Magic Piggy: Slot Overview
Do you ever wonder, if pigs could talk, what they would think about the way humans often associate them with wealth? Particularly so in the realm of online slots, where pigs repeatedly appear alongside piles of cash money. Here's another one from software provider Hacksaw Gaming titled Magic Piggy. This one not only places pigs alongside wealth, but it also injects a magical dimension where Magic Piggy and Magic Hat symbols collide to create a mystery reveal feature in its base game and its two free spins bonus rounds.
If you're used to playing those heavy-duty slots, Hacksaw Gaming pumps out like Wanted Dead or a Wild or Hand of Anubis; Magic Piggy's might come over as pretty lightweight. Its bounding smiley piggies, stacks of coins, and old-school-looking grid matrix give the game a sort of overall retro feel. It initially felt aimed at players who might be on the lookout for a trip to the past style slot, but once the action got going, Magic Piggy's gameplay and features came across as bang up-to-date modern rather than anything especially old-fashioned.
Getting started means selecting a stake where options vary from 10 p/c per spin up to a maximum of £/€100. In certain jurisdictions, players get a wide choice of bonus buy options too, but we'll get to them a bit later on. For now, here are a few important stats, such as the maximum RTP of 96.19% when betting on single spins, as well as medium volatility, rated as 3 out of 5. However, when buying features, volatility and RTP may vary.
Available on any device, Magic Piggy is played on a 5x5 gaming panel, with 19 fixed paylines for regular symbol combos to land across. For lows, we find 10-A green card royals, then a lemon, cherries, a horseshoe, a plum, and a diamond as the five premiums. Hitting a five-of-a-kind winning line pays 1-3x the bet for the low pays and 10-30x the bet for the premium symbols. Helping complete winning lines, the wild appears on all reels to substitute for any pay symbol. If making a five wild line win, the payout is worth 30 times the stake.
Magic Piggy: Slot Features
Two more important symbols in Magic Piggy are the Magic Piggy itself and the Magic Hat. When the Magic Hat lands, it reveals either a wild symbol or Bill Stacks, which it transforms into. Then, all Magic Piggy symbols in view transform into this same symbol - Bill Stacks have values of 1 to 1,000x the stake. When the Magic Hat reveals Bill Stacks, there is also a chance a Magic Piggy reveals a Multiplier Coin instead. Multiplier Coins have values of x2, x3, x4, or x5, and they multiply the value of 1-5 Bill Stacks. The same Bill Stack can be affected more than once by the same Multiplier Coin or by different coins.
Landing 3 FS symbols in the base game triggers 10 free Pig Bonus spins. In the Pig Bonus, Stars may land to add 1-5 points to the meter above their reel, while Super Stars add 1-5 points to all reel meters. When the Magic Hat lands, a number of Magic Piggy symbols equal to the reel meter value is added to random positions on the respective reels. Points are reset after this occurs. If all meters manage to be filled, then +10 additional free spins are awarded, or landing 3 FS symbols at the same time gets you +4 free spins. Should 4 FS symbols hit, though, then the round is upgraded to the Epig Bonus - if the number of spins remaining is less than 10, it is topped up to 10.
This can be activated from the previous free spins round or from the base game when 4 FS symbols hit. In the latter case, 10 free spins are awarded. What makes the Epig Bonus epig is that Piggy Points are not reset after a Magic Hat trigger.
Clicking the Buy Bonus button, if it is there, presents these five options:
- Bonushunt FeatureSpins – 3x the bet where each spin is 5 times more likely to trigger a bonus game. Highly volatile with a max RTP of 96.34%.
- Magical FeatureSpins – 20x the bet where each spin guarantees a minimum of 3 Magic Piggies and 1 Magic Hat. Highly volatile with a max RTP of 96.12%.
- More Magical FeatureSpins – 40x the bet where each spin guarantees a minimum of 8 Magic Piggies and 1 Magic Hat. Medium volatile with a max RTP of 96.07%.
- Pig Bonus – 100x the bet. Highly volatile with a max RTP of 96.26%.
- Epig Bonus – 200x the bet. Highly volatile with a max RTP of 96.26%.
Magic Piggy: Slot Verdict
One thing Hacksaw Gaming consistently demonstrates is its versatility. The studio isn't married to any one theme in particular and is just as comfortable making some of the bleakest games on the market, like Rotten, as they are making adorable cutie pie games. A case in point is Magic Piggy which brought back memories of the provider's earlier slots, the original Canny the Can sort of era. Back when the team had that mobile focus thing going on, admittedly more in conjunction with its Pocketz Series. While Magic Piggy might look and feel harmless, it's still a fairly high-powered online slot made by a studio which knows a thing or two about brutal gaming.
Not saying Magic Piggy is one of Hacksaw Gaming's lethal weapons, just that it might not be as cute as it first seems. Caution might be required, especially when dabbling with the options from the bonus buy menu. FeatureSpins can be fun, but they could also chew through the balance, and the Pig Bonus or Epig Bonus buys certainly have no guarantees they'll end up anywhere positive. However, when they do go right, Magic Piggy can be a right old hoot. As you might have suspected, the Epig Bonus delivered the biggest thrills during the test run since it offers a chance to stack Piggy Points on the reel meters without resetting, just waiting to overrun the grid if/when a Magic Hat hits. Getting a multiplier or two in there alongside Bill Stacks could be exciting, as can dumping a load of wild symbols over the reels, too. Magic Piggy definitely has the goods to evoke thrilling moments when it's firing, up to 7,500x the bet when it's really going off the charts.
Like much of what Hacksaw Gaming does, Magic Piggy has the ability to both thrill and frustrate depending on how things are flowing. You could say that about any slot, really, but Hacksaw Gaming slots have a particular knack for emphasising these two traits, so if the studio's method of going about business appeals, then Magic Piggy is one worth trying out.
Like much of what Hacksaw Gaming does, Magic Piggy has the ability to both thrill and frustrate depending on how things are flowing.