Chief! Takes us back to the days when the American Midwest was a vast sea of grass savannah roamed by Bison and inhabited by hundreds of native tribes, each with their own histories and spiritual traditions. These are reflected in the symbols on the reels in this pokie, which include totem poles, teepees, dream catchers, tomahawks and bison as far as the eye can see. The low value symbols are represented by the standard 9 – A, but even these have been suitably decorated with carvings so that they blend in. The background is of a sunny, grassy plain just in front of the mountains and girded by a forest, really lending some natural beauty to the game. Joined by a tribal drumming soundtrack and some cute animations to enhance the action, there’s a lot going on!
The Chief! Slot game has a pretty traditional layout, with five reels and three rows to play on and 20 pay lines, though a high maximum bet of £/$/€200 per spin will be a tempting offer for the high rollers out there. This is especially true when you look at the prizes, which top out at 500x your bet for five of the game’s logo, while five bison or teepee symbols will pay 400x. Not a bad set of prizes with such a high betting maximum! The RTP is low at exactly 95%, but you can beat the odds if you manage to do well in the bonus rounds.
Chief! Really comes into its own in the bonus games, which are activated by landing three or the chief symbols in one spin. You’ll be shown an animation of the chief making smoke signals with a campfire, and a choice of bonuses will appear in the smoke. These choices are three mini games: In one you need to play Buckaroo with a bison by loading him up with precious items until he bucks randomly, in another you have to guide bison across a river to safety, while the third grants you 15 free spins with a multiplier. Each of these games is colourful and fun, helping bring the action to life, though it can be tempting to opt for the simplicity of free spins!