One of my favorite features in slots is the Bonus Buy. I’m pretty sure that you can relate to the feeling of never getting enough scatters to trigger the bonus round and eventually it can get on your nerves. This is when the beauty of the Bonus Buy comes in.
An Arm and a Leg
Unfortunately, some games will charge you an arm and a leg for Free Spins, which is just dumb. Other games have some common sense and if you happen to have a decent account balance, it can sometimes be worth paying for Free Spins. At least that’s what I think.
I’ve taken a look at the hottest Bonus Buy slots that’s been released so far in 2023 and below is my list of the 5 best ones.
1) Horror Hotel – Relax Gaming
You don’t have to travel all the way to Transylvania to visit Count Dracula’s Horror Hotel. Then again, maybe it would be a fun trip. I don’t know if I would go as far as to say the Horror Hotel slot is fan(g)tastic but I must say it’s quite fun and a lot better than I first thought.
Bonus Buy Ready to Go
There are both Free Spins and Mystery Symbol features in play but today’s focus is the Bonus Buy Feature and it’s always ready to go.
Relax Gaming has been pretty generous and will only charge you 100x your bet. I’ve seen many games where the price is a lot higher than this, which is a huge plus in my book.
On the other hand, I only got 5 Free Spins, so perhaps I wasn’t so lucky after all. If you can get more than 3 scatters, you’ll get another Free Spin for each one of them you land.
Mystery Symbols Activated
During Free Spins, for every spin you get, one additional wild is awarded. Also, the Mystery Symbol feature and a Progressive Multiplier are both activated, giving you plenty of chances to score some good size wins!
I was able to pull off a couple of nice ones, all of them thanks to those specific features.
2) Mammoth Gold Megaways – Pragmatic Play
I don’t know how Pragmatic Play decided on this group of animals but it is a wild and dangerous mix. I mean bears, wolves do go together with mammoths and saber tooth tigers, sure. It looks even more dangerous with the addition of wild boars but what makes it funny is the legendary Dodo bird!
Pragmatic Play and Megaways is normally a great combo so Mammoth Gold Megaways should be a popular game.
Paylines: Up to 117,649 ways
Get Your Free Spins
With all due respect to the Tumble feature and Wild Multipliers, the main focus here is Free Spins. You can get there by collecting as many diamond scatters as possible which will get you anywhere from 5 to 14 Free Spins.
Buy Free Spins
The faster way is of course the Buy feature and just like Horror Hotel, it will only cost you 100x your stake. This will result in a random number of 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatters.
Spin to Win
Before you can start the bonus round, there’s another step to go through. You end up in front of a Wheel of Fortune where you can pick up the Free Spins you’re given OR if you want to gamble, you can pick up some more.
Win or Lose
If you decide to gamble, it’s win or lose. Why? Because as long as you end up on the green field, you’ll get the higher number of spins. However, if you lose your spin, you will also lose ALL of your Free Spins and will be taken back to the base game.
Lucky for me, I gambled once and went from 7 to 8 Free Spins. I didn’t want to push my luck too far so I accepted my 7 spins.
Additional Free Spins
Wild Multipliers are a big part of the bonus round and your win multiplier will increase as you go. You can also get extra Free Spins by landing more diamond scatters.
I managed to get an extra spin, which I was more than happy to play.
I Did Not Get the Job Done
As happy as I was with my bonus round at the Horror Hotel, I was as Unhappy with this one. I mean come on, I paid €20 to get there and all I was was a measly €0.59. Woohoo!
However, I didn’t want my bad luck in the bonus round to influence how I see the game because like I mentioned in the beginning, I think this game will do great and I still do and it’s definitely one of the best Bonus Buy games so far in 2023.
3) RIP City – Hacksaw Gaming
I think I may have just gotten a preview of what Tom & Jerry could’ve been if they weren’t domesticated, living inside a nice, warm house. RIP City brings the action to the streets, which is the style that Hacksaw Gaming brings and players love it.
It’s not the first time we encounter bright colors and graffiti but does RIP City deserve some attention? Why not!
Options and More Options
Let’s jump right into the Bonus Buy because there are some options here that are different from most other games. In RIP City, your options are split into the ones you can choose to activate vs the ones you can buy.
You can activate:
- BonusHunt FeatureSpins – Has a 96.44% RTP
- 2 Wild Cats FeatureSpins – Has a 96.34% RTP
- 3 Wild Cats FeatureSpins – Has a 96.31% RTP
You can buy:
- RO$$ Bonus – 10 Free Spins with a bigger shot at landing Wild Cats and Wilds
- Maxx Bonus – Guarantees a Wild Cat on activated reels every single spin
Wild multipliers will always be between 2x up to 200x!
Things can get pretty wild during RO$$ Bonus round and I’m not sure what Maxx is smoking but he’s been huffin’ and puffin’ all day so it’s no surprise he’s out like a light when it’s time for RO$$ to show you a good time.
I wanted to try to activate the BonusHunt FeatureSpins to see what would happen and I only paid €0.30. I was lucky and managed to get to the bonus round and in the end, I won €3.97.
4) Bulldozer – 1×2 Gaming
It’s all in a name as the saying goes but to be honest, I don’t know why this game is called Bulldozer. 1X2 Gaming could’ve literally used ANYTHING else as the title as long as it had something to do with farm life. Personally, when I’m thinking about a farm, bulldozing is the last thing on my mind.
I guess you can get a pass if you’re rocking 4 different Jackpots so I’ll let it slide this time.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Sheep, bulls, chicken and hay all have a part in the game, as they should. If you want to get Free Spins you’ll have to look for scatters, which of course is the barn itself.
If you can land 3, 4 or 5 scatters, you will get as many as 10, 20 or 30 Free Spins!
How Many Free Spins Would You Like?
The image only shows 2 options but there is a third where you can buy 30 spins. If you are interested in the RTP, there is information available in the game.
- Buy 10 Free Spins – 96.52% RTP
- Buy 20 Free Spins – 96.07% RTP
- Buy 30 Free Spins – 96.23% RTP
During your bonus round, it’s possible to pick up additional spins along the way. Getting extra chances to win more is always appreciated so keep ‘em coming.
I paid the €14.20 for 10 Free Spins and even though it’s not a ton of high octane action on this farm, I was positive going in. Unfortunately my performance was below average and I only won €6.75, meaning I didn’t even make 50% of what I paid for them.
Hold & Win
I do want to say that there’s also a Hold & Win feature and you can get there as well while you are in the bonus game. Just like in the bonus round overall, my short stint in the Hold & Win didn’t result in much.
However, this is where the Jackpots live but I didn’t see any of them. If I had, this is how much they are worth.
- Mini Jackpot – €50
- Minor Jackpot – €150
- Major Jackpot – €750
- Mega Jackpot – €2,500
Spend a Day on the Farm
A day on the farm is good for the soul and so are Free Spins and big wins. I didn’t see a lot of big wins but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
5) Sold It Bonus Buy – Evoplay
There’s no denying that this game has a fresh look. Not in the young and upcoming kind of look but because the action type look is very different from what I’ve seen before and I like it.
Does that guarantee success and that players will love it? Not necessarily but because of the graphics I think it deserved a spot in this list. Did I mention that one of the features is called Wild Bidders?
Wild Bidders and Wild Multipliers
The Bidders in this game are Wild symbols and when they show, they will reveal multipliers. Starting at 1x, each Wild Bidder that shows up will increase your multiplier by +1. Because of the theme, it’s a very nice idea.
By using the Bonus Buy feature, you can get 8 Free Spins and as you can see in the image above, there are quite a few options and they all come at a different price.
- 8 Free Spins in initial Sticky Wild on reel 1 will cost 33x your bet
- 8 Free Spins in initial Sticky Wild on reel 2 and 4 will cost 75x your bet
- 8 Free Spins in initial Sticky Wild on reel 2, 4 and 5 will cost 128x your bet
- 8 Free Spins in initial Sticky Wild on reel 1, 2, 4 and 5 will cost 300x your bet
Big Win But Not Much Else
I opted for the cheapest alternative and only paid €3.30. As one does, I was hoping for a nice chunk of cash at the end but I finished the bonus round with a mere €3.05.
It wasn’t the most exciting bonus round and the game itself won’t get your adrenaline running but as mentioned, the theme helped earn a spot on the list.
More Bonus Buy Games
There will obviously be more games being released that have the Bonus Buy feature so maybe I’ll revisit this topic down the line.
Until then, I hope you enjoy the games in this article.