Beef Lightning is the punny, delightfully different video slot from Big Time Gaming, featuring the megaways game mechanic. The Big Time Gaming studio is located in Australia, where there’s a lot of, well, farming, so this cattle-themed game actually does make sense.
The Beef Lightning backstory is that players raise their cows on a farm at the base of Mount Cashmore during the base game and then auction them off at the stockyard during the bonus round.
The Beef Lightning game grid is a rustic, wood, beam, and stone building, set on the farm, with a cattle guard in front of it. You can’t have those darn cows escaping. It’s a cheerful-looking place, with white fluffy clouds in a blue sky and green grass. There’s a white fence, a red barn, and a windmill in the background. It really couldn’t get any more idyllic.
When you enter the Beef Lightning bonus round, described later, the scene changes to a stockyard, and an auctioneer starts auctioning off the cows, which is unique, and a lot of fun.
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The high pay symbols for Beef Lightning are the bull, the cow, the cowbell, and the horseshoe. The low pay symbols are the royals 9 through Ace. The scatter symbols are the golden letters M-O-O, and the Wilds are also gold. Apparently, cattle ranching is pretty lucrative!
The Beef Lightning background music is a jaunty, slightly twangy tune that features enough cowbell to satisfy any SNL fan. When the reels aren’t spinning, the background is the enjoyable sound of birds chirping in the outdoors.
Beef Lightning uses the farm theme to good effect with the special features. Players who land three of the gold M, O, O symbols to spell the word will win 12 free spins and head to the bonus round, consisting of a change of scenery and a cattle auction. Players start this round with one cow and no bids. Bonus coins can land and offer bonuses during the free spin round, including additional cows for the auction, a cow auction bid, which increases the payout, or a retrigger, which awards ten free spins.
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These bonuses are tracked to the left of the game grid with a cow face and a gavel. At the end of the bonus round, the number of cows is multiplied by the final bid, and players win a prize, consisting of three fixed jackpots: gold trophies, silver medals, or bronze medals, which award 25,000x, 2,500x, or 500x times the stake with 5, 4, or 3, respectively.
The Wilds in Beef Lightning can duplicate randomly, and when this happens, they expand to fill the reel. Wilds land on all reels, except the first, and can substitute for any symbol except the scatters.
Beef Lightning wins points for uniqueness and tongue-in-cheek fun. This is a particularly distinctive and silly theme that players won’t find anywhere else. The gameplay is varied, and the volatility makes it exciting.
Beef Lightning offers something for everyone. New and casual players will enjoy the frivolity and back story along with the diverse action and change of scenery and mechanics in the bonus round. Experienced players and high-rollers will appreciate the volatility and the ability to win substantial prizes.
Beef Lightning is a lot of fun and highly recommended for all levels and types of players.