On the face of it Slot Jam from Wazdan Games has it all, a cheeky pun-type name, a sweet sticky theme, a colourful backdrop and a host of cake and pie-based features. But on closer inspection is it all just a bunch of artificial ingredients, or does the game have any real authenticity and value?
Presented over a reduced 4x3 setup with 9 standard paylines running from left to right or right to left, this slot takes the fun of the jammy picnic and drags it into the ever so slightly seedy world of online slots.
The looks and the symbols
The symbolism in this game is wrapped up in the icons themselves, with the theme being so loosely restrictive they have some room to play.
The wild in the game comes in the form of a pot of jam, substituting all other symbols, except for the mystery symbol and the scatter. Wilds will double the initial bet when they are part of a winning line, with the win reflecting the increase. As the games most valuable symbol the wild is most powerful when three or more are found across a payline. Three will get you 5x your stake and five will get you 25x your take, very tasty indeed.
The scatter symbol is a cherry pie, paying out regardless of payline which is a nice quirk, but also performing its duty of triggering the free spins feature too.
The mystery symbol is a hamper - more gluttony – and acts a bit like the scatter, in the sense that it pays out regardless of paylines. The newsworthy point here being that this symbol will force a pay-out of between 10x and 200x your stake when it hits in combinations of three or four.
The bonuses to shout about
Triggered by getting three or four of the ‘cherry pie’ scatters across the reels. For these combinations you’ll get 15 and 30 spins respectively.
On each and every winning combination the symbols that formed the win will disappear, existing symbols will fall into the place of the winners and new ones will join from above. This gives you a further chance of winning from the same spin.
These are a quick way to a tidy win boost, just form a wall of symbols over 3 or 4 reels to multiply the bet by 2 overall.
Slot Jam is basic but quite a little corker. With some great features and interesting quirks, it takes you to a new level of slot playing – and there truly are very few slots that do this. Free spins, wilds, mystery symbols, cascading wins and additional multipliers set it aside from many inside and outside of its own stable, and that house edge of 3.41% presents great value, coupled with serious fun factor.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring