Microgaming is ready to release the second slot it has slated for March, after its initial announcement of Wild Orient. The other side of the coin for March slot releases is SunTide, a sun soaked slot that aims to be as excessive as the diamonds and gold bars that make up its reels. That's quite the introduction. Let's get better acquainted by running through what SunTide is packing and see if it's worth its weight in wild reels.
SunTide Slot Feature List
- 5×3 reel slot with 9 bet lines
- No regular wild symbols
- Constant expanding wilds on reel 3
- Retriggerable free spins bonus round with additional expanding wilds
The RTP of SunTide is still an unknown at this point. Given the fact that the average for Microgaming slots hangs around 95.5%, we can assume it'll hover around that area, unless Microgaming are going to get very experimental with SunTide.
SunTide has done something very interesting with its wild symbols. In fact, there's no traditional wild symbols at all to be found on the slot. The slots selection of wild symbols is only made up of expanding wilds, which reside on reel 3 of the slot.
Whenever you spin the wild medallion, the entire reel will then expand into a wild reel. This may have been done to balance the slot, in the face of having a low number of bet lines for the number of reels in play. It's possible a whole reel of wilds may very well make wins much more regular than they would be with single wild symbols.
But of course, we'll have to wait to find that out for the time being.
You know the drill. Spin 3 scatter symbols and you unlock a free spins round. The free spins on offer with SunTide are relatively generous, with 15 free spins offered per round.
What puts SunTide above and beyond the norm is the fact that these 15 free spins are retriggerable, so you can trigger multiple free spins rounds one after the other. Not only that, but every free spin adds the potential for expanding wilds to appear on reel 2,3 and 4 throughout the whole round.
Overall, free spins in SunTide are looking to be absurdly profitable, if all these features can collate together.
SunTide is an odd slot. It may feel like a stripped back slot, with a lack of regular wilds and only a free spins mode.
But SunTide is one of the more experimental slots Microgaming has made as of late specifically because of its toned down features.
SunTide is missing the respin feature that has been included with all Microgaming slots over the past year. Whatever you spin now, is your final move. You can no longer bet extra to respin the reel and aim for a bigger payout.
This is also the first time Microgaming has used bet lines in a while and forgone the 243 ways to win. Given that the symbols are mostly comprised of traditional bar and fruit symbols, you can tell this is an attempt to capture a style of slot from a bygone age.
But it is strange to have such a low number of bet lines, especially on a 5×3 reel slot. Most slots would have around 15 bet lines minimum, but SunTide has gone with only 9. It's not only interesting for Microgaming slots to have a bet line system, but the small number equally intrigues and worries us. If it affects the RTP of the slot then it may put us, and a lot of others, off trying it out.
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SunTide is a strange slot from Microgaming. It's stripped back all the features Microgaming has been implanting into its games throughout the last year. Everything from respins to bet lines has been taken back to a place where it hasn't been for many years.
But the artwork and general theme of the slot would seem to hint that this is a conscious effort to create a much more retro feeling slot. Not everything is outdated however. It has a free spins that sounds amazing on paper. It's a weird mix of a classic set up with a modern twist. It'll be interesting to see how it pans out when it drops next month.