With an amusing and strange name, and the fact that it was developed by industry leaders Microgaming, you could be forgiven for thinking that You Lucky Barstard was something special. But you would be wrong. For the most part, at least. That’s because You Lucky Barstard is a retro slot with a basic layout, although it does offer a little more action than what we have come to expect from games like this. To play it for yourself, head for Jackpot City.
You Lucky Barstard is a game-show pokie that takes place on a simple retro layout, albeit one that is decidedly different from the standard retro layouts common with Microgaming creations. There are three reels, but there is only one payline. The aesthetic is quite interesting, but also quite confusing, with a glut of phrases, words and numbers getting in the way.
You Lucky Barstard has a big in-game jackpot and you can win a total of 250x your total stake, which means a $10 bet will return $2,500. Not bad for such a small game with such limited symbols. The betting range isn’t very impressive though, with a minimum of $0.10 and a maximum of $10.
It is not common for retro games to have bonus rounds, but You Lucky Barstard bucks this trend and we’re glad of the addition. The feature isn’t hugely impressive, but it does give you a shot at a big multiplier and it does take place on a different game screen, breaking the monotony a bit.
We’re not entirely sure what to think of You Lucky Barstard. We were disappointed, then impressed, then disappointed again. Put it this way, it beats many of the retro games out there, and that’s a huge plus, but it doesn’t come close to the many bonus pokies that Microgaming have created over the years.