Let’s cut to the chase – if you want wins, spins and bonuses it’s no close shave – Barbershop is the online slot machine for you.
- Hit any kind of winning combination on the reels to trigger a respin
- Superb Thunderkick app style presentation and game-play
- Twenty five lines of red hot action in the base game await
- Three scatters earns you entry into the game’s bonus round
- Feature round grants multipliers for successive respin wins
- Inwinity spin at the end of the feature guarantees a good win
Barbershop is another fine title from the Thunderkick stable. This game uses some techniques that can be found in a few other slots, with this red hot development house putting their own spin, quite literally, on proceedings. Experienced players will appreciate the nuances of this online slot machine whilst novices will definitely fall for its novelty.
Graphically, Barbershop hits all the same visual highpoints as other Thunderkick titles with a nice, easy style of artwork that’s distinct from the WMS and IGT style Vegas slots that dominate this industry. The grid is set in a Barbershop style locale and the reels are full of the symbols of the trade and a bunch of hirsute customers who get a nice shave and a haircut every time you stop them in combination. The animations are also on point with a lovely shaving foam spray to accompany the respin function. All in all this is a polished presentation that feels and looks very easy on the eye.
The music on Barbershop has a distinctly continental feel, with lots of accordions and horns to make the action on the reels swim by nicely. One can’t help that the designers missed a trick with a little Barbershop style quartet action to narrate the base game wins and spins, but there’s a good chance an actual vocal lyric on a slot machine would become tedious after a short time. The music is backed up with a bunch of nice whooshing sound effects and just the right number of audio kicks when the big wins stop in and the action happens on the grid.
Barbershop uses a base-game system that’s similar to the Sticky Wins mechanism that can be found in Net Entertainment’s popular Jack Hammer series. This operates in a very clever manner over a twenty five pay-line set-up. Each single stop on the grid is in fact its own independent reel. When you hit a winning combination these reels freeze in place and the remaining reels respin. Any additional symbols that add on to your combination or any other combinations you hit then also freeze in place and then the respin function triggers again. This process continues until the grid completely fills up with winning symbols or you fail to add to any of the combinations in view. Needless to say this can help you hit some quite lucrative runs in the base game.
Hit three scatters anywhere in view on the base game grid to trigger the Barbershop free spin round. The more scatters you hit, the more spins you’ll receive. During this big money feature every time you hit an additional respin on any single spin this will raise the level of a multiplier meter up to a maximum of 5x, which is applied to any wins you hit on successive spins. When you’ve played through all your spins the final spin is the Thunderkick bespoke Inwinity spin. This simply keeps on spinning the game’s reels until you hit a winning combination, ensuring you get at least one good prize from this bonus game.
Slot Professor Says
There’s a whole load of fun waiting for you on the reels of Barbershop. This fun and innovative slot game has everything you need for an engaging and fun session. There’s loads to see with the new style graphics and there’s plenty to love about the animations – all of this is before you get to the clever win system that can turn an average looking spin into an absolute cavalcade of winning combinations.
One thing that canny slots players will notice about Barbershop is that this title does not have any wild symbols on the reels. Does this take away from the action? Like many Betsoft games this doesn’t really effect the playing experience and after a while you don’t even miss this substituting symbol. It’s good to see developers taking a walk from the tried and tested formulas and going for something a little bit different.
When it comes to bankroll management and setting your stake you need to be aware that this is one slot where you can make some of the biggest money on offer from the bonus round. You need to therefore make sure your cash stretches out to ensure you get into this big money round. I’d say you need to give yourself somewhere between fifty to one hundred spins to ensure you’re on the right track here.