Nothing beats the feeling of the sun beating down on a hot summers day. Microgaming’s slot game Sun Quest attempts to recreate the feeling, with images relating to the sun. A blazing sunset is the standout image on the reels, with palm trees either side of the scene. This symbol represents the wild. A golden coin representing the sun plays a key role too. Joining these sun-based symbols are a bunch of classic ‘fruit machine’ symbols, including the bell, the seven and the bar.
For a five-reel free online slot, this game is unusually free of features. You do have a scatter and a wild symbol, but you won’t find any second screen features or a free spins bonus round. Some players might find this disappointing, while others will celebrate the simplicity of the game and the lack of interruptions.
Sun Quest slot is a five-reel slot showing three symbols on each reel when the reels stop spinning. The game pays from left to right and has a total of 9 win-lines. 9 lines is lower than usual at a five-reel slot, so the game will certainly appeal to those who like to enjoy more spins for their cash. You have the option to lower the number of lines, or to choose auto-play.
The highest paying symbol in the game is the gold coin with the sun pattern. Land five coins in a row on one of the nine win-lines and you’ll win an incredible 10,000 coins. This pay-out far outweighs any other win in the game, so the coin is the symbol you’ll be hoping to see.
Next on the pay table is a sparkling diamond. This offers a top prize of 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. A purple seven has a top prize of 900 coins, while the bell and the bar pay 800 and 700 respectively. All the top-paying symbols mentioned so far require 2 or more in a row to land a prize. All subsequent symbols require at least 3 in a row.
The remaining symbols are all types of fruit. You have an orange, a melon, a lemon, a strawberry and a cherry. The top prizes for the fruits range from 600 down to 50 coins.
The wild symbol shows the sunset scene. Being the wild, it will substitute for any other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter. The wild doesn’t offer a pay-out by itself, but if you do manage to land five in a row, you’ll win 10,000 coins. This is because the wild will now substitute for the gold coin in each instance.
The final symbol in the game is the scatter. This symbol is a mass of colour! You have a green diamond, with colourful balls attached. The word ‘scatter’ stands proud in front of the symbol, with every letter a different colour too. I’m not entirely sure how this scatter fits in with the theme, but it’s striking nonetheless.
Scatter prizes are yours when you land the symbol three or more times across any of the reels. Three scatters pay you 5x your total stake, four scatters are worth 20x your stake and 5 scatters pay 50x.
The design of Sun Quest could be described as no-frills. The reels take centre stage, looming large on the screen. The reels have the traditional plain white backing. The majority of the symbols are those you would have found on any slot machine in the last 50 years too. While this gives the slot a basic look, it will appeal to those who enjoy the classic feel of the game. Strangely, there are only two symbols which relate to the sun theme – this could have been expanded. And, yes – I’m still a little confused about the scatter!
Sun Quest is one of those slots that will divide opinion. Many players today like to enjoy slot machines with a range of features and exciting, bold graphics. If you are one of those players, this MicroGaming design will fall short in your eyes. However, other players will enjoy the basic nature of the slot. With no features, the game has no distractions and all the action is right there on the reels. What the game does offer is some huge pay-outs – with an amazing five-figure pay-out for those coins. This might be reason enough in itself to give Sun Quest a shot.