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Quickspin have given us a preview of their upcoming Spinions slot game, which, let's be honest, is very heavily influenced by one particular icon from popular culture.
Say what you will, but this is a Minions slot isn’t it? Come on. Look at those cute little yellow blobs, each with their own fun accessory to make them stand out from each other, chilling at the beach, partying.
Ok, maybe with the champagne bottles and cocktails, they are a little more ‘R rated’ than the banana loving Minions, but we’d have to be blind not to make the comparison with this new mobile slot.
But after all, why not? The Minions have managed to become bigger than the movies they spun from, with adults and children loving the slightly chaotic but fun loving yellow creatures.
Up until a few days ago, we didn’t know much about this Quickspin slot. We’d just been given a couple of teaser videos to showcase the theme. And we mean ‘teaser’ – these are 10 seconds long each.
So don’t worry, you’re unlikely to get caught watching this at work.
This was the first. Which is a little odd to show off a theme right?
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Screaming yellow naked blobs running out of the ocean, followed by one prankster in a shark fin suit.
That said, as soon as the music starts pumping, you do get a little excitement at the pit of your stomach.
If nothing else, it brings forth memories of long summer parties at the beach.
But then, in another twist, they suddenly invite… Nerds? Because you might as well stick to classic stereotypes?
Again, not sure what this is meant to add to the party, other than, we suppose, to show that there will be different types of Spinions characters?
A little how in the Despicable Me movies, each of the distinguishable Minions has something to separate them from each other; maybe they wear a wig, or are short, or tall, or put on a dress.
Hey, we have nieces and nephews. We have to watch these movies from time to time. Don’t judge.
Lets be honest, those teasers are more confusing than useful.
It’s not that we are not onboard with the theme, but there’s a thin line to walk between ‘cool homage’ and ‘bad rip off’.
14th of June 2016 is when we’ll know for sure if this is the real life equivalent of a Cronut (two pastries that already exists to make a delicious mix) or a fake Gucci handbag.
What we know for sure is that this Spinions slot machine has got 25 paylines and two bonus games.
Because if there’s one thing that that a ‘spin’ion should do, is keep you spinning all night long.
There are two main features in this Android and iPhone slot. The first is when you get two Spinion wilds on screen, you’ll then get a free re-spin, where the reels keep re-spinning for as long as you keep getting wilds on screen.
If you’re wondering if that sounds strangely like Quickspin’s Wild Chase slot, well, you’d be wrong. That one gives you a free re-spin on a win, with the winning symbols sticky.
This is actually far more like the Stickers slot from NetEnt, a game we rated highly, but which didn’t get the commercial success we think it deserved.
Then there’s the free spin bonus games, where every wild that show up on screen stay sticky till the end of the bonus feature. A feature that has been used very well in high variance slots.
Alright, we know we haven’t exactly been overjoyed by the fact that they’ve clearly ripped off the Minions, characters which in our opinion, are generally more annoying than cute.
But look past that, and what you see is some interesting features and numbers.
For examples, we’ve mentioned how in the free spins bonus, all the wild symbols stay sticky till the end of the bonus games.
And this little bit of information tipped us over the edge from vaguely interesting, to paying closer attention.
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This isn’t actually that big an amount for an iOS or Android slot machine – casino software like Microgaming and NetEnt reach those heights all the time.
But Quickspin has generally avoided such high numbers, making their mobile casino games beautiful and fun, but not the life-changing machine that appeals to long term gamblers.
No doubt this is down to the sticky re-spin feature or the free spins with the sticky wilds; basically the more wilds on screen, the better. But it also implies high value symbols over 25 paylines.
Like we said, many video slots give you bigger payoffs – how easy will it be to get to that big prize we wonder? Or even halfway to that?
Equally, the free re-spins on the wild is, whilst not unusual, hit and miss with players.
Whereas the Starburst slot seems to thrive because it gives you expanded wilds, Stickers fell flat on audiences world wide.
What we are saying is that, despite spending all our time writing online mobile slots reviews, you guys still surprise us with your fickleness.
What is the Second Strike slot you ask? It’s one of the few Quickspin mobile games that we gave 5 stars for. Not because Quickspin’s games aren’t any good, otherwise we wouldn’t be here writing about them.
It’s because, more often than not, they sit somewhere in the middle, getting 3 star or 4 stars on any of their slot reviews.
Second Strike was their first attempt at giving you big wins, over 1,000 times your bet, and keeping the action lively and interesting. If they can recreate that effect with the Spinions slot come June 14th, then we’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.
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