The Great Balloon Adventure free slot is brought to us by High-5 Games. The game has 5 x 3 reels format, with 243 ways to win. The RTP of the slot is 94.9%, and the variance is not known officially but we feel it is of a medium level.

The game is based loosely on the novel by Jules Verne called Around the World in 80 Days. The slot symbols are those of real people but there is no Chinese or Asian movie that is related to the slot machine that we know of.


The novel is about travelling the world in a balloon, and as such, you will be seeing symbols of characters which are  inspired by the novel Around the World in 80 Days.

These are:

  • Man in White
  • Man in Purple
  • Lady
  • Man in Green

The slot also has low-value symbols from 5 and 40 coins. There are only three low-value symbols in the game.


The paytable for the high-value symbols is shown below. The values do not change regardless of your bet size. All of these are multipliers that you would be applied to your bet per line.

Number of Appearance in a Pay Line SYMBOLS
Man in White Man in Purple Lady Man in Green
5 500 300 150 150
4 125 75 50 50
3 40 30 20 20
  • Even if the slot has 243 ways to win, it is a 40-credit slot. The betting system here is in terms of credits, but these credits increase in currency value as you bet more.
  • The paytable is multiplied against the currency value, not the credits wagered. The betting window is between 40 and 40,000 credits.
  • At 40 credits, you are actually betting $0.01 per line. If you bet 40,000 credits, the currency value of that is $400, or $10 per line.
  • During to the balloon theme, the slot symbol placement is inverted. Here, the symbols are like balloons that float. They will not drop, but instead they float.
  • If you make a winning combination, the symbols would disappear, and those below them would rise up. The empty slots at the bottom will be re-filled, and the slot game would re-assess if you have made new winning combos.


The game has several features to look forward to. These are:

  • Great Balloon Adventure – this is a blue symbol and it functions as the wild. It substitutes for all symbols to make a winning line, except for the scatter. This wild only appears on reels 2, 3, and 4.
  • Silver Cup – this is the scatter symbol in the base game. Landing three on reels 2, 3, and 4 would trigger the free spins round—you would get 10 free spins.
  • Gold Cup – this is the scatter symbol that only appears during the free games. Like the base game scatter, you have to land three of it to get more free games. However, you will only get five free spins in the bonus round, not ten. You have to land the gold cup scatter on reels 2, 3, and 4.


The slot game introduces no new concept except the inverted symbol placement. It does have wilds and scatters, but both symbols do not pay money.

Getting free spins is a tad difficult because the scatter is not a traditional scatter, but rather one that has to land on specific areas of the reels.

One redeeming factor of the slot game is the inverted avalanche where the symbols that made a winning combo would get replaced. This makes you win several times for a single bet, and can help you recoup losses from previous rounds.

We will give The Great Balloon Adventure slot 7.2 points out of 10 in our review, it’s an above average HIGH 5 Games slot but just an average game overall compared to others.

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