Barkin’ Mad Slot
Barkin' Mad is a puppy-themed 5-reel, fixed 10-pay line online slots game from Barcrest. It features plenty of canine chums as they line up to take part in a Barkin' Mad dog show. If they win, then you win too! There are several breeds taking part in this canine conumdrum, and the biggest prize winner is the bulldog, who emerges from the reels chewing on a hefty bone. The hounds are joined on the reels by playing card values ten to ace.
This game has two ways you can play. The simplest way is the standard slots way – you simply choose your stake per line from 0.01 to 40.00. There are only ten winning lines in this game, and all are in play on every spin. The second way of playing is via the 'Big Bet' option. This alters the pay table to more favourable payouts, and you simply choose your bet value. You get five 'Big Bet' spins every time that you do this. You can also only trigger the 'Showtime Bonus' (see below) if you select the 'Big Bet' option. When you're ready to let the dogs out, hit the 'Spin' button.
Payout & bonus rounds
In normal play, the lowest payout is for three tens, jacks or queens at 3x your line bet. The prize pooch is that bone-wielding bulldog who wins you 50x your bet-per-line. If you use the 'Big Bet' feature, the lowest payout remains the ten, jack or queen, but the prize is a quarter of your total bet. The bulldog jackpot is two and a half times your total bet.
The 'Wild' symbol substitutes for all other symbols aside from the 'Barkin' Mad' symbol. Wilds will hold over sometimes when their appearance fails to trigger a win.
The 'Barkin' Mad' symbol acts as a scatter and three or more anywhere on the reels triggers Barkin' Mad free spins. You win ten free spins for three symbols, and a bonus two spins for each additional scatter you land. Each wild symbol you land locks in place for the duration of your freebies. If two or more Barkin' Mad symbols are visible, there's the chance that one of the other symbols will change into a third.
The 'Wild Dog' multiplier bonus is randomly triggered following a losing spin. When this happens, one of the symbols turns wild and reveals a multiplier value. These values are applied to all win lines that include this symbol.
The 'Showtime Bonus' is only available when you use the 'Big Bet' option. If you are awarded it you'll either be awarded a prize multiplier or entry into the free spins bonus round.
Although part of this slot is based on a dog show, we can't be too sure that this game will be winning any prizes for being the top dog in the world of slots. The game only seems worth playing using the 'Big Bet' bonus, and the graphics are extremely basic. This game isn't a complete howler though, but it's nowhere close to being the dog's [CENSORED] either.