Chicken Chase Slot Review 2022
Get ready to run for your life as we hunt down some delicious wins, in Pragmatic Play’s latest release, Chicken Chase!
The chickens have escaped and they’re on the run, and it’s up to us to round them up before the Wolf gets to them first. Pragmatic Play are back with another quick release to add to their 2022 portfolio, but will it be as impressive as Gates of Valhalla or a disaster like Star Pirates Code?
Pragmatic Play has made an effort with the design of Chicken Chase and it really shows. The theme may be a recurring one, but there is something about Chicken Chase that peaks your interest. The background shows a cloudy day on a farm with windmills, a barn and beautiful countryside scenery. The design and theme is eerily similar to Barn Festival and The Bird House.
The theme of Chicken Chase has left us intrigued, but will gameplay do the same? Lets’s play on and find out!
Chicken Chase Betting and Symbols
Chicken Chase has a variety of betitng options for players to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available is £/€0.10 per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available here is £/€100 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.
The highest paying regular symbol in Chicken Chase is the Chicken with the Red background, followed by the Chickens with the Purple and Green backgrounds. Lower paying symbols fall to Peppers, Aubergines, Broccoli, Strawberries and Bar symbols.
Wilds substitute for all symbols except for Scatters.
Chicken Chase Base Game and Features
Chicken Chase is a 5 reel slot with 10 fixed paylines. In order to form a winning combination, you will need to connect 3 or more of the same symbols from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.
The base game in Chicken Chase has a unique Spin and Hold feature that delivers a little excitement to an otherwise dull and boring base game. The Spin and Hold feature reminds us of the old style hold and nudge fruit machines, but it’s not as appealing as other features we’ve seen before.
Spin and Hold Feature
During any random spin in the base game, if there are no 5 of a kind winning combinations, the Spin and Hold feature will activate.
Once active, the bottom of each of the 5 reels will show a Hold or Held button. The game will choose between 1 and 5 reels to hold automatically and the remaining reels are for you to Hold if you decide to. The reels that are already pre-held can be un-selected during this feature.
Once the chosen reels are held, you will be awarded a free Respin. When the Respin is over, all winning combinations that are formed will be paid and the reels will return to normal.
The Spin and Hold feature may not be to everyone’s taste and it certainly isn’t the best one we’ve seen, but it does trigger quite a lot in the base game.
Landing 3, 4 or 5 Scatters in any position on the reels, triggers the Bonus feature. The Bonus feature does not award any Free Spins or Respins during this round.
Once active, you will be greeted by 4 Chicken symbols that each reveal their own Cash Prize.
- 3 Scatters – Triggering the Bonus feature with 3 Scatters, awards a Cash Prize of 2x, 4x, 12x or 50x your current bet.
- 4 Scatters – Triggering the Bonus feature with 4 Scatters, awards a Cash Prize of 4x, 8x, 24x or 100x your current bet.
- 5 Scatters – Triggering the Bonus feature with 5 Scatters, awards a Cash Prize of 6x, 12x, 36x or 150x your current bet.
If the maximum win capacity of 2,100x is reached, the Bonus feature will end and all remaining features are forfeited.
Chicken Chase: Our Verdict
At first glance, Chicken Chase reminded us of one of Pragmatic Play’s previous titles, The Bird House, but our opinion soon changed once we saw what was on offer here. When we first witnessed the Spin and Hold feature in action we were pretty excited. It’s certainly different to other features we’ve seen and its nice that players can get involved, but after a while it becomes quite tedious to say the least.
The Spin and Hold feature wasn’t great, but we were cautiously optimistic for the Bonus feature. When you see a slot with Scatter symbols, you can’t help but expect some kind of Free Spins or Respins round, but you can imagine our disappointment when we realised it’s not what we were expecting at all. Instead of Free Spins, Pragmatic Play opted for a Pick feature of sorts that awards an instant Cash Prize.
Chicken Chase sounds and looks pretty decent, so it’s a little frustrating when gameplay doesn’t live up to expectations. Not only is gameplay disappointing but so are the statistics, Chicken Chase has an above average RTP of 96.48% but is let down by the poor maximum win capacity of 2,100x.
All in all, Chicken Chase looks good but it has nothing to offer players in terms of fun or potential. If you’re looking for a new Pragmatic Play title to add to your favourites, you won’t find what you’re looking for here.