Barber Shop Uncut is actually the re-release of the previous slot, which was simply called Barber Shop. Thunderkick decided to give the original a bit of an upgrade, keeping the theme and graphics, but improving on the mechanics of the game.
Barber Shop Uncut is coming with a very obvious theme: a barber shop. A few gents are visiting to get a bit of a trim or a shave for their facial hair. It’s a quirky theme and nicely drawn in a somewhat abstract but charming cartoonish way. The background music is offering a somewhat old-fashioned tune that reminds us of France. Eventually, we found it gets a little annoying, so you might want to turn down the volume a bit.
But still, the slot is charming, and the little animations here and there are fun.
The barber himself, framed in gold, is the most valuable symbol on the reels, paying out 15x your stake for a win of 5 on a payline. The customer with the red beard pays out 7.5x your stake for such a win. The other three fellas pay out between 3.5x and 5x for 5 on a payline.
Additionally, we get a razor knife, scissors, shaving cream and brush, and a comb with wax or something. They’re the low-paying symbol, which is a nice addition instead of getting playing card symbols.
There’s no wild in the game. And you can play it from 0.10 to 100.00.
The main mechanics of the game are nothing new. But they can be very effective. Whenever a winning combination hits the reels, the symbols forming that combination are held on the reels and you get a free re-spin. As long as more matching symbols can be added to the winning combination, the reels will keep spinning for free. You may only get one free re-spin and nothing further, or you keep spinning until the reels are full of the same symbol.
Some of our best wins happened thanks to this feature and it’s one we always like to see.
You need five bonus scatters to unlock the free spins. That seems like an unusually high number, but since bonus scatters often come stacked, this is not too bad. That still doesn’t mean that free spins are easy to come by. Sometimes you have to wait for 200 or more spins before you get them. In our first session, we got the first free spins within our first 50 spins, but then they didn’t show up for another 300 spins or so.
Once you kick off the free spins, you get the same sticky wins as you’ve seen them in the base game. Now, however, all wins also come with a 3x multiplier. This is a simple game, so there’s nothing fancier than this and it tends to be enough.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Barber Shop Uncut is 97%, which is excellent value. This game is of medium volatility, meaning wins come frequently enough and may range from smaller to bigger wins. It is possible to win 2,355x your stake in this game.
If you like simple games with a charming theme, Barber Shop Uncut might be a good option for you. Alas, we were a little frustrated with the game. Despite it’s excellent RTP, we seemed to have bad luck all around, winning only very little during the free spins and eventually just giving up altogether, when no bigger wins were forthcoming any more.
We recommend you try the game for yourself, but don’t chase your losses, if you find that the game isn’t very giving.
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