The Sparks mobile slot doesn’t quite manage to live up to expectations, and yet isn’t completely without merit.
What is heartbreaking is that when you start playing the Sparks slot, you can absolutely see what Net Entertainment were trying to do.
They were basically trying to recreate the success of the ever popular Starburst slot machine; bright, colourful, simple graphics, one frequent bonus feature.
However, where Starburst shone with re-spin action and brilliancy, Sparks barely manages to light up the screen, as the features never feel like they do anything really worthwhile.
You can choose to play so symbols pay left to right only, or they pay both ways.
You want to know the difference? 0.02% on the RTP. So marginal, it’s not even worth debating. Reason being, with one way, the symbols are worth twice the amount, but you are twice as likely to get a win on the win both ways.
Our advice, play with win both ways. You’ll need whatever action you can find on these five reels, and it’s where we’ve gotten our best wins by far.
Here’s our problem with the replicating wilds. What they are is expanding wilds, that don’t always cover the same reel, and place the same symbol on each side of the wild.
But isn’t that how you get a win in any other video slot out there? By getting the same symbols in a row? With or without the wild? Stacked symbols are hardly new, IGT do it far more effectively with their Miss Red and Miss White slots.
So really, it’s pretty graphics, doing what real money slot machines have done since the dawn of Vegas, with just expanding wilds to keep you company.
Which is fine, just don’t try and sell it as something unique or different.
Here’s the thing though. Once we got over the fact that the Sparks Touch slot game had no special features, (not really), we started to enjoy the game play a little more.
We got a couple of huge 100x our bet wins, which got us over our starting budget, and then, mostly, we stayed pretty steady.
The most you will ever win here is 400 times your bet. So if you know when to call it quits, or simply don’t want to play a high risk slot machine, Sparks might just be your solution.
Personally, we probably still prefer to play on something with a little more action, like the fun NetEnt Reel Rush slot, but every once in a while there is a spark of liveliness here (pun intended), that will appeal to gamblers who love classic slots but want to move on to something new and different.
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|Mobile Slot released||July 2015|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.44% - 3.42% / 96.56%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 2.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 400|
|Bonus rounds||Expanding Cloning Wilds and Normal Wilds|
Wilds: The blue 'w' symbol is wild and comes all on it's own, at any time in the screen on any reels. Substitutes for all other symbols.
Expanding Cloning Wilds: Expanding cloning wilds can appear anywhere on reels 2 and 4 only and substitute for all other symbols.
When it appears on the reel it will either stay as it is, or it will expand upwards or downwards, depending on how it feels.
It will then replicate any adjacent symbols to the left and right of itself, to be exactly the same.
The reason we gave the Sparks mobile slot 2 stars is simply because we cannot see ourselves returning.
Still, we can't deny that as low variance casino games go, it works as a simple machine, that keeps your balance steady, and occasionally some jumps of thrills with a wild win.
If we could, we'd put it as a middle of the road with 2.5 stars, as it is very playable. Just don't think this is anything more than a 20 payline slot with wilds.
If you like the idea of Sparks, but miss the thought of free spins, then you might want to check out the Lights slot game.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating