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Everyone loves a great animal-themed slot; there are plenty of these from different providers. However, Buffalo from Aristocrat is the game to watch as it has an impressive RTP of 94.58% and 1024 ways to win thanks to the Xtra Reel Power feature it uses. Buffalo started as a popular land-based casino game before Aristocrat decided to fashion it into an online game for its many fans.
This animal-themed slot has plenty of other animals in addition to the big land mammals gracing your reels, making a total of 13 symbols. The animals on this slot are derived from the North American Wildlife Library and the graphics resemble those of a magazine. You can expect to spot a grey wolf, tiger, deer, bald eagle, elk, among other famous animals, plus some other random symbols and the 9-A higher card symbols as the lower-paying ones.
How to play Buffalo
You can play Buffalo on desktop or any iOS or Android device either for free or real money. Unlike many games out there, you do not start by selecting the number of paylines to activate. Instead, you choose the number of reels to enable using the amount predetermined per reel; selecting reel one costs 1x, reels one and two cost 5x, reels one to three will cost 10x, selecting reels one to four will go for 20x, while finally, activating all five reels will cost 40x. The game has four rows as well, which makes it even more unique as most slot machines are designed with the 5×3 setup. Payouts are made from left to right on neighbouring reels, but the scatter awards prizes regardless of their positions on the reels.
Symbols and bonuses to look out for:
As you would expect, The Buffalo is the most valuable symbol of the game, and the objective of the game seems to be to get as many of these on your screen as possible. It is neither wild, nor a scatter, but if you land five of them on a single payline, you get a 300 coin reward. Moreover, the Buffalo symbol is stacked; thus, it may appear more than once on a reel, making your wins even more. The wild to watch is the symbol of a beautiful sunset over the horizon; it only appears on reels two, three, and four and can replace all but the scatter to form winning combinations.
Free spins mode
The scatter symbol is a huge gold coin and is the one associated with the infamous free spins mode on this machine. The free mode In Buffalo is one of the most lucrative; and to trigger it, you need to land at least three scatters on the reels. Three scatters will get you 8 free spins, four will award 15 free spins, while five win you 20 free spins; but you can always retrigger free mode by landing two scatters (less than the minimum base game requirement) to get 5 more free spins. As you play out your free spins, if you land a wild on the middle reels, your total win for that spin is doubled or tripled, which means that free mode in this game comes with a multiplier of up to 27x.
Many players feel that the theme should have been more Buffalo-oriented, with herds of the massive herbivore and the Savannah as symbols. However, the game is easy to play and understand, and the lucrative free mode makes up for what the slot lacks in graphics and is an opportunity to make some huge wins.