Microgaming has introduced a comical karate themed video bonus slot to their respective games library, Karate Pig. This action packed slot machine features the multi-talented Pig that has many personalities as he makes his way across the 40 paylines such as a Musician, Chef, Samurai Warrior, Philosopher and even a Karate Champion.
About the game
Karate Pig is a 5 reel, 40 pay-line online slot that features one fat and dangerous Japanese pig that is not only a master sushi chef but also a wild samurai karate warrior. You will guide the karate pig in a slots game that features wild substitutes, Free Spins and a Multi-Level Bonus Game.
Forty paylines are available from the get-go, meaning there’s a 10,000-coin jackpot to aim for. The coin range is between 0.01 and 0.50, so a large swathe of players can get in on the action. There’s no sense in claiming this is a serious game with a meaningful message. It just isn’t. Karate Pig is what good slot games should be: entertaining, silly and potentially lucrative.
Symbols of the game
It’s unclear just what everyone is so happy about, but the symbols are clearly having a whale of a time. T As it is, the reels are populated by chuckling Buddhas, smirking geishas, laughing lucky kittens and chuckling tanukis. There’s also a bonsai tree, a sushi hut, a tusked creature in a cut-off shirt with biceps like Phil Heath and the titular Karate Pig in his white karate suit, ready to wax on, wax off – or kick some ass, one of the two.
Features of the game
It’ll sound familiar to you, but the object of the game is to land lines of matching combinations in order to, well, win some scratch. All wins in Karate Pig pay left-to-right except the scatter, which pays any. Bonus wins, meanwhile, are added to regular pay-line wins.
Unlike some other 5-reel games, Karate Pig doesn’t reward you for landing two matching symbols; you need to score at least three. The lowest-paying symbol is the bonsai tree, which pays 25 for a line of three and 225 for a line of five. The muscular tusked creature on the other hand, pays 75 for three and 375 for five-in-a-line; the doughty Karate Pig pays 250 for three and a whopping 3,750 for five.
The 10,000 jackpot is achieved when you hit five Karate Pig logos. Even if you land three or four of these symbols, you’re still looking at solid pay-outs of 500 and 2,500, respectively. It should go without saying that only the highest win is paid per selected line.
Wild and Bonus
There’s more to Karate Pig than a formulaic base game. What you must know is that the aforementioned Karate Pig logo is wild; it appears in stacks and substitutes for all symbols except the gold coin scatter and the bonus scatter, the latter of which is a close-up of a grinning pig.
The bonus games are where Karate Pig really comes into its own. Not only can you activate (re-triggerable) free spins by landing two coin scatters anywhere on reels one and five, winning 15 free spins and a 2x multiplier, but you can enjoy a multi-level bonus feature too. This is triggered by hitting three or more ‘bonus pig’ scatter symbols, an occurrence which entitles you to choose between the Pork Chop Bonus or Hammer Bonus. Each time you compete either feature, you’ll be awarded with one of the traditional seven coloured karate belts. If you manage to earn all seven belts, you’ll step into Carnegie Hall and enter the Final Showdown Bonus feature.
It should be noted that both the Pork Chop and Hammer Bonus rounds are classic features whereby the player must pick from six options in each. Karate Pig will then demonstrate his array of skills, which are not limited to martial arts: he’s also a musician, a philosopher and a mean sushi chef.
The Final Showdown Bonus, meanwhile, entails a three-round confrontation between the Karate Pig and the muscular tusked creature.