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SunTide Review

Software: Microgaming Bonus Game: Yes Scatter Symbol: Yes
Reels: 5 Progressive Jackpots: No Wild Symbol: Yes
PayLines: 9 Min Bet: $0.09 Bonus Symbol: No
Free Spins: Yes Max Bet: $180 Overall Rating:

SunTide

Theme

The pokie SunTide places its reels, over the ocean as the sun, sets below the horizon. Summer is slowly spinning around the globe and heading to the Northern Hemisphere. The sky is lit up a bright orange and yellow colour in this one.

The developers have not tried to cram too much summer into this theme. The symbols are generic fruit, which although summery are not that exclusive to the season, there are even strawberries, which grow in colder climates, just saying.

Developer

SunTide is a new game developed by Microgaming. They are a forerunner in the online pokie industry and a massive contributor to the online game industry, in general. There dominate market position can be partly attributed to a first movers advantage. They created the first online casino in 1994, and since then have released over 600 games.

This is a lot of experience making games, from a company such as this, one the player would expect a good game, and they would be right, for the most part. Microgaming titles are renowned for exceptional gameplay and RTPs. However, their titles are let down by aesthetics. They fall short of what other developers are doing, with things like animations and graphics.

Design

The background image fills the interface with a bright yellow-gold colour. The rest of the pokie has a simplistic layout. It is not an attractive pokie. Microgaming has not done enough to pull this above mediocrity.

There are coloured payline boxes down the side of the reels, which most game developers stopped including long ago. It is the little things, like the old-fashioned drawn on paylines, which make the symbols flash on and off the reels, and draw a line across them.

Microgaming could animate these paylines and make them look much nicer. It is a five-reel pokie with a conventional design. The panel is found at the bottom of the reel, and houses all the games controls. It is a generic panel, which Microgaming is recycling for all their new releases.

How to Play

SunTide has 9 paylines, which is not as bad as it sound, considering it is a 5×3 pokie, but it is still not good. Having so few paylines works in some games, if they have good features.

SunTide allows bets between 9p and £22.50 for a single spin. It is not a complicated game. The Spin Button spins the reels. Information about bet, paylines, and symbol values are found by clicking the plays tab, on the right of the screen.

Special Features

There is an expanding wild symbol in the base game. When the Gold Coin Symbol land, it will expand to cover an entire reel. The symbol is found on the third reel. It will substitute any symbol to make a winning payline, except scatters.

The problem with this feature is that expanding wilds do not work as well, on 3×5 reel games as they do on 4×5 reel games. The reason being, that there is a whole reel of additional symbols, which it can substitute to make a win. This game has only 9 paylines, which further hinders the awesome powers of the expanding wild.

SunTide has a free spins feature, trigger by landing three scatter symbols, anywhere on the reels. The player is rewarded 15 free spins in the feature. It is very similar to the base game; with the only difference, being that on the expanding wild can be found on any of the middle three reels. The feature is retriggered giving the player up to 30 free spins.

Maximum Payout

These numbers are the product of speculation and informed guessing. Microgaming have not released this information, but a recently developed a game which has identical gameplay to this one.

Assuming that these two games also have the same Jackpot, the player stands to win an impressive 1,222 x stake, in the base game. This increases to 3,333x stake, in the free spins game.

Summary

This is not that good a game. It feels like a filler, which Microgaming has released just to keep the profits turning. Very little effort has gone into the theme, or the design. The two features it offers are nothing special. There is some winning potential in this game, but this is offered by lots of different, better games.

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