If you fancy a spell down on the farm, Cash Hound from Ainsworth is a 30-line, five-reel video game set in the country. Cartoon pigs, rabbits, chickens and cats feature, as does a golden hound. What he’s doing on the farm is anyone’s guess. He’s no sheepdog, that’s for sure; he spends most of his time burying and digging up bones. Read our full review below.
Spins and jackpots
There are two rounds of free spins, including multipliers, and players also get a crack at winning one of the jackpot prizes. There are five of these. You can wager up to 24 per spin, but bets begin at just 60.
Keep a sharp eye out for the chicken because if you land five on a pay line, this chook can grant you twice your total bet. All of this is in the basic game. You also have the lower-value symbols from 0 to 9 as well as Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
Give a dog a bone
Reel 3 is the place to keep your eye on if you're looking to find the Golden Hound. Unlike a real dog, it stays on track and does what it’s told. It’s a wild symbol, and whenever it turns up in a winning combo, it doubles the payout.
The scatters are golden bones, and if you can dig up three, four or five of these, you're in for a win that will multiply your total stake by 3, 10 or 50. It's not over then because you'll also set off one of the game's two thrilling bonus features.
Bonus game 1: The Crazy feature
If you can trigger this bonus, you'll get six free spins. On the sixth spin, things start to get a little interesting. An extra reel will appear and you'll see the signs for 2x and 2x respin, along with 3x and 3x respin. Every time you win, your winning amount is multiplied by the amount on the bonus reel. Moreover, you will also get an extra free spin if you can snag either the 2x respin or the 3x respin multiplier.
Cash Hound’s head can fill up the whole reel during this bonus play and magically turn into the same matching symbol. However, this isn’t the simplest bonus play in the game's world and can take a bit of getting used to.
Bonus game 2: The Super feature
Six spins are okay, but if you can get the super feature going, you've got a tasty 10 spins to play with. The Cash Hound has dug up another bone, so there's a new bone symbol that is wild and starts appearing on the reels. As with the Crazy bonus feature, the hound’s head makes an appearance. If you see it on reel 1, you'll be rewarded by the bonus reels, which will contain the 2x and 3x multipliers. Symbols on anything from one reel to all five reels can be transformed into the Hound head and then turned into an identical matching symbol.
Meanwhile, the multiplier reel will tell you how much your win will be multiplied by. If you can get two of the scatter, a further five spins will be yours.
There are five jackpot prizes, and you have a chance of winning one when you've activated the Super feature bonus game. Watch out for the fact that the payouts are different in the free spins round than they are in the basic game. You may think that you've just won a big prize only to find that you haven't because you're not in the relevant game. Nevertheless, the multipliers do help to boost your winning total.
Looks better than it sounds
The cartoon-style visuals are quite engaging, but the sound is a little bit unimaginative when you think of the fun they could have had with some decent farmyard noises. It's possible that because the game is available on mobile as well as desktop and tablet, they didn't want people on the train to work finding that their phone was making embarrassing snorting noises.
There's quite a lot of competition to this Ainsworth title from other games by well-known developers such as NetEnt. The farmyard theme seems to be quite a popular one. This game is well produced, solid and has competent game play, but it isn't a title that is full of surprises. Will it become one of your favourites? It could well be, as long as you’re not too fussy about highly realistic themes and a great soundtrack.
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