Rocco Gallo: Slot Overview
Apologies to our vegetarian readers, but according to the World Economic Forum, 50 billion chickens are slaughtered each year for consumption – and this figure does not include male chicks or unproductive hens. That is a frightening number of breasts and thighs making their way to the dinner table and easily outdoes other animals such as the 300.7 million cows, 545.08 million sheep, and 1.47 billion pigs (2014 figures). You may or may not want to add a few more cartoon animals to the list after playing Rocco Gallo, an online slot from developer Play’n GO full of poultry, a fox, vegetables, and an instant prize bonus round as its showpiece feature.
Unfortunately, the previous sentence has summed much of Rocco Gallo up, so there isn’t much more to add from a thematic perspective. Except for the fact that the game is set in a small village in Italy of all places. Hey, we’re not turning down a trip to one of the world’s premium holiday destinations, though it’s just a little confusing as to why players are transported to Italy over anywhere else since chickens are so universal. Ah well, Italy is as good as anywhere else, and going there allows Play’ GO’s graphics team to use a warm set of tones to paint the picture. In the middle of town sits a 5-reel, 3-row game grid, while around it are quaint shops, cobbled streets, and plenty of fresh produce – something Italy is famous for; perhaps juicy tomatoes are the link?
Anyway, Rocco Gallo is playable on any device, where stakes of 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin may be selected. Using 20 fixed paylines, wins are created by landing identical symbols on adjacent reels, beginning with the leftmost reel. It’s a medium/high volatile game, with a set of RTP values maxing out at 96%. On paper, at least, the potential is pretty good, yet it might pay to not expect miracles outside of the bonus game, or during it either, really.
This is because there are no features, modifiers, or extras of any kind in the base game, so regular line wins are it. These top out at 25x the bet for a line of five of the most valuable chicken symbol type, dropping to 10-20x for the other three premium symbols. Beneath them are five vegetable low pay symbols, worth between 2 and 3.5 times the bet for a five of a kind winning combo. Better value can be had when five wild symbols land across a payline at 50x the bet, but usually, wilds help make regular line wins by substituting for any of the pay symbols.
Rocco Gallo: Slot Features
Getting to the main course occurs when three or more Golden Egg symbols land in the base game, activating the Instant Prize Bonus. This is a rather simplistic streak respin style round where any Golden Egg symbol that lands awards an Instant Prize value which accumulates in a Cash Pot, or a multiplier, which multiplies the Cash Pot.
Landing the special Rocco Gallo symbol awards the Cash Pot Value, or, just to ruin your day, landing the Vinnie Volpe symbol resets the Cash Pot to zero. Should Vinnie and Rocco land at the same time, then all good; the Cash Pot value is saved and awarded.
Rocco Gallo: Slot Verdict
Dining on chickens is obviously hugely popular across the world and spinning our winged friends on the reels is a fairly common occurrence, too. As to Rocco Gallo, it looks quite good on the outside, and Play’n GO has done a good job of creating a picturesque Italian village to locate the chickens versus fox action. However, beauty is skin deep, and Rocco Gallo’s thrills, such as they are, are few and far between. The base game is pretty lean; not much happens there outside the odd line win and two scatter tease thing, so if the Italian village charm wears off, so does much of Rocco Gallo’s allure. What’s left is a Big Bad Wolf looking game full of personable characters in an attractive setting, yet one without the compelling gameplay of the Quickspin classic.
The same assessment applies to the Instant Prize Bonus as well. It’s a basic respin bonus round, and if you strip away the cute chickens, there isn’t much left behind. The simplicity might suit some – just land prizes and/or multipliers to build the Cash Pot, then land Rocco to scoop the winnings. Get burned by Vinnie once or twice, and the game might not seem so innocent, though. It’s the sort of bonus round players are likely to either love or hate. Or feel ambivalent about, and for us, it didn’t light too many fires. Amazingly, Rocco Gallo comes with winning potential of 10,000x the bet, which might seem a bit optimistic, but hey, the numbers are what they are.
As soon as Rocco Gallo loaded, it was a game that felt familiar. From its cartoon antics to its chicken populace, the use of a bad guy fox, and a simple, potentially frustrating bonus round. Rocco Gallo does look pretty good, for what it is, so okay, maybe players absolutely smitten by barnyard animals or an Angry Birds-ish game might get some sort of kick out of what’s on offer. It does rely heavily on its characters to carry the game, so if they don’t push your buttons, or the Italian countryside isn’t on your bucket list, then Rocco Gallo is unlikely to ignite much interest.
Rocco Gallo’s light gameplay constantly threatens to out-shadow its charming atmosphere, often making it seem closer to a turkey than a rooster.