Nolimit City has had a storming 2020 so far, releasing some of the most innovative and exciting slots of the year. Titles such as Punk Rocker and Deadwood have received universal acclaim for their wild action and huge potential. June sees the release of Bonus Bunnies, an altogether less chaotic and edgy slot from the Swedish outfit. Think fewer gunslingers and Punks and more bunny rabbits and carrots. Will the lack of edge dampen our current ardour for Nolimit City? Let’s take a look.
First off, Nolimit has turned down the volatility a tad, with Bonus Bunnies clocking an 8/10 on Nolimit’s volatility scale, which is classed as ‘Medium+’ (medium/high in other words). That still leaves plenty of room for potential, however, and with a max win of 6,950x, there are still big wins to be had.
Bonus Bunnies plays on a 4x4 grid, has 30 fixed paylines, and comes with a default RTP of 96.14%. That RTP improves to 96.22%, however, when a player opts to chance their arm with the buy-a-bonus feature.
Talking of features, the base games comes with a Bonus + Wild Expansion feature. There is also a scatter triggered bonus game with win multipliers otherwise known as Carrot Link Spins. It is the latter which holds the key to big wins
Where to play
- Bonus + Wild Expansion feature
- Carrot Link Spins
- Buy a Bonus
Bonus + Expansion Wilds
This base game feature is triggered whenever a wild and a bonus symbol land on the same spin. Upon activating, the rabbit jumps out of the scatter symbol and makes his way over to the wild whereupon the wild expands vertically to cover the entire reel on which it appears.
The now rabbit-less scatter also becomes a wild. If there are two bonus symbols on the grid, then the wild expands both vertically and horizontally to cover the entire reel and row on which it appeared.
Carrot Link Spins
3 bonus symbols activate Carrot Link Spins. Anyone who is familiar with Relax Gaming’s fantastic Wild West slot from last year, Money Train, will notice a startling similarity between Carrot Link Spins and Money Train’s own Money Cart Bonus Round.
For those unfamiliar with that particular bonus round, it is similar to quite a few other slot bonus rounds but with a few tweaks which add to the enjoyment. Carrots with a multiplier value attached, special character symbols, and blank spaces replace all regular symbols during Carrot Link Spins.
The scatter symbols which triggered the round remain on the board as carrots, each with a multiplier value of between 1 and 10. 3 spins is awarded which reset to 3 when at least 1 non-blank symbol lands on a spin. 3 blank spins in a row end the round. The round awards the combined total of all bet multipliers on the board at the round's conclusion.
Landing special character symbols during the round add significant value to the win via the following reel modifiers.
Harvesters who add all of the bet multipliers already on the board together which then becomes their bet multiplier.
Fertilizers already have a multiplier which they proceed to add to each of the carrot symbols on the board.
Settlers usually come with one of the higher bet multipliers but, more importantly, add a row or reel to the board.
It is possible to land multiple character symbols during a single round of Carrot Link Spins. A key appears as the final symbol in the event of a board clearance. The key symbol unlocks the treasure chest to the right of the grid which awards a 3x, 4x, or 5x win multiplier to the entire round win.
Buy a Bonus
A payment of 60x the bet allows players to circumnavigate the base game to jump straight to the Bonus round. Some jurisdictions may not allow this feature.
Design & Symbols
Bonus Bunnies has a cartoon-like design, and it looks great. The action takes place on a big wooden board which has been erected behind a picket fence in a meadow with rolling green hills and fields leading off into the distance. The occasional house and windmill are visible up on the hills, beyond which some curious bunny shadows can be made out against the skyline. The reel set/grid is framed in timber with the reels constructed of wooden slats. Carrots hang from cross beams either side of the frames.
The soundtrack is a jolly, bouncy ditty featuring plucked banjos and synthesizers – carrot picking music if ever I heard it.
Low value symbols are the standard playing card values 10-A. The high value symbols are red onions, aubergines, peas in a pod, and tomatoes. The tomato is the highest paying regular symbol, awarding 15x the bet size for four on a payline.
While this isn’t too bad of a win, it should be noted that the other wins available, 3 on a payline, are significantly lower. For example, 3 tomatoes pays just 0.9x the bet size. The wild is a dynamite carrot which substitutes for all symbols except the scatter. The wild also pays 15x the bet size for 4 on a payline. The scatter is a cartoon rabbit.
The image above and below displays the different paylines you can create to make a winning combination.
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Our Thoughts on Bonus Bunnies
Bonus Bunnies is an enjoyable romp of a game. It may not have the teeth of Deadwood or Punk Rocker, but those bunny gnashers can still do some damage. The design fits the theme of the game well and it looks great, although I couldn’t help but notice the resemblance to Push Gaming’s Fat Rabbit. The rabbit running around the board to greet the scatter is also reminiscent of the rabbit moves in Fat Rabbit.
Combine this with the obvious inspiration Nolimit City took from Money Train and you’ll see that for once No Limit are less innovators and more ‘borrowers’. That being said, neither feature is identical to the originals, and in the grand scheme of things does it really matter? More obvious copies and clones come out every month, and at least some original thought has gone into Bonus Bunnies.
Overall, this has to be hailed another success for Nolimit City, and another nice, quirky addition to their portfolio. Bonus Bunnies isn’t breaking down any barriers in the way that Punk Rocker did, but it is a solid effort, nonetheless.