The slots at NJ online casinos are getting trendier by the day. This week boasts two new games, one based on social media iconography and the other reminiscent of a popular video game.
Emoji Planet, by gamemaker NetEnt, features many of the popular icons used in SMS, email, and social media posts. The NextGen-produced Lightning Gems looks like it’s on an alien planet where mining for gems occurs, a la Minecraft. Both have some unique features, so let’s take a look…
What’s not to like about emojis? They’re fun and used well within the game, with symbols including a crying emoji, poop emoji, slice of pizza, kiss mark, bomb, alien and more.
The game also features six reels, rather than the more common five, and eschews traditional paylines in favor of Cluster Pays (5 or more symbols clustered on adjacent reels). Once you win with a Cluster Pay, the winning symbols disappear, and new symbols cascade down for another potential win. These Cascading Reels continue until you no longer have a winning cluster.
This is a bonus-rich game featuring five Emoji Meters, each rewarding players with a different bonus. The Bomb Feature destroys eight random symbols on the reels, and a random coin
win of 5-100x your bet is awarded for each destroyed symbol.
The Pizza Feature provides a 3×3 overlay of a random symbol that will appear on the reels good for a payout. A Kiss Mark feature awards three random Sticky Wilds that remain on the wheels. Each Sticky Wild has three lives and, once it is used in a paying combination, it loses a life. Once you have used up all three lives of the a sticky Wild, it will disappear.
The Rocket Feature activates a stack of 10 Wild symbols on and above one of the reels to create a winning combination. The Two Hearts Feature provides you with a win that is multiplied by the number of times the meter is filled up plus 1. Now that deserves a smiley face!!!
- 6 reels/Cluster Pays
- Cascading Reels
- Emoji Features/Emoji Meters
This game tends toward the more traditional in looks but has some cool animations, great graphics, and realistic lightning storm soundtrack. There are the traditional Wild and Scatter (the Lightning Gem) features, as well as rubies, sapphires, and emeralds (both oval and in the shape of card suits).
The game employs a Wild Nudge feature, where on any spin where you just miss, a win may be nudged up or down into a winning position, a feature you see on several land-based slots.
You’ll also find the traditional Free Games feature, attained by three or more Scatters appearing on the reels. During these Free Games, however, you have 10 Wilds added to each reel, with 50 extra wilds added in total.
Not only that, but the Free Games can be retriggered. This can make for a staggeringly good payout, worth its weight in gems.
- 5 reels/10 paylines/Pays Both Ways
- Wilds, Scatters, Wild Nudge, Wild Wins
- Free Games with Extra Wilds
- Bets: $.20 to $200
- RTP: 48%
- Available at: Mohegan, Resorts