Cows are cute. Cows from out of space are especially cute. Cows from out of space that bring you cash payouts and jackpots with multipliers and Bonus Spins are the prettiest things you ever saw. I’ll take one. These bovines are from the fictitious planet of Moolah (slang for money).
Their mode of interstellar transportation is of the 1950s vintage. It seems they didn’t get any updates in their spaceship warranty plan. Notwithstanding, the makers of the game have a newer version of Invaders from the Planet Moolah. It’s called the Return of the Planet Moolah. Same 1950s-style spaceships, though.
You would think the game’s designers would have a tough time coming up with the proper theme and icons to represent “Cows from the Planet Money”, but these planners just opted for the old farm motif. Hence, the symbols for this game are the traditional “Old McDonald Had a Farm “ variety.
Consequently, say hello to chickens, cows, outdoor toilets, worn out pickup trucks, granaries, milk cartons, and obligatory blond-haired farm girl in the likeness of the Daisy Mae character. I suspect you’ll even find a cow pie or two if you play the game long enough.
If you can survive all the farm chores, you’ll note that Planet Moolah is chocked full of the standard fare for non-aggressive slots games. Its maximum Jackpot is almost 3,800 coins. Its soundtrack of alien cow noises is tolerable. The game has been gentrified a bit and will now play on most Mac Operating Systems, as well as Android devices and many other Smartphones.
Close Encounter of the Bovine Kind
Alien cows abduct the law-abiding, God-fearing local variety of farm animals. That’s the storyline that runs through the game. Perhaps the alien bovines are just lonely or perhaps they are after some savory milk, creamy butter, or barbeque ribs. In any regard, the five tiny, one-cow-per-spaceship fly in really close as if looking for an opportunity to snatch something of interest, perhaps some corn cobs. During the invasions, the foreground is always a farm and farm animals, etc., while the background is always in deep space.
A somewhat rare but interesting feature of Invaders from the Planet Moolah is its cascading reels. If you don’t know how they work, the reels flow downward from the top of the screen rather rapidly, much like a waterfall. As the reels tumble smoothly down, certain symbols disappear from the reels and are quickly and seamlessly replaced by other symbols, giving you additional opportunities to score winning combinations.
Meanwhile, the five spaceships float along the top of each reel in a straight-line flight formation and periodically zap, explode, and randomly beam up the farm symbols into the UFOs like a magnet. This is great fun!
As the farm-themed symbols occupy the paylines, keep in mind that the Wild symbol, represented by the game’s mascot, the cow, will also randomly fall onto the paylines in a random pattern to give you additional winning combinations. Any winning combination results in Bonus Spins and Bonus Spins give you more chances to increase your overall score.
100 Bonus Rounds
The Bonus Spins are triggered by achieving four companion cascading paylines. A left side meter will keep track of how many Bonus Spins you have remaining. Each set of cascading reels will add to your Bonus Rounds or Free Spins. If you fill all eight spots on the meter, you get 50 Bonus Rounds. You can even get as many 100 Bonus Rounds. I’ve seen it done.
Keeping It Simple
Lucky for the beginner player, the game only has 25 reels. The coin values fall into the standard range, ranging from one cent to five dollars, up to a maximum of 125 coins. It is possible to win as much as 3,750 dollars (coins) on a single spin.
The saving grace of Invaders from the Planet Moolah is although it could have been portrayed as a horror movie, it really is a lighthearted and fun game as the farm animals actually show facial expressions as they are beamed up into the Unidentified Flying Objects. It’s just good old-fashioned farmyard fun. Sure, the game is lacking in complexity and expected bells and whistles, but at the same time, it is relaxing because you don’t have to think about extra and distracting gadgets.