It might sound like a dance, but NextGen’s Funky Chicken Slot is as classic as they come. So much so, in fact, that it clucks in sweetly into the Aussie studio’s Classix range. With cartoonish artwork, five reels and 25 pay-lines, there’s plenty here for fun-seekers to enjoy. Add in to the mix a Free Games feature with added random multipliers and we have all the ingredients for some reel hot farm action. Just watch out for the angry-looking farmer brandishing his shotgun.
Landing a winning combination across Funky Chicken’s 25 pay-lines delivers a plucky banjo melody fit for a farm, which is precisely where this action takes place. The Farmer might look angry, but he is one of our top paying symbols so we’ll have to give him a small break. An Egg, Tractor and Farmhouse join him as our highest-paying symbols, while 9s through Aces hold up as our low-payers. The Cornfield Wild – complete with grinning scarecrow – substitutes for all symbols except Chicken Scatters. As our special symbols, NextGen clearly felt they deserved more oomph than the other game symbols, as these are the only symbols that animate. Our Chicken Scatters wobble their heads in hilarious fashion while our scarecrows sway in the breeze when they form winning combos.
Aside from our substituting Cornfield Wilds, our main opportunity for big win potential comes from the Funky Chicken Free Games feature. Landing three or more Scatters anywhere across the reels delivers a set 15 free games, though throughout the free spins our starring Chicken lays a random multiplier on every single spin. We can therefore enjoy some decent wins from the bonus round, though this is, as ever, dependent on our triggering bet. The higher our launching bet level, the higher our winnings we return with to the base game. We also enjoy Scatter wins multiplied by our bet level rather than our coin level, so as a fox might think, the more scattered Chickens the merrier.
On the face of it, this farm adventure might lack depth. But while we might be used to modern video slots with multiple bonus features, duel sets of reel-cases and randomly-triggered modifiers, there is plenty to be said for pared-back game-play. The betting interface is simple – we know where we are with an easy-to-use betting interface and bet range – between 0.25 – 62.50. We only require two top-paying Farmhouse and Farmer to score a win, keeping our base game ticking over as we hunt down the Free Games feature and its lucrative multipliers.