Mr. Pigg E. Bank: Slot Overview
Pigs, banks, and slots go way back, and here is another contribution to the venerable gambling genre. Titled Mr. Pigg E. Bank, it comes from Games Global studio Just For The Win and builds on the studio's 'Kingdom' range of slots, where prior releases have included Scarab Kingdom, Amazon Kingdom, and Trojan Kingdom. As you can see from the title, Mr. Pigg E. Bank is not a kingdom game as such, but it contains many recognisable features from those already named games to go with one of the more highly recognisable online slot themes.
Obviously, Mr. Pigg E. Bank is a long way from Ancient Greece, the Amazon, or Ancient Egypt. It does rewind the clock a few years, though; at least, its roaring big band swing music does, giving Mr. Pigg E. Bank a swell, finger-snapping attitude. Mr Pigg's got an attitude of his own, all well fed, top hat wearing, cigar smoking while overseeing the proceedings. His bank must be doing pretty well, as gold coins are splashed all over the ground, its vault either so full of rich stuff it's overflowing, or someone spilt loot on the way to depositing it. Mr. Pigg E. Bank is very Just For The Win, energetic, frantic at times, for good or for ill, depending on how you view the studio's games in general.
Hitting the coins icon is how players can pick stakes of 20 c to $/€50 per spin and where the warning 'feature progression is saved per bet' is displayed. Available in four RTP configurations, the default value being 96.13%, and at this level, the volatility is high, while the hit rate comes in at 29.84%. The base game and free spins rounds are played on a 5-reel, 4-row grid with 30 paylines, while the bonus game is where the four prize values listed by the reels may be won.
Royals and theme-inspired icons make up Mr. Pigg E. Bank's 9 regular paying symbols. The lows are 10 to A card ranks, worth 1 to 2 times the bet for a 5 symbol win, then coins, hats, red gems, and diamonds are the premium symbols worth 2.5 to 10 times the bet for 5-of-a-kind. Wilds land as regular 1x1 dollar signs or as Golden Wilds, and both substitute for the normal pay symbols to help link winning combinations together. Wild wins are with up to 10x the bet for a 5 wild symbol hit.
Mr. Pigg E. Bank: Slot Features
Amongst Mr. Pigg E. Bank's features, keep an eye out for the Dollar Tag symbol collection, Golden Wilds, a bonus game, free spins, and super free spins.
Dollar Tag Symbol Collection
Dollar Tag symbols are present in the base game only. Each reel has a Dollar Tag counter above it, and each Dollar Tag symbol that lands is collected by the respective counter. When 3 Dollar Tags have been collected on a counter, the Golden Wild feature is triggered on the corresponding reel. Dollar Tags do not land on reels with active Golden Wilds. Counters, Golden Wilds and remaining reels persist at each bet level.
Golden Wilds are available in the base game and both free spins rounds. The Golden Wilds feature adds expanding sticky Golden Wild symbols to the reels when active. In the base game, when a Golden Wild feature is active, on the next spin, a Golden Wild is placed at the top of the triggering reel. On each following spin, the Golden Wild expands downwards one position. Once the Golden Wild reaches the bottom position, the feature on that reel ends and the Golden Wilds are removed on the following spin. Free spins scatters are visible through Golden Wild symbols, meaning free spins rounds can be triggered during the Golden Wilds feature.
Bonus Game Trigger
Bonus tokens may appear on certain symbols on all reels in the base game. When collecting a Bonus Token, there is a random chance the bonus game triggers. Only Bonus Tokens collected on the current spin contribute to the chance of triggering the feature. If free spins or super free spins are triggered, and a Bonus Token is collected at the same time, only the free spins or super free spins round plays out.
In the bonus game, players click items to reveal one of 4 types of symbol – Mini, Minor, Major, or Mega. Revealing 3 of the same symbols awards the prize, which is 5,000x for the Mega, 200x for the Major, 40x for the Minor, or 15x for the Mini.
Scatter symbols appear on reels 2, 3, and 4 in the base game only. Landing 3 scatters triggers an indefinite number of free spins, starting with an x1 multiplier. The multiplier increases by +1 after every spin. At the start of free spins, Golden Wilds are active on reel 3, starting from the top reel position. Landing a Golden Wild symbol on any reel triggers the Golden Wilds feature, starting from the position the symbol landed on (they do not land on reels with an already active Golden Wild). Free spins end when there are no Golden Wild symbols in view.
Super Free Spins
In the base game, getting 2 scatters on the reels adds 1 point to the super free spins upgrade meter. Filling the meter takes 20 points, and it cannot collect more once it reaches 20. Once full, the next time 3 scatters hit, super free spins are triggered. The meter persists for each bet level. For super free spins, the rules are the same as free spins, except the multiplier starts at x5, and Golden Wilds begin the round active on reels 2 and 4, starting from the top position.
Mr. Pigg E. Bank: Slot Verdict
Just For The Win must have hit just the right amount of pay dirt with its 'Kingdom' slots to continue bashing away with the same or similar group of features. Mr. Pigg E. Bank takes the set of features off on a totally different tangent, one not directly connected to any particular kingdom. Unless you consider Mr Pigg's bank to be like some private fief that he overseas, driving his minions to collect ever bigger fees, commissions and deposits from clients or customers. If the swinging atmosphere is anything to go by, then business is clearly booming at this joint, solidifying the association with wealth and pigs that is prevalent in the online slot world.
When turning to the features themselves, there is little to nothing here which hasn't been seen in previous Just For The Win slots, though the precise combination of them is kind of original, relatively speaking. And we're talking about nitpicking on the details to separate the gaming experiences apart. For example, triggering the bonus game at random, rather than collecting a requisite number of tokens, incrementing the multiplier in free spin on each spin, and including a super free spins round. All of these things on their own have appeared in the previous Kingdom slots, but not quite the same all in one place. Good enough reason for fans to give Mr. Pigg E. Bank a whirl, perhaps.
As for winning potential, Trojan Kingdom currently wins the matchup with a 10,000x the bet max win. Half of that (5,000x) is up for grabs in Mr. Pigg E. Bank, which would be the optimal result from the pick me bonus game. As mentioned, Mr. Pigg E. Bank gives players enthralled by this feature list a slightly new-ish compilation to sample while providing a banking backdrop to do it in. On the other hand, whilst vibrant, Mr. Pigg E. Bank mechanically is a tad samey, meaning it might be tough to persuade non-believers in for a spin, no matter how swinging.
Whilst vibrant, Mr. Pigg E. Bank is mechanically a tad samey as previous releases, meaning it might be tough to persuade non-believers in for a spin, no matter how swinging.