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Happy Birthday is a five reel, 25 payline slot brought to you by veteran developers Eyecon. It is styled after a birthday party and features a colourful design with symbols that fit the theme perfectly. There are no high or low-value symbols and all are represented by illustrations rather than the standard playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. These include a purple hippo, panda, a bottle of champagne, a pair of glasses, love heart balloons, cupcakes, flowers, a music note, presents, a party hat and a party blower. There is a wild in the game, shown as a birthday cake, plus a scatter symbol, which is used to trigger the game's free spins round.
Birthdays are great right? There are presents, lots of cake and jovial shenanigans. Well, the guys down at Eyecon have recognised this and tried to translate that joyous feeling of a birthday party into a slot game. The result is Happy Birthday slots! It’s got an engaging user interface, with plenty of colour and lots of well-designed symbols. There is also a free spin round that can prove a big benefit to your overall winnings if you are fortunate. We’ll have a look at that in just a minute, but first, let’s examine the design and paytable.
Happy Birthday isn't necessarily bursting with graphical innovations, but what it does do, it does well. Easily the best part of the design is the pallet, which is positively overflowing with colour. The backdrop is filled with different colours balloons, and the reels are bordered by an array of flashing lights. This is a great move from Eyecon, not just because this fits with the theme perfectly, but also that it makes the whole aesthetic stand out. This also complements the symbols well, as they are all styled after bright birthday objects. The whole scene is fun and playful, and Eyecon have done a good in serving the theme.
There are no low-value playing card symbols in this game, just twelve unique symbols that gradually lower in value. The wild will pay out the highest the value, with a massive 9500x your line stake if you manage to land them in a five of a kind win and will also double any other winning combinations it is a part of. This would be extremely fortunate though, but there is still more than a fair bit of value in the base game symbols. The highest paying of these symbols are the purple hippo and panda who will award a 950x multiplier for a five symbol win. After that comes the bottle of champagne, which has a total worth of 450x for the same requirements, then the glasses and love heart balloons which stand at 250x. The cupcake and flowers will both pay 125x your stake, while the music note, present, party hat and a party horn are all worth 100x.
In order to trigger this bonus, you will have to land the birthday cake scatter symbol at least three times anywhere in view on the reels. You will then receive 15 free spins, with the added bonus that every win you land for the duration of the spins will pay out double. This mode can be retriggered for more spins up to a maximum of fifteen times.
Happy Birthday is quite a fun slot, both in presentation and in gameplay. There isn’t a huge amount of content here, nor anything that particularly innovates. However, it does the basics really well, and there is plenty of enjoyment to be found in this game. While a little light on bonuses, a free spins mode is always a welcome addition and the 3x multiplier applied to all the wins you get during the round can be a big boost. The fact you can re-trigger them as well is just the icing on the cake.
If you want to have your cake and eat it, then you can play Happy Birthday right here at Bucky Bingo. Not a big fan of parties though? We’ve got plenty more options to tickle your fancy. If you want to try a title that’s a bit more established, why not give the legendary Rainbow Riches a go. Or, for those who want more than just the one bonus feature, give the action-packed Heart of the Jungle a try.
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