Weird but interesting game, the first time I saw this slot "Playtech" frankly I was overwhelmed, mainly because I did not understand its structure, so the first thing I did was take a look at the paytable after which I still felt a little confused, but really I did not want to leave without giving it a chance and now definitely I do not regret having done so. Unlike what I had initially thought, "Ugga Bugga" is not a slot with a structure of 6 columns x 5 rows, but 3 columns x 10 rows divided into 2 blocks, I know this seems obvious because of the wooden stick crossed in half, but still there was a possibility it was part of the design of the theme, which incidentally is inspired by a tribe of wild aborigines and its images are simple but in general the game looks ok.
Another aspect that is different in this slot is that you need to press the spin button twice during each turn, the first time to show a combination of preliminary symbols that appear on the row located at the bottom left of the slot, then you must choose which symbols to hold and to spin again all remaining rows, held symbols will be repeated automatically on the other rows, if you don’t hold any symbol then they will revolve all 10 rows. The first trick of this slot is to get familiar with the paytable to know what symbols to hold in every situation; the second trick is to use your player instinct combined with your own strategies to determine when to increase or decrease your bet levels, so I think this slot in particular requires some degree of skillfulness.
Ugga Bugga is equipped with a wild symbol that works as substitute for other symbols and also a line of 3 wilds pays the jackpot of the game that is 1,000 times your bet per line, by the way, the value of each game is 10 credits; the rest of symbols are organized into 5 groups as follows: aborigines, meals, houses, drums and masks; aboriginal group consists of a single symbol but it is the only one that pays combinations of 1 and 2 of a kind, others only pay combinations of 3 of a kind; other groups are composed of 3 different symbols each, and one of the most important factors to keep in mind when developing your strategy is that symbols inside the two highest paid groups, masks and drums, can be combined together and generate payouts of 5x your bet per line. My big wins in this game have come from a preliminary line of 3 of a kind that is replicated in all 9 remaining rows or 2 high symbols during the preliminary line that by holding them represent me later 2, 3 or more complete lines which together can mean gains between 10 and 35 times the total bet, useful if you have previously increased your bet levels, I do not think this is a game for playing with flat bets.
Overall, I liked this game more than expected, the fact that you have to be focused to choose which symbols to hold will not let you fall into monotony, and hit average is good enough so we can pretend to make a profit sooner or later if you play well; this slot usually causes very few dead turns, so using an appropriate strategy is vital for getting winnings. I also know this game is unpopular on most forums that discuss about casino games, but honestly I see no reason why I should not recommend it, I think it has better potential than some other popular games.