Sun Tide slot game is set against the backdrop of a hazy sunset, with the sky a delightful mix of oranges and reds. On the reels there are two sun related symbols. The first is a gold coin with a solar design. This symbol acts as the wild and plays a very important role in the game. The second is the scatter symbol, showing the sun setting over the sea, with palm trees in the foreground.
The highlight of the game is the free spins bonus round. During the feature you’ll be rewarded with an impressive number of spins, while the wild symbol will give you a further boost.
Like most online slots today, the game plays out on the 5×3 reel configuration. The game has just nine win-lines, which is low when it comes to five-reel slots. Players can choose a coin value of anywhere between 1c and $5.
The highest paying standard symbols in the game feature classic slot symbols. Land five diamonds in a row and you’ll win 1,000 coins. A purple-coloured seven is next on the pay table, with a top prize of 750 coins. Both of these symbols pay out for hitting two or more in a row (this also applies to the wild). Subsequent symbols will require you to hit 3 in a row or more to win.
Classic bell and bar symbols have top wins of 400 and 250 coins. The standard symbols are completed by a bunch of fruits – an orange, a melon, a lemon, a strawberry and a cherry.
The wild is the most important symbol in the Sun Tide slot machine – playing a major role in the base game and going further in the feature. Being the wild, it will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. When it appears on reel 3 the wild can expand to fill the entire reel. This will make those all-important wins that much easier to land. The wild is also the highest paying symbol in the entire game. Land five in a row and you’ll win an incredible 10,000 coins. Even four in a row pays 1,000 coins, the joint second biggest win in the game.
The image showing the setting sun acts as the scatter symbol – in case there was any doubt, the symbol shows the word ‘scatter’ across the front of it. You’ll win 2x, 5x, 20x and 100x your total stake when this appears 2, 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels respectively. Land 3 or more scatters and you’ll also enter the free spins bonus round.
The first piece of good news about the feature is that you’ll win an impressive 15 free spins. The spins can be retriggered too, so 3 more scatters will add 15 spins to your existing total. The wild symbol plays more of a role during the free spins. In the base game, the wild can expand to fill the whole reel on reel 3. During the feature, the wild can now expand on reels 2, 3 and 4. This will enable many additional wins, making the feature spins more profitable than usual.
The orange/red backdrop to the reels has the immediate effect of bringing warmth and heat to the game. Three seagulls fly across the top of the screen, ensuring you know that the game is set at the beach. With just ‘sun’ based symbols on the reels, the game could have done more to push the theme. However, slot traditionalists will enjoy the classic range of symbols on the reels. The soundtrack plays a relaxed tune while you’ll hear the gentle sound of the waves hitting the beach.
Sun Tide isn’t a slot that will blow you away with impressive graphics and grand features. However, there is a lot to like about the game. With a 10,000-coin prize available for five wilds, you could consider this a lower-end jackpot slot. The expanding wild on reel three will also boost your win chances in the base game. The free spins feature is certainly the highlight. With the expanding wild now extended to three reels throughout your 15 free spins, this is sure to pay. All in all this makes Sun Tide an ideal slot if you have 10 minutes to spare.