Hypothetically, if you find yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and you get to choose one person to help you in your quest for success, who do you choose? I’m willing to bet most people’s first answer would not be their grandmother. Sure, my granny cooks the best Sunday roast of anyone I’ve ever known, and she has some hilarious stories to tell, but fighting zombies? I think I’d be asking her to sit this one out. Either the minds at Pear Fiction Studios have some unique grandmothers, or they have some unique imaginations, as we’re playing out this hypothetical situation in their latest release, Granny Vs Zombies. With RTP options up to 96.32%, this medium/highly volatile release can produce wins up to 5,000x bet, so let’s dive in.
We’re on a quiet residential street on a dark night in Granny Vs Zombies – and not to be forgotten is the fact that this game focuses around just one granny, which means the rest are safe and sound in their houses, judging by the well lit windows in the background. Everything else is pretty normal, with the majority of excitement coming through in the form of symbols – four distinct zombies, four weapons, and our hero granny. A soft soundtrack comes in to tie it all together, building at just the right moments to help enhance the excitement.
Granny Vs Zombies Base Features
Taking place across 5 reels, wins are formed on Granny Vs Zombies by matching at least 3 symbols on adjacent reels, beginning with the leftmost reel, across 1 of 20 fixed win lines. Symbols available begin with non premiums, with 10s, Js, Qs, Ks, and As, awarding wins between 0.20 and 0.40x bet for 3 of a kind matches, increasing to values between 1 and 1.50x bet for 5 of a kind wins. At the premium end we meet our four zombies, with what looks to be a young man, an older business man, a cheerleader, and a footballer. Land 3 of a kind of any zombie to see wins between 1 and 1.20x bet, increasing to values between 3 and 5x bet for 5 of a kind matches. The little grey-haired granny is the highest paying symbol, awarding wins of 1.50, 2.50, or 10x bet for 3, 4, or 5 of a kind matches respectively. Finally, Wild symbols are available to substitute for all symbols except LockNWin Coins and Scatters. When a winning line starts with a Wild symbol, it will substitute to create the highest paying combination.
Alright, so the first thing to cover in Granny Vs Zombies is the variety of Wild features on offer. First up is the Granny Wild and the Zombie Wild. When both of these Wilds land on the reels at the same time, the Granny Wild attacks the Zombie Wild, adding more Wilds to the reels.
It is also possible to see Walking Wilds, which can appear as one of three characters on reels 3, 4, or 5. These Wilds will move one reel to the left on the next paid spin, continuing to move until they reach reel 1, at which point they are moved off the reels. Walking Wild positions are saved per bet level.
Next up for the base game are LockNWin coins. When 6 or more of these are in view, the LockNWin Feature is triggered, in which 3 respins are awarded. During respins, each time a coin lands the counter will be reset back to 3. It is also possible to unlock additional rows. The LockNWin Feature ends when no respins remain, or the reels are full of coins – in which case the Mega Jackpot of 5,000x bet will be awarded.
The following coins are available during the LockNWin Feature:
- Coin – awards cash prize between 1-12x bet.
- Multiplier Coin – multiplies all coins on screen (except star coins) by up to 5x, and awards a cash prize between 1 and 5x bet.
- Key Coin – unlocks additional rows and awards a cash prize between 1 and 5x bet.
- Star Coin – triggers the Jackpot LockNWin Feature at the end of LockNWin.
During the Jackpot LockNWin Feature, triggered by landing a Star Coin in the regular LockNWin Feature, players will be taken to a screen with all possible Jackpots listed. Star coins will land on the reels on every spin, and when 3 land in corresponding positions to one jackpot, the relevant prize is awarded.
Possible Jackpot values are:
- Micro – 15x bet
- Mini – 25x bet
- Minor – 100x bet
- Major – 500x bet
- Mega – 5,000x bet
Finally, all LockNWin coins that land will be added to the progress bar above the reels, regardless of if they are used in any kind of feature or not. When the progress bar has been filled, players will trigger the Jackpot Wheel, wherein one jackpot from the values above is guaranteed to be awarded. Progress on the progress bar is saved per bet level.
Granny Vs Zombies Bonus
Land 3 Scatters on reels 2, 3, and 4 to trigger Free Spins. Before Free Spins begin, players must choose one of the following options:
- 10 Free Spins with Frying Pan Attack (1 Damage Point)
- 8 Free Spins with Rolling Pin Attack (2 Damage Points)
- 7 Free Spins with Butcher Knife Attack (3 Damage Points)
- 6 Free Spins with Molotov Cocktail Attack (4 Damage Points)
All of the weapons noted above act as Wild symbols, and when they land in view Granny attacks any Zombies in view.
The win multiplier starts at x1, and increases by the amount of damage points when Granny attacks the Zombies. When this multiplier reaches x5, x10, or x20, Granny moves to the next level. When Granny moves to the next level, additional spins are awarded according to the weapon chosen:
- Frying Pan – additional +5 spins
- Rolling Pin – additional +4 spins
- Butcher Knife – additional +3 spins
- Molotov Cocktail – additional +2 spins
Finally, the Disco Zombie can appear at any point from level 2 onwards, and is defeated after taking 5 points of damage. If the Disco Zombie is defeated the Jackpot LockNWin Feature is awarded and played at the end of the spin in which this happens.
Players in appropriate regions can skip straight to the action with a number of Buy Feature options:
- LockNWin Feature – 31.45x bet
- Free Spins – 62.51x bet
- Jackpot Wheel – 75x bet
- Jackpot LockNWin Feature – 149.99x bet
The maximum win available in Granny Vs Zombies is 5,000x bet. If the sum of a single game round exceeds this, the game round will end and 5,000x bet will be awarded.
There’s more than enough happening in Granny Vs Zombies to keep players excited, beginning with the base game bursting full of features. Walking Wilds, Granny Wilds, Zombie Wilds, and LockNWin coins all help to keep things moving forward whilst players wait for Free Spins – not to mention the progressive aspect of collecting coins to guarantee a spin on the Jackpot Wheel.
When Free Spins begin things are kicked up a notch, beginning with four feature choices and followed up by a progressively increasing win multiplier. Depending on the weapon chosen, up to +5 additional spins can be awarded as more levels are unlocked. Finally, players can trigger the Jackpot LockNWin feature through defeating the Disco Zombie that can appear from level 2 onwards. All in all, when the right combinations occur, wins are possible up to 5,000x bet.
Finally, maths is rated medium to high for volatility, and RTP options are available up to 96.32%, so as always it’s worth checking this. If you’re looking for a release with a fun theme, a variety of features, and decent win potential, this ones for you.
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