Every so often a reputed and respected game developer pulls a wild card out of their hat, and we believe Karate Pig is Microgaming’s wild card. Loosely based around that loveable Japanese character, a pig with a host of talents.
Presented over a standard 5 x 3 setup with a decent 40 payliners, this slot celebrates the fact that a pig can play a musical instrument, win karate championships, and be a world-famous philosopher, samurai and sushi chef to boot. Wow, clever pig. Play from as little as 0.50 EUR or Bitcoin equivalent to 25 EUR per spin.
The symbols and the features
This slot comes with stacked wilds, and free spins feature that won’t disappoint in the wins department. There is also a bonus scatter triggering a multi-level bonus game. Get to the free spins by landing two of the gold coin symbols across reels one and five.
You’ll then get an initial 15 spins and a 2x multiplier that doubles all subsequent wins within the feature. The top payout within this feature is 100,000 EUR or Bitcoin equivalent, which is not to be snorted at.
Going the whole hog
You think that prize is eye-watering, well there’s more to come. Get 3, 4 or 5 Bonus Pig symbols anywhere in view to activate The Karate Bonus feature, a multilevel bonus game that gives you two options, the Hammer Bonus and the Pork Chop Bonus. These are what are known as ‘pick me’ features and give you 6 options to choose from that reveal cash prizes. When you ‘pick’, Karate Pig shows you what he’s made of.
When you play the Pork Chop Bonus or the Hammer Bonus you’ll get one of seven karate belts. Collect all seven to essentially make yourself a ‘black belt’, you’ll then activate the Final Showdown Bonus feature. Based around a three-round battle, Karate Pig will need to beat his bull-like opponent, do this and get rewarded with up to 2000 EUR in prizes.
For all its ridiculousness and general cheesiness, Karate Pig is actually worthwhile playing. We picked up a few very nice wins, and without putting a huge amount in either. Once you get over the stupid theme and equally weird name you’ll be able to relax into what is quite a good little game.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring