The Incredible Balloon Machine is the kind of game that puts the definition of a slot machine to the test. Can a game without reels be considered a slot machine? We get to decide for ourselves in this new release from Crazy Tooth Studio, which Microgaming claims as its own and exclusive to their casinos, as a result of their partnership.
For this game, they chose a Steampunk-style design, with a balloon inflating machine at the core of it. You click on the Spin button, you blow up a new balloon, and then you rely on the WiNCREASE system to help make it more interesting. The game has some decent potential, of up to 3,802x the stake, while the RTP is at a more than acceptable 96.75%, so it doesn’t feel like a simple arcade game either. With the volatility being medium, the game can be annoying at times, but it all depends on the strategy that the player employs as well.
Betting and Prizes
You obviously have no regular lines to bet on, but there is always the option of selecting the total bet for the next round. The minimum which you can wager is $0.20, while the maximum bet will reach 40.
You can get wins of up to 3,082x the stake here, which means that the most you can get in a single round is $123,280, at the highest wager. They designed it as a slot with medium volatility, but made sure it had a good RTP as well, of 96.75%.
The Incredible Balloon Machine Slot Features
It’s a new type of game, so it doesn’t borrow much from regular slot machines. You’re using a Steampunk-style machine to inflate balloons. You hold the Spin button, to start the machine and start inflating the balloon. As the pressure gauge goes up, from Red to Yellow, and then to Green, it gets a value on it, and then starts increasing it. The longer you hold down the button, the higher the payout can go, giving you anywhere from 5% to 7,303% extra on the amount you started with.
The balloons will pop at random moments, or they can stay full until you get to the end and hit the maximum potential. They can also pop before you even get a cash value on them, so letting go of the process early is not an option for you to win often and smaller amounts. The hit rate varies, depending on the strategy employed, giving you anywhere from 9% to 41% wins.
Will you try to cash out quickly, or will you keep down the button to get to the highest prize possible, and risk losing it all?
Random features have been introduced as well, with a multiplier potentially kicking in and boosting wins by 2x to 10x.
Another one is a Pick Bonus feature, activated by the appearance of a balloon colored in black or gold. These can bring you cash or multipliers.
Theme & Design
It’s got that Steampunk style design going for it, so the balloon inflating machine looks decent enough. It’s not a typical look for a slot machine, and there are no reels or symbols to be had either. All you get, is differently colored balloons, which you inflate as you play.
The Incredible Balloon Machine is different, that much is certain, but whether it will be fun for its players or not, remains to be seen. The game has the right RTP, and you do feel a rush as you try to go for a bigger prize, and often fail. It can also get boring rather quickly.