Free Electric Diva slot
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Like Netent, Microgaming are prolific creators of new games. Through various alliances with software developers - in this case Mahi Gaming - they manage to knock out 2 or 3 titles a month! Before the howls of derision start, yes, Electric Diva is a clone of Ninja Magic (same slot different graphics). The game appears in the usual Viper download client along with a mobile version. Electric Diva has 5 reels, 3 rows and 40 paylines and is thus quite standard in appearance.
Heavy metal heroine rules the reels
Our Electric Diva is a Heavy Metal 'Axe Hero' (or in this case Heroine) so those of you old enough to remember female rock groups like L7 and Girlschool may have some affinity with the dark theme and distorted guitar soundtrack that can be muted in the settings, before I scare you off!
Electric Diva is not a complex game and unusually for Microgaming despite having only one bonus round has 2 different sets of scatters, one being the feature trigger and the other simply paying multiples of stake for 3,4 or 5 guitars anywhere in view. 5 will yield 100x stake. The symbols consist of the usual letters and characters - the lowest letters pay 2.5x for 5-of-a-kind while the highest Bat symbol pays 50x for the same.
Electric Diva wilds appear singly on all the reels as do all the symbols. No stacks here! Wilds do not multiply but do pay 300x stake should you be fortunate enough to hit 5 on a winline.
Feature Of Doom?
The aim of the game is to get 3 or more green metal spiders anywhere in view. This triggers the bonus round. For 3 scatters you are guaranteed, wait for it, 1 free spin at 1x multiplier, 4 scatters yields 2 at 2x and 5 will yield 3 at 3x. Before you run to the hills (sorry Bruce) this is a minimum - our guitar-wielding metal mistress will then aim bolts of electricity at a screen of metal spiders of your choice. Hitting 'stop' will end your collection of free spins and multipliers but should our lady let you go all the way, you would have a maximum of 40 free spins with an 8x multiplier. This feature may remind you of the picks-bonus on WMS's Ruby Slippers.
The game is a clone and you may or may not get along with the theme. It can and will occasionally end your picks on the first hit, giving you the abysmal minimum spins and multiplier as described above. This alone will have your foot aggressively aimed at your PC, or mobile device ready to launch at the nearest wall. Having said that, the base game has some decent hits available and the potential is there with a line of wilds in the 8x free spins paying a whopping 2400x stake. The variance isn't as high as many of the 243-way Microgamimg slots. I'll have to sit on the fence a bit here - not their best ever release but certainly more playable than many of late.