It was as many as six months ago that we first touted the arrival of the new Emoji Planet slot from NetEnt. At the time, we knew that it would be out some time around August. However, as with many of the less-hyped new NetEnt slot releases, we got a name, a date and not a lot else. Sure, it is easy enough to work out what can potentially be expected from the game based on the name alone, but it takes more than a few crazy yellow faces to get us excited.
Then, Microgaming seemingly one-upped NetEnt with the announcement of Emoticoins. Same theme, potentially the same style but just a few weeks early. If there are players out there that simply must get their fix of slots action featuring Emojis, then Microgaming was clearly putting themselves in pole position to capture the market. Fun as it is to watch such direct competition playing out, NetEnt was never likely to take something like this lightly and, lo and behold, more information was quickly released concerning Emoji Planet.
The game is set for release on August 23rd, so there is not long to wait now, and it looks like it may be something completely different to the norm once again – not that we expect anything less from the developer at this stage. The game appears to be grid based rather than reel based, which makes perfect sense, and the game is somewhat official in that they have licensed the same brand of emojis that are found in the new movie. In line with the grid style, there are six reels and five rows and pays are built up in clusters rather than with the use of traditional win lines.
This game also looks to be the perfect opportunity to make use of rolling reels, and we were not disappointed there either as the various emojis will helpfully make way when they form part of a winning combination, allowing more of them to fall into place. If you have tried Aloha Cluster Pays from the same developer then this game is bound to feel more than a little familiar, although there have been some clear improvements to the general setup, not least the fact that five symbols in a cluster are enough to trigger a win.
There are features on the game too, and they are triggered with cluster wins rather than scatters. Wilds are heavily involved in these features, but there are symbol destroyers, multipliers and more involved too, although we will wait until we get our hands on the game to decide on just how good they turn out to be.
We are just a few weeks away from that happening and you can be sure that we will be waiting on August 23rd at one of our favourite NetEnt casinos, so probably Mr Green or Casumo, to bring the review to the masses as soon as possible.