Get your surfboards out, grab a hunky lifeguard or a scantily clad Bikini babe in this new tongue in cheek bonus slot from Microgaming. Life’s a Beach, is a 5 reel 20 pay line slot, with a random pick style slots bonus feature.

Released just in time for Summer 2007, Life’s a Beach has a minimum coin value of 1 cent per line, a maximum line bet of 50 cents per line and the option to play up to 20 coins per line. At 1c per line this comes in at a chunky $4 per spin, but you can adjust the coins played per line to give a minimum bet with all lines selected of just 20 cents.

The slot has a lively summery theme, with reel symbols consisting babes, beach umbrellas, sunglasses, a beach bar and of course the obligatory muscle bound lifeguard. The bikini beach babe is wild and appears only on reels 2, 3 and 4, substituting for all symbols except the lifeguard scatter symbol. Two lifeguards appearing anywhere on the reels pays double your bet, three pays five times your bet, four pays 10 times your bet, and all five lifeguards pay 150 times your bet.

When three or more lifeguards appear anywhere on the reels the Bonus Feature is triggered. You must select four umbrellas from the six displayed. If you find a beach babe under the umbrella then you win a random prize – if there is no babe under the umbrella you will receive a consolation prize of 2 x your triggering bet. The round continues until you have selected four umbrellas and then your prizes are added up to calculate your total win. The bonus round prizes tend to be quite generous, and more often than not you will find four beach babes, compensating for the relatively long pauses between bonus rounds.

Despite its funky graphics and animations, Life’s a Beach is very much an old style slot, with a simple pick x of x style bonus feature. It plays similarly to other slot games of its genre such as Pharaohs Tomb and Witch Doctor, although it lacks the free spins and other features of the latter. The Bikini Babe substitute doesn’t multiply the wins in which it acts as a substitute which would have been a nice touch. However the slots main strength lies in the (usual!) generosity of its bonus round.