Buffalo Blitz Live Review
Towards the tail end of 2019 Playtech added Buffalo Blitz to their live suite of games. Whilst dealer games such as blackjack and roulette are obvious candidates for the live casino experience, it may come as a surprise that Buffalo Blitz is in fact a slot game. But how do you play slots within the live casino environment? Well it's relatively simple as you need a dealer, a slot machine and a lot of willing players hoping to win cash on the spin of the reels.
When you first enter the Buffalo Blitz Live studio you'll be greeted with a huge six reel with 4 rows slot machine, a live dealer stood by a large red button and a chat window. Buffalo Blitz offers players 4096 different paylines and essentially plays like any other slot. You simply select your wager and spin the reels. However in Blitz Live you set your wager and the dealer "spins" the reels with the result being shared amongst all the other Buffalo Blitz Live players.
How To Play Buffalot Blitz Live
To get started you need to first set the number of spins you want to play and the wager amount. The minimum wager is 20p and you can play as few as 10 lines. Note that you can't just play one spin at a time - although these limits may vary depending on the casino you play at! If you're new to the game then you're strongly advised to pick the low bet per line options first. As well as the lines and wager amounts you can also set a loss limit, single win limit and whether to stop play after the feature bonus round has been played. Once you're set it's a case of press the button and watch the game.
It takes about 30 seconds for your turns to start being active. This is fine for the first round but if you wish to wager on then you do tend to miss a couple of rounds as you reset your entry. Back to the reels - when these stop spinning hopefully you have a win line or two. Your rounds continue until you either stop, loss/win limits are reached or all your spins are used up. Throughout the spins you'll hear the presenter chat away and interact with other players. You don't need to interact with the presenter but it does make the slots experience more interesting.
Free Games Bonus Round
On the reels you will see card symbols, bears, racoons, mountain lions, moose, buffalo which represent the jackpot symbol and diamonds that act like wilds. These can generate payouts of between x10 and x300 your initial stake. Look out for diamonds as these act like wilds plus they can also generate multipliers on win lines. Get the Buffalo symbols on the reels - in other words a buffalo blitz - and you could win big. However the key feature for this slot is the free games round.
The presenters love to ramp up the excitement when the bonus round is about to fall. If three or more 'Free Games' scatters appear on the reels then a bonus round begins. During this round it's possible to trigger up to 100 free spins. Remember this round has the potential to generate big wins for all players so the excitement does get ramped up. It also give the presenters something to talk about for hours on end afterwards as, to be fair, it can't be easy commentating on a slot machine's activity.
Take a slot and making it a live game show seems an odd thing to do, but it kind of works. In a way it's like a group of players pooling their money and betting big on the spin of the reels on a Vegas game. The same highs and lows of playing a slot alone are still there, but these are magnified by sharing the pain with fellow players and the presenter. However it's the presenter, or live dealer, where the biggest issue lies with Buffalo Blitz Live. We can forgive the fixed minimum wager and spins element and the clunky play on set-up, but not the dealer.
When we tried Buffalo Blitz Live the dealer was very enthusiastic - possibly as he should be. However in the midst of a long losing street we felt that the presenter was actively encouraging players to "hold in there" and that "the wins would come soon" so don't walk away from the game. If you're playing a slot alone and on a losing streak the instinct should be to call it a day not plough more money into the machine. However with Live you suddenly have an extra voice encouraging you to play on and we think that's a bit risky in today's safer gambling environment. Overall it's fun to play but ignore the dealer and walk away when you feel it's the right time for you.