Animafia Slot Review 2023
In another curious case of role reversal, Armenian trailblazers Peter & Sons have gone and liberated a band of mean-looking critters, rather amusingly labeled the Animafia, from the confines of a zoo.
Presumably embittered from a life lived within such close quarters and away from their more natural habitat, these anthropomorphized beings are portrayed armed to the teeth perhaps seeking to exact revenge on their human counterparts who have contrived to inflict such misery on them all – all in the name of entertainment. And it would appear they’re primed to embark on the heist of a lifetime, suited and booted for the occasion. Or maybe they’re just animals gone rogue. Who knows.
Animafia does raise a few ethical questions, but at its core remains a medium/high variance gambling machine packing a surprisingly weak max payout but brimming with the signature touch of one of iGaming’s most creative outfits.
Animafia Base Game and Features
The action unfolds over a 5-reel, 5-row game board housing 40 pay lines where wins of 3 more matching symbols must line up from the left outer reel. As to symbols, playing card icons from J to A constitute the low pays; awarding up to 10x the bet for 5OAK wins are the game’s premiums served by a frog, a rhino, a monkey, and a lion.
Appearing on all reels at random is the gold bar Wild worth the same as the lion when forming wins of itself, while additionally fulfilling its regular duty of symbol replacement.
Triggered at random in the base game, feel the power of three types of special wild symbols each equipped with their own modifiers:
- Random Wilds – Anywhere from 4 to 15 wilds are placed in random positions on the reels.
- Expanding Wilds – Available on all reels are Expanding Wilds, which do exactly as they say on the tin and cover the entire reel.
- Monster Wild – Monster Wilds can arrive in 1×1 up to 5×5 oversized blocks anywhere on the grid.
Running atop the grid you’ll find a collection meter, which plays a key role in the number of Free Spins you can expect after triggering the feature. For each pair of scatters landed in the base game, the meter progresses, up to a maximum starting haul of 20 spins. The meter resets once Free Spins have concluded.
Animafia Free Spins
Landing three base game scatters unlocks the game’s bonus round, where you begin with the number of Free Spins currently indicated on the collection meter.
During the feature, players are assured of a roaming wild appearing on every spin. Beginning at 1×1, the wild increases in size whenever a scatter hits up to a maximum of 5×5 – a full screen, in other words. Each upgrade also furnishes players with 2 extra spins.
Double your chances of triggering Free Spins by enabling the Golden Bet, which incurs a 20% increase in wager level.
Animafia Bonus Buy
Players located outside the UK have three further Bonus Buy options available that grant instant access to Free Spins:
- 50x the bet = 6 Free Spins
- 150x the bet = 20 Free Spins
- 100x the bet = a random amount of Free Spins between 6 and 20.
Animafia: Our Verdict
Wrapped up, Animafia is a playful, well-designed slot that carries off Peter & Son’s unique, inimitable style with panache. From a visual standpoint, the studio’s games seldom disappoint and always leave a lasting impression, while Animafia also lays on the personality thick.
That said, it was hard to shake off thoughts of Fat Rabbit and Royal Potato – games that blend the growing wild/progression element during Free Spins until the point at which you’ve covered the entire grid in one fat, juicy, full-screen-sized wild.
How frequently that proposition becomes reality in Animafia remains to be seen – but nonetheless, at just 3,200x the bet, the slot’s top prize falls some way short of its predecessors’ 10,233x and 30,000x respective figures if that’s who this game is aiming to pit itself against.
Finally, a note about the ethical undertones of Animafia. First, we had the gun-toting antics of Peter Hunter where the chief character’s aim was to blow wild animals to smithereens, and now we have a bunch of gangsta animal escapees ready to attempt a bank heist. It seems Peter & Sons likes to flirt with a political agenda, happy to plant questions in the minds of slot players during their sessions. We’re all for it, and the approach helps add further depth and intrigue to the provider’s creations.