Sometime a slot comes along that is so good, so groundbreaking and innovative, that it raises the standard for slot games to come.
Such was the popularity of the Thunderstruck slot that Microgaming quickly realised that its combination of features and bonuses were hugely appealing to players. As such, a number of slots based on the same engine but on a different theme were developed. These include Ladies Nite, Spring Break, Agent Jane Blonde and now the Summertime.
The original was released on the website a while ago now, but the eagerly-awaited Summertime mobile slot was released and since then, it has proven to be a real hit with slot players for a wide number of reasons.
Part of the appeal of the Summertime mobile slot, is its simplicity. This is a 5x3 reel game with just nine paylines in operation on each spin. The paylines are not selectable, but you can get the reels spinning from just 0.09 per spin, or if you really want to play for bigger money, you can wager up to 5.00 on each payline for a maximum bet of 45.00.
This very flexible pricing structure means you can play Summertime slot for micro stakes, or you can ramp up and play like the higher rollers or anywhere in between. That makes the slot instantly appealing across the board.
The other instantly appealing aspect of the slot is that as soon as you see the reels, you are immediately transported back to the halcyon days of slot gaming in the arcades of bygone times. Summertime may be set on a sun-kissed beach, but on the reels, it is very much a retro-theme when it comes to the symbols.
All the most famous fruit machine symbols are back including oranges, lemons, cherries, strawberries, plums and more. There’s even bar symbols, bells and 7s across the reel.
Anybody that has played slots over the years will instantly recognise these symbols and there is a huge amount of enjoyment gained from revisiting them on your mobile many years later.
There is a cartoon-style to the symbols on the reels and that helps the slot, especially on mobile devices with higher definition screens where the brightness of the slot really jumps out and helps capture your attention.
The base game itself is relatively incident free. There aren't any random trigger bonuses in this game, and it isn't a slot that pays out too often. However, it does strike a nice balance between lower payouts and less frequent higher payouts (especially five of a kind), which means that players don't suffer too many long barren runs without a win and always have the chance of landing a decent win alongside smaller ones.
A closer look reveals that Summertime has a house edge of 5% and is a medium volatility slot, meaning that this tallies nicely with what we've experienced playing the slot online.
Wins become easier to land if you can hit one of the in game Wilds. This is the Summertime logo set against a setting sun. This can substitute for any high or low symbol in the game and when it does, any payline completed with a Wild will see a 2x multiplier attached to the win, which helps a great deal in the base game.
Best of all, if you can land five of these Wild symbols on a winning payline, then you will take home the base game jackpot 10,000 coins.
The Free Spins round is triggered by landing three or more of the sandy beach Scatter symbols. During this round you receive 15 free spins regardless of how many scatters you land, plus you receive a 3x multiplier automatically on any wins in this round. You could win serious amounts of money in the free spins round, although most wins tend to come out at around 10 to 20 times your stake.
Summertime is more than simply a reworking of the Thunderstruck slot engine. It is a solid, retro-themed slot that looks fantastic on mobile and plays superbly across the range of devices. It strikes a nice balance between regular wins and less frequent larger payouts.
Free spins don't come up too often, so it is a game players need to budget for well if they are to hit the bonuses available in that round. However, the rewards are well worth the effort.
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