While not quite up there with Egypt, China and fruit, farmyards are still a surprisingly popular theme for video slots. Ever keen to cover all bases, GameArt have launched their own farmyard slot and it’s quite a looker, thanks to the zany cartoon characters who grace its reels.
The backdrop depicts an idyllic farmyard with the tractor out tilling the fields and a wind vane blowing languidly as the sun sets over a scene of bucolic bliss. All may be quiet in the background, but on the reels all hell is breaking loose. That’ll happen when you place a bunch of sheep, cows, pigs and dogs in close proximity and then spin them till they’re dizzy.
“All animals are created equal but some animals are more equal than others.” So ran the famous line in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. It’s an apposite line with which to describe Money Farm, where five dogs on a payline are worth 200, whereas five cows are worth 450. In between them, we have sheep and pigs at 375 and 250 respectively.
With a paltry (or should that be poultry?) five lines, there are only so many ways to win in this game. The line bet can be set between 0.01 and 2.50, making for a maximum bet of 2.50 per spin. On the one hand, a little money goes a long way here. On the other hand, you could be here for a while. If you’re in this for the long haul though, grab a cushion and get comfy.
Wild About Animals
A slightly dottled looking hen is the game’s wild symbol. It gazes right at you, with its eyes crossed and beak slightly open as if laughing at its own joke. Wild will appear on reels 3-5 and will substitute for other symbols except for scatter. Scatter is the chicken’s egg – the chicken’s golden egg to be precise, although you won’t find out which scatter is golden until you trigger free spins.
Any time the wild symbol completes a line to generate a win, you’ll be awarded five free spins. When collecting these spins, look out for the golden egg appearing. When it does, it will repeat the wild win that led to this feature being activated. You can retrigger this feature multiple times during free spins. The other way to win in this game is with the aid of the gamble feature. It’s a straightforward card gamble – black or red – which will give you the chance to double your winnings.
Another Money Farm
Confusingly, Money Farm isn’t the only slot to bear this name. There’s also another Money Farm by Cryptologic, a single payline game but one bearing multipliers of up to 500x. Thematically it’s very similar to GameArt’s Money Farm, but less fun and less aesthetically pleasing.
There are loads of other farmyard games out there including Farmyard Fortune, Funky Fruits Farm and Happy Farm. Of these, Funky Fruits Farm is probably the most original. It’s worth a look if you’re tired of slots such as Money Farm which, while nicely designed, follows a predictable formula in terms of features.
GameArt haven’t strayed far from what they know with Money Farm, though they deserve some credit for both the look of the game and for the golden egg feature that appears during free spins. These are the game’s most defining features, put it that way. Sure, there are a lot of farmyard slots out there, most of which seem to feature golden eggs, but then GameArt have always been content to follow, infusing their own slots with enough character to make them worthy of your time. Money Farm ain’t a classic, but it’s a good effort just the same.