Emoticons are everywhere today. Whether you are tapping them on your phone, buying an emoji shaped cushion or even watching the emoji movie, you simply can’t get away from them. And this slot by MicroGaming ties in with this craze by combining the opportunity to win cash with emojis. There are five unique symbols on the reels – sunglass, kissing heart, grinning, tongue stuck out winking and the simple wink.
As well as a standard wild symbol, you’ll sometimes receive a ‘wild blast’, giving you a guaranteed win. Wilds play a major role in the free spins feature too, as your wins can grow as the round progresses. Whether you play online or as a mobile slot, emojis will never look the same again!
Just like the majority of slots today, this game plays out on the very popular 5×3 reel configuration, with a total of 30 win-lines. Wins are paid from left to right. You can spin from 30c and up from there.
The five EmotiCoins are the highest paying standard symbols. The sun glasses emoji has a top pay out of 850 coins, while the kissing heart is next on the pay table at 750 coins. The grinning emoji will put a smile on your face too with a 650-coin win. Land five of the winking with tongue stuck out emoji and 500 coins, while 400 coins are yours if the simple winking emoji lines up.
Completing the standard symbols are the playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A. Each of these will look very familiar, as they have the same design that you will have seen at many MicroGaming designed slots in the past.
The wild symbol shows the logo of the slot with a smiley emoji in the ‘o’ of the word. This wild will substitute for every other symbol apart from the scatter symbol. This symbol is also the highest paying, with an impressive 1,500 coins heading your way for hitting five in a row. Wilds play a huge role in each of the game’s features.
A Wild Blast feature will happen randomly in the base game. This will see up to 5 symbols in the game suddenly turn wild. The game guarantees you a win when this happens. With all of these different wilds around, there is a very good chance that it will be a big one.
The final symbol on the reels is the scatter. This symbol shows a speech bubble with the letters ‘LOL’ inside. Land three or more and you’ll certainly be laughing as you’ll enter the free spins feature. You’ll have 10 free spins in total. On the very first spin, you’ll see one wild on the reels and this will remain in place throughout the 10 spins. Every odd numbered spin thereafter will see another wild added to the reels. These will also remain sticky. By the last two spins you’ll have five sticky wilds on the reels, almost ensuring some big money wins.
As well as the wins during the spins themselves, you’ll also land a win by simply landing the scatters. Land just two ‘LOL’ scatters and you’ll win your stake back. Land 3, 4 or 5 and you’ll win 60, 300 and 3,000 coins respectively. This is in addition to entering the bonus feature.
The EmotiCoins slot has a very straightforward design. The backdrop to the slot is a light blue colour with a speech bubble pattern throughout. The reels have a much darker blue colour. This works nicely, as the yellow emojis stand out nicely against this backdrop. There is some entertaining animation whenever you land a win with any of the emojis. An easy listening style tune plays throughout, while wins are met by simple beeps and buzzes.
Whether the game could have a little more going on in terms of design is open to question. Although the mantra ‘less is more’ could certainly apply here. The simple design will work well on mobile devices.
Designing a slot based around emojis was always going to be an entertaining idea. This game keeps it simple throughout, with a nice mix of emojis and playing cards on the reels. Much of the action in the game is based around the wilds. The wild blast gives the slot a shot in the arm, promising a win every time. Then the wilds become even more valuable as sticky ones throughout the feature.