Slot gaming remains hugely important as a stream of revenue to most of the top online casinos. While the likes of roulette, blackjack and baccarat may be more ‘traditional’ casino games, the simplicity, wide variety of slots available and the fact that you can win huge amounts of money for a generally small stake, has made the slot game the most important money spinner for casinos.
However, in the past decade or so there has been a change in the way that any people are using online casinos. In the past, most used to access them from their laptop or desktop, but as the mobile technology we use has improved in power, connectivity and usability, so we have become more inclined to want to play casino games from our smartphone or tablet.
Initially, this was a burden for casinos with most of the older slot games not designed to work on mobile devices and it required a healthy slice of luck and some reworking of code, in order to make them do so. Now, with new software offering full compatibility across mobile and desktop devices, it is much easier and almost all modern slot games are compatible with both mobile and desktop.
Indeed, there are a select few that are now only available to mobile users and three such slots of this type have recently become available to play at Bet365 Vegas mobile site. In this article we are going to take a look at each of the three NetEnt designed games and the best (or worst) features of each.
Wild Water Mobile Slot
What could be better than enjoying a bit of surfing time at the beach then doing it at the height of flower-power and Woodstock? Well if you load up the Wild Water mobile slot on your mobile then that is precisely what you will get.
Based in the late 1960s into the 1970s, this NetEnt slot features stacked symbols aplenty as well as a number of imaginative bonus features that will certainly appeal to the majority of slot fans. The slot has a total of 20 paylines across its 5×3 reel set and like many NetEnt games, you can wager more than a single coin on each payline by increasing the Level selection from between Level 1 (one coin) to Level 10 (ten coins).
That means that you can wager from as little as 20p up to a maximum of £100 per spin on the slot, so this is a game that is playable by players of all wallet sizes.
The reels are populated with the usual number of low symbols and five different stacked Surfer symbols. There is one of these stacked symbols on each of the reels and they play a crucial part in the two base game bonus features. The Surf’s Up Bonus sees you have a chance to win up to 20x your stake and if you can land all five surfers on the reels on a single spin, then you get the Surf Team Bonus, which offers you a chance to win up to 200x your stake.
The Free Spins bonus is triggered when you land three or more of the scatter symbols across the reels. You can trigger 15, 30 or 60 free spins in this way and during the bonus, the Shark Wild symbol when landed on a reel will expand to cover the entire reel for that spin. This can help land some big free spin wins, especially when you can land more than one of these Shark Wilds across the reels on a single free spin.
With a jackpot of 2,000 coins to be won in the free spins bonus round, Wild Water offers you the chance of some high quality mobile slot gaming and you don’t even need to slap some sun tan lotion on to enjoy it.
Magic Portals Mobile Slot
If teleporting through space and time sounds like your thing then check out the Magic Portals slot from NetEnt. Featuring a 5×3 reel set and with a total of 25 paylines, you can get the reels spinning from just 25p per spin, or if you are a higher roller, you can increase that anywhere up to £250 per spin if you prefer. There’s a jackpot of 64,000 coins to win on this mid to low volatility slot.
Graphically, Magic Portals hits all the right marks with outstanding graphics and sound. The gameplay is speedy and enjoyable, with regular wins, albeit generally smaller in size, but these are punctuated at times with some bigger value wins which helps keep the balance topped up nicely. Bigger wins can come but they are somewhat rarer and more difficult to hit.
What is impressive with the Magic Portals slot is how it utilises the two magic portals on the reels to instigate the Wild symbols. You need to land the same symbol on both of the portals on the screen and if you do then any other examples of this symbol anywhere else on the reels for that spin will also turn wild. This of course can turn multiple symbols wild on a single spin and give you a great chance of landing a better value win.
The two portals are also used to trigger the Free Spins bonus round. To achieve that you need to land the two Free Spins scatter symbols over both portals on the same spin. When you do, you earn 10 free spins and in addition, two additional portals will appear on the reels. This allows you the chance to turn more symbols Wild more often during each of your free spins, which of course means an increased chance of a bigger value win.
Magic Portals may sound like it plays very differently to a typical slot, but in truth, this is a rather simple and enjoyable game that simply offers a different take on how Wild and Free Spins are triggered and that is never a bad thing. Add to this a mid to lower level of variance and you have a slot that you can enjoy on your mobile without it eating too much into your finances.
Elements The Awakening Mobile Slot
Finally, the Elements The Awakening mobile slot is one of the most striking looking games I’ve played in a while and it has the look that reminds you of another NetEnt classic, Starburst. However, the two games are very different once you examine how they play out.
The theme of the slot are the four different elements, Fire, Water, Earth and Air, but they have been brought to life in a very different way to usual. The setting of the game is a mountain range, with a fiery volcano spewing lava to one side, with snowy capped peaks on the other.
There’s a total of 20 paylines in play on every spin across the 5×3 reels and you can start playing from just 20p per spin, but you can also ramp up the value of your bet to £100. More exciting is the fact that there is a very tempting 150,000 coin jackpot up for grabs and that is a significant amount of money to win, even if you are playing the minimum bet.
Those of you that are fans of Rolling Reels will be delighted to learn that the Elements The Awakening slot comes with a Free Falls bonus, which operates in essentially the same way. Winning symbols on a payline will disappear and be replaced with symbols from above, which can then trigger additional winning paylines. This means multiple wins are possible from a single spin. If you can hit four different winning paylines from a single spin then you trigger the Free Spins bonus.
In the Free Spins bonus you are awarded with a free spins round which sees you receive 10 free spins, plus a Wild themed bonus based on whatever of the four elements triggered the free spins. You can play the Fire Storm Wild, Air Storm Wild, Earth Storm Wild or Water Storm Wild games in this way and each offers a slightly different set of bonuses, though the same number of free spins to play through.
Elements The Awakening is a very beautiful looking slot with sublime graphics and sound with no loss of quality on a mobile device. This is one slot well worth a closer look the next time you visit Bet365 Vegas Mobile.