Tippy Tavern Review
Player fascination with Irish-themed slots never seems to fade, so Snowborn has decided to grab a share of the ready-made audience with Tippy Tavern.
This isn’t an entirely new game for the developer though – spend a few minutes playing and you’ll quickly realise that Pile ‘Em Up has been dressed up with new symbols and a different theme. We loved Pile ‘Em Up, but would we feel about Tippy Tavern?
Think of an Irish slot, and it’s usually green hills, rainbows and leprechauns that spring to mind. Snowborn Games has done away with the scenery and placed the reels inside a pub, with a cheery leprechaun overseeing things. There’s plenty of green and gold, so it’s easy on the eye, and some rousing folk-inspired music keeps things moving along.
If you’ve played Pile ‘Em Up, you’ll know exactly what to expect from the various bonus features of Tippy Tavern. It all starts with the Coin Booster Multiplier, which gets an increase every time a 1UP symbol lands on the reels, up to a maximum of 10x. The Coin Booster feature is available throughout base gameplay, free spins and the bonus round.
The leprechaun is the game’s Collect symbol, which is only present on reel 5. When it lands, it gathers up the values of all Coins on the reels, but not until the Coin Booster has applied its multiplier and reverted back to 1x. The Collect feature triggers more frequently during free spins.
Three pot of gold Scatters are needed to trigger the free spins feature in Tippy Tavern. You’ll start with 9 free spins, but landing 2 or 3 Scatters during a free spin awards another 3 or 9 free spins respectively. All Coins are collected in the Respin Pot throughout the bonus, with the chance to win its contents with your final free spin.
Happy Hour Bonus
Spin up golden stars, which are collected below each reel. Stars are saved for each bet level, so if you alter your wager you’ll have to start again, unless you already have some stored. Once every reel has a gold star, you’ll be awarded the Happy Hour Bonus.
This Link & Win game only spins up Coins and 1UP symbols, and starts with 3 respins. New symbols that land on the reels reset the counter back to 3, and all Coins remain Sticky throughout the feature. The bonus ends when no respins remain, or when the grid is filled with symbols.
Coloured bottle tops return up to 3.75x your bet, so you’ll need to match premium symbols to see the best payouts. The dice tops the main paytable, offering 20x the bet for five-of-a-kind wins across one of the 20 paylines. Horseshoe Wilds prove that they really are lucky, returning up to 111x the bet when they’re not substituting for other symbols.
Coins come with an attached value between 0.2x – 50x the bet. The Coin Booster awards its current multiplier to any coins before wins are calculated, before returning to 1x. The biggest win potential comes during the Happy Hour Bonus. Fill the grid with Coins and each one upgrades to a 50x multiplier, so the winning potential is huge.
The RTP for Tippy Tavern comes in at a more than reasonable 96.22%, but the gameplay is highly volatile. Only a tiny minority of players will ever get to see the 7,500x max win, so careful bankroll management is non-negotiable.
We loved playing Pile ‘Em Up, so we couldn’t help but be entertained by playing the same slot with a new skin. The combination of bonus features couldn’t fail to please, although the theme definitely won’t be attractive to everyone.
The top payout of 7,500x is enough to make us sit up and take notice, but it’s certainly not what we’d call a life-changing win. That’s not to say we wouldn’t welcome it with open arms of course while raising a toast to the landlord of the Tippy Tavern!