Peaky Pigs

(Snowborn Games) Slot Review

Peaky Pigs slot
Peaky Pigs slot – base game

Peaky Pigs: Slot Overview

Scandinavian software provider Snowborn Games continues its march of the anthropomorphic animal-themed slots with a release comically titled Peaky Pigs. Piggy banks showed up in a previous slot from Snowborn Games titled Coin Bash, but the slot which relates most closely to Peaky Pigs is Cat Clans. The animalistic connection between the two games isn’t strong, but Peaky Pigs is, for the most part, a reskin of Cat Clans with one or two adjustments. This means a game with such features as multiplier wilds, a Piggy Pots Bonus, and free spins with sticky multiplier wilds.

If the word ‘Peaky’ conjures up images of the hit TV show Peaky Blinders, you’re on the right track thematically. Peaky Pigs is about ‘goofy pig gangsters fighting for rule of the gritty streets‘, in which Pork&Sons searches for a new head of the family. Its location is a dimly lit, grey city street sporting Tommy Guns, smoking chimney stacks, and plenty of gang-related paraphernalia. Peaky Pigs is done in the name of fun, though, and keeps things playful, as has been Snowborn Games’ tendency in the animal-based slots they have made so far.

Under the bonnet, it’s a slightly different story as Peaky Pigs is a highly volatile slot which comes in several RTP settings. The highest return value is 96.09%, and at that level, players can expect a hit rate of around 33.22%. Getting in on the piggy action is possible using any device, where bets of 20 p/c to £/€25 per spin can be selected.

Played on a 5-reel, 3-row game matrix, players are supplied with 20 fixed paylines to land winning combinations of three to five of a kind along. First are six ‘Other Symbols’, made up of knuckle dusters, broken bottles, boxing gloves, razors, horseshoes, and mugs, paying 1.25 to 5 times the stake for a five symbol winning line. Then there are four ‘Pig Symbols’, named Billy Bacon, Sam the Ham, Ricky Ribs, and Tommy Hilpigger, paying out 10-12.5x the bet for a five-of-a-kind win. Wilds are pretty nifty. For one, a line of five wild symbols is worth 111x the bet, and they can also substitute for any regular pay symbol. In addition, wild symbols land with multipliers of x1 to x5, and if a win includes more than one multiplier wild, the values are multiplied together.

Peaky Pigs: Slot Features

Peaky Pigs slot
Peaky Pigs slot – bonus game

Peaky Pigs’ two showpiece features are free spins and a Piggy Pots Bonus. Free spins may trigger organically or be bought in certain situations.

Piggy Pots Bonus

Coin symbols can appear on top of any Pig symbol and are collected when they hit. When Coins are collected, there is a chance the Piggy Pots Bonus is triggered. When it is, 5 free spins are awarded, and each of the pigs is associated with one of the four Piggy Pots prizes. During the free spins, when Pig symbols land, they are collected. At the end of the round, the pig that has been collected the most awards the prize they have been assigned to. Prizes are worth 15x, 20x, 200, or 5,000x the bet.

Free Spins

Landing 3 pocket watch scatter symbols on reels 1, 3, and 5 triggers 3 free spins. If a wild symbol lands on a free spin, it becomes a sticky wild, meaning it is held in position for the rest of the feature – and the spin count is reset to 3. On each spin, 1 random sticky wild in view has its multiplier value increased by +1. The highest a single sticky wild multiplier can reach is x9. On a last note, if the opportunity is there, players can buy free spins for the cost of 50x the bet.

Peaky Pigs slot
Peaky Pigs slot – free spins

Peaky Pigs: Slot Verdict

Like its predecessor, there’s good stuff happening in Peaky Pigs. Whether the gameplay suits pigs or cats better is a personal choice, but putting preference aside for a moment, it has to be said that the features are just as entertaining now as they were in the previous game. The only majorly noticeable difference is the top prize in the Piggy Pots bonus is half of what was possible in Cat Clans‘ Clan Battle Bonus – 5,000x vs 10,000x. RTP is slightly higher this time around, but for most intents and purposes, Peaky Pigs offers the same level of thrills as its feline counterpart, but with gangster pigs in the driving seat instead.

As before, Peaky Pigs has a nice blend of extras with multiplier wilds livening the base game alongside Coin symbols, which help keep you on your toes whenever they are collected. In testing, bonus rounds triggered fairly regularly, and if available, buying them for 50x the bet feels almost quaint in an era where they can cost up to 3,000x in other games. You get quite a good bonus for that too, where those sticky multiplier wilds, potentially multiplying each other, get a chance to flex. At full whack, Peaky Pigs posts a max win figure all the way up to 20,000x the bet.

After playing through several of these now, it seems that Snowborn Games do like their animal-driven slots. The good thing is the studio has built up a solid level of expertise, and Peaky Pigs is another example of the type of cute animals mixed with potent features experience we’ve come to expect from the team. Sure, it helps that Peaky Pigs had help by being built on a tried and tested format. However, if you liked Cat Clans, you will probably like Peaky Pigs as well, and if you happen to prefer pigs to cats, as well, then this will be tantamount to a porcine celebration. The question now is what member of the animal kingdom might Snowborn Games use next – dogs, bees, buffalo, or something more obscure?

Good

If you liked Cat Clans you will probably like Peaky Pigs as well, and if you happen to prefer pigs to cats, as well, then this will be tantamount to a porcine celebration.

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