Released in July 2016, Playtech decided that their next slot was going to take us across the wilderness of the unexplored Americas, before the cowboys ever came into play. Buffalo Blitz is all about the animals that lurk this wilderness, crowned by the Buffalo himself as the leader of the pack in both importance and by how much he pays. Travel down the flatlands covered in grass and the rising hills in the background, and discover a new world.
In this 6 reel game, there are 4096 paylines. And if that by itself is not enough to make you interested, the presence of diamond Wilds, Scatters that can trigger up to 100 free spins, and the buffalo coming stacked on all reels is going to turn your head no matter what.
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We mostly like the icons present in Buffalo Blitz, even though some of them don’t quite fit the theme. Lower paying symbols are formed with standard gambling icons such as 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, which come in different colours and seem somewhat jarring when you first notice them. The higher paying symbols do much of a better job, however. You will find a bear, a moose, a racoon, a lynx, and crowning the top spot the buffalo himself, after whom the slot was named. With six reels present, you have all the more chance to see these mighty beasts in action, and they appeared often enough for us to be satisfied. But then we get to the special icons of the game, and we’re back to not being quite satisfied. Wilds come in the shape of diamonds, and can randomly multiply wins while free games are active. Scatters have “Free Games” written on top of a blue background, and true to the name, they can activate the bonus round.
How to Play
The backdrop in Playtech’s game is simple, but effective. Lush, green fields with mountains sitting in the distance, as the sun is slowly setting beneath the clouds, the last rays of daylight slowly disappearing. It looks gorgeous, and shows that you don’t need flashy effects flaring up to make a background look good.
You can’t change the amount of active paylines, and considering how many there are, it’s clear why that’s the case. However, you can adjust your bet level, which will allow you to play from $0.40 up to $200. The wide range of your wager will attract more casual players who don’t want to spend too much, but high rollers may be dissuaded by a somewhat small maximum payout.
So, in order to solve that issue, Playtech implemented the free spins bonus feature. While these are active, you aren’t paying for each reel spin. Depending on how many Scatters activated the special, you get between 8 to 100 free games.
And to put a cherry on top of that, Wilds that appear during that time can randomly increase the multiplier by 2x, 3x or 5x. So how could it possibly get any better? Well, you can retrigger the free spins while they are active, which is a huge boon for any player.
Strategy and Tips
Buffalo Blitz doesn’t have any really special tips that we can talk about. The animals are in general better icons to go for, specifically because they can pay with only two on the reels, unlike the lower paying bracket that requires three icons.
The big payday comes from free spins and the increasing multipliers, as without it, the largest win you can get are six buffalos in a row, that will give you $60,000 if you’re playing for the maximum wager of $200 per reel spin.
There is little to say about the mobile version. Playtech made sure that it plays exactly the same as the desktop one, and the simple graphics mean your phone won’t be suffering any slowdown while playing.
While the slot is called Buffalo Blitz, it seems like the developers didn’t quite have enough creative steam to cover everything. It’s a minor nitpick, but it can be a bit of an immersion breaker to find a diamond sitting next to a pair of bears.