Le Kaffee Bar (Microgaming): Overview
When we first approached Microgaming to ask for access to their demo portal, they apparently took for granted that we were going to provide them with a marketing platform to hype and boast their games on. Who can blame them? For ages, affiliates have gone great lengths to sell whatever baloney, whether slot or casino, to their readers without taking responsibility for any of it. "Oh, a game about turds with a 93% RTP and 500x max win potential, amazing!". Interestingly, we've seen examples of even the worst sell-out sites out there struggle to mask their disgust in their Microgaming reviews, which says quite a lot.
It must have been a shock for Microgaming to read our beratings, and ever since our fallout with the company they haven't exactly made it easier for us to review their games. In fact, they cut all ties with us. At Bigwinboard.com we give credit where credit is due, however, and finally, we were able to give them some praise. But enough of all that.
However odd it may seem, Le Kaffee Bar is not the first coffee-themed slot from Microgaming. The other one, entitled Cashoccino, was originally released in 2014 and then re-released in the html5 format last year. It's not a good slot, so we advise you to just ignore it. Le Kaffee Bar has that trademark Microgaming setup of 5 reels and 243 ways to win which, during its glory days, pretty much was what Megaways is today - an illusion of almost unlimited potential compared to the fixed paylines.
Playable from 0.30 to 30€ per spin across all devices, there's nothing to complain about in regard to the visual design. Set inside a coffee shop, the symbols are dominated by A to 9 card suit symbols as well as jugs, cupcakes and 3 different characters - the barista, guy and girl, the latter being the most rewarding, giving you 10 times your stake if you land 5 across a payline. The characters are also the only symbols that can appear fully stacked on the three middle reels.
Le Kaffee Bar (Microgaming): Features
Le Kaffee Bar includes a Wild Spin Again feature. Whenever 3 symbols match in a vertical or horizontal position, you'll receive 1 free spin. The middle symbol will then transform into a wild and become sticky for that spin. The point here is to give you yet another chance to land a winning combination.
Central to the game is the scatter collection feature, however. Look out for the coffee mug scatter which only appears on reel 1 and 5. When a scatter lands, its added to your collection. Collect 10 or more and you'll be given access to the Free Spins. Now, you can keep collecting mugs in order to play the feature with a higher multiplier:
- Collect 10 scatters for 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier
- Collect 20 scatters for 15 free spins with a 4x multiplier
- Collect 30 scatters for 18 free spins with a 5x multiplier
Le Kaffee Bar (Microgaming): Verdict
Unfortunately, Le Kaffee Bar resembles the coffee you get at IKEA - weak, watery and not really doing anything for you. To summarize - the volatility is a tad too low and that thrill we're looking for in a slot machine just isn't there. You can pocket up to 2833 times your stake in Le Kaffee Bar so there's at least some incentive to play it, although the overall generic feel of it makes us want to go for coffee somewhere else.
Le Kaffee Bar offers about the same rush as a cup of decaf in the morning.