Barkin’ Mad slot review
The first thing I thought when I loaded this slot game up was that Spike from the Tom and Jerry cartoons had been given his own spin-off franchise and had got some of his doggy friends involved to help make it work. It turns out that this is not Spike but it is still a dog-orientated slot from the team at Barcrest.
Barkin' Mad? You Bet!
Barkin' Mad is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot that feels like it should be said with a cockney accent. It has cartoon-style graphics and immediately gives you the impression it is a light-hearted feast of fun that will entertain you in more ways than one. Does a fun slot necessarily mean a good slot? Let's find out.
It's Doggy Time
There are four different dogs that fill up the positions on the reels in a very similar way to how they are present on the reels in the other doggy-themed slot Hound Hotel. I'm not a dog expert but the four dogs look like a variety of bull dog, spaniel, terrier, and staff. They all seem relatively cheerful looking so that only helps the good vibes of this slot. The other symbols are the regular 10-through-to-Ace symbols.
These Dogs Can Get Wild
The Wild symbol is represented by the Wild logo. It has your standard Wild powers with the ability to substitute for all other symbols, except for the Barkin' Mad logo Scatters, to complete potential winning combinations appearing on the reels.
Win up to 14 Free Spins
These Barkin' Mad Scatters have quite a role to play in this slot because if you hit three of them across the reels you will trigger the free spins bonus round and instantly be awarded with 10 free spins. If you hit four of the Scatters you will win 12 free spins and five Scatters will see you earn 14 free spins.
There's the Big Bet Feature!
This slot also comes with the Barcrest-developed Big Bet feature. You might have seen this on other slots such as the Monopoly Big Event slot that was released in partnership with WMS Gaming. Basically, Big Bet allows you to play 5 spins “linked” together with a 10x multiplier applied to any wins. One of the perks of the Big Bet feature is that any Wilds on the reels will stay in position for another spin if they do not contribute to a winning combination on that spin. Also, if you hit two Scatters on the reels during the Big Bet spins then a random symbol will turn into a third Scatter or a prize multiplier will be added.
It's Show Time!
The Big Bet feature also brings into play the Showtime Bonus feature. This is randomly triggered and will take you to a second screen where you will be asked to play a Wheel of Fortune-type game to try and win extra prizes. You can either win a multiplier or entry into the free spins bonus round.
Barkin' Mad is a very unassuming slot. There was no real fanfare when it was released probably because the Monopoly launch took the limelight. However, this is a slot that entertains and the Big Bet feature is a welcome sight. You won't win a life-changing amount of money on this slot but there are decent wins to be had if you hit the right combinations and it's just generally a feel-good slot to spend some time playing.