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Moonshine slot from Microgaming

Moonshine slot from Microgaming
Once upon a time in the West, distilling spirits illicitly, without government authorization, was a way of life for many people. In 2011 Microgaming decided to focus on one hillbilly family and created the cartoonish Moonshine slot machine around them. With a double-barreled gun, Grandma is clearly in charge of the operation, while the ginger grandpa and their son are producing the booze. A friendly Indian seems to be on to it too. But real distillers often get drunk from their own liquor - 'mastering' the quality, and while drunk, they will gladly share with you some of their profits. They operate at night under the moonlight, trying to avoid getting busted by the Sherriff, who’s onto them.

All original symbols here, so no lame card suits but some appropriate appetizers for a booze fest. Landing 3 Empty Bottle Bonus symbols will launch Free Spins, preceded by a pick and click round to determine how many and with what multiplier. Grandma represents the Wild symbol and will pay 8000 coins if 5 of them drop on an active payline. With an RTP of 96.02%, Medium Volatility, and a max win of 1 000 000 coins, there’s no reason not to take a walk on the wild side.

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Personal testers’ opinion

After so many years, we still have a soft spot for this slot for several reasons - it delivers good entertainment combined with decent payouts. Looking at the paytable: the Sheriff - doesn’t pay the 100x we are used to from other game’s Scatters, and the Bonus symbol carries no value. Sure, the Wild Grandma in the rocking chair with the sawed-off gun can put a smile on your face, but her price tag - 320x the total bet, is not a teasing matter, although it does not double the wins in which is included, nor it becomes stacked or expanding. You can almost hear the Granny in a menacing voice: ‘Go ahead punk, make my day!’ to anybody interfering with her family’s illegal activities. Despite the overall old feel, the comical symbols do remain amusing, and there are not too many dry spells. Ultimately, we reckon you have a good chance at some modest profits on the Moonshine slot machine. And if it’s your lucky day, some bigger ones (like our testing team - reporting maximum win over 400x the total bet)!

Hidden parameters of the slot (data from the testing team)

  • The frequency of triggering the bonus is statistically, every 174th spin (0,57%).
  • The probability of a hit (any winning) is 21,02%.
  • The distribution of the winnings is 70% in the usual spins and 30% in the bonus feature.
  • The maximum payout during the tests was 418x.
  • The average winning from the bonus was 41x.
  • Volatility is 7,79 out of 20 (average).
  • Cycle length is average.
  • The rating of the slot machine for the wagering is 3,07 out of 10.
  • RTP of 96,02% allows getting a positive mathematical expectation at the casino.


  • Wild Grandma - Top valued symbol in the game (8000 coins for 5OAK) replaces all symbols other than the Sherriff Scatter and Empty Bottle Bonus symbol.
  • Sherriff Scatter symbol - Pays a shy (compare to the Granny) 60x the total bet for 5OAK but doesn’t trigger anything at all.
  • Empty Bottle Bonus symbols - Landing 3, 4, or 5 of these will trigger a maximum of 5 Free Spins with an x1 multiplier, which sounds terrifyingly meagre. Still, before you are sent on your way, there’s a pick and click game to boost the number of Free Spins up to a maximum of 18 Spins with a chance to increase the multiplier up to x4. Unfortunately, Grandma doesn’t allow the Free Spins to be re-triggered.


  • Number of reels - 5
  • Number of pay-lines - 25
  • Cost of one coin - from 0.01 to 1
  • Number of coins per line - from 1 to 5
  • The range of coin sizes - from 0.01 to 125
  • Maximum payout - x8000 (5 symbols of Grandmother)
  • Wild symbol - yes (Grandmother)
  • Scatter - yes (Policeman)
  • Free spins - yes (up to 18 free spins with the multiplier up to x4, are triggered with the help of the bonus game)
  • Bonus game - yes (3 and more symbols of Bottle launch the bonus game, which defines the number of free spins and multiplier).
  • The expected percentage of the payment in the slot is 96.02%

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Written by Kamen Valev
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