Known best for their no-nonsense table games, Onetouch have always left the video slots to someone else. However, bolstered by the runaway success of these table games they decided to dabble in the murky world of the online slot. Here we are seeing their talent in the raw, with their very first video slot offering - Juicy 7. Their overall aim is to couple the classic slot with a slick, smooth mobile gaming experience. We think, tentatively, that they have nailed it.
Their focus is mobile, although the slot can be played on desktop and tablet too. The slot is slick, and it is smooth, and yes it does look incredibly nice on the mobile screen. The basic theme that it is doesn't call for all-singing-all-dancing graphics, but what they do present here is a simple, uncluttered perfection.
Now let’s not beat about the bush here, is painfully simple, and for those of you used to some of Microgaming’s epics then this will leave you feeling a bit empty, but given a chance its true colours will start to show.
Here we have a very basic fruit based game, and like the many other back-to-basics slots that seem to be appearing of late, it wins hands down in the simplicity stakes. The real heart of the slot is the marrying of a decent amount of paylines with a wonderful range of potential ways to win.
It’s all about the betting
Presented over a three reel setup with three reel positions making up the 27 active paylines, this slot actually simulates its paylines by calculating the value of adjacent symbols to arrive at scores. Essentially then, there are 27 ways for the symbols to connect into winning combinations. Compare this to many regular slots that offer between 10 and 30 paylines, and you’ll see that there are advantages to the way this Onetouch creation works.
Select the number of coins you wish to use on each spin and off you go, as simple as that. To get a win you need three-of-a-kind on any symbol, the prizes available range in value from 5x to 60x your stake. The diamond symbol offers the largest win, but you’ll need to trigger special features to get these on the reels.
Features and gameplay that make it special
As just mentioned, the diamond is the key symbol here, responsible for the very biggest wins and the one that will get you hooked to the game. Get this symbol on at least one occasion across the three reels in one spin you’ll get a prize, most likely a big one. In fact, the prize is calculated by adding together randomly assigned values to the diamond that have just landed.
You can achieve the absolute maximum win by getting diamonds across all of the reels, although true to form the prize will also be random, but almost definitely high. However, we can report that it’ll be 800x the total bet per symbol.
Despite being a simple slot with not a huge amount of visual stimulation, and the fact it has a limited number of special features, Juicy 7 is extremely satisfying and addictive - we want to say like Flappy Bird, but it’s way better than that even.
Onetouch has managed to take a classic slot and bring it kicking and screaming into 2019, with what we think is possibly the most up-to-date classic slot we have ever tested.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring