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Illuminous keeps things on the simple side, and developer Quickspin knows all to well that it’s the key to a successful slot game in the current market. What they are also wisely aware of, is that simple doesn’t have to equate to boring, because this slot is anything but. Fast, exciting and coming with some seriously big wins, this is going to be the failsafe for many in the months to come.
Presented over the typical 5 x 3 setup with a modest 20 paylines, this vibrant yet understated slot packs respins, free spins and bonus wilds, bringing big wins along for the ride.
This is a typical offering for the developer too, known for their sensory delights, with Illuminous being yet another to add to that winning stable. The bright reels hold the gemstones of many colours in place and are nicely contrasted against the dark background, along with the classic playing card symbols making up the full range of values.
Look and feel is top notch
The soundtrack they have chosen works really well with the theme, that ambient sound creating a relaxed and suitably inspiring vibe. Wins interrupt the calm with a fanfare each time, but it’s relatively inoffensive. The reels carry off a nice smooth action, and only adds to the overall quality feeling of the slot. Payouts of between 150 and 500 coins are to be expected for a five symbol combination.
There are two wilds present in the game, a standard wild that substitutes for all other symbols is not alone, there’s also an exciting Bonus Wild scatter that’s the real gem here. Get two Bonus Wild scatters across the reels and you’ll trigger the Hot Reel Respin feature. The reels where the Bonus Wild scatters have appeared will turn into Hot Reels during the respion, bringing with it a variety of extra wilds. Lucky ones getting another during that spin will get yet another with the same benefits.
Features and other fun
The Hot Reel Free Spins feature is yet another twist to tempt you, triggered when you get three or more Bonus Wilds and brings with it five free spins. The reels featuring the Bonus Wilds will benefit from Hot Reels status for the duration of the free spins, offering tons of extra wilds. You can trigger respins during the free spins too. Get lucky at this stage and you could go far, with reels packed full of wild symbols offering huge wins.
There’s not a huge amount to add here, Illuminous speaks for itself. It’s an utterly pleasant experience that ends well more often than not. What’s not to like?
Words: David Bailey-Lauring