ABOUT COOL BUCK
Microgaming may not have reached the peak of slot gaming with the release of Cool Buck, but they have created a slot that will appeal to a certain type of slot player: beginners.
The 5-reel Cool Buck slot is based on an earlier Microgaming title with the same name, theme, design, symbols, and a similar return to player percentage (RTP). However, apart from the 5 reels, the 2017 version has other improvements, including the addition of stacked wild symbols, a wider bet limit, and a bigger maximum prize. Where the 3-reel Cool Buck’s jackpot was 6000x your stake, the 2017 Cool Buck slot has a maximum payout of $107,500 and a betting range of $0.09 – $45, as opposed to a more limited range for the 2014 version.
In the subsequent paragraphs of this Cool Buck slot review, we’ll provide even more details about specific features.
THEMES, SYMBOLS AND PAYTABLE
Both the 2014 and 2017 Cool Buck slots have an almost identical cash theme. The lower-paying symbols are the familiar card icons (9, 10, J, Q, K, A). The symbols that could trigger bigger wins are the Cool Buck wild, the scatter (rolled-up dollar bill), a cash symbol ($), money stacks, and bars.
Cool Buck does not yield big-ticket wins. However, if you’re just starting, you can trigger some pretty solid wins thanks to features like stacked and super-stacked wild symbols, represented by the Cool Buck logo. The stacked wilds can land only on the third and fourth reel during the base game. The scatters also contribute to pretty solid wins, particularly when the winnings from the free spins they unlock have 2x multipliers.
RTP, VARIANCE AND PAYOUTS
Cool Buck is a great slot if you want to sharpen your knowledge of online slot gaming. Its relatively high RTP of 96% is typical of low-volatility (low variance) games that provide smaller but more frequent wins.
Still, above-average wins are possible every now and then thanks to symbols like the stacked wilds. A wild symbol is sort of like a joker: it substitutes any other symbol (except a scatter) and helps you form a winning combination. The stacked wilds further increase your prospects of winning as they appear ‘stacked,’ i.e. on top of one another and can take up an entire reel, rather than a single row. In Cool Buck, the stacked wilds can be revealed during both base game (reels 3 and 4) and free spins session (all 5 reels).
And, if you happen to be extremely lucky, you can take advantage of Cool Buck’s maximum payout of 107,000 coins.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
To touch on that last sentence, the maximum payout of Cool Buck, or any online slot, is won very seldom. With that in mind, players’ hopes of scoring a big payday lie in the stacked wilds, free spins, and multipliers. But, if winning big is your goal, perhaps you’d be better off playing a game with more pay lines, progressive jackpots and medium or high volatility. If you need a slot to practice before moving on to higher variance games, Cool Buck is for you.
COOL BUCK PAYOUTS
Cool Buck has 9 pay lines that pay left-to-right.
There are no dissolving blocks or cluster combinations, and the winning lines are easy to memorize. Excluding the jackpot, the rolled-up dollar scatter symbol can contribute most to your payouts. Here’s why.
COOL BUCK – FREE SPINS
The Cool Buck scatter symbol unlocks a standard bonus feature as all scatters on slot machines: free spins. The free spins are triggered if you reveal three scatters across any of the five reels. If you’re lucky enough to get five scatters, you get a bonus of 100x your wager. You can also collect thirty purple stars attached to the bottom left of a symbol. Once you get thirty of these, you receive 30 free spins.
For fans of Microgaming’s classic-styled slots, only with more features, and for beginners, Cool Buck will fit the bill. If this is your very first time playing online slots, you might want to start with even simpler versions like the 3-reel Cool Buck or 3-reel Mega Money Multiplier slots.
If you grow tired of the small winnings those slot games offer, it’s time to move on to Cool Buck (5 reels). Not only does the game come with more pay lines and a bigger jackpot, but also more scatters and stacked wilds which can considerably boost your balance.