Buster Hammer

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 243
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 243
5. Jackpot 400
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 160
7. Multiplier Yes
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.25 up to $62.5
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $2.5
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 95.886

Big, traveling carnivals used be a pretty big thing, and they eventually evolved into what we know as the circus and fairs today. Buster Hammer is a slot produced by Chance Interactive that puts the player in the driver's seat of enjoying an old-style carnival with chances to win some great prizes. The main character is Buster Hammer, a strongman at the carnival, and he does a lot to help you get paid on the reels.

Format and Layout

A pretty typical format is used with this game since it has five reels, three rows and uses the all-ways format. This means there are 243 ways to win total since each regular-paying symbol operates like a left-to-right scatter. This produces a game with a higher hit-rate than usual and a somewhat lower volatility.

Betting is based on increments of 25 coins, and you can pick coin sizes that go from $0.01 to $2.50 each. This puts the minimum bet at the $0.25 level and the maximum bet per spin at $62.50, showing that they are catering to players up and down the spectrum.

Wild Hammer Multipliers

The hammer symbol is possibly the most important symbol in the entire game, and you should pay close attention when they show up. It will substitute for anything on the reels except for the circus tent, and it gives you a chance at multipliers. Each hammer has Buster slam down his hammer on the left-hand side of the screen to give you a multiplier worth up to 5x. You get a hammer smash for each hammer that shows up on the reels, and your total multipliers add together to give you the multiplier for that winning combination. Since it uses the all-ways approach, these wild multipliers are extremely valuable.

Circus Tents and Free Spins

The circus tent is a scattered bonus symbol. It doesn't give you any payouts, but it can give you a free spins bonus feature if three or more of them show up anywhere on the reels. You can get four free spins with a 4x multiplier, six free spins with a 3x multiplier or eight free spins with a 2x multiplier. In terms of the total value, the middle option with six free spins with a 3x multiplier is worth a little more than either of the other options, but players are obviously welcome to pick up whichever of the three they prefer.

The Super Seal Feature

On any regular spin, you can trigger the Super Seal Feature at random. You'll start out with an instant win worth five times your total bet. However, Buster will swing his hammer at least once (sometimes multiple times) to give you potential multipliers on that win. You can win up to a total of 75 times your total wager with this feature.

While this is essentially an instant win feature that triggers randomly, it's incorporated into the theme of the game in a way that makes it very immersive. That's the type of thing that helps to make a game stand out a lot from a gameplay perspective.

High-end Symbols and Payouts

You can score some sizable wins with the four high-end symbols. At the top is Buster himself, and he pays out 160x for five of a kind. You can also win 120x for five of the Super Seal from the feature described above. The elephant pays 100x for five, and you'll get 80x for five of the lion jumping through the ring.

Keep in mind that these payouts are multiplied by your total bet and not by any line bet wager, so the payouts are bigger than they might initially seem.

Bottom-end Prizes

There are six card rank symbols that show up to fill out the bottom end of the pay table, and they are all styled and colored in a way that fits the carnival/circus theme perfectly. When you get five of the pink A or red K, you'll get a 60x payout. Five of the yellow Q or blue J pays 40x. At the lower end, you'll be given a 20x payout for five of the orange 10 or green 9 symbols.

Our Thoughts

The Buster Hammer video slot has great graphics and strong gameplay. It's a high hit-rate slot with a low volatility overall, and it's all about getting in on the action with the features that trigger multipliers for your pays. The multipliers show up in a number of places in this game, and it puts the character Buster and his hammer at the forefront. That's exactly the type of character immersion that helps a theme to really hold a game together, and Chance Interactive did a great job in making everything about this game as cohesive as possible.

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