Sizzling Spins slot review
Sizzling Spins slot is certainly a seasonal release for anyone who enjoys long hot summers and Play'n Go have brought us the distinctive sight and sounds (but alas no smell!) of the barbecue with this game. They had already released Tropical Holiday and if in the mood IGT's Garden Party or Microgaming's Summer Holiday might take your fancy compared to this earthy and brash Aussie-style offering which for some reason has a heavy guitar-based soundtrack thundering away while you play. The reels are laid over a barbecue griddle on a lawn and feature all the tasty treats one may expect for their outdoor tucker, but could your bankroll end up charred and burnt too?
On the reels...
As Sizzling Spins is a 243-way game we must have 5 reels of 3 rows each (for now anyway) and this maths model usually means the 5-of-a-kinds will be on the low side. Your most tasty symbol is the Foil Blocker Wild at 10x your 20-coin bet for a full way, the same as the Spare Ribs. The Sausage pays 100 coins, Chicken Wing 60, King Prawn 40 and instead of card values we have vegetable icons for the lower pays, Corn Cobs, Onion, Tomato, Cucumber and Mushroom paying a mere 16 down to 4 coins respectively. All very colourful and on reels 1,3 and 5 we have a Red Chilli acting as a scatter (seems to be a lot of chilli about lately on slots!)
There is an in-play Foil Blocker Wild feature, as during every spin a reel will have the coals glow hot underneath and should the Wild land here wins will be paid and it will stick in place and re-spin. Should another Wild hit the 'hot reel' selected then this will be repeated. Should you get to the fourth and final re-spin then all wins on that re-spin are doubled, and the rules claim this can pay up to 5000x bet although I'm at a loss to see how given that a Wild line pays a mere 10x bet and all symbols are singles here.
Remember the Foil Blockers only become a Wild if they land on a hot reel, otherwise they are standard pays. I can only assume that this amount can be built up over the successive re-spins with optimum order of Wilds appearing and high symbols every time spinning in.
So having landed 3 Red Chilli scatters you select a Chilli and are awarded 8, 10 or 12 free games. There is no retrigger but there are a few enhancements in play here. Firstly your grid expands to 4 rows therefore you have 1024 ways, secondly the Foil Blocker Wild re-spin still occurs and lastly there is a meter above the left of the reels. For every scatter landing in view, you will gain multiplier as follows: 3 Chilli's accumulated awards 2x multiplier, 6 awards 3x and if you should get all 9 on the meter any remaining spins are played at 5x multiplier. I can see far more chance of a potential 5000x bet win here than in the base game so perhaps that's what the rules meant - who knows?
Sizzling Spins slot is quite entertaining if you can endure the thrashy, trashy rock music soundtrack that pervades every spin. Like Bonanza slot you cannot silence the music only but must mute all sounds which I find annoying because you can on many games i.e. Netent slots such as Guns 'N' Roses and Motorhead. The Wild feature in the base game has some potential and there is the chance of some really cooking wins in the free spins plus we get a decent factory RTP of 96.5% although operators can have lower RTP's set on Play'n Go slots so always check the rules if not sure! The volatility appears to be on the high side of medium so there is the chance your money could burn and very quickly too. I suspect I'll be playing this as frequently as the barbie comes out out of the garage - once in a while on the odd sunny Sunday...