The Phantom’s Curse Slot Review — A Bonus Packed Tribute

The Phantom's Curse by NetEntThe Phantom’s Curse by NetEnt might be one of the most highly anticipated slots ever, due to the fact that fans of the brand expected it to be released last year, yet copyright issues held the title up for a while. Now, almost twelve months after we first heard about the title, the game has finally been given widespread release.

The good news is that it seems like it has all been worth the wait, as The Phantom’s Curse not only looks spectacular but also boasts a range of innovative bonus features and plenty of chances to win big. Read our full, in-depth review below to learn everything you need to know about this thrilling new slot, including how you can maximise your winnings and what makes the game so special.

 


Gameplay

The Phantom’s Curse is a five reel, forty payline slot from gaming giants NetEnt. It stands as the the newest installment in the brand’s Universal Monsters series and, as the name suggests, is based around the French novel The Phantom of the Opera. The slot is playable from as little as 20p up to £200 per spin, and is available across all devices making it the perfect game for all different types of gamers and budgets.

The Phantom's Curse Gameplay Screenshot

Visually, The Phantom’s Curse is stunning and we’re sure fans of the musical or classic novel will be more than happy with NetEnt’s interpretation. The game is set within the opera hall, with the reels hanging against the seats as if you were getting a view from the stage. Symbols on the reels include characters from the story such as Christine, the subject of the Phantom’s affections, and other items such as daggers, hand mirrors, roses and ruby rings.

The lower value symbols are represented by the four traditional playing card suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades) , whilst the highest value symbol in the game is represented by the Phantom himself and he wil reward you with 10x your wager for a five of a kind combination.

The Phantom's Curse Paytable

Although The Phantom’s Curse’s appeal lies, ultimately, in it’s bonus features, the base game is still very much enjoyable and as the slot pays both ways, there’s still plenty of chances to win big. Furthermore, as the slot boasts a healthy RTP of 96.57% and a maximum win of 800x your wager on every spin, we’d classify this title as medium variance which means it pays out decent amounts, fairly regularly.

 

Bonus Features

The Phantom’s Curse boasts not one, but three separate bonus features which have each been specifically designed for this title. This means that not only do they all fit the theme perfectly, but they also stand as great examples of NetEnt’s creative flair and keen eye for attention to detail.

The Phantoms Curse Bonus Round

The first feature is the Pick and Click bonus, which is triggered when the stacked Phantom symbol lands fully on reel one, and the stacked Christine symbol lands full on reel five. When the round begins, players are transported to a separate screen where they must pick from eight roses in order to win cash prizes.  Players will be able to continue choosing roses, and therefore picking up coin wins, until they are confronted with a ‘blocker’ symbol. At this point they’ll move on to stage 2 of the round.

In stage 2 of the Pick and Click bonus round, players must choose from three mirrors to reveal a multiplier of either 1x, 2x or 3x. This is then applied to your winnings from stage 1 and means that the round carries the potential to reward players with up to 36x their original stake.

The second bonus feature in The Phantom’s Curse is the Masked Phantom Re-spin feature, and this is activated when a stacked Phantom symbol appears on reel one, and a stacked mask symbol appears on reel five. Here the symbols that triggered the feature will turn into wild symbols and remain sticky for one free respin. This gives players a much greater chance at creating a high paying winning combination.

The Phantom's Curse Free Spins Round

Last but by no means least is the game’s extra spins round. This bonus feature is triggered when players find a chandelier symbol on reels one, three and five. Unlike normal extra spins rounds, players aren’t granted a specific number of extra spins when they start the round. Instead, a chandelier hands above the reels, and the round will continue until it falls!

The Phantom's Curse Free Spins Win

During the extra spins round, landing a masked Phantom symbol on a particular reel can result in a section of the rope holding the chandelier in place being cut. There are five ropes, and when all give are cut, the chandelier will fall and the feature will end.  However, it’s not all doom and gloom when a masked Phantom symbol appears however, as these symbols also act as wilds for the feature. Furthermore, every time a rope is cut, the masked Phantom symbol will turn fully stacked, giving you plenty of chances to create winning combinations.

 

Performance

NetEnt have been developing The Phantom’s Curse for well over a year and so it’s no surprise that the graphics and gameplay are both flawless. As a branded slot, we always knew that NetEnt would have gone the extra mile with this game and we’re very glad they did. Moreover, as the game uses HTML5 technology, it’s a dream to play from any device, including iOS and Android smartphones, as it’s both quick to load and responsive.

The Phantom's Curse Big Win

 

Last words…

All in all, The Phantom’s Curse is an incredible addition to NetEnt’s jam-packed branded roster. Although we were disappointed last year when the game didn’t come to fruition, as they say, good things come to those who wait and we think this game was definitely worth the extra few months we had to twiddle our thumbs!

Not only is The Phantom’s Curse aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also incredibly rewarding if you can manage to trigger one of the games three bonus features. Furthermore, as it’s available across all devices and with a low minimum bet limit, it’s a real crowd pleaser, even if you weren’t a fan of the Phantom of the Opera to begin with!

Twin Spin Deluxe Slot Review — Feel Good, Retro Fun!

Twin Spin Deluxe Slot LogoTwin Spin Deluxe originally launched last year, as an exclusive NetEnt slot for Unibet casinos. However, last week the brand finally gave it widespread release, meaning that everyone who plays at a good NetEnt casino can now enjoy the title.

Twin Spin Deluxe, as the name suggests, is the sequel to the highly successful Twin Spin, yet although some of the original features remain, new twists allow this slot to stand as an impressive slot in it’s own right. Read on to see what you can expect from Twin Spin Deluxe, including tips on how to win big and how to trigger bonus features.

 


Gameplay

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of Twin Spin Deluxe is that the game is played over six reels, instead of the traditional five. This is because Twin Spin Deluxe boasts a cluster pays mechanism, meaning that wins will be awarded when players create a ‘cluster’ of nine or more of the same symbols, rather than using traditional paylines.

This is a feature that NetEnt have been particularly keen on using recently, with slots such as The Legend of Shangri La and Finn and the Swirly Spin both using a similar design. For the uninitiated, however, cluster pays games can seem more difficult to win at first. Finding nine of the same symbol in adjacent positions may sound like a challenge, but it’s much easier than it seems and can leave you with huge base game wins.

Twin Spin Deluxe Gameplay Screenshot

Although there are significant differences in gameplay between Twin Spin Deluxe and the original Twin Spin title, they do share a similar look and feel. Players can expect bright, retro graphics with the reels hanging against flashing lights and symbols including bars, cherries and sevens. The game’s highest paying symbol is the blue gem and this can reward players with a huge 1,000x their wager.

Twin Spin Deluxe Paytable

Twin Spin Deluxe uses the latest HTML5 technology to ensure that gameplay is flawless across all devices. Furthermore, as the game has a healthy RTP of 96.31%, a medium volatility, and is playable from as little as 10p a spin, we’d say it’s suitable for almost every type of player.

 

Bonus Features

Unlike a lot of NetEnt slots, Twin Spin Deluxe isn’t actually that feature-heavy. Instead, the brand have enhanced the slot with just one bonus feature, but the good news is that this is satisfyingly rewarding so you won’t feel like there’s anything missing.

In Twin Spin Deluxe NetEnt have brought back the much loved ‘twin-reel’ feature from the original Twin Spin slot. This means that on every spin, two reels will lock together and spin in unison, displaying the same symbols. Whilst the slot spins, these linked reels can also expand to up to six identical reels, which is a great chance for players to create huge clusters of symbols and therefore huge wins.

Twin Spin Deluxe Twin Reel Feature

 

 

Performance

Although Twin Spin Deluxe doesn’t include the kind of flashy animations and visually impressive bonus features that we’ve come to expect from NetEnt slots, the simple gameplay actually means that players can enjoy a much faster and exhilarating experience. The quick-fire nature of the game means that if you hit a winning streak you can expect things to really get going, and the game’s soundtrack helps to boost excitement as it’s techno-inspired sound keeps the pace quite nicely.

Twin Spin Deluxe Twin Reel Feature

 

Unique Feature

For us, Twin Spin Deluxe is obviously at it’s best when the twin-reel feature kicks in over multiple reels. However, whilst this is definitely lucrative and entertaining, we’d actually go as far as to say that Twin Spin Deluxe’s unique feature is the lack of bonuses.

NetEnt have always enjoyed success when they’ve created more minimal games. Starburst, the software developer’s most popular game ever, stands as testament to this and we do hope Twin Spin Deluxe garners the same attention. Whilst simplistic games can often feel a little boring, they do have mass appeal as they’re suitable for both newbies and seasoned players, and they’re perfect for a quick spin when you don’t want to commit to spending too long at the casino.

 

Last words…

In our eyes, Twin Spin Deluxe is the perfect game for NetEnt to have started the year off with, as we think it stands as a great example of their design prowess. As we’ve said numerous times throughout this review, it’s not the most innovative title the brand have ever produced, but this doesn’t make it any less charming. Both the cluster pays mechanism and the twin-reel feature make the game more rewarding than it may seem at first, but Twin Spin Deluxe’s appeal all lies in the beautiful graphics and straightforward, yet exciting, gameplay. We think it’s definitely a slot which will put a smile on your face, so why not try it out for yourself?

Rapunzel’s Tower Mobile Slot Reviewed — A Glossy And Rewarding Revamp

Rapunzel's Tower by QuickspinWithin the world of online slots, there are a handful of classic themes. These range from Ancient Egypt to Irish, and usually all feature similar design elements and ideas. However, in 2017 we’ve seen the rise of a new theme, one that we wouldn’t have really associated with mobile slots until this year.

Way back in 2016, NetEnt released the first installment of their Fairytale Legends series, Red Riding Hood. Since then, the popular software developer has also released Hansel and Gretel and it looks like other slots designers are now following suit. Last month Quickspin launched their Goldilocks and the Wild Bears slot, and this month the team are back with another classic fairytale inspired title; Rapunzel’s Tower.

 


 

Gameplay

Rapunzel’s Tower is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot which is based around, as the name suggests, the Brother’s Grimm tale about a girl with ridiculously long hair. The slot is brought to us by Quickspin, and it’s available across all devices including mobile, desktop and tablet. Moreover, it’s playable for as little as 20p a spin, all the way up to £200 per spin, so it should suit all types of budgets.

Rapunzel's Tower by Quickspin Screenshot

Visually, Rapunzel’s Tower is almost perfect. The design is colourful without being overbearing, and the symbols are all very fitting to the theme. However, we must say that the illustrations look very similar to those featured in Disney’s Tangled – the movie giant’s take on this classic fairytale.

Symbols on the reels include Rapunzel herself, the Prince, the King and Queen and a wicked witch, as well as the traditional 9 to Ace playing card values.

Rapunzel's Tower Paytable

Overall, Rapunzel’s Tower’s gameplay is much the same as every other Quickpin slot. There’s no fancy mechanisms to get to grips with and no real unique features in the base game, but it is straightforward and looks fantastic. Furthermore, the slot boasts a healthy RTP of 97.09% and we’d classify it as a medium volatility game with a handsome 1,619x your wager available on each spin.

 

Bonus Features

Rapunzel’s Tower includes two different types of wild symbols, both of which will help maximise your winnings. The first is the standard wild and this is represented by Rapunzel herself. As well as substituting for all other symbols except for the scatter, this wild also offers a 35x your stake payout for a five of a kind combination.

Rapunzel's Tower Wild Wins

The second wild is represented by Rapuzel’s famous ponytail. This will appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 only and when it appears alone it works in the same way as a normal wild. However, find three of these symbols on the reels and you’ll trigger a re-spin feature where the reels will re-spin and the wilds will remain sticky. The feature will continue until you’re granted a winning combination.

Rapunzel’s Tower also features a scatter symbol, and this is represented by the tower. Three or more of these symbols will trigger the extra spins round, where you’ll be initially treated to 10 extra spins. When the extra spins round begins, you’ll also notice that the Prince appears to the left of the reels. The aim of this round is to collect as many bonus wilds as possible, as these allow the Prince to climb the tower and reach Rapunzel.

Rapunzel's Tower Extra Spins Feature

As the Prince climbs the tower, you’ll also receive extra spins, depending on how far he gets. If the Prince reached the top of the tower, you’ll also receive a 2x multiplier which is applied to any winnings from the round. Furthermore, you can gain eight more extra spins if you find three more scatters on the reels during the round.

 

Performance

Rapunzel’s Tower was actually one of the first games Quickspin ever designed, yet it hasn’t been available to play for quite some time. This revamped edition, then, is much welcomed and the modern graphics definitely give it a new lease of life. Furthermore, the slot now runs on HTML5 technology, which means it performs perfectly on all devices.

Rapunzel's Tower Scatter Symbols

 

Last words…

Rapunzel’s Tower offers players some fairly innovative bonus features, but on the whole it’s quite a simple slot. This, however, is no bad thing as it means the game is quite easy-going and affable. Moreover, the medium volatility and higher-than-average RTP of the slot mean that wins come fairly regularly.

For us, the most impressive part of Rapunzel’s Tower was the quality of the graphics. It’s a beautiful looking game and whilst it’s perhaps not the most exciting new release, we’re sure it will please a lot of players due to it’s mobile compatibility.

Planet Of The Apes Mobile Slot Reviewed — Epic And Awesome!

planet of the apes netent logoIt’s the film franchise we all know and love yet has only now been transformed into a video slot. Planet of the Apes finally gets the slot treatment from NetEnt and has proven thus far to be a roaring success.

Known for stepping out of the box when it comes to their games, the Swedish slot developer has probably outdone itself with a game that just oozes style and epicness. What exactly makes this slot cool and epic, though? Is it not just another soulless cash grab? Find out more in our full review.


Gameplay

The first thing you’ll notice about the Planet of the Apes slot is that it is comprised of two 5 by 3 reels swuased together to make a 10 by 3 reel altogether. Each ‘half’ is dedicated to the first two films in the new Planet of the Apes film trilogy that has been met with much critical acclaim. This instantly offers interesting gameplay dynamics as players can instantly access features unique to either side of the reel.

planet of the apes slot wild

Based on 20 paylines, you can bet from as little as 1p and up to £10 per line, per spin. The maximum amount of coins players can win is 1000x their original wager and the bet level is completely adjustable. Choose carefully so that you can play this game to its full potential. With an RTP of 96.3%, too, this means the return is pretty high. However, it is a bit lower than average for NetEnt.

planet of the apes slot symbols

The reel is bedecked with a ton of wild and scatter symbols, each representing a character (both ape and human) from the first two films of the franchise, Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Autospin is a feature that can be used as a way of spinning the reel without much input from the player.

 

Bonus Features

Of course, being essentially two slots rolled into one, Planet of the Apes allows players to access bonus features that correspond with each end of the reel — that being either the ‘Rise’ side or the ‘Dawn’ side. Align all the scatter symbols on either the Rise side or Dawn side and you get an extra spins round which allows to potentially make wins for free. And because there are twice as many reels, this makes accessing these bonus rounds twice as likely and infinitely more satisfying.

Planet of the Apes slot NetEnt-screenshot

The last main feature, however, includes the Dual Feature. Triggered at random, one symbol on either side of the reel will be selected and you’ll get re-spin, after re-spin, after re-spin. Each time one re-spin gets a wild, it sticks on the reel until the player gets a win. This is definitely one of the more fun elements to the game and makes for a more interesting experience — if the CGI apes and epic film score doesn’t make it interesting enough for you!

 

Performance

Even for a game released in 2017, Planet of the Apes has some of the best graphics we’ve seen in a mobile slot. All the apes that are CGI are surprisingly well-rendered and the animation itself is top-notch. NetEnt have a firm grip on the Planet of the Apes license and use it to full effect here, utilising the films’ iconic scenes, characters and moments in a truly sophisticated fashion.

planet of the apes slot main reel

We’d go as far to say that NetEnt have even outdone themselves with this one. How will they ever top this game? Seeing as the Swedish developer always has an ace up its sleeve, we’re sure that they’ll find a way somehow to overcome expectations.

 

Unique Features

Obviously, the most unique feature about the Planet of the Apes (apart from all the CGI apes, of course) is the 10 by 3 reel. Without it, this game wouldn’t be half as unique as it is, though it will surely still be a good game. Needless to say, that most of the features are a result of this one aspect of the slot. It would be hard to imagine what it would be without this element.

planet of the apes slot main reel

 

Last Words…

Overall, we love the Planet of the Apes slot. We’re fans of the films so our love could be misconstrued as bias but we honestly think non-fans of the film franchise will like this slot too. The huge reel offers massive opportunities for more spins and for extra features to come to forefront. You might get slightly irked by all the CGI apes everywhere but you get used to it after a while. And who knows? This slot might make you want to watch the films again.

Goldilocks And The Wild Bears Mobile Slot Reviewed — Goldilocks Goes Crazy!

Goldilocks Feature ImageYou know how the story goes… a blonde haired little girl named Goldilocks wanders into the woods and stumbles upon a house. She sticks her nosy little nose into all of the belongings of the bear family, finding Papa Bear’s chair too hard and Mama Bear’s too soft, Papa’s porridge too hot and Mama’s porridge too cold. Real nuisance, isn’t it? In the slot world, Goldilocks drives the Bears wild!


 

Gameplay

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is composed of five reels and 25 paylines. The game has a rated payout percentage of 97.84%, which is really high when compared to other slots on the shelf. The main driver of wins are the two wilds in the base game. The first is a normal wild that replaces other symbols to complete winning paylines — this is the bears’ cottage symbol. The second wild — the bowl of porridge — comes with multipliers. You could double or even quadruple your win!

Goldilocks Small Win

Bets start from 25p and can go up to £100 per spin. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a relatively steady-paced game, in that wins don’t come particularly quickly or slowly. I’d say, you can expect base game wins every three to five spins or so. Hence, be ready to play for at least 30 to50 spins at a time. Choose a bet level that you can sustain as it takes a few Wild symbols and extra spins bonus before you break even and start to flourish.

Goldilocks Super Big Win

The paytable in the game is not to be snuffed at. The low-value symbols (10, J, Q, K and Ace) pay out about three to 20x your wager. However, the three Bears are much better money makers. Five Papa Bear symbols can multiply your wager 250x! The maximum prize even goes at 1,000x your stake, if only you could line up give Wild symbols in a row…

 

Bonus Features

The premise of the story is that Goldilocks meddles with the bear family’s belongings, so much so that they get really mad. If three or more Goldilocks symbols appear, the bears even turn Wild! Usually, you’d turn one or two bears wild at a time. Coupled with the wild symbols that are already on the screen, the feature can be quite lucrative. Your win potential during these stints increase quite significantly and you’d suddenly find yourself with few tens or even 100x your wager within seconds.

Goldilocks Additional Spins

The feature above can only be triggered during the extra spins rounds. These extra spins are also triggered by three Goldilocks symbols. The first three Goldilocks symbols that you encounter will get you the 10 extra spins; the following three to appear during the extra spins rounds turn Papa Bear wild. Then, the next three Goldilocks symbols turn Mama Bear wild while another three symbols gets Baby Bear wild too. That’s right, you can suddenly get lots and lots of wild symbols all at once! It’s a joyous flurry of winning paylines and extra spins.

 

Performance

This isn’t the first time a slot developer has designed a game based on this famous fairytale. In 2014, Quickspin released Goldilocks and the Wild Bears. Yet, this timely 2017 refresh has made a huge difference. The graphics pop a lot more, which makes the fairytale universe come alive. This gives quite a lovely air of nostalgia, especially to those, who first heard about this story during their childhood years. The animations and accompanying music is charming, basically nothing like your toddler’s cartoons.

Goldilocks Free Spins Win

This Quickspin game is also tuned for mobile devices, so that you can play on your mobile phone or tablet anywhere you prefer. There’s even a handy Autoplay mode, so you can kick off 10 or so spins at a time, then set your mobile down to watch.

 

Unique Feature

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is quite a simple yet intoxicating slot. The game mechanics revolve around the age-old Wild symbol. In fact, I dare say that Wild symbols are the hallmarks of a great slot. They are the easiest feature to grasp and can bring about sizeable winnings each time. Goldilocks and the Three Bears technically presents five different Wild symbols within a single game (the house, the bowl of porridge and each of the three bears). Pretty much nothing is better than this.

Goldilocks Normal Win

 

Last words…

Goldilocks and the Three Bears makes for a nice, easy-going gaming session. It’s not quite as action-packed as those blockbuster slots with exploding symbols and mini-features. After all, the game is modeled after a childhood fairytale! Yet, the game gives off a warm and cosy feeling. I find it quite nice to unwind with this simple game at the end of the day. A few light spins followed by a fun streak of Wild winning combinations — games like these never fail to lift your day. As Goldilocks would say when tasting Baby Bear’s porridge: “it’s not too hot and not too cold — it’s juuust right!”

Monster Wheels Mobile Slot Reviewed — The Perfect Halloween Slot!

Monster Wheels Feature ImageHalloween has come around, yet again! Instead playing on the tired vampire-themed slots or zombies from yesteryear, you can hang out with the spookiest characters in monster trucks! Microgaming has bandied together Frankenstein, Count Dracula, a werewolf and a bunch of other Halloweeny staples and let them run loose with some seriously heavy-duty trucks. Accompanying this group of villains are a profitable set of free spins and multipliers. All in all, it offers a great dose of adrenaline and oomph into your daily gaming routine.


 

Gameplay

The distinguishing feature of Monster Wheels is that players can pick between 128 or 228 ways to win. Depending on your choice, you’ll be presented a different set of reels. Under the hood, it doesn’t really matter. The Monster Wheels slot pays out the same in either configuration and the top prize is the same for both cases too. I guess it’s kind of like expressing your personality or your daily mood through your wheels. You can change between both formats at any time and try to see if either configuration suits your wallet better.

Monster Wheels Big Win

The reels are slightly unusual, in that they aren’t your standard 5×3 reel setup. These are Monster Wheels after all! If you choose to play with 128 ways to win, the reels are arranged in a 2-4-2-4-2 format, whereas the other setting presents a 4-3-2-3-4 reel format. Both set-ups are designed to look like monster truck engines and offer a nice twist to the usual slot game. With this setup, the game has a payout percentage of 96.04%. You can bet from 30p to £15 per spin—a nice range to suit all budgets and moods.

Monster Wheels Wild Win

The reels are populated with a mean set of symbols. You’ll find bulky monster trucks ridden by even meaner monsters. The cast of drivers include the Big Bad Wolf, the malevolent devil lady, Frankenstein, a mummy, a zombie and Count Dracula. These baddies are complemented by the usual set of low-value symbols—9, 10, J, Q and K. The wild symbol is the game’s logo and this substitutes for all symbols except the scatter.

 

Bonus Features

Besides choosing the number of ways to win in the slot, players can also choose their chances during the free spins rounds. The element of control over your fortune always plays well with the crowd. You’ll get to choose between:

  • Three free spins at 8x multiplier
  • Six free spins with 4x multiplier
  • A dozen free spins with 2x multiplier

Monster Wheels Free Spins Type

Which would go for? I like to play it safe with the 12 free spins combo, so that I can spread my chances over a larger number of spins. Of course, the thrill of betting it all on three short spins is incredibly exciting too! With the max multipliers, you can potentially win more than 7,500x your stake! I also like to try every option at least once during each gameplay session to feel out where my fortune lies.

Monster Wheels Additional Free Spins

This free spin round is triggered when you get three gasoline can symbols anywhere on the reels. If you land additional scatters during the bonus rounds, you’ll get additional free spins too! Getting one scatter during the free spins adds an extra free spin while getting two scatter symbols adds two free spins. Should you be so lucky to land three scatters during a free spin, you’ll re-triggers the entire set of free spins. It’s like generating fortune in hands-free mode!

 

Performance

The game tries to put players in the center of monster-truck action. You’ll play to the soundtrack of top-speed flips and crashes, rumbling engines and roaring cheers. The game reels are set in between two jumbo tires while the reels are modeled after car engines. You’ll want to watch the game trailer for yourself to watch this fiery game in all of its glory. The game is available on desktop, tablet and most mobile devices.

Monster Wheels Free Spins Trigger

 

Unique Feature

Monster Wheels is paraded as a Halloween slot, given the timing of its release and the colourful cast of characters. Yet, there’s a timeless quality about it. For starters, there are no cheesy ghouls and bloodied characters. The spotlight is instead turned onto monster trucks and multiplier-filled free spins, all of which makes Monster Wheels seem like one of those slots that people will turn to throughout the year as opposed to just around Halloween.

Monster Wheels Free Spins Gameplay

 

Last words…

Microgaming can do no wrong. Like all of its other slots, Monster Wheels is immensely playable. From the masterfully-executed theme to the delightful array of free spins and multipliers, you’ll walk away with that same energy high that you could get from a monster truck ride! Or so I imagine, at least. The other brilliant part is being able to swap reels at any time, adding a good variety into your gameplay. Anyway, all of that is to say that Monster Wheels is a great game and you should check it out for yourself asap!

Thundercats Mobile Slot Reviewed — A Thunder-iffic Slot!

Thundercats Feature ImageThunder, thunder, thunder cats HOO! If you’re an 80’s kid, you are bound to know about Thundercats. A brief recap on the storyline, I hope the word Thundera rings a bell. That was the planet from which these catlike humanoid aliens originated. When planet Thundera was at the verge of its death, they were forced to evacuate in their starship, which was unfortunately attacked by Mutants of Plun-Darr. As a result of this, they failed to reach their intended final destination and somehow ended up at Third Earth.

Thankfully, they developed a wonderful friendship with the natives, who ended up lending these cats a helping hand when they were under attack from the Mutants once again. Now that it is available in the version of an online mobile slot game, there is no way one could take a pass on this action-packed American-Japanese series. Let’s take a look!


 

Gameplay

This game is actually a little intricate to say the least. Thundercats by Blueprint Gaming sports 30 fixed paylines with one of the six main characters alert above the reels, offering expanding reels. So, we start off with a standard 5×4 reel, but it gradually grows into as large as eight reels and five rows right before your very eyes.

Thundercats Gameplay

Every main character in the game has its own feature, which can be activated in the special bonus feature. This brings flavour to the game giving us big wins, especially the Lion-O that blesses the game with an abundance of Wilds. The wilds exchange everything besides the bonus symbols, as you might know from playing many other mobile slots.

Thundercats Bonus Feature Gameplay

The Thundercats slot can be played from 40p to a maximum of £500 per spin, making it accessible to all players regardless of budgets. These cats bring you a unified variance of medium to high, with a theoretical Return to Player (RTP) rate of 95.55%. To accompany the main characters in this game, you will find the usual playing cards as symbols in this game.

 

Bonus Features

There is a heavy load of features that Blueprint Gaming decided to shower upon us in Thundercats. First off, there is the Thunder Wheel Bonus. Gamers can activate this through getting three of the Bonus symbols on the same spin and this will decide which free spins bonus you will attain. Having won the feature, you can decide whether to keep it or to gamble for a better feature. A cash win is guaranteed in this feature.

Thundercats Feature Trigger

Let me splay out the five features for you to understand it better. There is the Ultimate Thunder Spins feature, in which you will be granted five free spins with stacked wilds on your first, third and fifth reels. Next up are the Mumm-Ra Free Spins. Odd name, but here you get ten free spins. As if not interesting enough, whatever wild you get will be safely placed in the Mumm-Ra bank. This feature doesn’t end there, because after the last free spin you will be awarded a single super spin on the expanded eight symbol high reels, set in addition to the wilds you had collected throughout.

I hope you are still with me. There is another feature called Slithe Free Spins feature. Here, you are given 10 free spins alongside with Sticky Wilds. Once you have been able to get an entire stack, five extra free spins will be yours to keep. Moving on to the Monkian Free Spins feature, special attention has to be paid during the 10 free spins, because if you get a Hot Zone, it can turn into a Wild. Once you manage to get a Thundercats symbol on reel five, you are entitled to five more free spins.

Thundercats Big Win

We are not done yet! The Jackalman Free Spins feature unlocks multipliers of one to 10 each time you get a Wild. As if that is not enough, the developers managed to come up with a series of base game modifiers. You get them through landing on a special symbol on reel five across an expanded reel. There are rewarded extras, but you’ll have to spin the wheel to know.

Last but not least, it’s the Wily Cat feature. Everything is double here, because the Wilds come in two’s and payouts also are doubled. Pay close detail to Snarf – he has the ability to boost the Bonus symbols, thus giving you a chance at the Bonus Wheel.

 

Performance

The game is not basic at all. It is the epitome of confusion, but perfect for the sharp minded individuals, who enjoy a bit of challenge in their everyday gameplay. The theme itself carries its own weight, being a highly popular 80’s TV series. The animation and graphics were built based on that too, so it is representative. However, the layout is slightly peculiar and it may take some time to get used to. Music is considered to be appealing to the ears, with the gameplay gliding smoothly on all types of devices.

Thundercats Lightning Win

 

Unique Feature

There are far too many to choose from, but I’d land on the Mumm-Ra free spins feature. First of all, there is a built-in bank for you, which we don’t often see in your usual slot game. In all fairness, you will be given 10 free spins. In those 10, Wilds that appear will be secured in your bank. Right after your final spin, there is a single super spin on the expanded eight-symbol high set reel. It is also ‘doubly’ interesting to have an expanding reel when compared to other slot games. This guarantees more Wilds, thus more fortunes come your way!

Thundercats Features List

 

Last words…

One thing for sure — Thundercats is complicated. It feeds the soul of the avid slot gamers that fancy a bit of challenge. Five different free spins, five different base game modifiers, an expanding reel, consolation cash prize and a kick-ass theme are all the things that this game has got going for it. Blueprint Gaming made sure that the Thundercats online slot game leaves you with a memorable image of the once-loved 80’s TV series. Once you get the gist of the game, you are in it for a lightning bolt of cash prizes and Wilds!

Panda Pow Mobile Slot Reviewed — Adorable Yet Punchy!

Panda Pow Feature ImageWhat do you do if you are the sort of person, who plays a slot game for the big wins but also fancies a game that can put a massive smile on face? Play Panda Pow of course! Designed as based on an adorable chubby panda that practices the art of Kung-Fu, this mobile slot is delivers more fun that you can ever imagine.

Once you have started playing, you will realize that behind the Panda’s cute smile, he packs a massive punch – a colossal 1,000x your spin wager punch in precise. And if you thought that is something that is still too tame for you, what about 20 free spins that are up for grabs at all times?


 

Gameplay

Before we dive into the action, let’s get through some of the basics of the Panda Pow slot real quick. For starters, this slot features five reels that are paired with 25 paylines. This game is playable from anything between 25p all the way up to a staggering £1,000 per spin.

You may adjust the wager size that you are comfortable playing with at the bottom left of your reels or via the setting buttons. As with all Lightning Box Games, the Autoplay function is available, making it convenient for players, who prefer to multi-task while having fun playing their favourite slots.

Panda Pow Gameplay

From a quick glance of all the symbols and background of your reels, you will notice that much of it is designed based on an oriental theme. Aside from the conventional playing cards, there are some interesting symbols such as the Goldfish, Chinese coins and paper lanterns, amongst others. The highest paying symbol in this game is the Panda eating bamboo one, so make sure to always have a lookout for those.

Panda Pow Normal Win

Panda Pow treats all of its players with both decent payout sizes and frequencies. Throughout the game, you shouldn’t have any issues maintaining your bank balance if you are able to activate the bonus features every now and then.

 

Bonus Features

First up are the traditional Wilds. They come in the form of the Red Bonus Panda symbol and they will substitute for all other symbols except for the Golden Panda to complete winning paylines. They will appear only on your second, third and fourth reels, however.

Panda Pow Wild Win

We are going to get straight to the chase. The main bonus feature in this game is the free spins. To trigger this feature, you will need a minimum of five Golden Panda symbols anywhere on your reels.

The more Golden Pandas you get, the higher the number of free spins awarded. Five, six, seven, eight and nine bonus symbols will grant you five, eight, twelve, fifteen and twenty free spins respectively.

Panda Pow Free Spins Win

On top of that, if you happen to get any Golden Panda symbols during the free spins itself, additional rounds will be granted. As this is the only bonus feature in this game, you should be expecting to be playing it quite often. In our experience, you will be able to activate the free spin rounds every 25 to 30 normal spins.

 

Performance

We love that Lightning Box Games have designed all the symbols and visual elements in this game with great attention to detail. In our opinion, pulling off the oriental theme is quite a challenging feat and it couldn’t be more beautifully executed. The little animations in this game will also keep you entertained, especially so during your free spin rounds and wins in the base game.

Panda Pow Big Win

We know that we are nitpicking here, but the only thing we wished was better is the soundtrack. After a few minutes playing Panda Pow, the music gets repetitive and you will be looking to hit the mute button as soon as you possibly can.

Compatibility wise, you can choose to play this game on every type of device under the sun, mobile or not. If you were wondering, Panda Pow is supported even on older phones, so don’t worry if you have not upgraded your mobile phone in a longer while.

 

Unique Feature

We have to say that the Panda Pow slot is all about the free spins. To be absolutely honest, we thought that this game would have done a lot better if it had a couple more bonus features in it. In this age and time, there is no way on earth that one feature was going to cut it. Fortunately, the developers have compensated by giving us way more free spins than what we normally get in any other slot.

Panda Pow Super Big Win

As mentioned previously, it is not too difficult to trigger this feature, plus up to 20 free spins can be won at any single time. In this one occasion, we can forgive Lightning Box Games, but they did better make sure this doesn’t happen again.

 

Last words…

To sum it up, we have to say that the Panda Pow was somewhat of a mixed ride for us. On one hand it is a really fun slot to play with all the Wilds and free spins. On the other, there really isn’t enough bonus features in this game.

The developers did try to compensate by offering tonnes of free spins, but after a while it fails to maintain the level of excitement that you had when you first started playing this game. Panda Pow would be perfect for short gaming sessions and we believe that casual players will totally be in love with it.

Ice Cave Mobile Slot Reviewed — Go Big Or Go Home!

Ice Cave Feature ImageOn paper, the Ice Cave slot by Playtech should not fare all that well with all the seasoned slot players. The theme is icy cold, only two features are present including the wilds and it is of high risks. However, the philosophy behind this slot is more than what meets the eye – go big or go home.

Your mind will be completely changed once you have actually given Ice Cave a go. Every now and then when you are lucky enough to get sticky Wilds on your reels, all you will see happen is your bank balance grow by at least five times your spin wager. Ice Cave is not a slot for the faint of heart. After all, if you are expecting high rewards, you better be prepared to take some risks…


 

Gameplay

The Ice Cave mobile slot comes with five reels and 20 flexible paylines. The game gives you an option of playing between 10 and 20 paylines and using just 10 will half your spin wager.

However, we strongly recommend that you utilise the full 20 paylines as the chances of you creating more winning paylines are higher. Coupled with the fact that the Wilds are extremely profitable and complete winning paylines, it’s all the more reason of why you should use all 20 of them.

Ice Cave Small Win

You may play the Ice Cave slot from a mere 20p and high-rollers will be glad to know that wagers up to £2,000 per spin are accepted. That said, this game will suit all types of players regardless of their budget range, although you will only wager up to the £2,000 if you were Bill Gates!

Ice Cave Graphics

Payout-wise, you shouldn’t be expecting frequent wins. Instead, you should be ready to endure lots of non-winning spins and streaks throughout this game. The good thing is that when Ice Cave finally decides to pay, it all comes in a lump sum.

Unless you have patience and willing to watch your bank balance disappear right before your eyes before you get any wins, you should probably look at trying other Playtech games.

 

Bonus Features

The Ice Cave mobile slot comes with three bonus features including its Wilds. There are two different Wild symbols in this game, and as per usual, the wild symbols will replace all other symbols to create winning paylines.

Ice Cave Sticky Wilds Win

First up are the Ice Wilds. They come with a 3x win multiplier and best part is, they will remain sticky on your reels until removed by the Hammer Wild symbol. Turn on the feature bet mode, and the Ice Wilds will be enabled on reel 5.

Secondly are the Hammer Wilds. They multiply winnings by 3x but will remove all the Ice Wilds present on your reels. The Hammer Wilds will only appear on your second reel.

Ice Cave Wild Hammer

Last, but not least, is the Feature bet. It costs more to play this slot with the Feature bet turned on – 1.5x in specific, but it is worth every single penny. What this does is simple: it enables the Ice Wilds on your fifth reel. Given that the Ice Wilds are sticky and come with a 3x multiplier, paying the 1.5x your wager is absolutely worth it.

 

Performance

The performance of Ice Cave is simply outstanding. To be honest, we were not completely sold on the icy theme in the game when we first started playing, but somehow it had grown on us.

Whilst we would agree with you that Ice Cave does not come with enough bonus features to keep us entertained for long, it definitely does compensate by keeping us entertained with enough Wilds. Gameplay is as smooth as you can ask it to be and it even loads quickly on mobile devices.

Ice Cave Sticky Wilds

We thought that the graphics (especially the symbols) looked quite dull, but then again one can argue that is how “icy” themed games should look like. Music wise, there isn’t much to shout about either, although we did like the little celebrations when you get a Wild wins.

 

Unique Feature

If you have been keeping up with all the new slot releases by different slot developers, you can’t help but notice that every developer is trying to play it safe – trying to please everyone by offering frequent payouts.

Ice Cave Big Win

Well, to be fair, we ourselves love it when slots payout frequently, but once in a while we do miss the times when slots were a lot more exciting when they paid out higher value wins, less frequently. Winning used to be more of an occasion and something that you can celebrate about due to its high amount. In that sense, Ice Cave is a type of slot that is quite rare to come across these days.

 

Last words…

If you are looking for a slot that will induce adrenaline in your veins, you have come to the right place. The Ice Cave slot by Playtech is a game that will always keep you on the edge of you seat and is thrilling to play from the first minute.

It is known to often test the patience of all its players, but stick to your guns and you shall be rewarded handsomely. With great risks, comes great rewards!