Oompah bands, pig-tailed serving girls and giant kegs of lager mean we’re off to Germany in Freibier, a 5 reel, 40 payline video slot from Novomatic. This trip to the beer hall comes with stacked wilds and a bonus round that awards up to 20 free spins where a second wild symbol is brought into play. Get supping from between 40p and £20 per spin.
A classic Bavarian-style bierkeller is the setting for Freibier – the wooden reels include Germanic-style A to 9 playing cards as well a chocolate, a pretzel and a meat and two veg meal. The most rewarding symbol is the blonde-haired serving girl who’ll get you 1, 5 or 25 times your total bet if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a single payline.
Also joining the party is a wild which can land fully stacked on any or all of the middle 3 reels. It doesn’t offer any specific payouts but it does substitute for everything apart from the giant keg of beer which is the scatter.
Land 3, 4 or 5 of those scatters on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature – as well as a bonus prize of 2, 6 or 20 times your bet, you’ll also receive 10, 15 or 20 free spins. If you land 3 or 4 scatters they will be held and the other reels will spin again, giving you another chance to land the highest value bonus and the most free spins. Look out for a second wild which is brought into play during the feature – this comes in addition to the normal wild.
Novomatic video slots are often simple affairs as far as design goes and that’s true here. The cartoon-style visuals are basic. The generic soundtrack is livened up with the odd oompah-style flourish in the base game which goes fully Germanic during the free spins.
As far as volatility goes, Freibier is pretty high – we went through some lengthy spells when little happened in the way of payouts. We did cash in well enough when we landed the stacked wilds and free spins though.
This isn’t a game to play if you want lavish visuals or a wealth of extras. Just like a night at the beer hall, Freibier offers simple, unsophisticated fare. If you’re a Novomatic fan, then this boozy slot should certainly appeal. I also suggest you try Kingdom of Legend by Novomatic which is their best game in my opinion.