“Barnyard Bonanza” is a fairly traditional slot whichever way you look at it; it has a structure of 5 x 3 reels, 20 pay lines, a wild symbol in this case represented with the face of a cow, a bonus round, and finally, a round of free spins.
The greatest innovation that I find in this video slot is in one of the rules for the free spins round which states that scatters involved in triggering such round, they will be turned into wilds and will remain frozen in place until the end of free games. This rule is very interesting since these scatters only appear on the 3 central reels so that their position when free spins round is activated is vital as on this it will depend our success during the free spins bonus feature.
Before you start free spins, you must select one of the 3 scatters to determine the number of turns; normally this round is not very long because they are normally granted between 3 and 8 spins; they are always different values that are hidden behind scatters. My best round has left me gains approximately equivalent to 39x my total bet, another 35x and only 1x my worst round.
The bonus round meanwhile, is a fun feature where you always have to select from several options in order to get instant cash prizes, for example, initially, you must choose between chicken, sheep or cow farms, then choose a chicken, a cow or a sheep and then an egg, an udder, etc.
Though fun, this latest round is usually hard to be triggered and additionally, its awards are usually quite modest; and fortunately, or unfortunately, this game depends on its special features a lot and prices of the pay table are equally weak, excepting perhaps payouts for lines of 5 of a kind formed with the 3 highest paid symbols of the game, and I have to say that, for hundreds of spins, I never got a single line of 5 of a kind that would involve these specific symbols; each of my lines of 5 of a kind were formed with symbols of letters with payouts of less than 5x my total bet.
Overall, I would rate performance of this slot as average since at the end of my session my balance was still close to my starting point, but to achieve this it was necessary to increase and decrease my bet levels repeatedly according to what it demanded the moment, and I think I can consider myself lucky to have finished my session practically in a draw.
Neither good nor bad; that's what I basically think of “Barnyard Bonanza”