Drink down the action on the reels of the Bier Haus slot machine until you’ve had your fill of those fizzy winning bubbles…
- Classic WMS slot machine themed around a Germanic beer party
- Symbol stacks allow you to hit multiple combinations on every spin
- The more bonus symbols you hit the more spins you get
- Certain bonus symbols turn into locked wilds for the bonus round
- Locked wilds stay in place for the duration of 80 spins
- Bonus can be re-triggered to add even more spins to your count
Bier Haus is another great slot machine from WMS. This game is themed around one of Germany’s many beer festivals, where people of all ages come together to wear leather shorts and drink huge glasses of lager. This is a traditional time of celebration in the Teutonic lands and hopefully when you spin the reels of this awesome game you’ll have something to celebrate too.
When it comes to graphics, Bier Haus has a little more design in its reels than many other WMS games. The grid is set in a background that’s clearly been modelled on a Bavarian ale-house, which helps set the scene as you proceed through the game. Base-game symbols consist of card suits together with more bespoke imagery in the form of bier krugs, castles, accordions and rosy faced men. There’s nothing too stand out about this machine – there are few animations and the reel mechanism isn’t all that incredible. As with many of the WMS games, it’s the action on offer from this title that really does the talking.
The sound set on Bier Haus is the standard WMS audio palette, which gives you a number of basic reel spin sounds together with some fairly generic music that’s triggered every time you hit play. It’s when you get into the bonus round that the machine’s sonics really take off into their own, as you get a full on blast of Germanic Bier Haus chanting to go with your free spins, which really does add a huge amount of excitement into the proceedings. It’s almost as if you’re sat at Oktoberfest drinking on a massive stein as you watch the cash roll in.
The Bier Haus base-game plays over a standard casino slot arrangement that should be well known to anyone who’s ever been within fifty feet of one of these games, which comes complete with a forty pay-line structure. All the symbols are stacked throughout the game allowing you to hit some big combinations on the reels, paying out some fantastic prizes. The regular symbols are backed with two types of scatter symbols, both of which control the action in the bonus round and a special wild in the form of linked beer steins. These wilds appear regularly on the reels and help you on your way to the bigger wins.
The bonus activation system in Bier Haus is a little different from the type you’ll see in many IGT slots and even some WMS slots. You need to stop in five or more of the pink and purple serving girl scatters to start the bonus round with five free spins. Every additional scatter beyond the first five will add a further five spins to your starting total. When you get to the second set of free spin reels, any purple scatters that you used to activate the bonus round will be turned into locked wilds that will stay in place for the duration of eighty free spins. The best thing about this bonus is that you can re-trigger it by stopping in the required number of scatters at any time during the bonus. This is a quality feature for a magnificent slot machine.
Slot Professor Says
Bier Haus is a great game, however its not one of those slot machines that absolutely throws money at you. The pay-table on this game is fairly restrained, offering fairly low wins across the board. There is a reason for this, which is the heavy stacked symbol structure on the reels and the addition of the locked wilds in the free spin round, which do allow you to hit some huge combinations. You’re more likely to find yourself hitting several low paying five strong winners that’ll give you a large prize than one big money award.
So with this in mind, how should you approach the game play on Bier Haus? This low paying structure means that this is a great session slot that you can happily play with a very small stake and as long as you don’t over-extend yourself you can keep on rolling in the winners. It’s not a death or glory slot, but rather a bit of a plodder in the base game where you’ll find it easy to break even. Saying this, there is a lot of winning potential in the bonus game and if you can hit a large scatter combination to get you into this feature then who knows where it might end.
Do I have anything bad to say about Bier Haus? Ultimately when you compare this game to many of the Microgaming and IGT slots out there you’ve got to say that WMS need to up their game in terms of graphics and sounds. Whilst their games have a lot of good features more and more players are attracted to games by the branding and the theme. WMS need to pay a bit more attention to the competition if they’re going to really succeed on the online stage in the same way as they have in Las Vegas.