Karate Pig Slot Review
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Karate Pig is a vibrant video slot from Microgaming with as many as 40 paylines in total. The games come with the Karate Pig Logo, which is a stacked wild, and the two scatter symbols that are the Karate Pig Bonus symbol and the Golden Stork symbols. Players can enjoy this video slot for free or play with real money. When players get two Golden Stork symbols on reels 1 and 5, they are rewarded with 15 Free Spins, where all wins are doubled as well. On top of that, free spins can also be retriggered if the player manages to get another two Golden Storks during the Free Spins bonus feature. Microgaming is a very popular game developer that has brought a lot of joy to the online casino community, thanks to feature-packed games like Karate Pig.
Theme, characters and environment
There are some vivid and interesting characters on the reels, in addition to Karate Pig himself, with a voluptuous laughing Buddha, a pig-like Japanese musician, a Bonsai tree, sushi being eaten off a plate, the lucky white cat, and more. As you can imagine, this is a very humorous game that will make you smile! The Karate Pig logo is wild and the gold medal is scatter, and the third special symbol in this game is the Karate Pig bonus symbol, which triggers the Karate bonus.
Theme and characters
The theme is very unique in this rather strange video slot, with a Chinese inspired background and symbols that are full of crazy creativity. The game interface is bright with loads of colours and you almost have to squint to understand what you are looking at when you are first familiarizing yourself with the game. Lots of fun to be had with this one for sure.
Environment and atmosphere
Our Karate Pig offers the players forty paylines, with a coin value ranging from 0.01 to 0.10 and up to 5 coins per spin, resulting in a max bet of 200 per spin. You can adjust your bet any time by clicking +/- on your coin value and click on “Coins” to change how many coins you want to use per bet. If you are looking for the really big bucks you can always use the bet max button, but there is no “Au¬top¬lay¬” in this game.
Symbols and soundtrack
Everything about Karate Pig is full of entertainment and joy, with fun and exciting symbols, crazy bonus games and lots of winning combinations as well. Whenever the laughing Buddha is part of a winning combination, he starts bouncing up and down with coins raining down on him. A lot of thought and humour has gone into the creation of this game, and the visual design is accompanied by an even crazier soundtrack, that can be described as an update stereotypical Chinese theme song.
There are lots of auspicious winning opportunities in Kara Pig, and if you should get two Golden Stork symbols on reels 1 and 5, you get 15 Free Spins, with all wins doubled. Free Spins can also be retriggered if you get another two Golden Storks on your reels during the free spins session.
Let’s take a look at what the wild and the scatter is capable of doing. The wild symbol appears at the reels in stacks, meaning that it can make very lucrative combinations as it also substitutes for all other symbols, except for the scatter symbol and the bonus symbol when it is necessary. There is no value in the scatter alone, but when you get one on reel 1 and one on reel 5 it gets really interesting, as it triggers fifteen free spins. The third special symbol in Karate Pig is the bonus symbol, and you need to get three, four or five of these anywhere on your reels to trigger one of the bonus features.
When we play a video slot it is the bonus games and the free spins that we are truly looking forward to, and in this game we get plenty of both. With three of the Karate Pig Bonus symbols on the reels, you get to play the Karate Bonus feature. First you need to choose between the Pork Chop Bonus and the Hammer Bonus by clicking on one of the wooden signs. Both bonus rounds offers players a number of prizes in a click-me type feature. When you have completed a bonus game you get a Karate Belt. Those who have worked their way up to the black belt, which is the seventh belt, get to enter the Final Showdown, which consists of three extra lucrative bonus rounds. As you can see this is a video slot with many different dimensions, exactly what we expect from Microgaming.
In the Karate bonus game we have two bonus features that lead up to the Final Showdown, and along the way players collect Karate Belts to increase their status. Your current belt is displayed in the top left-hand corner of the reels. Let’s take a closer look at the different games:
- Pork Chop Bonus – In this feature you get to pick three barrels that are hanging above the pigs head; each time you pick one barrel the contents are revealed to the pig who karate chops it to reveal a hidden prize.
- Hammer Bonus – This bonus feature is quite similar, but in this pick-me game you get choose which taro to headbutt, and the prizes keep on coming until you hit one that stuns the pig, ending the round.
- Final Showdown – Hello Black Belters! In the Final Showdown you will get to compete in a fight with three rounds, by choosing one of two punch combinations. You’ll always progress to the next round but each time you win you are rewarded with a prize. At the end of this fight your belt is reset back to white.
Karate Pig didn’t settle with one scatter symbol, so he offers two different ones. There is the pig scatter, and the gold coin scatter. Each of them can give you a chance to play the bonus games and free spins are activated when the gold coin scatter lands on reels 1 and 5.
Pros and cons of the slot
This is a fantastic game, and we tend to be positively surprised with what Microgaming’s creative developers manage to come up with again and again. Karate Pig will make you laugh more than once and bring you nice wins on top of it, both in the main game and in the bonus features.
- Fun bonus games
- Free spins feature
- Unique and cool graphics
- Both humorous and well-made
- Does not have a progressive jackpot
- Maybe too quirky for some
It is hard to recommend a similar game because this is such a unique video slot. For something equally quirky and unique we can recommend Worms Reloaded, which is much more action oriented, but also fun and exciting with cool features.