Cliff Richard once famously sang about going on a Summer Holiday and for many of us, a chance to get away when the weather is warm and to forget about work for a week or two is one of the highlights of the year.
It's therefore not surprising that these glorious long summer nights are very popular when it comes to the world of slots and Microgaming's Summer Holiday slot has tried to capture the essence of what makes a this type of holiday so special.
It's fair to say that while some other Holiday/Beach themed slots are aimed more at the 18-30 type of holidaymaker, this slot is very firmly in the realms of a family summer holiday. Think less scantily clad beach volleyball types, and more ice creams by the sea, fishing and the occasional barbecue or two and you will definitely be along the right lines.
Before we get into the mechanics of the slot and the game-play, the basics of the slot are that this is one of the more unusual 5x4 reel slots and the game has 100 non-selectable paylines in operation. The house edge is just 2.86 percent, which sounds favourable, but what is definitely true is that this is a slot that has medium to high volatility, which means that you don't tend to win very often, but when you do it is a larger size win.
In addition, the fact that there are 100 paylines to cover with every spin means that you can only get the reels spinning with a minimum bet of 1.00. This may be a little too expensive for some of the smaller stakes players. You can increase the size of the bet up to a maximum of 50.00 per spin.
In terms of looks, the Summer Holiday slot is set against the backdrop of the sea with boats sailing on the horizon. There are no playing card low symbols on the reels this time as all the symbols are broadly (and by that, you can read tenuously) linked to a Summer Holiday theme. There's a variety of foodstuffs across the reels plus action shots of groups of people enjoying various holiday activities such as fishing, bike riding or just sat down enjoying the weather.
The look of the slot is generally favourable and while it isn't the most exciting visually, the different symbols across the reels do their job well enough not to be a hindrance to the game.
However, what could be a hindrance to some smaller stakes players is the fact that this is a more volatile game, you can play many spins on the Summer Holiday slot before you hit a win. If you are playing for 0.10 per spin, that's not too much of an issue but at a minimum wager of 1.00 per spin, those win-less spins can soon eat a big hole into your bankroll.
The Summer Holiday logo is stacked across the reels all the time and is used in the same way other Wilds are, but even then, you don't hit regular smaller wins. However, if you can land several reels with stacked Wilds, then a much bigger win could be in prospect.
While there aren't a huge amount of wins in the base game, you do feel engaged in the slot however as you know that when a win comes along, it will generally be considerably bigger than what you would receive on a less volatile slot. What also helps keep the base game more interesting is the fact you could trigger the Free Spins round.
To enter the Free Spins round you need to land three, four or five of the Duck Scatter symbols anywhere across the reels. When you do, you will trigger 15, 20 or 25 free spins respectively.
What is nice about the Free Spins round is that all wins are automatically subject to a 3x multiplier, which can really ramp up your wins if you land some decent paylines. However if you don't, then don't worry too much as Summer Holiday offers players a rather special feature; three options on what to do next at the end of the Free Spins round.
Once the spins are complete and you know how much you have won you can do one of three things. You can Replay the number of free spins you have just triggered from scratch to see if you can win a bigger amount, you can collect your money, or you can gamble your winnings against a mystery prize which may be more or less than your original free spins win.
The Summer Holiday slot offers a nice take on the summer holiday theme but it is definitely a slot for players with larger bankrolls. Patience is the key here and triggering the bonus features is the best way to earn larger wins, up to a jackpot of 112,500.
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