Today I’m writing about one of my favorite types of slot machine games: Buffalo Slots.
Aristocrat Leisure is the company behind these wildlife-focused slot machine games. Buffalo Slots are less theme-heavy than some other games—in fact, the buffalo symbol is the most valuable symbol on the reels.
The rest of this page explains the popularity of this game. The 1024 Ways to Win reel setup (which Aristocrat calls the ‘Xtra Reel Power feature’) is one of the main reasons players love this game, so I cover that in a lot of detail.
Let’s dive in.
The free version of the Buffalo slot machine is a good way for new players to get a hang of the game, but once any player gets into the game and gets the scope of winning he just might get hooked.
How to Play Buffalo Slots
The combinations on the paylines from left to right are made by game payouts. There is a choice for the players to select between the coin denominations of 1cent to 2 dollars. This game has the possibility to payout huge combinations, which is one of the reasons its so popular. The game is not available for mobile devices yet, but can still be played online and in land based casinos. The payout percentage offered by the game is 94.85.
A free spin bonus round is initiated once when a player lands three or more symbols of gold anywhere on the reel. These gold symbols are also known as the scatter symbols in the game. Now once you get 3 scatter symbols a player wins 8 free spins, 4 entitles a player to 15 and 5 scatter symbols to 20 free spins. Both the base game and the free spin rounds are to be played on the same reels. The two additional features that come with the free spin rounds are unavailable in the buffalo base game.
The additional features are:
2 scatter symbols entitle a player to 5 free spins on any reels
The overall winning are multiplied by the sunset wild symbols twice or even three times, and can also retrigger the free spin round with three more scatter symbols placed on any of the reels.
Aristocrat Leisure’s Buffalo Slot Machines
Aristocrat Leisure is one of the biggest gambling companies in the world. In fact, it’s the 2nd largest slot machine manufacturer. Only IGT is bigger. The company operates throughout the world, but it’s headquartered in Australia. Buffalo slot machines are super-popular in Australia and in Southeast Asia. Part of the reason for that is simple:
Aristocrat dominates the international market, and Buffalo slots are a game they’ve decided to promote.
The other reason is that the game requires no skill. It’s dead easy to play. People enjoy the nature theme, and the opportunities for bonuses and combos are a lot of fun. We have the Xtra Reel System to thank for that.
Reels and Symbols
Buffalo Slots, as I’ve mentioned, is a 1024 Ways to Win game.
What does that mean to you, the player?
It means that you’re not going to see the traditional reels and paylines you’re used to. Winning combinations can happen in any number AND in any direction, with one restriction:
They have to go from left to right.
The game is available in the following denominations: $0.01, $0.02, $0.04, $0.05, $0.08, or $0.10.
You can wager the following number of credits on each spin: 10, 50, 100, 200, and 400.
So your wager per spin will vary from $0.10 to $40. Most low rollers can handle 10 cents per spin, and $40 per spin is probably the low end of what might be considered a high roller slot machine.
In this game, you should always ‘bet max’. That means a lot of the top jackpots are unavailable to players who don’t wager 400 units per spin. So if you’re committed to playing with the optimal strategy, you’re looking at $4 per spin on the low end, instead of the 10 cents.
Bonuses and features don’t turn up as often as you might expect in this game. With a $4 per spin minimum, I expected a higher percentage hit ratio than I saw when I played. In fact, I ran through my bankroll in a little over half an hour. And I even triggered two rounds of free spins.
That was just my experience, though.
A lot of players love these kinds of games. The characters are easy to read and understand. No more strategy is required than pushing a button and hoping. Players fond of the auto-play feature are an especially good audience for Buffalo Slots.
The game only has three symbols of any importance:
- The Buffalo
- The Sunset
- The Golden Coin
Since the game is named ‘Buffalo Slots’, it shouldn’t surprise you that this is the most valuable of the reel symbols. In fact, the only really big prizes in this game are triggered by the Buffalo symbols.
The Buffalo symbols stack, too, so you could theoretically trigger an enormous jackpot if you got an entire reel full of Buffalo symbols.
The Sunset symbol only shows up on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reels. The Sunset acts as a wild symbol, which means that it can substitute for any symbol you would need in order to get a winning combination. There’s one exception—the Sunset can’t substitute for the scatter symbol.
During the free spin rounds, the Sunset symbol becomes a multiplier (and it’s still wild). This isn’t mentioned on the help screen or in the instructions, but it’s good to know. Getting the Sunset symbol during your free spins is a rare but lucrative occurrence.
Scatter symbols pay out and trigger other features no matter where they land, from left to right or from right to left. It triggers the free spins bonus round, which is where the money starts adding up. (This is typical of Aristocrat slot machines.)
The other symbols might seem a little boring.
Here’s what you’ll see onscreen:
- The Nine through Ace (playing card symbols)
They’re all reasonably pretty, but they aren’t worth anything. Only the three symbols I listed above have any value.
This slot game offers a player 1024 ways to win. Irrespective of their positions on the reels, the symbols pay in a sequence from the left to the right. In this game the buffalo symbol pays the maximum amount of returns. There is a man shouting out ‘Buffalo’ every time the buffalo symbol appears on the reels. There is a possibility of many buffalo symbols appearing on the same reel and also a possibility of the entire screen having been filled with only buffalo symbols. Both these circumstances have assured wins. The buffalo symbols hold the power to turn a man into a happy man.
The wild symbol in the game is the sunset symbol, which holds the power to replace any other symbol except the scatter symbols which are the gold coins in the game. The wild card appears only on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels, they can also replace the Buffalo Symbols and can help in being elemental for a player by winning huge. When appeared in the free spin round, the wild symbol adds multipliers to the winnings.
A player can receive the scatter payout with the help of three or more gold symbols. The symbols can appear anywhere on the screen, as long as there are minimum three symbols. The scatter symbol also activates the free bonus spin round.
Buffalo Slots is a brilliant slot game for online slot players. Another of Aristocrat Technologies production, which has been a huge success with land based games all over.