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Anyone who has been to any attraction aimed at tourists will know that the gift shop is their goldmine. You are forced through on the way out, with all other options of exit closed. Play’N Go have chosen a less oppressive angle for their slot, Gift Shop, that happens to be a lot more fun than browsing Eiffel Tower pens.
Presented over a slightly different 3 x 3 format with just the one payline, this slot brings you a fantastic range of gifts and keepsakes across its reels. It’s fairly easy to play, however don’t expect to be charmed by a wide range of bonus features, as you’ll probably be disappointed.
A fresh approach
Players new to the gaming world will probably find its simplicity refreshing, having probably been up against some confusingly complex five reelers. Seasoned gamers alike will benefit for its stripped down feel, allowing the player to just focus on the important bits, ie. winning cash.
The slot has a very sexy progressive jackpot prize, which brings with it some tasty wins and a growing fund that expands until some lucky player (hopefully you) lands a winning spin.
Finding that perfect gift is never easy
There are very few people in this world who can admit to enjoying the process of buying a loved on a gift. It’s pretty much a nightmare for most, with the odd sadist who enjoys hitting the stores in search of the perfect pressie!
Too many options, too many people and too little time all make for a super-stressful time down the mall, and that's before the whole wrapping drama unfolds (sorry) once home. It’s a chosen few who have the gift for buying gifts, effortlessly balancing thoughtfulness and taste with the class of a Royal staff member.
Play’N Go makes it very easy
The best way to make such a challenging task easier is by reducing the choice, and Play’N Go have done that as their top priority. They offer a limited range of traditional presents within the game, beautifully wrapped already, awaiting the gifting to a loved one.
Symbols you’ll find include red roses with yellow ribbons, cute teddy bears, boxes of chocolates and a sparkling diamond ring presented in a plush red velvet box.
It’s all about the presentation
Graphic design wise, this slot leaves a lot to be desired. It’s basic, and at times a little shoddy to be honest. There are a range of cartoon-like figures who come across as genuine and playful. It’s a bit on the sickly-sweet side, so that might put a few of you off, especially the pretty-in-pink, teeny-bopper backdrop.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving
That lovely progressive jackpot is what saves this saccharine slot. Love or hate the design, you’d be insane not to love such a powerful feature with the potential to pay you big bucks. You’ll have to have luck on your side though, as not all players will get the chance to play it, and will also have to play with three coins at a higher risk to qualify at all.
However, these coins are all fixed in denominations of 0.25 credits, which means that even three coins per bet won’t bankrupt you that easily. It’s also worth remembering that only one coin is taken into account when the feature kicks in, to be multiplied by the various values.
Spins like a diamond in the sky
Get three matching diamond rings across the payline for a tidy prize, but doesn't really offer anything overly extravagant when it comes to special bonus features. Free spins are not awarded, neither are bonus games or a gamble feature - that progressive jackpot is your only hope of boosting the standard wins, as good as they can be.
All is not lost however, there lurks a very special symbol, that diamond ring. It has properties one might associate with the traditional wilds, found across many other slots. It replaces all other symbols in the game to complete winning formations on the payline, an all-important link between a spin with no particular win and a multiplier prize.
Let’s start with the weaknesses, because there are a few significant ones. For three-reel slot the gameplay is average but what you might expect, being honest, none of them are that great. The graphics are also a bit flat, not colour-wise, oh boy no, but they look dated.
However, these little simplicities can be the redeeming feature of Gift Shop too, and will go a long way to bringing you a great deal of cheap pleasure. There are no complicated bonuses to keep an eye on, or even a series of paylines to monitor. What you get is what you see, as Tina Turner once said.
In fact, we’d go as far as to say that the slot is bordering or the quirky and unique, that theme providing you with a taste of how shopping might be if it wasn’t horrific. So sit back and relax as you navigate the easiest shopping experience you’ll ever have, during which you might even make a profit. Now that is priceless.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring