Le Kaffee Bar Review
Set in a hipster coffee shop, this 243 ways-to-win online slot by All41Studios for Microgaming offers a wide range of wagering options, a progressive free spins bonus feature with win multipliers, sticky wilds and scatter symbols. The gameplay is engaging, the design is eye catching (although the soundtrack could do with a little work), and there are a range of payouts on offer both during base play and in the free spins bonus round.
There is a 96.61% RTP and the Wild Spin Again Feature means that additional spins with wilds come into play regularly, so the gameplay is generally fast moving and enjoyable.
How to play
Le Kaffee Bar is a 5 reel, 243 ways-to-win online slot where wins pay left to right on consecutive reels in any combination. 30 paylines are automatically in play on every spin, and coins range in size from £0.01 to £1, so the maximum bet is between £0.30 and £30 per spin. Wins are paid as multiples of the coin size.
- Coffee cup is the scatter symbol and appears on reels 1 and 5 only
- Each scatter symbol awards a bonus coffee cup
- 10+ bonus coffee cups triggers the progressive free spin feature
- Character symbols can be stacked on reels 2, 3 and 4
- 3x symbols horizontally or vertically triggers the Wild Spin Again Feature
- During the Wild Spin Again Feature, the Wild substitutes for all symbols except the scatter
- 5x female barista with glasses symbols = 300 coins (up to £300)
- 5x male barista symbols = 300 coins (up to £300)
- 5x blonde female barista symbols = 300 coins (up to £300)
- 5x cupcake symbols = 250 coins (up to £250)
- 5x coffee pot symbols = 250 coins (up to £250)
This is a low volatility game that gives you regular, albeit relatively small payouts. The maximum win is 1,500 coins (up to £1,500) when you hit 5x character symbols during the free spin bonus when betting the max and with the 5x multiplier in play. During base play, the maximum jackpot win is £300 for hitting 5x barista character symbols when you are playing the maximum coin size.
Wild Spin Again Feature
When you hit 3x matching symbols either horizontally or vertically, you win a free spin during which the middle of the 3 symbols becomes a sticky wild, and remains in place for the free spin. An additional free spin can be triggered when this feature is in play.
Free Spin Feature
This is a progressive bonus feature where you are awarded free spins with a multiplier. It is triggered by earning bonus coffees, with one bonus coffee being awarded every time you hit a scatter symbol anywhere on the reels. When you have earned 10 or 20 bonus coffees, you have the choice either to play your spins or continue to collect them; when you reach 30 bonus coffees, the free spins round will be automatically triggered:
- 30 bonus coffees = 18 free spins with a 5x multiplier
- 20 bonus coffees = 15 free spins with a 4x multiplier
- 10 bonus coffees = 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier
Graphics and Sounds
This is a stylish looking game, as you would expect from a slot set in an ultra-cool hipster coffee shop. The reels and some of the symbols are in an archetypal chalkboard menu style, and this gives the game a very contemporary look and feel. However, the soundtrack and sound effects are out of keeping with this, and in base play they are quite generic and not especially suited to the look and design of the game (although the upbeat contemporary jazz music during the free spins round is better).
Although the reception to the launch of this game has not been universally positive, we enjoyed playing it a lot more than many other reviewers seem to. Admittedly, the payouts aren’t huge, but the volatility of the game combined with the Wild Spin Again Feature means that wins come along fairly regularly, so if you like a slot where you feel like you’re always in the game, then this is well worth your while checking out. On a similar note, although the design and theme are not particularly spectacular, the symbols and overall design are nevertheless well crafted, and so on the whole the theme works well.