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Birds On A Wire slot review

Added by Thunderkick. Information last updated: 08/04/2021

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Expert rating:

3.7 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Thunderkick

Release date:12/2015

RTP:96%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 1600

Mobile version:Support all devices

Play Birds On A Wire

Highlights

Volatility

Freespins

Cascading reels

Multiplier

Wilds

Themes

Nature & animals

Summer

3D

Cartoon

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RTP (Return to player):
96%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 1600

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
35
Thunderkick score (compared to other slots of supplier)
8
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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen

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Birds on a Wire takes a good look at life for the birds as they sit on the electricity cables and spend their time not getting electrocuted and dodging cats. Players can now enjoy this as well, with multipliers and cascading reels as extra entertainment.

Developed by Thunderkick in 2015 the studio was clearly trying to differentiate itself from other publishers as this slot does some very creative things with its appearance. The gameplay largely sticks close to that of regular slots but the way they chose to present it definitely makes it easier to remember. The game is built around a standard 5-reel, 3-row playing field with 17 paylines.

The game is based around a group of birds that fly onto the wires that represent the rows and fly off again for the next spin. Each of the birds is easily distinguishable thanks to their colour and shape. The scatter symbol is a cat hiding a cardboard box that jumps out when the free spins mode is activated. It’s that sort of details that make it very entertaining to watch.

Whenever there’s a win, the birds involved will get electrocuted and drop away, making room for the symbols above it to drop down and have new symbols drop in. This repeats as long as new wins are created. On the left side of the screen, we can also see a multiplier tracker that increases with every sequential win.

Symbols

Birds on a Wire features a moderate number of symbols that are all based around birds. There aren’t any other symbols, except for the sneaky cat, which helps create a solid foundation. It’s easy to see that the designers intended this entire game to revolve around literal birds on a wire. As a result, this game has a very distinct personality that really resonated with me.

That said, the game has High Volatility since the game only has a small number of symbols and a limited number of paylines. To compensate for this, the payouts for any win are very low and the game heavily depends on its cascading reels and multipliers mechanics to increase the wins to an acceptable level.

If you are not comfortable with this level of risk, or on the other hand you want to enhance it, the game offers the possibility of increasing your bets between £0.10 and £100 per spin. The game also features a max. win of 1,600x your bet but considering the volatility, this can be seen as mediocre at best, and below-average at worst.

The symbols in the game are, in order of importance:

  • Cat: Counts as a Scatter. Get 3 Scatters on the screen to activate the free spins mode.
  • Black Bird: The Black Bird counts as a Wild that will substitute regular symbols except for the scatter. Max. 200x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Brown Bird: Max. 12x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Pink Bird: Max. 8x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Green Bird: Max. 6x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Blue Bird: Max. 4x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Orange Bird: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Red Bird: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Dark Blue Bird: Max. 1x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.

Features

Birds on a Wire has a few different features that will keep players relatively engaged during their time playing. I thought the division of features between the base game and the free spins mode was excellent, keeping them pretty much the same regardless, just increasing their usefulness during the special mode.

For starters, a quick look at the features:

  • Cascading Reels: Whenever there’s a win the winning symbols disappear and other symbols drop down. This continues as long as new wins are created.
  • Wilds: Wilds will substitute all regular symbols in the slot.
  • Multiplier: Whenever there’s a win the multiplier will increase until the spin ends.
  • Free Spins: With 3 or more scatter symbols on the screen the free spins mode is activated. Players receive 10 free spins.
  • Infinity Spin: When the free spins run out the mode continues until there is at least 1 winning spin.

These features likely won’t surprise anyone who has been playing slots for a while. The cascading reels did catch me off-guard a little bit when I first saw them as the game looks like a standard slot in every other way. They also don’t activate often since wins aren’t that easy to get, but the multiplier on the side of the screen should have been a hint.

Players are expected to get a series of wins in order to create bigger coin wins through the multiplier. The payouts for regular wins are too small to really compensate for your losses as you play. That said, even though it has high volatility I found it to create wins quite regularly. I ended up with positive funds as I kept playing.

When the free spins mode is activated, players receive 10 free spins to play with regardless of the number of scatters on the screen. Once the free spins mode is triggered the only thing that changes is that the multiplier is increased. Instead of going from 1x to 5x your win, the multiplier now goes from 4x to 20x your win.

In Conclusion

Birds on a Wire is a very unique slot when it comes to its appearance and ideas. The theme is perfectly encapsulated into the game and offers players a fun playing field to look at. The idea of adding cats as scatters and the electrocution mechanic as a feature are both excellent ways of extending the idea.

The features are a lot less experimental and I think most players with some slot experience will have no problem sliding into this game and starting their play. I found the different features to be explained well on the screen itself but if you have to check out the paytable, it’s all laid out there in clear terms as well.

The downside of the game is mostly that it features a lacklustre jackpot. During my time playing, I did end up in the positives as far as my funds go but it was never a definitive win that made me want to stop playing. Power players might want to look elsewhere for a slot to try but if you’re a casual player that enjoys something original and fun, I think this will be a great choice.

Overall rating:

3.7

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96%

    Volatility:High

    Max. win:bet x 1600

    Min. bet:£0.1

    Max. bet:£100

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    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:17

    Min. lines:17

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    Languages

    You can play Birds On A Wire in English, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian

    Currencies

    Birds On A Wire supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 2 other currencies.

    All supported currencies:
    GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), CAD (C$)

    Stats

    Release date 12/2015
    47th newest on Thunderkick 2,149th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96% 0.14% > average
    47th highest on Thunderkick 1,522nd highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 1600 x your bet
    40th highest on Thunderkick 1,547th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 17 15% < average
    28th highest on Thunderkick 1,731st highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.1 per spin
    The lowest on Thunderkick 509th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £100 per spin
    2nd highest on Thunderkick 731st highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Thunderkick 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Thunderkick

    Release date:12/2015

    RTP (Return to player):96%

    Max. win:bet x 1600

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Expert rating: 3.7

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