Cool Buck 5 Reel POKIE

Launched in 2017, Cool Buck with 5 reels is a captivating sequel of the original 3-reel game version of the same name. It has the same money theme with a cool buck as the pokie mascot and the main character. The new game is even more generous and alluring than its predecessor. Furthermore, it has stacked wilds and a unique feature that allows for triggering free spins in two different ways. This is a 5-reel pokie that looks and feels like a vintage, retro machine with bar symbols, unsophisticated graphics and jingly sounds of spinning reels. Give a try to this pokie from Microgaming and grab a $6000 jackpot.

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Cool Buck 5 Reel Pokie Review
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Having a 5x3 layout, the pokie has a strong classic touch due to intentionally simple graphics that somewhat mimics classic pokie machines. There are 9 fixed paylines meaning that you cannot choose to decrease their number. There are six poker card values from nine to ace that are used as low symbols with the highest award being x80 for five aces. All regular pics (these with no special features attached) create combinations when at least three line up left to right. Top regular symbols are BARs (x250), dollar bills (x400) and golden dollar signs (x500). If you place the maximum possible stake, the highest prize you would get from regular symbols is equal to $2500. This is a comparatively small profit for a typical five-reel pokie but in Cool Buck winnings, though not big, occur very often making it a good example of a low-volatile game. Besides, some features reviewed below have potential for better prizes.

Bet options

The pokie is aimed at rather low-rollers since a bet size ranges between $0.09 and $45 per spin. And again, the number of paylines is constant and unchangeable. By setting up the number of coins per line (1 to 20 coins), you can increase/reduce a bet size in reasonable increments within the specified range.

Stacked wild symbol

The Cool Buck logo is a wild that

    1. substitutes for regular symbols and
    2. creates combinations by itself for three, four and five of a kind. Five wilds gathered on a payline give away the pokie’s top prize worth $6000 when playing for the max bet.

The wild from time to time creates stacks when the reels stop. Stacks are a group of two or more wild symbols that are located adjacently on a reel, and this further means there are enhanced chances for a winning combination. In a normal game mode, wild stacks are formed on reels 3 and 4 only. During free spins, the wild symbol becomes a really powerful game element since it appears stacked on all reels.

How to win free spins in Cool Buck

There are two ways of how you can trigger free spins. Note that low symbols (poker cards 10 through ace) sometimes land with a small red star token attached to them. Should this happen, the token adds to a free spin counter that is always on display at the top right corner of the screen. Once 30 tokens are collected, you are awarded 30 free spins with all wins doubled – this is the first way to activate free spins.

The second method is well familiar to all pokie fans. You need to land three or more scatters to get a certain amount of free spins, and the number of bonus spins equals to the value displayed on the counter. After free spins end, the indicator resets to 5 and begins counting again. Further to this, scatters are highly beneficial symbols that award $4500 if five of them stop in any position on the reels. Two to five scatters pay up to $1125 at max.

Bottom line

Microgaming once again presents a classic pokie, but this time the developers mixed the classic style with the usual 5x3 mechanics, making it a noteworthy release for many connoisseurs of classic and modern pokies.