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Bull in a Rodeo[Play'n Go]

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Title: Bull in a Rodeo
Developer: Play'n GO
Reels: 5
Rows: 3
Paylines: 20
RTP: 96.21%
Free Spins/Multiplier: 10-30/1-2x
Max Win: 2,000x
Volatility: Medium/High
Min/Max Bet: 0.05/100
Release Date: August 25, 2022

Now Play : https://k8.io/games/slots/png_bullinarodeo

Bull in a Rodeo: Slot Overview
Well, yeehaw folks, it's around about that time we don gloves, hats, and plaid to enter the arena atop a bucking bull in a rodeo-theme online slot from developer Play'n GO. In real life, the goal of bull riding is to hold on tight with one hand to get a score in what has been called 'the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.' Eight seconds of what must be an insane adrenaline rush that few people have the desire to experience. Arguably more people will be drawn to taking on Bull in a Rodeo, which provides a taste of life in the rodeo from a safe distance while offering three Wild Features, and free Freedom Spins.

Bull in a Rodeo is located in what appears to be the bucking chute, the place where riders get on top of the bull before the gate is released and the count begins. Surrounding it is a crowd cheering from grandstands, megaphones, gates, a big padlock, and a load of animated bulls which pop up, both on and off the reels. A certain level of rodeo atmosphere is achieved, and Play'n GO has leaned toward a light-hearted, friendly side of the theme rather than take it in a serious manner the way Red Tiger kind of did in Bulls Run Wild.


Playable on tablets, mobiles, or desktop devices, saddling up involves picking a stake from 5 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Bull in a Rodeo is a medium/high volatile game, generating a theoretical return to player value of 96.21%, and feels geared to a more casual segment of the market. Its action is hosted on a 5-reel, 3-row game matrix, with 20 paylines shimmying their way across the grid to land winning combinations.

Wins are created when matching symbols land in consecutive reels across a payline, starting from the first reel onwards. The low pays on the table are the card suits - clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades, paying 1 to 1.4x the bet for five of a kind. Up from them are hats, boots, liquor bottles and glasses, mirrors, and what looks like a rodeo clown but is referred to in the messages beneath the reels as the cowboy. Landing a winning line of five premium symbols triggers a reward worth 4 to 18 times the stake.

Wilds are one of Bull in a Rodeo's main events, and no matter which form they appear in, they can replace regular pay symbols to help complete winning lines. Lastly, wild bull symbols are worth up to 40-80x the bet for a line of five, depending on the type of wild creating the win.

Bull in a Rodeo is not what you would call an intricate slot, with extras that revolve around three Wild features and a triggering round of free Freedom Spins.

The Bull
Landing The Bull symbol triggers a Wild feature. One of them is the Happy Bull which randomly creates wild symbols on the reels. The Proud Bull randomly creates full reel Stacked Wilds, and the Angry Bull creates random Multiplier Wilds.

Freedom Spins
When you've got The Bull symbol and a Gate Scatter symbol in view at the same time, 10 Freedom Spins are awarded. During Freedom Spins, The Bull symbol continues to trigger one of the Wild features, plus 3 extra Rodeo Bull Wild symbols are added in random positions. On the very last Freedom Spin, it is possible to retrigger the bonus.


Bull in a Rodeo: Slot Verdict
Real-life bull riding might be the 'most dangerous eight seconds in sports', but the same can't exactly be said about Bull in a Rodeo. It's fun and has a certain amount of spirit, yet it's also quite a small game by Play'n GO standards. It came across as more interested in getting players to chuckle at its bullish antics rather than knuckle down and hold on for dear life. It was nigh on impossible not to think about ELK Studios' classic Wild Toro while playing Bull in a Rodeo as the two games share similarities. One thing they have in common is getting players to root for the bulls. In Wild Toro, that typically means cheering when Toro chases down the Matador. Bull in a Rodeo is more progressively minded by comparison, replacing the controversial topic of bullfighting with the freeing of livestock.

Letting the bulls loose occurs when The Bull and the Gate Scatter symbol hit, thereby triggering Freedom Spins. Hopefully, they work out when awarded because the base game was pretty slow going a lot of the time. The three Wild features are there, though they didn't trigger very often for us while test running the game. Proud Bulls tended to be a single stack, and Angry Bulls weren't super common. The pace picked up in free spins, where The Bull was a more regular occurrence, leading to a greater frequency of Wild features as well as the three extra Rodeo Bull Wilds. There can be quite a lot of wild activity happening on the reels, but there's also an element of tail chasing going on, too, as the most Bull in a Rodeo can muster is 2,000x the bet. Seems fair enough in a game like this yet is low by Play'n GO's usual standards.

Still, players who got a kick out of Wild Toro may get a kick out of this as well. Bull in a Rodeo put up a fight, but it wasn't as mechanically unique as Wild Toro, or memorable either, for that matter. It relies on a handful of wild tricks and the charms of its cartoon bulls to carry the game, so if they don't do it for you, then it'll be hard to grip down to continue the ride.



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