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G.R.O.W. slot by WMS is their first try at a mobile-friendly stacked reels game. A farmland cartoon village sits behind the reels with some jaunty country music and sounds as we play this bizarre game. It's like a hybrid of Netent's Tornado Farm Escape blended with Fantasma's Flower Fortunes Megaways and a little of Microgaming's terrible Oink Country Love thrown in for good measure. Surely it cannot be that bad, at least not for our bankroll?
Naturally with a game of 5 reels of 10 rows apiece the symbols are stacked on G.R.O.W. slot with 50 lines in play. The 5-of-a-kinds are bound to be shockingly low therefore and we start with the Chilli Wild at 4x bet, Wheelbarrow 3x, Spray 2.4x, Gloves 2x, Trowel 1.6x with four card suits all at 0.8x. There are also Golden Bee and GROW symbols on all reels which act as Wilds too and a Bonus symbol which doesn't.
At the top of the reels you'll see 4 chests which have hidden cash values in them. These can change during the game but you will always know the total they contain between them. This is where the Golden Bee symbol comes in. Each time it appears on reels 2,3 or 4 it will add at least 2x to the chest above the reel. If it lands on reel 1 or 5 it adds to the nearest chest either left or right.
Each time a GROW symbol lands a beanstalk will rise up and remain in place. Once it has grown 10 rows high it opens the chest above its reel. These beanstalks grow between the reels so that's why there are only 4 chests. The likelihood of the GROW symbol landing is less if the value in the chest above the beanstalk is higher and the reverse is true. So you win the 'easy' chest and say get 8x bet, and assume that with over 450x bet in the total chest values that one of the others must have 300x in or some other high amount. Don't because as I said, they can move behind the scenes here!
Land 3 Bonus scatters for 10 free games on different enhanced reels with more Wilds, picture symbols and less card values on them. There are now only Bonus scatters on reels 1,3 and 5 but these all landing will retrigger 10 free games.
With a maximum pay of 150x bet as you cannot get a full screen of Wilds in the base game, G.R.O.W. slot is as bad as it get for potential. The RTP is good at 96.47% but that's it. It's cumbersome, irritating to watch, annoying to listen to and the base game drains your bankroll with the odd 8 to 20x bet chest award thrown in. It can pay some good chest awards but these are rare and for some reason the free games seem quite hard to get when with this low volatility you'd be expecting them every 50 spins or something. Shall we say that G.R.O.W. slot is simply complete and utter, ahem, fertiliser...