Eggomatic Basic Information:
Some pokies follow a popular theme, others attempt to cash in on a currently notable franchise. Others, such as Eggomatic, seem to be based off the idea of the designers pulling a bunch of words out of a hat and doing their best to make it work. An unusual game, at least in terms of looks, Eggomatic brings a lot more to the table than the wacky theme might lead you to expect. Is it worth your time? Keep on reading to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Eggomatic is no exception. This game was released in early November of 2012.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Eggomatic comes with a total of 20 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.50
- The return to player offered by this game sits at just around 96.5%, at or slightly higher than average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. The menu is split into five sections. These are listed below.
There are three separate options listed when this section is opened. Quickspin allows the player to speed up the spinning of the reels, which means more time playing and less time waiting around. The second is the Intro Screen option. This enables or disables the intro screen playing the next time the game is opened. The third option in this section is the Raise Bet Screen toggle. This slightly raises the betting screen to make betting easier to navigate on certain devices.
This option allows the player to disable the intro movie for the next time the game is started.
This section comes with a total of two different options. This allows the player to individually mute different sources of sound. This includes ambient sound and sound effects.
As this is one of the more graphically intense games out there the player if offered a total of three different option. These are High, Medium and Low. Users on older or less powerful hardware should use the lower settings to ensure a smoother playing experience. Also note that if a game crashes on a big payout the win is forfeit, which is something which can happen more often when the setting are too high.
The one option here enables the spacebar to spin the reels when enabled.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 ,75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Eggomatic also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
What exactly is an eggomatic, and where does it come from? I initially thought, when I began this review, that I might be missing out on a part of common knowledge by not knowing exactly what one of these is. I have since learnt that, according the internet at least, an eggomatic is not a real thing.
In terms of the game the concept appears to be a system of mechanical egg laying systems. This means a collection of robo-chickens in various states of disrepair which spark and give out eggs. How does this work? I have no idea. are these constantly sparking chickens safe? Probably not. Why do some of the chickens appear to be depressed or heavily sedated? You tell me.
Regardless of the why, these chickens have a job to do, so lets get to it.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Eggomatic comes in the form of a robo-chicken which has seemingly been stamped by a red wild symbol. This can substitute for any other symbols. If multiple wins occur of one wild only the highest win will be counted.
The other major feature in this game is based around the egg conveyor belt which runs across the top of the game screen. The eggs which appear do so randomly, and the types are listed below. These eggs will be activated when they appear directly below a wild symbol. All eggs currently sitting on the conveyor belt will disappear when the player changes their level.
The spreading wild symbol in this game appears as an egg with the letter W written on the side. This can appear in both the main game and the free spins bonus game. Spreading wilds are activated when the spreading wild egg drops onto a regular wild symbol from above. When this happens all adjacent diagonal symbols transform into wild symbols.
The free spins egg appears as a green egg with the spin symbol inside. Additional details of this game are listed below.
Coin eggs come in the form of a golden coin with a coin value listed within. Coins won here will be added directly to the player's stash. The value of coins which can appear within these eggs depends on the level which the player has selected. A higher level which wagers a larger amount of money enables higher paying eggs to appear.
The surprise egg the surprise egg in this game comes in the form of a multi-coloured egg with a question-mark being located within the centre. When this egg is opened it transforms randomly into any of the other bonus eggs.
The free spins bonus game in Eggomatic is gained when the player activates the free spins egg by having it appear directly above a wild symbol. When this game is activated the player will be randomly gifted 7,10,12,15,20,25,30 or 50 free spins.
The amount counted as wagered during these free spins is the amount which was wagered in the round when the free spins game was activated.
How to Play:
Basic play for Eggomatic is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
NetEnt usually bring the quality, and in this case they have brought both that and a healthy dose of weird. The look of the game is quite unique, avoiding the usually happy and colourful scheme used by so many in favour of something more dilapidated and rustic. While this all fits together very well it is somewhat let down by the standard NetEnt betting bar on the bottom of the screen. Other than that, however, this is one of the most unique pokies I've ever reviewed. I love the look of this pokie, though your appreciation may vary.
In terms of usability – this is a game which brings together most of the great options which NetEnt have built into their pokies over the years. A great selection of options help ensure that players even on older hardware can get in on the fun, while allowing the versatility of a much newer game. One of the most functional of the NetEnt creations. Fast and reliable.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Eggomatic there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
Not the prettiest pokie out there, but one which still looks great in its own way. This is a pokie where you really get the feeling the idea was to try something new, and that is worth something in a world of cash-ins and making a quick buck. Eggomatic's inclusion of some interesting bonus structures and a possibly very generous free-spins game make this one of the best among the already great library of NetEnt pokies. Whether you want want something new, or are a newbie looking for a great place to see what pokies can do – I can absolutely recommend this game.
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