Ah… summertime – beer, brats and backyard barbeques – not to mention a friendly game of horseshoes! That’s just some of what you’ll find in this IGT’s Joes Yard Games. This game has 5 video reels with 15 paylines, with a maximum wager of up to 20 credits per line resulting in a total max bet of 300 credits per spin where the slot player could win 300,000 credits when 5 Back Yard symbols land on a played payline. Some of the other symbols are the doghouse, horseshoe, croquet, badminton, Frisbee, ice chest, lawn mower, lawn chair, shish kabob, flamingo, and balloon toss. There are two bonuses the Back Yard Bonus and the Balloon Toss Bonus.
The Back Yard Bonus is initiated when three, four or five Back Yard symbols land consecutively on a played payline. The screen changes where there are six characters and the slot player selects a game character to compete in an event. At each level the characters will each get a number of trials. For each successful trial, a pay value is added to the contestant’s score. The pay value of the chosen contestant is added to a bonus credit total. When an unsuccessful trial occurs, no pay is awarded for that trial and the score of the contestant is finalized for that level. The finalized score of the chosen contestant is compared with the score of the other contestants. When the score of the chosen contestant is lower than all other contestants, the amount from the bonus credit total is awarded and the bonus ends. When the score of the chosen contestant is not the lowest, the contestant with the lowest score is eliminated and the bonus moves to the next level. When there is a tie between non-chosen contestants for the lowest score, one of those non-chosen contestants is randomly eliminated and the bonus moves to the next level. When the chosen contestant is tied for the lowest score, one of the non-chosen characters tied for lowest score is randomly eliminated and the bonus moves to the next level. Up to a maximum of five levels, each successive level plays in the same manner as the first level with only the characters that have not been eliminated from previous levels available for play. When the fifth level has been completed successfully, one of the six characters is selected and a multiplier is awarded. The bonus credit total times the multiplier is awarded and the bonus ends. All pays are multiplied by the total bet on the initiating line.
The second bonus is the Balloon Toss Bonus where three scattered balloon toss symbols land anywhere on reels two, three, and four on a played payline. A bonus meter appears for each reel with a bonus-initiating symbol. The screen changes and the water balloons start to fly and either caught by the character symbol, the balloon breaks over the character’s head, or the character catches a sink. When the character catches the water balloon the bonus credits are awarded to the slot player. When the balloon pops on a characters head that character stops participating in the bonus. When a character catches the sink, no credits are awarded. The bonus ends when balloons for all three character symbols eventually pop. Once the end symbol appears for each symbol, ending the spinning, the sum of the totals on the bonus meters is awarded and the bonus ends. All wins are multiplied by the total bet on the initiating game. In this bonus round, each symbol can only spin up to eleven times, the eleventh spin always revealing the end symbol. There can be 10 balloons (values) per each session in each location. The values available for each spin of the symbol and the pay values (balloons) are chosen from pools indicated Spin 1 – 10. So when summer arrives, this game may give you some good ideas of having fun in your own yard having fun playing some yard games.