July was a pretty big month for Microgaming and its players, and perhaps the biggest of the year so far in terms of name value with Jurassic World hitting our screens for the first time, backed up by a couple of decent albeit perhaps slightly uninspired games like Six Acrobats. Sadly, name value was about as far as we got there as we were not overly impressed by any of the new releases in spite of the hype, and so we are hoping for a slight improvement at least when it comes to August. There is not long to wait now – mainly because it is August already – but we have a preview of what is winging its way to us this month with both Emoticoins and Oink Country Love set to swing into view soon.
We all know them, we all use them and, if you are anything like us, you are not entirely sure of what they are all supposed to mean. Nevertheless, the emojis that are now an essential part of any mobile keyboard are making waves lately, with their own feature film having recently released and NetEnt already having their own Emoji Planet slot slated for release in just a couple of weeks. Clearly someone at Microgaming felt that they needed to get in there first and thus Emoticoins was born. Are these technically branded slots? Does anyone actually own the images? None of these questions will be answered here, but what we do know is that if emojis are naturals at anything aside from expressing an emotion in text, they are perfect slots symbols.
What looks promising about this game is that it has gone slightly bigger than what we are used to. Part of the disappointment on the original games over the last few months was a simple lack of win lines, with a choice between nine and fifteen across all of Microgaming’s new creations – neither of which are ever likely to get us all that excited. Here, we can expect a noticeable upgrade to a far more interesting thirty lines, and the fact that a conventional five by three board will be in play means that the wins should come around quite a bit faster than we have grown accustomed to recently. The fun does not look set to stop there either, as the base game benefits from the Wild Blast, where up to five wild cards can be added to the board at random on pretty much every spin, and we do love a wild card.
There are no massive surprises when it comes to the main bonus round as players will be attempting to pick up as many free spins as possible while they play. With that said, the fact that ten are awarded as standard means that this game is unlikely to get too out of hand with the spins, but the sticky wilds will ensure that this could well be a case of the more, the merrier.
Oink Country Love
On Oink Country Love, our hopes were tempered somewhat by the fact that the name of the game seems to be inspired by some kind of romantic liaison with a pig – although Microgaming is as family friendly as it gets when it comes to slot games – just be sure to adhere to the local gambling age laws and nothing should be too risqué! Indeed, this is a cartoonish game that already looks pretty good to us and it turns out that the romantic liaison in question is between only pigs. So, no humans involved is a lot more reassuring. Indeed, this looks like a bit of a love triangle, as Willy and Chango are competing for the affections of Miss Southern Charm. If Kermit’s experiences are anything to go by then we would dare speculate that she would not be worth the effort but hey, she might be the only pig for miles!
If we thought Emoticoins was going to be an upgrade to the size of the gameplay then this one might well have a lot more in store, not least because of the 45 win lines that are in play, also over a standard board. We can expect the rapidest wins that we have seen in months already and things get even better when we see that there are always two wild cards on the board. The free spins on the game would appear to be plentiful too, with stacked scatter symbols serving up a shot at a wide and varied range of bonuses that could be as few as five spins, but could just as easily be eighty, and they come with even more wild cards too.
Both of these new mobile slots look like they have a lot of potential, but we have learned not to get too excited about Microgaming releases until we get the chance to play them. As noted, there is not long to wait now and the games could well be live by the time you read this – in which case you will find our full opinions over in the Microgaming mobile slots review section. In the meantime, be sure to be ready with an account at one of our most highly recommended Microgaming apps for UK players so that you can give them a spin from the moment that they become available.