Sometimes it’s nice to find a slot game that’s not like all of the other slot games out there, whether you’re new to slots or have been playing for decades. There are so many slot games with similar themes and identical gameplay that it just gets a bit boring over time.
Paint by 1×2 Gaming isn’t your ordinary slot game, but perhaps you could tell that from the brightly colored paints splattered all over its background. This game has the sort of nice, bouncy soundtrack you’d expect to hear in a nice island restaurant. What really sets Paint apart from other slot games is the fact that its reels don’t spin like they do in most slot games; instead, each bubble-encased symbol disappears when you spin and is replaced by a different symbol.
Now it’s time to get down to the important part of the game—the gameplay.
Although this game is a bit different than a lot of slot games, it’s still a very straightfoward game. There are 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 paylines in Paint, although you can’t toggle the number of active lines like you can in many of 1×2’s games. Instead, you’re only given two additional options in Paint—the auto bet feature and the ability to set your bet amount. This is part of the simplicity that makes this game a good play.
All of Paint’s symbols are—you guessed it—painted. The lower tier consists of the 10, J, Q, K, and A symbols, which reward you for landing 3 or more symbols on a payline. Unlike in other slot games, the higher tier symbols don’t reward you for matches of 2. These symbols include the paint palette, red paint bottle, green paint bottle, and blue paint bottle.
The wild symbol is a cross between UNO’s wild card and a traditional ’50s lollipop. This symbol replaces all symbols except for the paint splash and bonus symbols. The pink paint splash symbol appears on the 3rd reel only and gives you 1 free spin—this can still happen even if you’re currently using your free spins. When you’ve built up 5 of these symbols, your 5 free spins are unleashed. Landing 3 or more bonus symbols on consecutive reels triggers the bonus. If you land 4 or 5 of these symbols, you also get a base multiplier.
To learn more about the rules and payouts in Paint, click the large “?” button in the bottom-left corner of the game.
As per usual, 1×2 Gaming offers a free, for-fun version of Paint on their website. To play Paint online, go to 1x2gaming.com, navigate to the “Products” section, and find Paint in the list of slots games. The one drawback to 1×2 Gaming’s free online slot games is that they don’t offer a way to play for cash—you’ll have to find that at an online or land-based casino.
Mobile devices are also an issue when it comes to 1×2 Gaming’s slot games. All of their games run on Adobe Flash Player, a plugin which doesn’t work on mobile devices. Also, 1×2 doesn’t offer a downloadable version of Paint on the App Store or Google Play.
Paint is a fun slot game with some unique features, but there are definitely a few drawbacks to it. The lack of settings is unfortunate because it doesn’t allow you to play with fewer paylines, and their alternative to the reel mechanism just doesn’t give you that good old slots feeling.
The design of this game is definitely pleasing. None of the sounds are annoying to deal with and the array of bright (but not overly so) colors makes it easy on the eyes.
For me, the biggest shortcoming in Paint is the lack of big wins. You certainly don’t have to bet a lot of money to get a decent win in this game, but they are few and far between. Overall, it’s worth a shot, but don’t expect too much from Paint.