Description and Review: Gnome is where the heart-is. When in Gnome, do as the, er, Gnome-ans do. Gnome on the range….

OK, that it for Gnome based puns. Promise. Let’s move on to reviewing the Gnome Sweet Home slot machine.

Firstly, the animation at the start gets a little weird when the Gnome squats and starts straining. Turns out he is pulling out a beetroot (that’s not a weird metaphor) but it did have me wondering.

So, what we’ve got here is a 50 line slot with a cute Gnome theme and, as you may expect from Rival, it does look great. Even if the music (which has a curiously Irish feel to it) is annoying. Especially the croaking frog or cricket noises or whatever they are – they drove all us of us nuts!

Being honest, we were expecting a game where wins were low and in-frequent, but the wilds in the base game make Gnome Sweet Home more giving than anticipated. The Wild symbol – the Gnome Princess – expands to fill the whole reel if it’s possible to form a new win. This results in a goodly number of wins above bet size. We like this – we hit a 25x total wager win and some other decent combinations thanks to this feature.

The biggest prize in the regular game is a healthy 5,000 coins (5 Santa Gnome symbols gets you this) so there are plenty of reasons to persevere with the game even if you are going through a losing streak.

Like many Rival slots, there are two bonus features in Gnome Sweet Home.

Firstly, there is a free spins round with a 3x multiplier. Three or more Gnome Axemen triggers this. Get five of the little guys and you get 50 free spins. Very nice. We never got five, but we did get four, giving us 20 free spins. We did pretty well out of this.

The second bonus is triggered by three Papa Gnome symbols and is a ‘Pick Me’ round. Here you pick vegetables and win prizes. You get to choose three plants to pull up – and the wins are pretty good. The largest win we saw for a single vegetable was 2,100 coins. Not bad! However, there is still all that squatting and straining I mentioned earlier in this review. This feature can even be triggered from within the free spins round, so look out for that, too.

As a 50 line game, Gnome Sweet Home is a good addition to Rival’s stable of slots and is their best game in a while. Give it a try: you never know – you too might be bringing Gnome the bacon.

Game Information: 5 Reel, 50 Payline Slot Machine.

Wild Symbol: Gnome Princess. Substitutes for all except Bonus and scatter symbols. Wilds can expand on the reels to create new winning combinations. Wilds appear on Reels 1, 3 and 5.

Scatter Symbol: Free or more Gnome Axeman symbols trigger the free spins round.

Free Spins: Three symbols gives 10 free spins, 4 gives 20 and 5 gives 50 free spins. All wins have a 3x multiplier during the free spins round.

Bonus Round: Three Papa Gnome symbols trigger the Vegetable Garden bonus feature.

Players select three vegetables and win prizes based on the vegetables they dig up. This round can be triggered within the free spins feature.

Coin Sizes: 0.01to 0.25. 10 coins per line can be bet Maximum total bet size is $125.00.

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