Assassin Moon: Slot Overview
Microgaming partner Triple Edge Studios delves into the shady world of agents and marks in the slot Assassin Moon, a slot that blends elements of older games with a story based around an agent called Luna who is out on a hit job. Assassin Moon offers gaming which might appeal to those who appreciate classic features such as hold & win style bonus games, as well as jackpots and free spins with Jumbo Symbols.
When doing the espionage theme, most creators lean towards the romance of Fleming or the realism of le Carré. It takes about 3 milliseconds to clock which approach Triple Edge has chosen. Assassin Moon's golden bathed scene depicts a lush private villa overlooking the millionaire's playground of Monte Carlo. Lion statues, Cypress Trees and lashings of Bougainvillea surround the 5-reel, 25-payline grid where the action takes place. Plenty of sweeteners line the screen too. On the left, we find a Win Booster and the max win advertised, while above the grid four jackpots proclaim their values. It's a busy screen, yet it avoids being completely cluttered. Plenty of room has been left over to make the high life theme apparent. The voice-overs are a little cheesy, 'Ooh la la' etc., but for some that might add to the allure.
Players can join Luna's escapades on any device, selecting bets from 10 p/c to £/€20 per spin. Keep in mind the Win Booster feature drastically increases the base stake should you choose to activate it. Another thing to be aware of is a variable RTP which has a default value of 96.08%, but can be found at lower levels of 92% and 94%, so it pays to check. Volatility, meanwhile, sits at the high end of the scale, while hit rate is quite frequent, wins coming nearly once every three spins, or 30.33% of the time to be precise.
The assassin in Monte Carlo theme permeates the pay symbols, where there are 8 in total. Four are low pay J-A symbols, followed by high pays made up of dice, cocktails, sports cars, and a chap in the crosshairs – Luna's hit. Landing a line of 5 premiums generates a payout of 7.5 to 25 times the stake. Luna makes an appearance as the wild, appearing on all reels to substitute for any pay symbol. What's special about her is she pays out 500x the bet for five of a kind and can land stacked, covering all positions on a reel.
Assassin Moon: Slot Features
Triple Edge do like 'Hyper' features, where the word has been attached to a bunch of their extras in the past. In Assassin Moon, it's presented as HyperHold, accompanied by a Win Booster, Free Spins, Jumbo Blocks, and four Jackpots.
Let's start with the Win Booster, which is an optional extra players can decide to engage or not. Hitting it increases the stake by 2.5x. What you get for the higher cost is extra moon symbols added to the reels, increasing the chance of triggering the HyperHold feature. It also increases the RTP to 96.33%.
Accessing the free spins bonus requires 3 casino chip scatters in view on reels 2, 3, and 4. The round starts with 10 free spins where the middle three reels combine to form 3x3 sized Jumbo Blocks. Jumbo Blocks are the equivalent of 9 regular symbols, so if a Jumbo scatter lands, 10 extra free spins are awarded.
The game's centrepiece is its HyperHold feature despite it being neither the highest paying aspect of the game nor original in any way. To trigger it, you'll need to land 6 or more moon symbols. When this happens, the triggering symbols are held in place as all of the others fade out of view. Three spins are awarded, which are reset whenever a fresh moon symbol lands. Each one possesses a value of 1.5x to 20x the bet, or the Mini, Minor, or Major Jackpots worth 50x, 150x, or 750x the bet respectively. The game ends when respins run to zero, or if the grid is full of moon symbols. If full, the Mega Jackpot is awarded earning you 5,000 times your stake.
Assassin Moon: Slot Verdict
If you've ever wanted to spin a secret agent version of Pragmatic Play's Wolf Gold then now's your chance. Assassin Moon borrows many of the features from Pragmatic's nature-themed hit, adding a few extra bits while altering stats. At their core though, playing the two is a comparable experience due to the free spins and HyperHold similarities. In a nutshell, Assassin Moon is basically Wolf Gold with an adventure theme starring a more attractive main character.
They say sex sells, which is something Triple Edge isn't shy of exploring - see Sisters of Oz as another example full of breathy voice-overs and strong female leads. That one also offers a quartet of jackpots, though of hugely inflated values via their WowPot connection. Assassin Moon isn't quite so profitable, but it does offer high non-jackpot value as compensation, where wins up to 12,500x the bet are possible. This is achievable on a single spin too, should 5 full reel Luna Wilds land, putting it within the realms of possibility.
If you're up for a bit of corny action, then Assassin Moon provides a pretty enjoyable game to pretend you're a spy on a top-secret mission. The visuals, which Triple Edge are proving increasingly adept at, do a good job of whisking you off to a romantic location to lose yourself in. The features are a something of a rip-off, plus the theme is a bit silly, yet Triple Edge has packaged it all in a way that makes it easier to look past those issues. If you can do so, then Assassin Moon could well be a guilty pleasure to indulge in while spinning for some considerable potential.
Assasin Moon is a solid contribution to the “hold & win” genre.