For those of you who think that the Piggy Riches slot game would be a shed load of mud and faeces, fear not. That’s not how winnings scored on these five reels and 15 pay-lines are paid out. These pigs are civilised to the point of perhaps giving George Orwell a run for his money, and money there is. Let’s hope they save some for us and don’t snort it all up their noses.
The theme behind Piggy Riches is quite obvious and NetEnt’s game design reflects the theme perfectly. The reel case sits in front of a well-to-do country house (presumably not a farm) while the 15 paylines are highlighted either side of the five reels as wads of cash. Each of the game’s symbols is designed wonderfully, being studded with diamonds, gold leaf or goose feathers, for example.
When we hit “Spin” the sound of a cash register kerchings, and an orchestral brass fanfare accompanies each win perfectly. One particularly useful, if not wholly exotic, touch is the betting interface, which is clear and precise when we select or deselect our betline and coin strategies. Click to view the pay table and we are treated to a wonderful bust inside this piggy mansion – an artful porcine statue with a conveniently-placed throw – just one of a number of fine flourishes from NetEnt’s designers.
Fine flourishes and brilliant design are all well and good, but in a game with “Riches” in the title it is surely riches we seek. And riches we can glean. This wealthy pig of the manor had to start out somewhere, and perhaps he began with landing a bonus game on a NetEnt online slot. The Free Spins feature in the Piggy Riches slot launches when we land three or more Lady Pig Scatters. She is a generous soul, though fittingly this depends on her mood. She can bestow up to 28 Free Spins with a potential x6 multiplier, all of which depends on which side of her we choose to compliment when we select our bonus combination.
And as for Lord Pig? Well, he is our Wild symbol, offering us a x3 multiplier when he completes a winning combination on our behalf. That’ll do pig. That’ll do.
Piggy Riches may not be the kind of soiree that we would normally choose to attend, but when it comes to the wealthy animals of the world we should see it as nothing ventured, nothing gained. And should we find favour with the lady of the house there is a good chance that we will find ourselves to be a pig in shizzle. Or words to that effect.