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Prehistoric man smashes into your screen, as the big bet option allows you a second and third chance at these Boulder Bucks slot free spins.

Barcrest Gaming like to be completely transparent when it comes to their slots online.

For example, whilst some video slots software creators might favour gamblers who like to bet big, you can’t always tell by looking at the game.

Not so with this Boulder Bucks slot machine, which tells you exactly who this favours – namely those of you who like to bet around £€$4 or £€$6 on each spin.

Because this is one of Barcrest’s Big Bet slots, much like Ooh Aaah Dracula or Monopoly Big Event. The bigger you bet, the better your returns on these 10 paylines.

Only not too big.

98% return to player rates and easier to catch free spins

And that’s no joke, it’s all written crystal clear in the paytable of this Boulder Bucks slot game.

The big bet button gets you to play 5 spins for the total of 20 or 30 in cash. Whichever you choose, it basically allows you to enter the free spins games a little easier than if you simply use the spin now button.

It even says that if you play strategically, the return to player rate when using the big bet, or betting more than 2 in cash a spin, is around 96% to 98%.

If you don’t know how much this video slot pays can go down to a dismal 81% to 77%. How is that for transparent?

Kills the joy of this Boulder Bucks slot

The thing is, we are almost given too much information about the Boulder Bucks slot, and it kills some of the fun.

For example, if I know that the only way to easily catch the free spins is to bet big, it will be far too tempting to use that button, when if I didn’t, I could just as easily get as good a round as if playing on Nemo’s Voyage, for example.

Granted, once you get to the free spins, this is a joy to behold, as you get 3 different types of expanding wilds, and the chance to try play again and again until you get the win you want… or lose the win you wish you had.

But, unless we felt like gambling just one amount, we probably won’t be returning to this Boulder Bucks slot game, when there are so many other brilliant games in the Barcrest and Williams slots range.

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Boulder Bucks slot stats

Mobile Slot releasedSeptember 2016
Slot typeVideo Slot
Slot reels / paylines5 Reels / 10 Paylines
House edge / RTP22.09 - 2% / 77.91%
Slot volatilityLow/Medium
Coins range0.01 - 50
Min/Max bet0.10 / 500
Free spinsUp to 20 Free Spins / Expanding Wilds
Bonus roundsFree Spins, Click Me Game, Expanding Wilds
Slot ThemesHistorical
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Bonus Features

Free Spin Bonus: Get 3 Boulder Bucks slot logos anywhere on screen and you trigger the free spins. Those symbols can also have the number 1, 2, or 3 on it, telling you how many 'picks' you get.

You start with a choice of three different free spin games:

  • Mammoth Spins: 20 free spins with expanding wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4.
  • Pterodactyl Spins: 10 free spins with 'sliding wilds' - the wild symbol will turn all symbols to the left of it into additional wilds.
  • Sabre-toothed Spins: 6 free spins with 'persistent' wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4. So if a wild show up on screen, it expands and stays on screen till the end of the free spins.

Now, it may be that you don't get to pick again, but you usually trigger the free spins with 1 or 2 picks.

All that means that once you've picked one of the three free spin choices above, you can choose to accept the win, in which case you go back to the base game, or reject and pick another free spin round.

You can't pick the same Boulder Bucks free spin round again, but if you don't get at least 20x your bet, we think it's worth picking again.

Egg Hunt Pick Me Game: 3 eggs anywhere on screen will give you a simple click me game where you can either get a multiplier win on your bet or entry to the free spins round.

Big Bet Game: Here you get to bet £€$20 or £€$30 over 5 spins. Why would you? Because you then get the Boulder Smash bonus.

This is a pick me bonus which if only 2 scatter symbols show on screen, you'll get to pick from a selection of boulder for another chance to trigger the free spins, usually with either a 1,2 or 3 pick selection.

Boulder Bucks Review Conclusion

We don't mind big bet games, but we have to feel like if we wanted to play normally, it would still be an enjoyable experience.

With the Barcrest Boulder Bucks mobile slot it's all too clear that you need to bet big to catch those free spins, where all the fun is to be had.

That said, if you don't mind gambling £€$4 or £€$6 a spin, those free spins are actually ridiculously good fun, and it's got some decent graphics to boot.

For everyone else there is always the Frozen Inferno slot for something with some bigger rocks.

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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 25, 2021 - Rating 2

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