Plumbo Pokie Review
Online casinos have very few pokies on a music theme. For this reason, Plumbo was a long-awaited title when it was released by Betsoft many years ago. The 15 symbols arranged in a normal 5×3 grid are designed as some metal stage structure surrounded by metal poles, lights and other things that a music fan can see at open-air concerts. All pokie components are associated with the theme perfectly – payline markers that highlight across the reels on a winning combo are designed as frame supporting structures used on stage, bet buttons are drawn up as musical instruments, and the paytable opened on clicking a related button is made as a big tarpaulin sheet stretched by cords, and so on.
The rock theme aside, the pokie is a typical 5-reel game modeled on thousands of other pokies because it features standard mechanics such as the left-to-right arrangement of matching symbols, a common wild symbol and free spins. Anyway, Betsoft has designed the reviewed creation as a tribute to the music of the Norwegian band, which is hardly known outside Scandinavia but peaks at high places in prestigious Norwegian charts.
Symbols and payouts
There are 8 regular symbols, which create pairs. Every high-paying symbol depicting a band member has a low-paying counterpart that shows a musical instrument the related musician plays. Let’s start with the lower-valued pair of symbols. Glenn Hauger, who plays the flute, awards up to $500 for two to five of a kind and the flute awards $100 at max. Hasse Rønningen (drums) pays out $1000 and his drums award $200. Tommy Elstad and his bass guitar grant you $2500 and $300, respectively, and Lars Erik Blokkhus (vocals) and his guitar pay out $5000 and $400.
Betsoft, the pokie developer, have used here their standard model for bet options. If you have played any of their pokies, you will find no unexpected bet sizes in Plumbo – everything is familiar to every fan of Betsoft library. Anyway, you have three adjustable settings:
- The number of paylines (1 to 25). It is common knowledge that players should avoid betting on any number of paylines, other than the maximum.
- The number of coins per line (1 to 5)
- A coin value ($0.01 to $1, in reasonable increments).
Therefore, a total bet ranges between $0.25 and $125 per spin.
The wild symbol is a word “Wild” set against stage lighting. This is the most basic variety of wild symbols with only one extra built-in feature. The wild symbol acts as a substitute. Whenever you get a wild in any position, the pokie defines automatically whether it can substitute or not in that particular stop position. If the answer is positive, the wild is assigned the role of a regular symbol that adds to a winning combination of the same regular symbols.
The extra feature pertinent to the Plumbo’s wild is a double multiplier applied to paytable wins when the wild substitutes. For example, there are four Lars Erik Blokkhus pictures plus a wild symbol on an active payline. This is a 5x combination that would pay $5000 if the wild did not have a x2 multiplier. But actually you get $10,000 for that combo because the wild has a multiplier effect as is said above.
Scatter and free spins
The Plumbo logo is a scatter. It appears here and there and counts in any position. In Plumbo, scatters trigger a bonus mode when 3, 4 or 5 of them hit in any place. If you have two scatters, you are awarded up to $250 at the maximum bet. More scatters mean you get access to free spins and their duration is determined by the number of winning scatters: Three of these feature symbols grant you 8 spins, four scatters give 12 spins and five scatters provide 20 free games. Free spins have two benefits. The first is evident: in this game mode you pay nothing for spinning. The second advantage is that all wins you earn in free spins are doubled. Add to this a wild multiplier, and you can see now that free spins can actually end in high profits for you.
Bottom line on Plumbo
Plumbo is a 5-reel 25-payline pokie that is basic in features but has a unique music theme devoted to Plumbo, a folk music band of Norway. The maximum potential win is $10,000 in a single spin. Pokie features are a wild multiplier of x2, scatters and free spins with a double multiplier.