Play Heidi’s Bier Haus Online Pokie Free

heidis-bierhaus-slot-logo Perhaps Oktoberfest would have been a more fitting time for WMS Gaming to release their Heidi’s Bier Haus pokie. These beer-themed pokies always tend to do well around that time of the year. Truth be told, though, we don’t suppose beer-themed pokies ever go out of fashion.

What’s curious about this new game, though, is the design. Most of the screen is occupied by a tavern backdrop, with the reels themselves squashed and compressed into a small central spot.

Naturally, this kind of setup tends to work best with mobile pokie users, and perhaps that’s what the developers had in mind when they designed this game.

How to play

Players will stumble across 50 paylines spread over the game’s 6 reels, and this extended format is going to cost you a pretty penny.

The Bet Multiplier button alters your total stake, which when set on 1 will cost you a hefty $0.75 per spin. Ramp that bad boy up a notch or two, and you could find yourself staking as much as $45 per spin on this beer-themed gem.

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Features

Wild symbols: It is only right that a pint of beer appears as a substitute symbol. These wilds can replace all but the Heidi icons, and there are three of those to contend with.

Heidi symbols: There are 3 of those, one coloured green, another purple and the third red. Red Heidi can only show up on the fourth reel, whilst Green and Purple Heidi symbols can show up on the lot. All 3 Heidi symbols are effectively bonus triggering symbols. Landing 5 of them on first, second, third, fourth and fifth reels will trigger the pokie’s free games bonus.

Pre-spin bonus/Tapper feature: Before any spin in this game, several spots on the first to fifth reels will be randomly replaced with base game symbols (save for the club symbol and Red Heidi icons). It is not immediately clear what the point of this feature is, but one can assume it is to help you land a win. During a spin, a Tapper feature may be triggered, and this has the potential to turn any number of reels into wilds.

Sixth reel: It is worth noting that the sixth reel in Heidi’s Bier Haus only contains wild symbols, Hans, as well as green and purple Heidi symbols.

Free spins bonus: Once players have triggered the free spin bonus, they will start with between 5 and 100 free spins, depending on how many scatters they located. In the feature, Hans can also become a wild. This bonus round has a “bonus guarantee” feature, which ensures that players will win at least 150 coins.

Trigger the bonus round with Purple Heidi symbols and you will get Persisting Wilds, which remain in place for the duration of the bonus. There is something else in store if you trigger the bonus with Red Heidi icons.

Heidi’s Wheel Bonus: Triggered by landing a Red Heidi when you trigger the free spin round, this bonus wheel allows you to potential pocket accordion, Heidi, Hans or pretzel symbols to win one of the four jackpots the game carries.

Maximum pay-outs

There are four jackpots in this pokie machine. These aren’t proper progressive jackpots, but they are quite considerable winnings nonetheless. Bagging the jackpots is achieved via the Heidi Wheel Bonus, and players can win roughly $40, $4,500, $45,000 or $240,000 if they land the pretzel, accordion, Hans or Heidi jackpot symbols when playing with the maximum stake.

Summary

You should never have to read a manual to learn how to play a pokie, but Heidi’s Bier Haus certainly makes you feel as though you need one. We’ve heard some players favour this game, but in all honesty, we don’t understand why. WMS Gaming do tend to think creatively about their engine design, but they’ve screwed the pooch here.

Heidi’s Bier Haus is all over the shop. Some of the features make virtually no difference to gameplay. Overly confusing and unnecessarily complex, this is a pokie which would be better served if some of the silly rules were dropped for far simpler bonus features.

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