double the money too.
There are not many game developers out there can make quality games. With Bumper Crop, we think that the interactive features in this game catapults Bumper Crop to the elite slots categories. Never before we have experienced a smooth and exciting build up that leads to feature rounds in a game.
The only downside we can think of is the fact that you would have to stay quite a while playing until your tree grows before you start receiving some handsome returns.