Pinocchio Inspires Wooden Boy Slot Game
Real Time Gaming produces online and mobile video slot games in a wide variety of themes, and Wooden Boy is their take on the classic children’s story Pinocchio. The characters from the tale of the puppet boy carved by toymaker Geppetto, who longs to be a real boy, are rendered in 3D, but with a strong hint of children’s book rather than an attempt at realism.
However, the colours are bright and cheerful, with red and green dominating the wooden frame encasing the five reels against a vibrant and busy backdrop of the toymaker’s workshop. There are 20 paylines, and bets can be adjusted at several levels between 1 and 500 credits per line. Wooden Boy also features the progressive jackpot found on many RTG titles, which can be triggered after any spin at random.
Symbol Selection Seems Fairly Random
Although Wooden Boy uses several symbols associated with the Pinocchio story, they seem to have been selected fairly randomly. For example, Geppetto is missing, as is Pinocchio’s little duck friend who serves as his conscience. The six poker symbols 9 to A are designed as carved wooden figures painted bold colours, each still attached to a base of uncarved log.
All Wooden Boy symbols require at least three symbols matched in unbroken sequence from Reel 1 on the same payline to win prizes. The top values among the poker symbols, the K and A, each win 5X, 10X or 100X the line bet for three, four or five matches.
Themed symbols include the whale that swallows Pinocchio plus a stack of his ignored schoolbooks, each of which pays 250X for five of a kind. The wily fox that cheats the Wooden Boy pays 500X for five of a kind, and a cuckoo clock in Geppetto’s workshop will win 100X, 250X or 1,000X the line bet for three, four or five matches.
Pinocchio Is the Wooden Boy Wild
The star of Wooden Boy, Pinocchio, does duty as the game’s Wild, able to substitute for any other symbols apart from the Scatter to create extra winning combinations. Whenever he appears, he expands to cover all three rows on the reel. Although he only appears on Reels 2, 3 or 4, adjacent stacked Wilds across the centre of the reels can prove very lucrative. During free spins rounds, the prizes on any combinations made with Wild substitutions are trebled.
Scatter Has Two Winning Functions
The Blue Fairy, the magical sprite who eventually grants Pinocchio’s wish to become a little boy of flesh and blood, is the Wooden Boy Scatter. Three, four or five Blue Fairy symbols scattered anywhere on the reels wins a multiplier of the total bet on the spin: X5, X25 or X100.
Three, four or five Scatters also triggers a bonus round of 5, 10 or 15 free spins. The bonus round can be retriggered indefinitely by more Scatter combos during the bonus round. The X3 multiplier applied to any wins featuring a Wild in this round can make it especially profitable.