Busy bees are the theme of the latest online slot game from Microgaming, called Pollen Nation. This 5-reel, 25 pay line game is set within a bees’ nest, featuring cartoon-style bee characters. There is no backdrop as the bright, honeycomb-filled reels take up the whole of the screen and are filled with symbols and animations when a win occurs. There is a constant background noise of low buzzing, humming and general hustle and bustle as the bees get to work. Bees are wonderful creatures…I wonder if, amongst their many talents, they can win us some valuable prizes?

You’ll notice that the Pollen Nation reels are filled with various bee characters. The highest valuable of these characters is the guard bee, who presumably has the all-important job of protecting the Queen Bee (or the nest). He is joined by the doctor bee, and then the worker bee – who looks like he never stops! The lower value symbols are theme-related too: royal jelly, pure honey, honeycomb, pollen puffs cereal and beeswax.

Her Majesty the Queen Bee is the wild symbol and she substitutes all of the other symbols apart from the scatter and the bonus. The scatter bee is the one who looks like he’s just about to sting! The bonus symbol is adorably cute; it is the baby bee (or ‘Babee’ – as it is called in the game) who is drinking from a honey bottle. Land 3, 4 or 5 Babee symbols anywhere on the Pollen Nation reels and you will kick start the bonus game. This is a Pick and Reveal-type game featuring a block of honeycomb, and your job is to select honey and fill up the baby bee’s bottle. The game ends when ‘stop’ is revealed. You can win up to 32,250 coins in the bonus feature.

Verdict

My favourite part of Pollen Nation is the theme – it is fun, quirky and bees are astounding, fascinating creatures. The graphics are quite good but I wasn’t as keen on the background noise as the constant buzzing can become a little wearing – but that’s what the mute button is there for! However, this is a good game that I enjoyed playing, although I think after playing the bonus feature once or twice, there is little to keep you engaged.

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