Lights is not the first NetEnt mobile slot that we have considered to be something of a spiritual successor to Starburst, and it won’t be the last either. In fairness to the developer, when a game is as successful as Starburst was and continues to be, you are bound to take inspiration from it every now and again. Here on Lights specifically, the action is Eastern in nature, with the Lights in question being traditional paper lanterns, and they have opted to keep things pretty simple here. As we have said before, NetEnt is a true master when it comes to taking simple concepts and creating compelling mobile slots gaming experience, and they have done it again here, as you will see for yourself in the full review below.
What to Expect
Even with a name like Lights suggesting some pretty strong visuals, we would have to admit that this is one of the weaker mobile efforts from NetEnt in terms of aesthetics. It is not an ugly game by any means, but when you set your standards as high as NetEnt does, there are bound to be some games that do not look quite as good as others, and the visuals are at the lower end of the appeal scale in that context.
Instead, the focus seems to have been on a relatively simple gaming experience, which incidentally lends itself perfectly well to mobile play. There are only nine win lines to contend with on the regular board, although when you look at this in conjunction with the features, you can definitely see why NetEnt’s team decided against going overboard on the lines, without compromising on the winning potential. One such feature is always in play, as the fireflies that move around the board will come into play on each and every spin to turn two, three or even four symbol positions wild – yes, that is guaranteed wilds on every single spin.
The Yin Yang symbol has been chosen to serve as the main scatter on Lights, as is somewhat traditional on games with an Asian theme. Land three, four or five of them at the same time and you are in line for ten, twenty or thirty free games respectively. Free is already our favourite stake, but there is a slight enhancement to this part of the game which unsurprisingly involves those floating wilds. Whereas you can generally expect two or three in the base game, or on rare occasions perhaps even four, the range is increased during free spins to guarantee that players will benefit from at least three extra wilds on every single spin, and can potentially find themselves with as many as six on the board.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
If you love wild cards as much as we do, then any game that guarantees them on every spin is sure to catch the eye. The nine lines seem to have been chosen as a limiting factor more than anything else as the wins can most definitely still come thick and fast on this game, and the free spins can be very valuable indeed if the fireflies are in your favour. This game will still be a bit too uninvolved for some NetEnt fans, but we feel that enough players will enjoy it to warrant recommending checking it out.