This new slot, Glow will transport you to the faraway lands of Norway. You’ll enjoy a chilled-out gaming session against a digital Northern Lights landscape. Beautiful animation and haunting music accompanies your entire gaming session too. Feature wise, Glow keeps to the Scandinavian style – simplicity. You’ll find the most basic and familiar slot features in this game, such as Wild symbols, multipliers and free spins. It’s a good addition to the NetEnt slot family.
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|Release Date||January 2016|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Platform||Desktop and mobile browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.7%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 15 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||15p to £150|
|Free Spins||Up to 5 free spins|
|Features||Wild Symbols, Free spins and multipliers|
|Pros||Frequent free spins, gorgeous gaming experience|
|Cons||Low payouts by the alphabet symbols|
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The Glow video slot has 5 reels and 15 paylines. The game accepts wagers from just 15p per spin. If you’re feeling brave, you can also hike up your wagers up to a spine-tingling £150 per spin. Like all NetEnt games, you’ll adjust your wagers by toggling two controls – the coin value and bet level.
Judging by frequency and size of the wins, I’d say that Glow is a low to medium volatility slot. You’ll come across many small wins that are roughly 5 to 15x your stake in the base game, but there is random big wins to boost your balance. The paytable boasts a top win of a whopping 2,000 times your wager!
Before I start playing a new slot game, I like to flip through the paytable and identify the high-value symbols. In Glow, these are the wild animals – Moose, Wolf, Fox, Owl and Rabbit; in order of descending value. Then, there are the five alphabets – A, K, Q, J and 10.
Glow is a very simple game, especially when compared with its NetEnt counterparts. There are only two basic features – a Wild symbol and free spins. The best part of all: all feature wins in Glow are amplified by multipliers! If you score a winning payline containing a Wild symbol, your payout is multiplied by 2. If you score a winning payline during a Free Spins round, your wins are multiplied by 2 too!
The mechanics of these features are quite explanatory, as you would have seen them in other slot games before. The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols. It’s the pink coloured bear symbol.
The game is super generous with Free Spins and you’ll be enjoying them every other minute. Free Spins aren’t triggered by a separate Scatter symbol. Instead, winning paylines with matching animal symbols award free spins! That’s right – regular payline wins come coupled with free spins!
- 1 free spin is awarded when you get two or three Moose symbols; or three Wolves, Owls, Rabbits or Foxes
- 2 free spins are awarded when you get four Moose symbols; or four Wolves, Owls, Rabbits or Foxes
- 5 free spins are awarded when you get five Moose, Wolves, Owls, Rabbits or Foxes
You can retrigger even more free spins during the free spin rounds. All the symbols, including alphabets, can trigger free spins. You could get anywhere between 1 and 5 free spins here. I’ve been hit by an avalanche of 8 free spins in a row, just from hitting continuous win streaks. It was absolutely exhilarating.
In my opinion, NetEnt’s greatest strength lies in audio composition. The background music in Glow is among one of the best I’ve ever seen (or heard). The music is slow and haunting, matching the dark Nordic nights. The pace picks up at just the right moment too – building up suspense when you’ve already scored two bonus symbols, or celebrating when you’ve amassed a big win.
Gaming strategy for Glow
You’ll really enjoy this game, just as long as you maintain a disciplined gaming strategy. Low volatility slots like Glow are configured to distract you with small “fake wins”. Most players would probably rack up costs faster than cash wins. Take the payouts formed by the alphabet symbols for example. Three “K” symbols in a row only award 10 times your stake per line.
This usually amounts for less than your total bet per spin. If you placed a bet of £1.50 per spin (£0.10 per line) and only matched alphabets, your win would only come up to £1. That’s a £0.50 loss!
In order to enjoy the game, it’s important to set a budget beforehand and stick to it. If you’ve maxed out the budget and aren’t hitting anything but small symbols, it’s time to leave and try your luck on another game instead.
All that said, Glow is a truly hypnotic slot. However, the visual and audio artists have elevated the game to a whole other level. While the game only has basic features – Wilds, multipliers and free spins – there is still plenty of opportunity to win. I’d highly recommend snuggling up on your couch this evening and immersing yourself in the Glow slot. Glow is available on all devices, including laptop, tablet and mobile; at all NetEnt casinos.