About Barber Shop
Graphically, Barber Shop hits all the same visual high points 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 re-spin 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.
Barber Shop 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 re-spin. Any additional symbols that add on to your combination or any other combinations you hit then also freeze in place and then the re-spin 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 re-spin 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.