Making YG Masters partners Avatar UX to stand out from the crowd is the PopWins™ Mechanic. Being utilized for the fourth time in BountyPop, it is a concept that allows winning symbols to pop, spawning two icons that accomplish two things. The first, increasing the number of rows or winning ways, thus boosting the win potential. And second, creating the potential for a sequence of wins on the same bet. The big question is: where are we headed to this time, and what features await?
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The fourth installment in the popular PopWins™ series is finally here! Play BountyPop for real money or in a free demo that is coming soon to Bob Casino!
- Return to Player: 96%
- Volatility: High
- Ways: 243- 59049
- Both Ways Pays
- Bet Range: 0.2-100 Euros
- Bonus Round with Gamble and Buy Feature
- Multiplier Wheel
- All Devices: PCs, Phablets, Tablets, Smartphones, etc.
- All Browsers: Safari, Opera, Mozilla, Edge, Chrome, etc.
- Tech: HTML5, GATI, PopWins™
Slot Design, Algorithm Stats, Basic Rules, & Paytable
BountyPop opens up to something almost similar to what we saw last time out. It is the same expandable 5X3 setup, with the purplish backdrop now replaced with the blue of the waters, where players join a motley gang of pirates. Easy to pick out is the eastern influence on the symbol design, which is quite typical, coming from Hong Kong-based Avatar UX. And that precisely answers the first question of where we head to this time.
Playable with bets ranging from 0.2 to 20 units of the primary currency, BountyPop produces respectable stats just as its peers. Starting with the RTP rating, it has dipped down to 96%, which is not a surprise. The volatility is rated high, but a fair hit rate of 20% or a win in every five spins helps with the responsiveness, especially in the short term.
Rules are pretty simple or just a matter of copy-pasting from the previous outings. A win forms whenever three or more of a kind match from left and right, since this a both-ways-pays system. Before answering the second question asked during the introduction, how about a sneak peek of the paytable?
There are twelve symbols in total, the design of which resemble the characters on a Japanese Manga. At the lower end are the usual blackjack fillers, racking up identical prizes ranging from 0.2 to 1x bet. Next up are the high-pay pirate symbols, offering better rewards that range from 0.5-6x bet. Last is the super high-payer, offering the premium paytable prize of 10x for a five-of-a-kind combination.
Already broken down in the introduction, the PopWins mechanic takes center stage. Reels can expand up to six and nine symbols tall in the base game and free spins, respectively. As to the ways, they can expand from the initial 486 to a whopping 59049, just as we saw in CherryPop.
Three, four, and five scatter symbols award six, nine, and twelve free spins, respectively. The starting grid configuration can be anything, starting from a 4-3-3-3-4 format to a 5-5-5-5-5 format. Players will also be thrilled to find out that the reel expansion does not reset fully like in the base game. It only resets to the shortest reel height on the last non-winning round.
The Gamble Wheel
The named feature returns from the previous installment to allow players to risk the bonus for additional free spins. Beating the gamble wheel, having triggered six and nine free spins initially, for instance, will set the player off to a nine and twelve free spins bonus round, respectively.
The Mystery Wheel
Helping bump up the potential of the slot is a second wheel named the mystery wheel. Unlocked on a fully maxed out grid in the base game and at seven, eight, and nine symbols tall in the bonus round, it offers the player a chance to win a win booster multiplier of up to 100x!
Players can bypass the hassle of going through the volatile base game to activate the bonus game by buying it directly for 100 times the bet. In an unusual twist, this feature is only accessible to those betting at least one Euro, but not more than seven.
BountyPop — Our Verdict
Avatar UX hit a gold mine with this mechanic. There are just so many things they can do with it, and they are barely halfway through. It’s no wonder to see that they have only one slot in their portfolio that doesn’t have anything to do with PopWins™. Who isn’t looking forward to TikiPop, the fifth slot in the series?