Released on July 2nd 2019, Tractor Beam is a fun-filled slot from NoLimit City with the unusual theme of farmyard animal abducting aliens. NoLimit City set the volatility up to the maximum for this wacky ride around the farmyard with so beware.
This slot is played on a 5x3 reel set with 20 fixed paylines, and with a published RTP of 96.01%. It also comes with a couple of base game features and a potentially very lucrative free spins round. While the base game features can pay well, it’s the free spins round which offers the best chance of a big win.
Tractor Beam comes with a top payout of 3,408x the bet size and you can play at participating casinos from €0.20 to €100 per spin on all devices.
Design & Symbols
With a cartoon design, the animated expressions of the farmyard animals are as amusing and fun as the game itself. The fields of Mid-West America are the setting for this fantastical farmyard romp. The reels come in the form of 5 transparent tractor beams which have the floating symbols trapped inside them. Behind the transparent beams is nothing but blue skies. The field rise slightly either side of the game board showing a remote setting with a couple of trees and bushes, a rickety old wooden piece of fencing and a wooden telegraph pole. The background music is quirky, ethereal, and vaguely menacing and is punctured only by spinning the reels, which makes a sound like a beam being shot into space.
The low value symbols are the standard royal card values J, Q, K, and A etched into planks of wood. Farmyard animals (chickens, sheep, pigs, and cows) make up the high value symbols. The cow has the highest value with 5 across a pay line awarding 15x the stake. The wild also pays 15x the stake for 5 on a pay line. The scatter symbol is a fluorescent letter ‘S’ which is crackling with lightning sparks.
The base game benefits from two randomly activated features, Clone Attack and Beam ‘Em Up. The scatter activated bonus round is called ‘Abduction Spins’ and is Tractor Beam’s free spins feature.
Randomly triggered after any spin, a Clone Attack fills between 1 and 4 reels with the same high value animal symbol.
Beam ‘Em Up
This feature is also triggered randomly and when activated it removes all the low value symbols from the reels before a spin. The spin is then completed with just high value animal symbols on the reels.
The Tractor Beam free spins feature ‘Abduction Spins’ is triggered by landing 3, 4, or 5 scatters which award 7, 9, or 12 free spins respectively. Each scatter which lands during abduction spins awards an additional spin. Every time a winning combination lands, all examples of the winning symbol will be removed from the reels. If all symbols are removed, only wilds will remain.
Our Thoughts on Tractor Beam
Tractor Beam is another solid effort from NoLimit City who are still on course to meet their target and double their portfolio to 24 slots by the end of 2019.
This is a relatively simple game with a fun design and a fun theme. The game’s volatility can lead to some barren spins, but the monotony is broken up nicely by the base game features and ultimately by the abduction spins bonus round. The Abduction Spins can really pay out, especially if you manage to get a few abductions under your belt. It would have been nice to have a higher max payout than 3,408x given the volatility. However, there are substantial enough wins available in the base game as well as the bonus game to make this a worthy investment if you like you slots crazy and you don’t mind a bit of variance.