Microgaming brings us a simple looking slot with a range of emoticons plastered across the board, and it’s called EmotiCoins. We wondered how long it would be before a provider went down the emoji route, and here it is! The game has a fun feel to it initially, with simple buttons and bright cheerful colours.
Here we have a traditional setup, the modern classic 5 x 3 reel structure with a decent enough 30 paylines. There's such a simplicity to the slot that it’s easy to become mistaken over its credibility. Don’t be fooled we say, a closer look shows us just how stunning those graphics come across, along with some pretty nice features too.
Getting ready to play and win
Prior to diving into the world of sugar-coated communications, you need to set the game up to your way of playing to make sure you get the best experience. Set your bets by tapping on the ‘bet’ button, the coin size choices that follow range from 0.01 to 10 in size, and correspond to actual currency if playing for real.
Tapping ‘coins’ lets you set the number of coins per line that you wish to bet, and ‘spin’ will get the reels going for you. Those wishing to take a more hands-free approach can use the ‘autoplay’ function, the reels will spin for your chosen number of times. You can set your maximum bet size using the button ‘max bet’, obviously.
The good bits
As we’re seeing more of these days, the wild comes in the form of the game’s logo, substituting all other symbols, apart from the scatter, to form wins. Winning combinations can be made by the scatter alone, in addition to using it as a substitute.
The scatter symbol is the well-known emoticon, LOL. Bringing with it scatter wins and free spins. Get three or more across the reels to trigger the free spins feature, which gives you an initial 10 spins.
The wild stickers will also be available during the above feature, which when activated transforms another symbol into a wild on the first spin that follows. Following this, one additional symbol position will become a wild every alternate spin, and this will continue for the duration of the free spins initially earned by the feature. Once the feature has expired it can’t be reactivated.
During the regular game a feature called Wild Blast can activate, transforming five symbols across the reels, except the scatter and wilds that might be present. Whatever you win during this time will be collected at the end of the feature.
To be honest, what’s not to like about Emoticoins? Wholly inoffensive and great to look at, it delivers on likeability and playability in equal measure. There are games with more complexity, of course, but this slot strikes a nice balance between simplicity and function. It’s a 👍 from us!
Words: David Bailey-Lauring