This online slot from MicroGaming has that summertime feel, featuring both the sand and the sea in one symbol and the blazing sun on another. Most of the symbols in the Summertime slot game are those associated with traditional slot machines. You have the bell, the seven and the bar alongside a whole host of succulent fruits – just ripe in time for the summer.
The game has a basic, classic feel, though there is much to get your teeth into (even aside from the fruit). There’s a high paying wild symbol with an added multiplier, a gamble feature where you can multiply your win 4 and a free spins bonus round too.
Summertime is a five-reel slot featuring a total of just 9 win-lines. This low number of lines will certainly appeal to those who like to have more spins for their real money games. You can even choose to play fewer lines than the full 9. You can opt to play between 1 and 5 coins and choose the coin value, between 1c and $1.
The highest paying standard symbols in the game are a large, sparkling diamond and a red seven. Each of these has a top prize of 750 coins for the maximum five in a row. The gold bell is next on the pay table and pays 400 coins. A gold bar and a casino chip featuring the letter ‘S’ both offer a top win amount of 250 coins. The symbols are completed by a series of fruits which pay between 125 and 100 coins.
The wild symbol shows a scene with the hot sun in the background, with the word ‘wild’ in the foreground. This will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. What you will notice are the huge pay-outs on offer for this wild. Land five in a row and you’ll win an incredible 10,000 coins, far larger than any other win in the game. Even landing four in a row pays 2,000 coins, almost 3 times the win amount for 5 in a row with any other symbol.
Each time you win, the gamble option will appear on the control panel. If you choose this, you’ll be presented with a face down playing card. You can now choose to predict the colour of the card, or the suit. Pick the colour correctly and you’ll double your win. Pick the suit right and your win is multiplied by four. Of course, if you gamble and get it wrong, your win is washed away into the sea.
The scatter symbol shows a gentle wave washing up onto a beach. The word ‘scatter’ is written into the sand. You’ll land an immediate win of 2x, 5x, 20x or 500x your stake for landing 2, 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols respectively, while 3 or more will see you enter the free spins.
You’ll earn 15 free spins in total with one large bonus. Every time you win, your pay-out will be multiplied by 3, which is always a nice boost. The combination of 15 spins and the 3x multiplier makes for an enjoyable and usually profitable feature. Land three or more scatters again and the feature will be extended by a further 15 spins.
This MicroGaming designed slot has a particularly basic design. The reels take up the majority of the screen, with each of the symbols looming large. The game has a real classic feel, as the reels have a white backing and the symbols are exactly as they would have appeared at any slot in the last 50 years. The wild and the scatter offer up some animation, to give the game a modern nudge. Throughout the game you hear the sound of the sea with the occasional shout of delight from children playing.
Summertime is a bright looking game which will certainly appeal to slot traditionalists. The range of symbols such as the bell, the seven and the cherry have always played a major role in slot gaming. The summertime theme might have been more obvious, as there are just two ‘summer’ related symbols, although the sound does make up for this somewhat. The gamble option, the free spins bonus round and the high paying wild all give the game variety and make for a solid and fun slot.