The current year has been awful, to say the least. We are in the middle of a global pandemic and the news is full of doom and gloom. If only someone could come along and inject some fun into our lives. Reflex Gaming may just have done that with their latest release, Moley Moolah.

Moley Moolah hits our screens thanks to the Yggdrasil Masters programme. Reflex Gaming specialise in land-based pokies but are building an ever-growing online casino portfolio too.

This pokie, released on October 19, has fun at his core. Being fun isn’t enough reason to play a machine, so it needs something more. Does it have that wow factor? Let’s find out.

Moley Moolah Fundamentals

Two things entered my mind when I saw the Moley Moolah name. The famous fairground game “whack-a-mole” was the first. Austin Powers in Goldmember is the other. Neither feature in this game!

Moley Moolah comes at you via a 5×3 layout, which is nothing special. There are 10 ways to win, but these pay from left-to-right and vice versa for 20 paylines.

Reflex Gaming used a low-to-medium volatile algorithm in this machine and gave it a hit frequency of 24.89. This leads to you not waiting too long between winning spins, which is never a bad thing.

On a slight tangent, Moley Moolah does have a significant negative trait: it’s RTP. It is only 95.74% which is quite a high house edge in today’s market. Here’s hoping they make some alterations to the RTP soon.

Pokie players of all bankrolls are well-catered for here. Bet from $0.20 to $100 per spin and try hit the 6,750x maximum payout. This equates to $1,350 for min stakes and $675,000 for high rollers.

Moley Moolah Symbols

The basic graphics are one of the first things you notice about Moley Moolah. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time 10-years. This is done purposely by Reflex Gaming but it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Traditional royals from jacks-through-aces are present. These are the low-value symbols. Garden and digging-related graphics represent the higher-value symbols. They cartoon-like and quite charming if a little basic. These high-value symbols pay between 10-50x when five lands on a payline.

A box of dynamite is your wild symbol. It substitutes for all the other symbols on the board.

The titular Moley is the scatter symbol. He appears on reels 1, 3, and 5. he substitutes for paying symbols and grant 12 free spins when three are in view.

What Are The Bonuses and Features

There isn’t a lot new about Moley Moolah when it comes to features. This is because Reflex Gaming considers it a retro game.

Wild Reels randomly appear, turning entire reels into wilds. You know when you trigger it because the mole pops out of a sign at the end of a spin. Be aware, moley likes to tease and sometimes he pops out, shakes his head, and goes back inside!

Having three moley symbols in view starts the free spins round. You receive 12 free spins and a mini-game to play. An acorn meter appears above the reels and your aim is to fill it. Collecting acorns fills the meter. An extra reel unlocks each time you collect five acorns. A welcomed 250x your bet prize is awarded if you managed to collect 20 acorns.

Relax gaming says this feature lands once every 159 spins.

Conclusion

We have to admit that we were quite disappointed with Moley Moolah. Fun is what was promised by looking at the machine, but there’s not much of that. The main game is quite boring and doesn’t inspire you to play it.

Then there’s the poor RTP which put us in a negative mood before we’d even fired one spin. I have the feeling we’d have enjoyed ourselves more had Moley Moolah not had a retro feel.

There are some positive, however. We like the potentially large jackpot of 6,750x, for example. The low-to-medium volatility is also welcomed. Moley Moolah is a mediocre machine that fans of retro games will love. This reviewer isn’t one of those people, unfortunately.