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|Game Type||Slot Machine|
|Release Date||27th March 2018|
|RTP Payout %||97.00%|
|Coin Sizes||0.01 - 0.20|
|Bet Stakes||0.30 - 300.00|
Emoticons are a relatively new phenomenon, but they became a very important segment of our text message and online communication. And since large chunks of our communications take place online the importance of emoticons is pretty great. Sometimes one emoticon can communicate things that can’t be described in multiple sentences and young people are especially keen on talking via emoticons.
Slot themes reflect what’s popular at the moment. Some themes like mythology have always been popular, ever since video theme slots appeared first. Other themes like emoticons reflect popular trends. As it seems that emoticons are here to stay, emoticon-themed slots have become a thing. There are already a few games with a similar theme and Emoticoins is one of the finest.
Emoticoins is a Microgaming slot game, but it was developed in cooperation with Slingshot Studios, that’s why the game differs slightly from other Microgaming titles. The game has a rather minimalist design. The reels are set on a simple white background and they resemble classic-slot reels. The music resembles video game music from the early 90es.
In many ways the game has a retro feel about it, despite the fact that it features emoticons which are relatively new. The game has few bonus features and animations are simple but rather refined.
The outline is quite standard, there are 5 reels and 3 rows. There are 30 paylines and the minimum amount that you can wager is 30p, i.e. a penny per line. You don’t adjust your stake per payline, but you can increase or decrease the total stake. The maximum wager is £300, which is a total of £10 per payline. If you like you can also adjust your wager in the settings menu.
The game has a standard spin button, but there’s also an option to activate the ‘auto spin’ and set the game to spin 10, 25, 50 or 100 times.
In this game you will find standard card symbols, styled in accordance with the theme, as well as different emoticons. The card symbols are of low value, whereas the emoticons give larger payouts. You will need at least 3 symbols per payline in order to win a prize. If you get 3 10s across a payline you will win 5 coins, and the prize grows to 8, 10, 12 and 15 respectively for a combination of 3 Jacks, 3 Queens, 3 Kings and 3 Aces.
If you manage to get at least 4 symbols, then the winning amounts will be even higher – 10, 20, 30 and 40 (King and Ace) coins respectively, whereas with five symbols you can get as many as 100 coins, or more than three times the total stake.
The emoticons pay more than the card symbols. Any combination of at least 3 emoticons will pay as much as your full stake or even more. With three symbols you can earn as many as 30 or even 35 or 40 coins. The highest possible win with 4 symbols is 150 coins, whereas with 5 sunglasses emoticons you will earn as many as 850 coins.
In addition to the standard symbols, you will also see wild symbols and scatters. The wild symbol can serve as a substitute for all game symbols, except for the scatter. The scatter is a ‘LOL’ emoticon. If you manage to get five scatters across a pay-line you will win 3,000 coins.
The return to player percentage of this game is set at exactly 97%, which means that on average, the game returns £97 out of every £100 that has been wagered. That’s a pretty impressive percentage and it’s not easy to find a game which features an RTP above 97%. That means that you can be hopeful that by playing this game you will get pretty solid and fair chances of winning.
The standard Free Spins bonus is activated by at least 3 scatter symbols. The number of free spins is always 10. The free spins is no ordinary free spins bonus, it also has a special ‘Wild Stickers’ feature. With this feature, you will get one symbol that changes into a sticky wild during the first free spin and then an additional sticky wild symbol is added on the third, fifth, seventh and ninth spin. Thus, during the last spins you will get to play with 5 wilds on the reels which significantly boosts your chances of winning. On the other hand, the free spins cannot be reactivated.
The Wild Blast is a randomly triggered bonus where up to five symbols will turn into wilds, that way ensuring that you will get a winning combination. The Wild Blast and the Free Spins game can’t be triggered at the same time, during the same spin and there’s no Wild Blast in Free Spins mode.
This slot game is a testament that Microgaming always stays on top of things and follows the latest trends. A game based on emoticons will definitely be appealing to those who use a lot of emoticons in their SMS and other text messages. The game is simple, yet quirky and the RTP is quite rewarding. The game is provided by Microgaming, but they collaborated with Slingshot Studios, there is a very unique feel about it. All in all, it is a very playable and fun game.
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