What A Hoot Introduction
Think you’ve seen everything that free online pokies have to offer? If so, think again. The prolific developers at Microgaming have truly broken the mould with What a Hoot, which is based on the theme of - wait for it - owls! One of the more unusual offerings at Online Pokies 4U, What a Hoot nonetheless promises a lot of fun for all.
The fun need not stop when you’re away from the computer! Play wherever you want with a specially optimised version of What a Hoot for tablet and mobile devices. As always, absolutely no downloads are required!
Look and feel
What a Hoot is very visually commanding. The background is a spooky moonlit woodland, but don’t let appearances deceive you - the owls are here to party. The game features very striking symbols illustrated with brightly coloured owls and fruits of the forest.
Each owl seems to have its own personality, and they’re clearly all having a hoot given the ambient background noise of bongo drums playing an infectious rhythm along with the chatter of a busy party in full swing.
How to set up and play
There are plenty of ways to win in What a Hoot, which features five reels, three rows and up to nine paylines. Wins are created by landing three or more matching symbols on an active line, so the more lines in play, the greater your chance of winning. You can change the number of active lines from one to nine, and bets per line can be varied from $0.25 to $5.
Maxing out the settings gives you a potential bet of $45 per spin, a figure that is bound to get the party started!
The symbols feature the kinds of things that owls would bring to parties as well as the party guests themselves. There are conkers, seeds and hazelnuts, but the juicy-looking berries are the ones to go for, paying out 150x your line bet if you collect all five. The owl party guests are even more valuable. First comes the wizard owl, entertaining everyone with a party trick.
Land five wizard owls on a line to multiply your line bet 250x like magic! The blue feathery owl will reward a line of five with 300x your bet per line, while his scholarly friend reading a book is worth 500x if you line up all five. The party owl, cocktail in hand, multiplies your bet 600x if you land five on a line, but the What a Hoot logo is the real prize. Four on a line wins you 800x your line bet, and get all five for an unbelievable 5,000x jackpot!
The oak tree symbol is the wild, standing in for other symbols to help you make more winning combinations on the reels. The scatter is the glass jar symbol, which pays out when three or more scatters appear anywhere on the reels. In fact, scatter wins are multiplied by your total bet instead of your bet per line, making this a particularly lucrative symbol to keep an eye out for!