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Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell a Buffalo and you better run – well unless you want big wins! It seems like there has been an online slot machine developed based on every animal in the world, and that certainly seems true with the rather unusual theme of Buffalo in Novomatic’s Buffalo Thunder slot machine.

Set in the Wild West it sees us go face to face with the mighty herds of Buffalo that roam the land with a ferocious look in their eyes, and equally terrifying horns to send a shiver up your spine.

Novomatic have gone with a 5 reel and 40 payline structure for Buffalo Thunder which may be out of bankroll management limits for some of you to play all paylines. The minimum bet per line is set at £0.01 therefore costs you £0.40 per spin while the maximum bet per line is £1 costing you £40, so again even the high stakes player amongst you may strive for bigger action.

 
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Buffalo Symbols and Boring Sounds

Novomatic have done as good of a job as possible designing the symbols for Buffalo Thunder when you consider how boring the theme is. The main symbol which also acts as a stacked wild is the Buffalo Thunder icon and has the ability to replace all other symbols apart from the Scatter (which is a Buffalo Totem) where appropriate to reward you with winning combinations. Alongside these are a Brown and White Buffalo’s, rocks with a lizard and a bird crushed and imprinted onto them after being stamped on by the massive Buffalo’s.

Of course, the Wild is the highest valued symbol you need to land – worth up to 1,000 coins, whereas the 10 and 9 playing card symbols are the joint lowest and the ones you will hope to avoid the most!

You would think a slot machine based on Buffalo’s would showcase sounds of the herd stampeding or roaring, but nope, none of that. Instead Novomatic opted to implement basic standard sounds from their music library which add absolutely nothing to the slot or its theme. Let’s face it, the theme isn’t going to interest that many players so why not add sounds of Buffalo’s which may provide a more unique experience entice them?

Big Buffalo Spins

You’re not overwhelmed by the gameplay in Buffalo Thunder and you’re only playing it to experience the free spins feature? Well bad news for you – it absolutely sucks. In order to activate the free spins feature you first need to acquire a Buffalo Totem symbol on reel 2, 3 and 4 in one spin.

You’ve just triggered it and now you’re excited at the prospect of winning lots of cash from free spins? Unfortunately I have experienced your pain triggering this feature only to be ‘rewarded’ with a measly 5 free spins. While you can trigger more, 5 doesn’t exactly offer you the longevity of achieving this too often which is rather disappointing.

Buff Up Those Wins

Take advantage of the gamble option in Buffalo Thunder to buff up those modest wins and turn them into big ones. While there are several gamble variants offered in Novomatic slots, this one sees a playing card face down with red and black either side of it. The playing card flashes red then black almost instantly and your task is to click the colour of your choice and hope you stop the card flashing on your selection. If you do your winnings are doubled and you get to choose whether to gamble again or collect your winnings before you lose it all!

Thoughts on Buffalo Thunder

Personally I found Buffalo Thunder to be rather mundane and just another standard slot machine. I see what Novomatic have tried to do by offering an unusual animal themed slot but I doubt there will be a herd of players stampeding to play it, will you? Personally I found the Gorilla slot machine to be a much better alternative.

They’ve done a good job making the symbols look as interesting as possible, but the sounds are once again from the Novomatic music library adding no distinction to the reels which doesn’t help with the theme at all.

You then trigger the free spins mode and get excited at the prospect of finally getting a chance to win big, only to discover it’s only five free spins you receive which leave you rather dejected and ultimately seeing you browse the other free slot machines on offer to quickly forget about playing Buffalo Thunder.

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