The background to this pokie is actually pretty inventive, with the rows represented by wires strung between two telegraph poles on which the birds sit. The birds are the symbols, and they come in a range of colours depending on their value, but mostly they just sit on their wire chirping away and chatting to each other while the farmer rages below. The soundtrack is a bit strange, sounding like lift music rather than something theme appropriate, but you can’t argue with the sound effects and animations that really give the game movement and bring the whole thing to life.
While the five reel, three row layout is pretty traditional, Birdz is actually a cascading reels slot. This means that when you make a winning combo by matching the birds in a row, the winning combos disappear in a puff of smoke and are replaced by new symbols flying in from the background. This is like a re-spin with every win, and it can create cascades of wins if the next symbols are winners too. You’ve got 30 pay lines to play on, and you can bet up to £/$/€150 per spin, so there’s a lot of potential for wins here. The downside is that the RTP isn’t great at 95.4%, but all it takes is a spectacular cascading win to beat the odds.
To help you out in this quest, you also get a selection of totally random bonus features. There is no separate bonus round and you don’t have to do anything to activate these features, but they’re fun regardless! Cracking wilds replaces three symbols with egg wilds, the scarecrow comes in to scare the birds away and replace them all with new symbols, pecking order swaps out three low value symbols for high value ones, zap electrifies one of the rows and zaps the birds so they are replaced, the shotgun blasts three birds away and replaces them with a winning combo, and bird blitz keeps giving you re-spins until you win! Combine these with the cascading reels mechanic and you’re in for a fast spinning good time!