- Riders of the Storm (Thunderkick) Slot ReviewAugust 21, 2019Riders of the Storm is a jewel that should give Thunderkick plenty of wind in their sails. Bonus game with stacked symbols and wild multipliers Low to high variance – you choose Riders of the Storm (Thunderkick): Overview It’s been nearly three months since we last heard from Thunderkick, which, in an industry as competitive as this one, equals a lifetime. You see, while the rest of the lot struggle for survival in the snake pit, Thunderkick simply shuts down business and heads to the beach. Not that Thunderkick’s position as an established provider has ever been threatened, they sit on a gold mine of classics after all, but it’s remarkably unusual and also quite bold. Above all, though, it’s a mañana-mentality that our fast-paced and stressed out society could learn a lot from. Thankfully, the arrival of Thunderkick’s highly anticipated release Riders of the Storm proves to be well worth the wait, something that becomes instantly palpable when greeted by the magnificent splash screen. With echoing thunder-strikes and a rather emotional piece playing on repeat, the game quite literally gives you a sense of “the calm before the storm”. Mechanically, it’s built using a 5×3 reel matrix along with 243 ways to win, which means you won’t have to keep track of any paylines. In terms of narrative, it has a steampunk feel to it and centers around three characters on a turbulent journey far above the earth’s surface. You can lift a ride on the Flying Dutchman from as little as 10 cents up to €/£100 per spin. Visually, Riders of the Storm is as great as they come with a lot of moving parts and detailed graphics. Set against a massive storm system, and with a couple of lanterns hanging from each corner of the reel set, symbols include 10 to A royals alongside spear-hooks, anchors, and ship wheels. These are followed by the three main characters – the mechanical engineer, the huntress and the patriarch captain. The latter is the most rewarding, giving you 15 times your stake for a five of a kind combination. There’s also the wild, which brings us to the next chapter… Riders of the Storm (Thunderkick): Features The Crystal Ball Wild symbol doesn’t just perform the usual duty of substituting for other symbols here, it has other benefits as well. In the base game, it can appear with a 2x multiplier attached to it. Also in the base game, there’s a randomly activated Mystery Wild Reels feature that can activate on any spin and which can transform up to 4 reels into fully stacked wilds. Basically, it’s a bit like the wild storm feature in Microgaming’s classic game Thunderstorm, although not quite as rewarding in terms of potential. Look out for the compass scatter – 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere in view give you 2, 20 or 200 times your total stake and send you flying to the Free Spins round. Before you get underway, you will have to make an active decision as there are 4 bonus option to choose from. Here’s what’s on offer: The Mechanical Engineer – Starting with 15 free spins and played with a x2 walking wild, this option is the lowest in terms of volatility (96.14% RTP). The Huntress – Starting with 10 free spins and played with a x3 walking wild, this is the medium variance option (96.15% RTP). The Patriarch Captain – Starting with 6 free spins and played with a x5 walking wild, this is the most volatile choice and also the one with the biggest potential (96.14%). Mystery Option – Will give you a random number of free spins between 6 – 15 and a random walking wild multiplier of between x2 – x5 (96.14% RTP). Now, 6 free spins may sound low for the high variance option, but with the opportunity to land walking wild multipliers with subsequent respins, the bonus round can go on for quite a while still. Moreover, it’s also relatively retrigger happy, giving you a chance to land up to three retriggers and up to 33 extra spins in total. Riders of the Storm (Thunderkick): Verdict Thunderkick has struck a winner with Riders of the Storm we have to say. The grand atmosphere of the game is enhanced by an ethereal score as well as superb visuals, which makes for quite an original audiovisual experience. It may not be the most innovative of games, and it does rely on mostly recycled features (albeit enhanced to some extent), but regardless of that, it’s sufficiently captivating and thrilling to play. A word of warning. The bonus frequency appears to be relatively low, so prepare for some long spells with no bonus in sight. It doesn’t ever get boring, however, as you have the randomly triggered Mystery Wild Reels feature to keep your session super-charged. If you do trigger the bonus, things can get all the more electrifying as there is a chance to pocket up to 26,426 times your stake. However unlikely that may be, we did hit over 1000x in our first try (the 6 free spins option) which of course added to the overall positive experience....
- Sahara Nights (Yggdrasil Gaming) Slot ReviewAugust 21, 2019Sahara Nights fails to live up to its towering aspirations, but it does so in spectacular fashion. Free spins with sticky expanding wilds Medium variance action Sahara Nights (Yggdrasil Gaming): Overview At this point, we’ve seen enough takes on the Aladdin-inspired story to know game developers don’t always concern themselves with breaking out of the mold. It’s perfectly understandable though – classics are classics for a reason. In other words, if it works, why fix it? It should come as no surprise that Yggdrasil Gaming’s visit to the world of flying magical carpets and spiritual creatures, for the most part, is satisfied to colour inside the lines. However, what you’re getting here is a visual masterpiece and a captivating adventure that could possibly have spent a bit more time on the mathematical design. Open Sesame! In this first-ever Arabian-themed offering from Yggdrasil Gaming you’ll be chasing your wishes across a 5×3, 20-payline reel set. Medium variance, it comes with magical lamps in the base game that expand into mystical genie wilds and a free spins round where up to three fully stacked sticky wild reels can turn gild to gold. Use any device, including iOS and Android, to transport yourself to the Saharan desert and start spinning from 0.20 to €/£100 per spin. We know we say this in nearly every Yggdrasil Gaming review, but it’s worth mentioning again. These guys design some of the best looking games in the industry and Sahara Nights is no exception. In fact, it’s so visually appealing and atmospheric that we ended up spending far more time testing a game than usual. It’s highly detailed, rich in colour and includes a beautiful string orchestral score that is a perfect fit for the game. Set inside the sultan’s palace, and with the Arabian night sky visible in the distance, symbols on the reels include 4 lower-value gemstones as well as 4 more rewarding picture symbols represented by goblets, daggers, Aladdin and a princess. The sultan is by far the most rewarding, giving you 175 times your stake for a five of a kind combination – you only need two of him to form a win as opposed to the other symbols where three are required. The genie lamp is the wild, it substitutes for all regular symbols and is of central importance as you will discover. Sahara Nights (Yggdrasil Gaming): Features Sahara Nights is not the most feature-packed slot to ever come from Yggdrasil, but those that are in place are sufficiently entertaining. First out is the Genie Wild which only appears on the three central reels. When part of a winning combination, the genie wild transforms from a regular wild into a fully stacked wild. The Genie Wild feature applies in the Free Spins game as well which comes into place when you land 3, 4 or 5 storybook scatters anywhere on the reels – this will give you 8, 12 or 16 free spins respectively as well as a 1000x reward if you land all 5 of them. Now, when a Genie Wild hits during the bonus, it not only expands as it does in the base game, it also sticks throughout the feature. If you land all three of them, 2 extra free spins will be added to your total. You can also retrigger the bonus with 2 extra spins by landing 2 storybook scatters anywhere in view. Sahara Nights (Yggdrasil Gaming): Verdict If you’re looking to escape to a magical place for a while and immerse yourself in a game with excellent visual presentation, an outstanding soundtrack and not so brutal volatility, Sahara Nights should be well suited for you. Hard-core players that are in for big hits and fast-paced action will have to look elsewhere, though, as the potential is anything but exciting. The fact that regular symbols don’t appear stacked, and seeing that it’s only possible to land sticky wilds on the three central reels, keeps the game from being as potent as it could have been. Medium variance, the low potential comes as no real surprise, although it’s far lower than necessary – in our opinion, at least. The single top payout will not be achieved with the help of the standard symbols or even the sticky wild reels, which can only pay around 250x per spin by the way, but by landing 5 storybook scatters as mentioned previously. Sahara Nights is a beautiful game; there is no question about that. It’s also quite entertaining to play, although, for some, the experience will undoubtedly be dampened by its weak potential. All there is left to hope for now is for your session not to be as dry as the desert of Sahara huh huh....
- Super Joker (Pragmatic Play) Slot ReviewAugust 20, 2019While Super Joker’s simple gameplay elements are solid for the most part, the slot lacks any real personality or lasting appeal. Respin Until You Win feature and Multiplier Wheel High variance action Super Joker (Pragmatic Play): Overview You can probably tell right away; Super Joker is about as generic as slots come. Not only does it have “super” and “joker” in the title, which in itself is a tell-tale of what you’re going to get, but then there’s also the customary disco ball backdrop, a somewhat upbeat feel-good soundtrack and, of course, the usual fruit slot symbols. Not that there’s anything really wrong with the concept per se. Fruits slots have stood the test of time, so it’s only natural that providers try to come up with variations of them. The question is, isn’t the market over-saturated at this point? After all, it wasn’t that long since Pragmatic gave us Triple Jokers, another 3-reel slot machine that, you guessed it, features a joker. It gets even less fun when you know that Super Joker is built upon Triple Dragons, a slot so trivial that we completely forgot about giving it a review. Built using a 3 reel, 5 payline format, Super Joker is a volatile and fast-paced fruit machine that benefits from a Respin Until You Win feature that triggers when you land fully stacked symbols of the same kind on two reels. There’s also a Double Multiplier Wheel that can potentially lead to wins of up to 1,500 times your total stake. With a default RTP of 96.52% (this can be changed by the operator so be sure to check), you can play this classic offering on your computer and mobile devices from as little as 0.05 to €/£25 per spin. Visually, Super Joker may come with few surprises but it’s a well-crafted slot that delivers exactly what’s expected of it in the visual department. With a luxurious feel, symbols on the reels include single, double and triple bars as well as more rewarding cherries, lemons, starts, bells and diamonds. The latter is the most lucrative, giving you 5 times your stake for three on a full payline. The joker is the wild. Like all other symbols, it appears fully stacked on all reels. It also delivers a maximum payout of 75 times your stake should you land a full screen of these. Super Joker (Pragmatic Play): Features When it comes to features, there are two of them included in Super Joker and the first one will likely be familiar to you if you’ve ever played 3 reel slot machines before. Known as the Respin Until You Win feature, it comes into play when two full stacks of matching symbols appear on the reels but fail to trigger a win. The third reel will then respin until a winning combination is achieved. Now, if you manage to land a full screen of matching symbols, the wild included, you will be awarded a spin on the Double Multiplier Wheel. The lower reel will now spin and boost your winning spin with a multiplier of 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x. If it lands on the Up symbol, on the other hand, you will be taken to the upper wheel where the winning potential is increased. Here, you have a chance to trigger a multiplier of 7x, 8x, 10x, 12x, or up to a maximum of 20x. Super Joker (Pragmatic Play): Overview Super Joker is the kind of game that allows you to check your brain at the door and saddle up for some mindless slots action. However, if you’re looking for a slot that you can wind down to with a cup of coffee, Super Joker may not be your best choice. It’s highly volatile, fast-paced and, as fruit slots often are, a bit monotonous. With that said, it can give you quite a lot of playtime seeing that it accepts bets as low as 0.05, making it suitable even for limited bankrolls. Super Joker delivers what’s expected from it, no more, no less. If you’re into 3 reel fruit machines, it’s likely as good as any other, although it should be mentioned that Pragmatic Play slots, in general, can suffer from relatively low hit frequency. What about the potential then? Well, should you land a full screen of wilds followed by a lucky 20x multiplier hit on the upper wheel, the maximum reward of 1,500 times your stake will be yours. Not bad, not great. Just like the game itself....
- Mega Fortune Dreams (NetEnt) Slot ReviewAugust 19, 2019Bigger, better and hotter than its predecessor, Mega Fortune Dreams is simply one of the best progressive jackpot games ever created. Benefits from a base game re-spin feature and free spins Three progressive jackpots with potential for life-changing wins Play NetEnt slots at a licensed casino Mega Fortune Dreams (NetEnt): Review So, how does it sound to enhance the type of feeling that Mega Fortune gives to you? Perhaps you don’t think that’s possible, but you’d be wrong. Mega Fortune Dreams from Netent is here to provide you with even more imagery of how life could be with a massive progressive jackpot win. Sparkling diamonds, your own uninhabited island, designer purses, champagne on ice for breakfast – it could all be yours. All you need to do is ensure that you’re on the receiving end of a Mega Jackpot win. And with Mega Fortune Dreams, that dream is kept alive. The game utilises much of the same layout that video slots are known for, consisting of 5 reels and 3 rows accompanied by a total of 20 fixed paylines. Compatible with the iOS, Android and Windows operating systems, you can play Mega Fortune Dreams from 0.20 up to €/£80 per spin. Worth nothing is that, while it has been proven possible to trigger progressives on low bets, your chances of doing so increases with your bet size. Obviously, with this being a NetEnt slot, the graphics can’t be faulted in any way. With the background of the game taking you on board the deck of a luxury yacht, symbols on the reels include diamond-studded 10 to A playing card additions. Then comes the symbol of a cocktail, followed by an ice bucket with a bottle of champagne in it. A crystal-studded purse comes next, while a top-quality watch can also be seen as a symbol. The diamond ring is the highest paying one though, offering maximum payouts of 100 times your stake for a five of a kind combination. Mega Fortune Dreams (NetEnt): Features The first, and most obvious, feature showing up on the reels of Mega Fortune Dreams, is the wild symbol. This is represented by the image of palm trees, and as a wild symbol, it is able to substitute for all other standard symbols on the reels, assisting you with forming winning combinations. The wild is able to show up on any reel during the main game, during re-spins and during free spins. This one can provide you with 250 times your stake should five of them appear on a winning payline. Another perk that the wild symbols provides, is that if three or more of them show up on the reels anywhere, a single Re-Spin is triggered. Wilds will remain in position for this, too. Make sure that you keep an eye out for the appearance of the huge diamond symbols. This is the scatter symbol which will grant you access to the Free Spins round with 10, 15 or 25 spins if you land 3, 4 or 5 of them respectively. Once in, the round begins with a triple multiplier in effect. After this, any scatter showing up during free spins will increase that multiplier by 1 or 2, or alternatively, will award you with up to 3 more free spins. Finally, there’s the inclusion of the Bonus Game, which can lead to progressive jackpot wins. To activate this, you need to spin 3 or more of the bonus wheel symbol into view anywhere on the last three reels. This will then present you with a huge wheel, consisting of three separate wheels which you need to spin. Each one has arrows on, as well as coin wins. The second and third ones also include jackpot wins, and if you reach the very center, you’ll win the game’s Mega Jackpot! In more detail, these are the available jackpots: Rapid - a local jackpot paid out by the casino. The expected jackpot value of the Rapid jackpot is €800 and the odds of triggering it while in the bonus game is 9.28% at max bet. Major - a pooled progressive jackpot paid out by NetEnt. The expected jackpot value of the Major jackpot is €75,000 and the odds of triggering it while in the bonus game is 0.0928% at max bet. Mega - a pooled progressive jackpot paid out by NetEnt. The expected jackpot value of the Mega jackpot is €3,750,000 and the odds of triggering it while in the bonus game is 0.0102% at max bet. The Mega Fortune Dreams slot has already made big winners out of a few people. The biggest jackpot win came in July of 2017, when a lucky gamer got his hands on €5,050,845. This just beat out a player from Finland, who scooped €5,050,957 in 2015. Other than these, the biggest wins were €4,645,001 and €4,628,064 in 2018 and 2015, respectively. Mega Fortune Dreams (Netent): Verdict It’s quite obvious to see why Mega Fortune Dreams has such appeal. Not only is it a progressive jackpot slot with several record-breaking jackpots under its belt, but it also contains some impressive standard features alongside. Join all that up with the fact that NetEnt has included its usual range of top-quality graphics into the slot and you’ve definitely got something special. The highest possible win from playing Mega Fortune Dreams, not including the progressive jackpots on offer, is 8,400 times your stake. If that isn’t a big enough attraction to make you want to spin its reels, there's, of course, the progressive's to hope for (which is the reason most people will play it anyway). When you consider everything that the slot contains, it really does make for a great addition to the NetEnt catalogue of games....
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