Monthly Archives: April 2016

Finally a new game from Thunderkick!

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I’ve been waiting for soooo long, but finally we get it: a brand new game from Thunderkick – The Rift. Currently available only in the fun mode, the game will be released for real-money mode in May, but I had to check it one way or another, even simply for fun.

The Rift has 5 reels and 17 (strange number, don’t you think?) paylines. The action of the game takes place on the murky road where one day a strange rift appears, “feeding on all the world’s magical artifacts”. The players’ task is to collect them before they are sucked through, to the mysterious “other side”. I just love that theme! So gloomy, mysterious and horror-like atmosphere, I am sure Thunderkick did their best to think the theme through! And most importantly, there are no fruit and diamond symbols on the reels – I’m so grateful! Instead, the reels offer such symbols as strange coins, magic books, shining watches and a mysterious octopuses. All this placed on the dark background and equipped with eye-catching animations. Can you ask for more? For me, it was an instant love!

There are also some interesting special features such as wilds, scatters and free spins.

The Wild symbol substitutes for all other icons, if wild symbol combined with at least one more symbol it substitutes for form a winning pay line.

The logo of the game is a Bonus symbol. When you catch 2 of them on the reels, you win a Rift Spin. If you stop the reels with 3 or more bonus symbols, you win the bonus game. Any additional bonus symbol adds 5 more free spins. The initial number of free spins in the bonus game depends on the number of bonus symbol. So, you get 20 free spins for 5 bonus symbols, 15 for 4, 10 for 3 and 1 for 2. Once a Rift Spin is triggered, any wild not appearing on a winning payline becomes a sticky wild. 1-3 more sticky wilds can be placed randomly on the reels. Sticky wilds occur in the Rift spin round in the bonus game. The sticky symbols lock onto their positions and stay sticky for the rest of the game round or until they for a winning combination.

All Bonus symbols that occur on the reels activate 1 step on the Rift seal until the seal is full. Every third step grants 2 more free spins and add 1 more sticky wild to every remaining spin of the bonus game.

What I saw while playing the fun mode of the game made me feel certain that I would try it in the real-money mode later on. I like the theme and bonuses available in the Rift slot, so I am sure I will enjoy it.

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Sun Tide from Microgaming – bitter disappointment!

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There were so many great games launched recently that I got used to pure pleasure felt each time I triggered a newly released slot. When I first saw Sun Tide from Microgaming, I expected the same: nice  graphics, interesting theme and innovative special features. Did I really ask for too much? Probably yes, especially when you see the new game from my beloved Microgaming.

The title of the game made me think about some beach parties and sexy girls wearing bikini. I could not be further from truth. Sun Tide has nothing to do with tides, sea, romantic sunsets and those nice things. What you see behind the reels is an orange background with no objects, no girls and in fact no tides. Ok, you may say. Background is not as important as the symbols – am I right. Well, so get ready for truly exciting symbols! What are they? You won’t guess! There are cherries, oranges, lemons, BARs, watermelons and yes, I knew you’d love it – bells and diamonds. I just hate those unimaginative images which spin with no effects and give you no thrill or any signs of excitement.

So maybe special symbols? Yes, there are some of them available in this ugly 5-reel, 9-payline game. You may take advantage of Scatters, Wilds, Free Spins and multipliers. Quite a nice selection for such a boring slot, so I have no rights to complain. The Wild symbol is represented by a gold coin and when it occurs on reel no 3, it can expand to award additional wins. During free spins, the Wild can expand on reels 2,3 and 4 to award even more wins. 3, 4 or 5 Scatters trigger 15 free spins that can be retriggered. And well, that’s it.

I won’t complain any more and leave you with your own final mark. Let me know if you found anything interesting in Sun Tide. I won’t play it any more, for sure.

P.S. There is one more new game from Microgaming, Bar Bar Black Sheep – have you tried it? I’m afraid to do it after I’ve seen the screenshots showing my “favourite” classic symbols. Microgaming, where are you?

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Aloha! Let’s play some crazy slots!

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Who didn’t check Aloha! Cluster Pays from NetEnt? It’s a true must-play, believe me. With a huge number of special features and a totally crazy look, this game is sure to attract many players all around the world. Especially, if the weather in your country sucks!

Let’s start with the images. The reels of Aloha! Cluster Pays are filled with colourful images connected with Hawaii such as coconuts, seashells, pineapples and wild flowers. In the background you will see a beautiful but dangerous volcano erupting each time you get a win.

But besides an attractive look, the game has something more to offer – namely, great special features. The game has 6 reels and 5 rows, which is a completely new design. There are no bet lines. The wild symbol can appear anywhere on the reels and award a huge win by substituting all other icons.

But the best thing in the game are the clusters. A group of 9 or more symbols count as a cluster and they randomly activate the sticky wins respin feature. Then, the original cluster stays in place while all the other visible symbols respin. There is no extra cost of this respin and it does not mean that you are gambling your wins. During the sticky win respin, the cluster size grows with the new symbols becoming sticky – the rest of the symbols spin until you have a spin which does not grow the cluster.

But it’s not the end. NetEnt added free spins to Aloha! Cluster Pays slot to make things even better. If you catch at least 3 (up to 6) free spin symbols on the reels, you are awarded with 9-12 free spins respectively. The free spins feature offers a symbol drop option where the lowest paying symbols fall down on the reels and make more chances to connect the high paying symbols for a huge win!

Aren’t you convinced yet? Give this game a try and see for yourself how rewarding it can be. Enter Hawaiian world and feel free to collect huge wins!

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Yggdrasil’s Seasons slot – my must-play for this spring

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I love spring! All those flowers, birds and so on. Sometimes, however, I have no time for roaming in the countryside (no matter how much I want to do it) so I have to find a substitute of nature in the world of gaming 😉

This year the case is easy: there is Yggdrasil’s Seasons online slot! Launched this week, this 20-payline, 5-reels game is a fresh release from one of my favourite game studios and I must admit it looks great and pays well. Even though this week casino players had a chance to try a nice selection of newly launched games, I believe this one is the best. Why? Let me explain!

First of all: the look. Seasons slot looks just amazing. All symbols are well-detailed and perfectly mathc the theme. There are acorns, leaves, strawberries, berries, mushrooms and pines. The music is very relaxing and the whole mood of the game is very pleasurable. I fell in love with it!

The next thing: game scheme. In fact, Season slot is very unique not only due to its graphics, but mainly to the fact that it is divided into four different games, each devoted to different season of the year. Thus, there are 4 game modes: winter, spring, summer and autumn. After 10 spins have been played in a season, the season may change into a new randomly chosen season once the bet is made. I’ve been playing the game for a while and managed to launch all modes-they are awesome.

Each mode has a different Wild feature. In winter, Here is wild and can duplicate itself to another position. In spring mode, Wild Owl gives a free re-spin. During the re-spin, the Owl moves one spot in a random straight or diagonal direction to award more wins. During the summer, Dear Wild will expand in a CROSS pattern when it is caught on the reels. Autumn’s Wild Fox awards a random multiplier that applies to all wins in the spin.

But it’s not the end of good news! There are also free spins awarded once you manage to catch at least 3 Free Spins leaves symbol. You may win up to 30 free spins (as a reward for 5 free spins symbols).

First, I tried the game in the free mode but later on, I decided to give it a go in a real-money game. The results were great, so I am sure to come back to this enchanting title soon. I can recommend it to all of you, casino lovers!

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