The Equalizer video slot from Microgaming is part of a crop of innovative new shapeshifting slot games where the reels will expand thus taking the number of paylines from fifteen up to sixty – the reels themselves can develop from five up to seven.
Plus, the game contains stacked wilds and a free spins feature where wilds and expanded reels remain locked in place for the spin duration.
The Equalizer has a neon look to the visuals with a futuristic-looking cityscape behind the reels. The base setup has five reels and four rows that combine to offer fifteen paylines.
On those reels, players will see the hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades icons plus the usual video slot paraphernalia of stars, bars, dice and diamonds. The best-paying icon is the yellow sports car. Players’ landing three, four, five, six or seven of these for a payout of x9, x18, x36, x72 or even x150 a players stake.
To get those six symbol winners, you’ll need to see The Equalizer expands the game engine to a maximum of 7 reels and six rows. In the original primary game, those expanded reels are in play for the current spin only known as the Expanding Slot round. The Equalizer also contains a wild, extending and turning up to six icons wild – this is known as the Expanding Wilds feature.
Players who land three Free Spins icons on the same spin activate the Free Spins feature - will then receive ten free spins. However, if they land an expanding wild during the round and then they will lock in position for the remainder of their free spins.
The Wild symbols do also move left or right in time with the speakers pumping out the eclectic soundtrack to the sides of the reels. It’s a comparable story with the expanded game engine that is also in play throughout this round. Players should look out for the spin scatter icon as this will add one more free spin to their tally – with no limits.
Shapeshifting slots are all the rage at the moment, and while The Equalizer might not have all the bells and whistles players want from a MegaWays video slot, the expanding reels offer some variety. That’s undoubtedly the case in the Free Spins round where the additional paylines and sticky wilds can come into play.
The Equalizer is definitely worth a punt then if players love shapeshifting games.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring