Moley Moolah: Overview
UK based developer Reflex Gaming has teamed up with Yggdrasil via their Master's Program to help boost their move online. Established in 2004, Reflex Gaming has been busy supplying gambling machines to physical casinos. Already quite big in the UK and the Netherlands, Moley Moolah joins their more recent incursion into the iGaming sphere. The studio is no doubt crossing their fingers that the Yggdrasil collaboration will kick open a few doors and expose their range to a larger crowd of online players
Moley Moolah is set in a quiet suburban garden in the English village of Molesworth. There, a friendly chap lives underground alongside a 5-reel, 10-payline game grid. This is the domain of the mole, a humble creature that wrecks lawns with its entry and exit points. Moles don't show up in pop culture much unless they're being hit over the head in 'whack a mole' games. Graphically, don't expect cutting edge visuals. Moley Moolah is a slot designed with the word 'retro' firmly in mind. It's enough to bring back memories of physical CDs attached to morning breakfast boxes that had a 50/50 chance of working on your PC.
Since Reflex is now tackling the online scene, Moley Moolah is available on all devices, from desktop to mobile. A range of stakes are available starting at 20 p/c, rising to £/€100 per spin at the high end. RTP is a little lower than most would like, though not drastically so on 95.74%, while a medium volatility completes the math model.
Wins occur at rate of around 1 in 4 spins over 10 fixed paylines - both ways. So, three or more matching symbols pay left to right, as well as right to left, practically doubling the ways to win. There are 9 pay symbols, offering decent values at the upper end of the paytable. Starting with J-A royals; we then get pickaxes, helmets, sunflowers, garden gnomes, and a logo. Non-royal symbols are worth 10 to 50 times the stake when five of a kind land.
Blowing up moles seems like a drastic way of stopping them from digging holes in the garden. Nevertheless, players get a wild in the form of a box of dynamite, substituting for any pay symbol to complete a combination.
Moley Moolah: Features
While trying to whack this mole, players are assisted by two special features. One is Wild Reels that appear randomly at any time, the other one is free spins, which must be triggered.
At the end of a spin, the logo above the reels may crack open, and the friendly mole pops out holding a sign with the wild on it. This is an announcement of the Wild Reels feature. The reels shake, turning symbols wild at random. Be aware the guy does tease too. Sometimes he'll pop out, simply shake his head and shy away, granting you nothing.
Our Moley pal is the key to free spins as well, adorning the bonus symbol, which appears on reels 1, 3, and 5. Like the wild, the bonus symbols also substitutes for pay symbols to make a win. Even better is when 3 bonus symbols land in view to award 12 free spins.
During free spins the game undergoes quite a transformation. Now players have a new goal of collecting golden acorns. Along the top of the screen is a meter which counts the number of acorns collected during the feature. Reaching certain points along the meter unlocks extra slots, or a bonus prize if you make it to the end.
When the meter reaches 5, 10, or 15 acorns, then reel sets 2, 3 and 4 are opened up. If you manage to collect 20 acorns, the game throws an extra 250x bonus prize on top of any winnings. The bonus game should theoretically drop every 159 spins or so.
Moley Moolah: Verdict
After a few spins, Moley Moolah develops a few resemblances to Pragmatic Play's slot The Dog House. This is partly due to the animal theme, partly due to the similarly cheerful tune and bright royal symbols. No doubt a coincidence since the rest of the game is completely different from the Pragmatic classic. For one, the graphics look like they came from a game that escaped the noughties, or earlier. Reflex's older games are rife with this look, so there must be plenty of players out there spinning this stuff, is it nostalgia?
Whatever it is, there is an insatiable crowd lapping up this old school stuff, and Moley Moolah fits right in there. It's got a sort of irreverent wackiness that sits it alongside games like Reel King, another one which prompts a bit of head-scratching in wonder. Players who consider Moley Moolah vibrant rather than lurid may very well have a blast collecting acorns with the wee chap.
On the subject of acorns, Moley Moolah's free spins game is quite unique. Not the collection system as such, but the opening up of four simultaneous slots is something you don't see every day. A bit gimmicky perhaps, but kind of fun when more than one is rolling along racking up wins. One issue though, if you are playing on a mobile, the reels are teeny during the free spins feature. It's still doable, but you might need to squint your eyes a bit to make out what's going on.
While Moley Moolah's features and stats are pretty solid, it's the looks that will possibly separate the fans from the haters. There are fun moments, but Moley Moolah’s good points might not be quite good enough to overcome the primitive, fresh off a cereal box childish vibe.
Moley Moolah’s suburban charm may appeal to players pining for a trip back to an earlier era of gaming – padded out with a couple of more contemporary features.