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The arrival of summer is inevitable. Every season deserves its own themed slot game. This time around Microgaming stepped up and delivered SunTide. It’s a slot game inspired by classic fruit slots, but with a different purpose. Microgaming’s prime objective was to upgrade historical slots to modern functionality. The simple game engine makes the game attractive to new players, but also to players who want to relive some old memories without leaving popular features like Wilds, Scatters and Free Spins behind. This slot will be a huge success especially among seasoned players who still like the good old fruit slots. We can already imagine players playing this game on their smartphones while drinking a refreshing drink on the beach.
SunTide is a 5 reel slot that shows us elements inspired by classic slots in a high resolution. It has 9 paylines and players are allowed to adjust how many of them will be activated. On top of this players have a lot of freedom setting the bet. The coin value can be set in the range between 0.01 and 0.50 and they can place up to 5 of these coins per every line that’s in play. Fruit Slots fans are going to be delighted to see the Auto Play option which isn’t present at most of the classic slots. The maximum prize one player can win is 75,000,000 at maximum bet.
In essence SunTide is a slot game with simple game rules, with powerful graphic engine and a classic slot soundtrack. No more, no less. The bright colors and the high quality visual design made fruit slots appealing once again, even in the ear of modern video slots. This was a bold move on Microgaming’s end. Spending resources on what seems to be an outdated genre could’ve back fired. Fortunately, players are already getting hooked on it. The Wild Symbol is represented with what looks like a golden coin with a capital S in the middle. It substitutes for every other symbol to form a winning like except the Scatter Symbol. Despite the classic slot elements SunTide’s Scatter Symbols will reward you with Free Spins. Hitting 3, 4 or 5 of these will reward the player with 15 Free Spins.
The Wild Symbol can appear on the reels 2, 3 and 4. When the Wild shows up on Reel 3 there’s a chance the wild will expand above and below. The wild can appear during free spins. During the Free Spin feature the wild can also show up on 2, 3 and 4 and during the Free Spins the wild can expand on all three reels including 2, 3 and 4.
The Free Spin bonus game can be retriggered.
It’s rather easy to conclude that the prime target audience of Microgaming was classic slot players. They took fruit based slots to a whole new level. It certainly will become the game of choice for seasoned players who like to go back to the time when fruits were the only slots available. Today, with SunTide available they can choose a modern era slot game and rejoice to some memorable moments from few years or even decades ago.