Cloud Tales is a new slot by iSoftBet and it's, well, just very cute. Float away to the the sky accompanied by blue hedgehogs, rainbow caterpillars, mystery hatching eggs and islands made of mushrooms.
Ok, so maybe it's more trippy than cute. However, the game promises some excellent features including stacked reels, multiplier wilds, symbol switches and re-spins. So, lets see how these furry technicoloured characters got along when put to the Droid Slots test.
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|Release Date||June 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.5%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 9 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||9p – £9|
|Features||Multipliers, Wilds, Mystery Eggs, Respins|
|Pros||Couple of fun bonus features, great graphics|
|Cons||No free spins, no jackpot.|
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Cloud Tales is a 5 reel, 9 payline slot. This means its much smaller than other new releases we're used to, but rest assured some of the bonus features make up for the small amount of paylines. The game features a minimum bet of 9p, and a maximum of £9. These amounts are adjusted to the left hand side of the reels, although unfortunately you cannot change the amount of paylines played. This does, however, give players the choice to be as risky as they want, and a slot with this range of bet sizes is perfect for all sorts of different players.
Cloud Tales also features an autoplay option, allowing you to sit back and watch the action unfold. feature. This is a bit disappointing as it means you don't have an option to let the game play out without the constant need to hit ‘spin'. The feature also allows you to set maximum and minimum amounts, meaning the game won't automatically spin if you lose too much or win big – perfect for those who want to remain spending-savvy.
The game features classic slot symbols such as 10 to Ace, although it's the cute critters of Cloud Tales that bring in the big wins. The blue furry hedgehog (if that's what he is) racks up the biggest multiplier of the game, as collecting five in a row of him guarantees a 1,000x reward.
Cloud Tales doesn't have many features in comparison to other games that have been released recently. However, they've put effort into making the base game enjoyable and action packed so we can forgive them a little.
Whilst there's no free spins or bonus games to this slot, Cloud Tales works predominately on offering players a multitude of Wild options, some of which are well worth the wait! Alongside regular wilds, Cloud Tales also includes The Mushroom Island feature and Mystery Eggs.
The Mushroom Island symbol is, of course, represented by some mushrooms, and will only ever appear on the middle reel. As well as acting as a wild itself, the mushroom symbol generates random extra wilds in the fun form of bubbles. As these bubbles pop they'll transform into symbols to create winning combinations, which can yield the biggest wins of the whole game. It's incredibly fun to watch and the offers some huge multipliers.
Cloud Tales' Mystery Eggs are another great feature of the base game. These appear on reels 2, 3 and 4, although only one will appear per spin and they don't appear at the same time as a Mushroom Island symbol. The Mystery Eggs offer four different rewards when they hatch which are:
- Symbol Switch – The mystery egg will switch symbols on the board around, creating better combinations to win. Any win created will also be given a 4x multiplier!
- Wilds and Multipliers – The mystery egg will turn wild and then transform other symbols into wilds too. After the hatching and transformations are complete players will also be granted a multiplier on their wins, which can be between 2x and 4x.
- Wild Reels – Once a mystery egg appears, this bonus transform 1 to 5 reels into completely wild reels. You may only get one stacked reel or you may get up to 5 stacked reels so this one is definitely worth looking out for!
- Wild Reels + Respin – The entire reel on which the mystery egg appears will turn wild and then the game will re-spin, with the wild reel becoming sticky and remaining in place. If another egg appears during the re-spin this reel will also become wild and a further re-spin will be rewarded. You can win up to three re-spins using this feature.
Cloud Tales is an absolutely stunning game. The graphics and animation of the game is flawless and whilst the theme is definitely quirky, its also fun and enjoyable. We love the amount of movement on the reels; the popping bubbles, hatching eggs and the way the symbols seem to float in the air. in addition, the background of the game is well illustrated, meaning the whole theme is well put together and thought-out.
The music, however, is mildly annoying. Whilst it certainly matches the happy theme of the slot, and the sound effects are cute as the bubbles pop throughout the game, its reminiscent of a kids TV program and will surely have you reaching for the mute button.
Aside from this, Cloud Tales performs well across all devices, is quick to load and a true joy to play.
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I am personally smitten with Cloud Tales. It's unique theme and fun gameplay puts a smile on your face and the bonus features are exciting when they appear.
However, for the sake of balance we must point out that Cloud Tales won't satisfy all players. It's light on features, with no free spins to win or mini games and there's no huge jackpot to play for either. Still, wait around for some of those eggs to hatch into stacked reels and the game changes considerably.
We think that whilst Cloud Tales might lack some of the features you're used to looking for, it's worth a try as iBetSoft have packed so much into the base game that it remains a lucrative and enjoyable slot.