Novomatic does its best Crocodile Dundee impression in Outback Downunder, its latest release celebrating all things Aussie. It’s a simple 5 reel, 25 payline game that comes with respins with expanding multipliers and a free spins round where wilds can boost payouts by up to 5x. Say g ’day from 50p per spin on all devices.
Video slots from Novomatic are often simple affairs and that’s certainly true of Outback Downunder. The plain green reels include lower value A to 9 playing cards alongside lizards, dingoes and crocodiles. The best paying symbols is the outback guide – land 3, 4 or 5 of him on the same payline and you’ll pocket an award equal to 4, 16 or 80 times your bet.
Helping to create those winning lines is the map of Australia which is the wild which can land on reels 2, 3 and 4 only and replace everything bar the scatter and bonus. It can really come into its own in the Free Games feature which is triggered by landing the scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin.
You’ll then receive 10 free spins. Hope to see the wild form part of your winners here as it boosts payouts by 2x, 3x or 5x whenever it does. You can retrigger another round of 10 free spins if you land 3 scatters during the feature giving you 20 free spins in total.
The second extra on offer here is a little unusual for a Novomatic game – land the kangaroo road sign on reels 1 and 2 on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Respins feature where you’ll be awarded a respin. Multipliers worth 2x and 3x are added. If these land on reel 3, they’re applied to your original win and reel 4 is unlocked.
The process is then repeated. The value of the multipliers increase to 3x and 5x – land a winner there and reel 5 is unlocked. Multipliers rise again, offering the potential to land a 10x or even a 15x boost. This means you could win 225 times your total bet from this feature.
Outback Downunder is a typical Novomatic video slot. You certainly won’t be wowed by the design which is functional at best. The fast-paced gameplay and bonus feature are what keep us coming back for more and this offers the usual blend. The respins offer something a little different and the wild extras make the free spins well worth hitting.
There’s nothing innovative on offer on this trip to the outback. We know what to expect from a Novomatic game and this Aussie adventure ticks all the boxes. This is one game we’re happy to say g ‘day to.