Sidewinder Slot Review (Just For The Win)
ALL ABOUT SIDEWINDER SLOT
Microgaming’s production partner, Just For The Win, have got two games out of one game engine in summer 2018 as they follow up the Irish-themed Rainbrew slot with this classic fruity slot, Sidewinder.
The latest version is exactly the same, as Rainbrew, utilizing the additional Sidewinder reels to open up big win opportunities as 243 ways to win becomes 1,125 ways to win.
Just For The Win aren’t every slot players cup of tea but we think these new titles are worth checking out. They are on the high variance side, with a relatively decent RTP of 96.02% and a top win of 2,270x. The chances to win big come in the bonus round where you can link up wilds from the top and bottom sidewinders to create expanding wild stacks.
Sidewinder Game Set Up
The Sidewinder game stage consists of a 5×3 reel set up in the base game, with payouts from left to right and right to left on all lines of adjacent symbols – 243 ways to win in all. Additionally, above and below the reels are two sidewinders – these are 3×1 reels that are activated by landing special wild symbols. Once they become activated you effectively have a 5, 3, 3, 3, 5 set up and 1,125 ways to win.
Sidewinder is available to play from 10p to £100 per go. The top prize is 2,270x and the RTP is 96.02%.
Sidewinder Game Symbols
This game has a real retro classic slot look and feel. The lower value symbols are the Stars, Spades, Clubs, Diamonds and Hearts. The premium value symbols are the Lucky 7s, Golden Bells, Horseshoes, 4 Leaf Clovers and Bars. The highest value is the Lucky 7, paying out 8x for five in a payline.
Just like its sister game, Rainbrew, Sidewinder has three different wilds. There are standard ones that appear on the middle three rows, whilst the top wild appears on reel 2 and the bottom wild appears on reel 4.
Wilds substitute as normal for other symbols except the scatter. They also play an important function in triggering the two sidewinder reels.
The only features here are the Sidewinder reels, that open up the possibility of expanding wilds, and the Free Spins.
If the top wild lands on reel 2 then that opens up the top sidewinder. If the bottom wild lands on reel 4 then that opens up the bottom sidewinder. With one active there are 576 ways to win. With both active there are 1,125 ways to win.
Once you have two sidewinders running at the same time, if you land wilds in the same position on the top and bottom, an expanding wild stack appears to connect them, opening up more win opportunities.
Free Spins With Expanding Wilds Feature
The free spins round is opened up in two ways. You need to land scatters on reels 2 and 4 to open up the sidewinders. Then land more scatters on those reels – 3 scatters gets you 6 spins, 4 gets you 10 spins.
During the free spins all the reels will be active, creating more opportunities for expanding wilds. You can also earn extra free spins for every scatter that lands on a sidewinder reel during the bonus round.
THE SLOT BUZZ VERDICT
This isn’t a bad game from Just For The Win -The Sidewinder game mechanic is a little different and will keep you interested for a while if you can pick up some wins. It’s really down to the free spins round and opening up those two extra reels. Bear in mind this is high variance action so it can take some time and money to unlock the opportunities.
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