Do you ever get tired of birthday celebrations? If the answer to that is “yes”, the five reel, 178 Ways to Win Birthday! online slot from ELK Studios might just be the remedy. The award-winning Swedish slots studio brings together some of its most famous slots characters that you will recognise from such epic releases as Electric Sam, Wild Toro and Bloopers to deliver the kind of bonuses that would make any birthday stand out as being the best ever.

Gameplay

Where better to stage a birthday celebration than in a bar? Such is the setting for the Birthday! slot, with Wild Toro and Pepe from the Taco Brothers lining up the drinks. A funky Birthday tune plays over, and happy birthday messages to famous faces pop up on their actual birthdays – a clever and very nice touch. You can’t help but wonder how many of them will be playing at the time…

Our game symbols take shape in classic birthday form. Cocktails and Roses do the honours as our top-paying symbols, along with the Birthday! Logo, and Red, green and blue Balloons keep us afloat as lower-paying symbols. A delicious looking Cake Wild substitutes for all symbols, too. With four rows and 178 Ways to Win, we have plenty of opportunities in the base game to pick up some decent scores. But just as it is with ELK slots it is the bonus features to which we will look to bag our tastiest wins.

Bonus Features

We traditionally love to see our friends and family on our birthdays, so to see ELK’s most famous slots characters turn up to wish us many happy returns – and deliver awesome bonus prizes in the process – brings tears to our eyes and springs to our steps. Rather than operate a Scatter system, we launch each of Birthday!’s bonus features at random. And there are plenty of them.

  • Camel Respins bring 3-5 Wins, the reels continuing to respin until we score the relevant number of wins.
  • Enter Mr. Lake and his 5 of A Kind respins, staying on until we score a five-of-a-kind win.
  • The Electric Sam Respins make one symbol Electrified, causing that symbol to be sticky and respinning the reels until no more of that symbol lands.
  • Anne Bonny from Wild Seas brings some of her booty in the Big Win We repsin the reels until we score a win x20 our bet.
  • Wild Toro’s Matador might be the bad guy, but not so here. His Any Win With? feature respins the reels until we land a win with the set symbol.
  • Electric Sam’s Maggie Free Spins is as simple as the character looks, giving us 10 free spins.
  • The Yellow Blooper rings in with Walking Wilds that walk across our reels from right to left, delivering wins in the process.
  • The Purple Blooper, meanwhile, brings us the gift of Sticky Wilds, remaining for the duration of the feature in which they activate.

Summary

Take a deep breath! The continuing array of guests and gifts make this one party we will be loving long into the night, for there is clearly no closing time at this bar. ELK’s concept of bringing together all of its most loved characters for an online slots party is sheer genius, but the studio still has to make it work. And make it work it does. The Birthday! slot is as epic as any birthday could be. Or any slot, for that matter!