When you release as many slots as Microgaming , you’re bound to start running into trouble in keeping up with the different themes. The fact the developers occasionally borrow ideas from their older titles isn’t anything new, and while loyal gamblers may recognize the gameplay as being more or less the same as a previous Microgaming game called The Heat is On, it’s a bit tough to see where they got the graphics idea from. We can’t say we’re fans. The name sounds a bit perverted, and as you spin, you follow two pig country signers and their fans, all of which are in animal form, making it a rather uncomfortable experience to sit through. There’s not much to the special features, however. The Microgaming’s newest release offers players the ability to win up to 80 free spins with the right luck lining things up the way you need it, but the most we have seen are 10 free spins, and we only managed to retrigger it once. And that’s the only real bonus that stands out. There are two Wilds, represented by the brothers, and they can mix together to form a winning combination, but that lowers how much Wild pays, so going for purely one Wild or the other is a better option.
And like a lot of the video slots that Microgaming is releasing nowadays, Oink Country Love sits at a low variance most of the time, and a hopefully middle variance on a good day. The problem is that while the theoretical wins can go pretty high, and with the free spins being able to chain up to 80 and then keep spinning more on top of that, you’d think it’s only a matter of time before you fill up your pockets with cash and run clean, but those sort of theoretical wins are next to impossible to find. Most of the time, you’ll be stuck in a normal gameplay loop that will have you either seeing dead spins or minimal wins that sit below your wager. This isn’t so bad if the game is fun enough to play, but this isn’t Giovanni’s Gems so that we’re that impressed we didn’t care that much. Oink Country Love sticks to the familiarity of a 5 reel system with 45 paylines, and has only a free spins bonus to make it stand out. That’s to say, it’s about as generic as it gets, so if Microgaming wants to entice people to play, they need to make it worth their while.
So is that one special feature worth it? It depends on your luck. For us personally, we never got more than 10 free spins, and the free spins we did end up winning were hard fought for. Scatters are plentiful, mind you, and you’ll be getting some minimal pays out of them from time to time, usually just enough to cover your wager. But to get free spins, you have to line up three or more Scatters adjacent to one another, which rather ruins the point for us. Regardless, for 3 adjacent Scatters, you get 5 free spins, for 4 you get 10, and for 5, you can score 20 free spins. However, if you have 2 Scatters on the second or third reel, it doubles the amount of free spins that you win, and if you have 2 Scatters on the second and third reel at the same time, the number of spins you get is multiplied by 4, for a maximum of 80 extra turns.
But all those high theoretical chances fail to make their mark on the slot itself. The best way we can describe Oink Country Love is that it’s just more of the same. It borrows the gameplay loop from another Microgaming title and plays in a boring and expected fashion. It only has one bonus and the theme feels nonsensical and outright weird. This is hardly Microgaming’s best and we’ve learned to expect better from the developers. In our opinion, this is one you can safely skip.