We are not entirely sure what it is about August, but emojis seem to be the in thing at the moment. We have had the movie, which by all accounts is pretty terrible, and not one but two different slots based on the yellow messaging faces. You can find NetEnt’s Emoji Planet elsewhere on the site, but here and now we are taking a crack at Microgaming’s attempt with the stunningly dull play on words name of Emoticoins! The game already annoys us as we type Emoticons first and then have to go back and correct it, but hopefully the game itself will be less of an annoyance and a pleasantly solid gaming experience!
What to Expect
Let’s be honest, when it comes to the look of the symbols on the board, we were never likely to be incorrect with our expectations. The smiling emoji, the winker and the one in the sunglasses all make an appearance. The only slight surprise is that with hundreds of different images to choose from, Microgaming has still found a way to incorporate their bland and boring stock playing card ranks into the game! The Emoticoins logo is the wild card and it will fall into place often to give players an added chance to make use of the thirty different win lines in play on each spin, which is at least on the bigger side of what we thought we would find. Even if one does not manage to land naturally, players still have a random chance at triggering the Wild Blast feature, which will add up to five wilds to the current board.
The main event as far as the features on the game are concerned is the free spins bonus round. A truly cringeworthy ‘LOL’ symbol is the scatter and three of them in view on one spin will trigger ten free games. Every wild that lands on the board over the course of the free spins will stick in place for the rest of the round and that is enhanced by the fact that every second spin will see a wild being added in a random position. That one will also remain in place, so there is at least a decent chance of a good return later on in the round, although the fact that you cannot win more spins within the round does put something of a limit on the game’s overall potential.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Emoticoins almost feels like someone in a Microgaming meeting noticed that a movie was coming out and that NetEnt was releasing a game linked to it. With an off-brand version being a viable possibility, Microgaming then decided to release a game almost for the sake of it. The game does not look all that great by any standards and the features are about as basic as it is possible to get. There is basically no reason to even load up Emoticoins as if you are dead set on playing with emojis then NetEnt’s Emoji Planet is a far superior game and if you want new Microgaming action in general then Oink – Country Love is far more entertaining. Verdicts do not get much more damning than that but if you are going to decide to make a game purely to provide competition to someone else then you surely have to make a bit of a fist of it!