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McSweeney
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November 14th, 2021 at 2:53:42 PM permalink
There's a game called Buffalo Diamond where you collect 3 different colours of diamonds that add up in a progressive, with each colour diamond having a multiplier associated with it. If you hit the bonus, spin the wheel, and get the diamond of that colour, you get the corresponding amount of free games with the corresponding multiplier. As you can imagine, this can be extremely lucrative if a lot of free games have accumulated on the highest multiplier diamond and you manage to hit it. Right now I have a rule of thumb that I won't touch this game unless a total of 125 diamonds have accumulated across all 3 colours.
Asswhoopermcdaddy
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November 14th, 2021 at 7:49:59 PM permalink
Yes I love this game. I can explain my fascination with it and I'm sure others share the same joy.

1.) It's a slot machine, so there really isn't that much thinking involved. Same is true with all slots, but there must be another draw to this slot versus others.

2.) It taps into the subconscious and the all American love of a symbolic animal, the buffalo or bison (buffalo sounds cooler).

3.) Numbers through alpha characters are similar to other machines (9-A), but throw in some other symbolic animals like elk, jaguars, eagles etc. and now you're sorta feeling like you're on some kind of safari.

4.) Bonus features aren't that bad. It can actually be quite entertaining. I've had a few recurring bonus spins which extend the game longer and I've seen others hit multiple recurring bonuses as well allowing for in excess of 68 spins.

5.) Sound affects of BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!! are a little cheesey but effective. Have you tried the Michael Jackson slot machine? Let's just say I could not trigger the bonus and get Michael to dance/sing for me. Not entertaining at all when you blow through a bill, but I guess the same can be said if the buffalo don't run for you.

6.) There are some slot variations of Buffalo, Bison, Elephant, and other safari animals with the same concept. Varying pay scales and minimums and same operator, but I found Buffalos to be more interesting I guess.

7.) Old people. Follow the old people. Follow the money.
McSweeney
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November 15th, 2021 at 10:21:26 AM permalink
This slot is made by Aristocrat, who are known for making high volatility, feast or famine slot machines.
Dieter
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December 5th, 2021 at 9:06:57 AM permalink
Another day, another scouting trip.

The Buffalo Gold Collection machines I saw were a slightly newer variant; OLED inserts in mechanical buttons on the deck, instead of paper label inserts.

These too were set to not allow playing less than all reels + bonus.

I do seem to remember the game being offered without the bonus initially, for perhaps 5 weeks. Perhaps a memo was sent around; all the properties I visited around that time seemed to reconfigure the games and disable the option more or less the same week.
May the cards fall in your favor.
Mukke
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January 19th, 2022 at 12:46:17 PM permalink
To answer the question of why it's so popular, I think it's a combination of 2 things that work very well together:
* The ability to have some VERY large wins. (I've seen $10.000+ wins on 60 cents bets)
* Bonus feature builds up - so even non-paying spins may slowly accrue to more excitement / better wins
* Large bonuses tend to take FOREVER. Even with people who don't wait for the machine to do its thing.

Sometimes I ask myself why slot manufacturers design games that are "slow". I.e., when a win takes some time before the machine is ready for another bet, that seems to me like an inefficiency. A machine spinning is a machine making money. A machine sitting idle or going through animations is not making money.

But then it dawned on me: Buffalo has taken this to the extreme with bonuses that literally can last for more than 30 minutes. You'd think that is a bad design because during those 30 minutes they are not making money. But what it does is it gets attention, it literally gets a crowd watching, and everyone wants to experience the same.

No one watches someone play for 30 minutes winning/losing a little and think that's awesome. If someone wins $10k it may show briefly on the screen but most people won't even notice. However, with Buffalo, EVERYONE sees it pay big, and comparatively speaking, it pays big MORE OFTEN than other machines, because the time paying big is so stretched out.

TL;DR: Because of its design, Buffalo gives the impression that it pays big more often than other machines. People obviously likes a (perceived) higher chance of winning big.
mtcards
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February 8th, 2022 at 10:52:10 PM permalink
The pic included is from a $2 bet,yet won $540. I agree with the premise that relatively large wins can come from what is smaller bets. Its pretty rare for most machines to pay out a 270x return on a bet, but Buffalo machines do it regularly. (They also can suck up money quick too).

On the 30 minute bonuses, that is also correct. There is a machine that I have played recently that has even longer bonuses. While its not Buffalo, it is called Rhino Rage, but usually comes with three other game options, including Buffalo. Basically its a 30 line machine and when you hit 3 or more on any line, you get either 8,12 or 16 free games. A full screen of Rhinos will give you 480 free games, with the option to win more in the bonus, as well as boosting from a single game, up to 8 games per spin. Recently I had a 533 free game hit on it, boosted to 4 games around game 30 and to 8 games around free spin 100. The bonus took 1hr and 35 minutes from start to finish if you just let the machine run and pay on its own (These larger bonus rounds hit often, the machine gives you the option for a random payout, a super stack bonus which roughly takes 75% of your spins or to playout the entire bonus). A $3.20 bet returned just over $1000. I have often wondered how these slots make up for the time sink in terms of profit.


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