Funky Buddha Slot Review 2024

Buddha, the revered leader of the Buddhist religion, isn’t exactly the first bloke you’d expect to see donning hip shades and slipping into the DJ booth to bang out some lounge tunes at a sun-kissed, poolside location where the 18-30 crowd typically descends in its droves to lap up the sun, cocktails and anything else they can get their hands on. If it’s Ibiza we find ourselves in, or a Vegas rooftop, for that matter, one can only imagine what else is to be found on the menu…

In the spirit of expecting the unexpected, the game reminds us of Pear Fiction’s recent hit Granny vs Zombies which sees a battle-hardened grandma attempting to ward off the unruly undead – flipping the universal representation of grandmas of homely, gentle relatives. Buddhas, likewise, are not generally known for their deejaying prowess.

Thankfully, no such zombies are to be found inside this feel-good creation. Just good vibes, cocktails, and a feast of features to sink your teeth into. Whoever’s idea is it was to invite Funky Buddha to spin the decks – it’s sure a novel one. Let’s slap on some factor 50 and get this party started…

Funky Buddha Base Game

Funky Buddha Base Game and Features

Players get their funk on over a 5-reel, 3-row game grid containing 10 pay lines, where line wins run left-to-right over 3 or more reels beginning at the leftmost outer reel.

A highly volatile game engine powers Funky Buddha – perfect for slot revelers seeking some unadulterated hedonism on the reels.

The relatively small number of pay lines in play is counterbalanced by Funky Buddha’s decent symbol values, which top out at 100x the bet when combinations of 5 bottles form. Joining bottles in the high-pay bracket are cocktails, glasses, and headphones. Jacks to Aces represent the low pays, meanwhile, Gold turntable wilds are also on hand to replace all regular symbols for the purposes of creating wins.

Cash Collect

Look out for the Buddha Collect symbol landing on the last reel at the same time as one or more Cash Symbols appearing on reels 1-4.

When this happens, the latter expands to cover its entire reel while scooping up the value of all Cash Symbols present.

Then, the next Buddha Collect symbol in line gets unlocked and he can also drop onto the reels at any time. Now, should this Buddha Collect feature in a win, the next one is brought into play. This process repeats until all 4 of the game’s Buddha Collect symbols are unlocked, making each one available in the base game and in Free Spins. Here are the special powers each brings to the table:

  • Respin Buddha = This chap respins reels 1-4 once all Cash Symbols have been collected, leading to potentially repeated wins.
  • Boost Buddha = The total win gets a cash boost if the Boost Buddha activates.
  • Super Collect = Watch the Super Collect Buddha collect every Cash Symbol in view up to 10 times at most.

Worth between 10x and 2,000x the bet are special Jackpot versions of Cash Symbols where the Mini, Minor, Major, or Mega may land randomly on a spin.

Game Provider Blueprint Gaming
Maximum Bet 100
Maximum Win 50,000x
Paylines 10
Release Date 21/09/2023
RTP 95.00%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility High
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.10

Funky Buddha: Funky Spins

10 Free Spins are earned by landing base game scatter symbols on reels 2, 3, and 4 at once. The Cash Collect device returns, but this time all Buddha Collect symbols are stored in a meter every time they land. Once the meter is filled with 3, 6, 9, or 12 symbols, a multiplier worth 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x, respectively, is introduced.

In addition, 5 extra spins are awarded once each rung on the meter is unlocked Big Bass Bonanza style – good news for those who don’t want the party to stop.

Funky Buddha Free Spins

Funky Buddha: Our Verdict

Upon loading this rather unique Blueprint Gaming offering, our first reaction was something along the lines of “What the funk” – such was our surprise at discovering a glammed-up Buddha assume the role of DJ for the afternoon.

That initial bewilderment quickly subsided once it became apparent the game was not as original as it first implied. Unpeel the admittedly inviting outer layer, and what we discover is a regurgitated math model borrowed from an earlier studio release, D10S Maradona. Where that game cast the legendary Diego Maradona in the role of Cash Collector in four different guises, here it’s up to one of four Buddhas to perform those duties. Same same but different, as the Thais would say – where the Buddha enjoys widespread worship, incidentally.

Blueprint Gaming is the brains behind cult classics like The Goonies and Fishin’ Frenzy, so they certainly know a thing or two about how to whip up a crowd. While this contribution brims with a fair measure of originality too, while offering an impressive 50,000x max win, it loses credibility for its reskin status.

That said, DJ for the day does have some decent tunes in his locker that go well with the poolside vibe, and the visuals are certainly pleasing to the eye, so if you’re down for some casual slot fun while grooving along to modern lounge hits in a jovial atmosphere, Funky Buddha isn’t the worst choice.