Many people use the start of a new year as an opportunity to perform some forward-looking budgeting. A new slot machine from Play’n GO provides the ideal pretext for taking a much-needed break from budgets and balance sheets if such topics fail to pique your interest. The firm has delivered on its promise to produce a new game every week in 2020 by releasing Piggy Bank Farm at the very end of last year.
One cannot expect to find wealth just by planting a tree.
Money, as we’ve all been told, doesn’t sprout spontaneously from any old source. However, it does grow in fields in this game, albeit in a roundabout way. Joe, a farmer, came up with the brilliant idea of scattering piggy banks around his field, each containing a few cents. Nature took over from there, and soon he had a bumper crop of unused piggy banks ready to be filled with coins.
Structure and Display
Taking place in the vast outdoors, Piggy Bank Farm is a five-reel, 50-payline slot machine. Farmer Joe’s farm is in the background, while the reels are displayed in a wooden frame in front.
The semitransparent reels have beautifully illustrated cartoon icons. Among these are tens, jacks, queens, kings, aces, a cow, a sheep, a sheepdog, a chicken, and Farmer Joe himself, all carved from reclaimed wood. The scatter symbol is a golden coin with the profile of a wealthy pig that appears on reels one, three, and five; the hammer appears only on reel five and helps you cash in on the piggy bank icons that appear anywhere on the reels.
The graphics are sharp and colorful, certain to lift your spirits on even the cloudiest of days. The country music you listen to while you farm will fit right in. Still, it’s the unique capabilities that will pique your interest.
Spin the Piggy Bank Bonus Game
The Piggy Bank Spins bonus is activated when the hammer icon appears on the screen. You will be granted three lives, and any existing piggy bank icons will remain in place.
If no new piggy bank symbols appear while the reels spin, you will lose a life. Even if the piggy bank icon lands, it will be kept safe. The piggy banks will combine into a larger piggy bank if four of them make a square. You can choose from piggy banks that are 1 by 1, 2 by 2, 3 by 3, or 4 by 4. When all the space in a given cell is taken up by piggy banks, you can also obtain a Mega Piggy Bank measuring 4 x 5.
When you’ve used up all three of your lives, the piggy banks atop the reels will collapse, revealing your winnings. The sum of their contents will be yours as a prize. It stands to reason that the Mega Piggy Bank, being significantly larger than a standard piggy bank, would contain five times as much money.
Bonus Spins at Piggy Bank Farm
If you are lucky enough to get three scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, you will receive eight free games. Additional free spins of three are granted for each additional scatter that appears throughout this round.
Multiple hammers can fall during free games, with each one increasing the Piggy Bank Spins multiplier by one, up to a maximum of x10. The maximum payment for the Mega Piggy Bank is 500 times the wager, thus winning one with a multiplier of x10 would result in a payout of $5,000. You won’t become “filthy rich” from that, but you should feel much better.