Play the Garden Party Slot Machine and drop your cucumber sandwiches and throw down your cake… It’s time to see where the real fun is.
Garden Party Top Features
- Win up to 1024 different ways with the big paying Multi-Way Xtra system
- Excellent graphics with cool ladybird animations
- Twee sound immerses the player in the slot gameAccount
- Three scatters and you’re in the bonus round
- Choice of multiplier and free spin options in the bonus
- Re-trigger bonus round up to three times
Garden Party uses IGT’s Multi Way Xtra slot structure in the base game. This gives you 1024 different ways to win over the 5 reel, twenty stop space set-up. This is complemented with the jackpot fountain symbol, which appears on stacks across the reels, greatly increasing your chances of hitting the big time pay-outs, together with the Garden Party wild, which also doubles the prize pay-outs of any combinations it helps complete.
Garden Party is a really well designed slot. You’ve got a beautiful floral backdrop with orbs of pollen floating around on a cool summertime breeze. The reel art looks like it’s been concocted at a vicarage fête and features sundials, summer hats, and roses amongst the game’s symbols. It’s worth mentioning the wonderful animations, most of which consist of insects that buzz and fly around when you hit winning combinations, are amazing. When you stop in two of the game’s bonus scatters, not only is there an acceleration effect, but the reels also get covered in fast-crawling ladybirds around the edges.
Another area in which Garden Party excels is in its audio. Here you get a wonderfully twee soundtrack that plays during the normal reel game, but then when you get into the free spin bonus round there’s a whole new level of fun as your reels spin with an Irish sounding jig – we don’t know why this style of music was chosen here, but it absolutely adds to the excitement of the game.
If you’re looking for more information on how the Garden Party Multi-Way Xtra system works then we have a full description in our Treasures of Troy article, as this was the first ever slot machine to feature this innovative win system. Mathematically speaking, this pays you out not only for combinations of symbols across the reels, but also adds an additional multiplier for every permutation you hit too, giving you the chance to ramp up your prizes.
What about bonus action on Garden Party? Well this machine has a free spin round with a difference. Stop in three of the garden gnome symbols to start up this round, which sees you taken to a selection screen. Here you have a choice of different spins an multipliers. The more spins you go for, the lower the multiplier, and vice-versa. This gives you a little bit more flexibility that your average free spin bonus, and naturally, as with most IGT titles, you can hit the three bonus scatters to re-trigger this bonus at the same level again and again (up to three times).
Slot Professor Says
Well I thought that IGT's Multi-Way Xtra system would only work effectively with the hexagonal reel arrangement presented in slots like Fire Opals, Star Trek – Against All Odds and the superb Siberian Storm. I've never really liked White Orchid and Treasures of Troy, but it seems that here in Garden Party, IGT have absolutely managed to crack the problem and make this mathematical model work on a square set of reels.
The thing is with Garden Party, that you've got to be prepared for lots of little wins before you hit the big time. The only real big prizes off the reels come when you either hit five of a kind, or when you hit big with the stacked jackpot symbols – and believe me when they hit - they really hit. In many ways this is another slot machine from IGT that's all about hitting the bonus round before you take the money and run... Don't be deceived into thinking that this is a slot that's every going to pay big from just the base game.
So what kind of strategy do I like to employ when choosing a suitable level of spins and multiplier in the bonus round? Well I've got to say that the first time I played this game I was completely wrong footed. If you look in the small print you'll see that the spins are given at 'up to' a certain multiplier. Therefore, if you choose the low spins (30 at 3x multiplier) I always feel you're going to score more than choosing the high spins. Obviously you can go somewhere in the middle to maximise both the payouts and spins – but in my experience I've always taken more money off this game with the lowest spin option.