Microgaming joins Just For the Wins to give as an online slot that combines both that old charm with modern design to give us a great gameplay. Sidewinder is a slot that treats us to loads of action and prizes courtesy of the sidewinder feature that features numerous wilds. Wilds expand in the free spins round to immensely boost your payouts.
If you’ve played Rainbrew by the same developer, then this slot should be easy to comprehend The free spins round and the Sidewinder feature with connecting wilds and a maximum payout of 2720 times your stake in both slots almost give the two slots a complete resemblance. The classic theme in Sidewinder and leprechaun in the Rainbrew is the only difference.
Our full review of Sidewinder online slot explores all the hits and misses we uncovered spinning Sidewinder slot.
Symbols on the reels whish us back in time. Find the classic Red Lucky Sevens which pay the top prize of 8 times your stake for a maximum combination, then the golden bells which pay 7 times your stake. The Bar symbols, the Silver Horseshoes and 4 leaf clovers complete a bunch of high-value symbols. The low-value category features card symbols such as Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Stars.
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You're right to expect the three types of wilds found in the Rainbrew. You'll find the top and the bottom wilds, and the standard wild, whose appearance is limited to reels 2 and 4, and to the two sidewinder reels. They perform the normal substitution duties as well as unlock the sidewinder feature as we'll soon find out.
The scatter symbol in this slot is represented by the Sidewinder logo. Get it on reels 2 and 4 to activate the sidewinder reels leading to a bunch of free spins.
Sidewinder is played across all compatible devices from as little as 10p to a maximum of 100 coins per spin. You only need to have your bet settings as desired before you proceed to the spin button. The autoplay option is available if you would rather send your spins into the auto spin mode.
Prizes start upon landing from 3 to 5 matching symbols starting from the leftmost reel to the right. The action begins on a 5x3 layout with 243 ways to win and spreads to a 3,5,5,5,3, setup with 576 different ways to complete winning combinations with one horizontal reel active and/or 1125 ways with both reels active.
This is a high variance slot with 96.02% published RTP.
The bottom and top of the game window feature horizontal reels. They enclose the five regular reels and carry only wilds and scatters. A Top wild on reel 2 will trigger the top horizontal reel. A bottom wild on reel 4 will trigger the bottom horizontal reel. When one sidewinder reel is active, you play with the 576 different ways to win system. If you get wilds on both reels 2 and 4 then you activate a 1125 ways to win system.
Top wilds will only land on the bottom sidewinder reel during this feature, while a respin is awarded on the top reel. The bottom wilds will only land on the top sidewinder reel, with a respin being awarded on the bottom sidewinder reel. You keep enjoying more respins with some impressive prizes as long as you have the top and bottom wilds landing on the reels.
Scatters will land in reels 2 and 4 and the sidewinder reels. Get them on reels 2 and 4 to trigger free spins and get more of the sidewinder feature which is active during the round. You earn 6 free spins for 3 scatters, while 4 scatters will attract 10 free games. A regular wild may appear on the sidewinder reels during the bonus round. With the two reels in play, you may get wilds in the directly opposite positions on these horizontal reels. This activates the expanding wilds feature in which wilds connect to fill the entire reel. 3 wilds appearing on both reels will connect and spread over the whole reel set leading to wins as huge as 2720 times your stake.
Sidewinder slot offers nothing more than what we got playing Rainbrew. We couldn't stop wondering why the same developer had to do one thing twice. Grab a spin if you fancy that retro look. You'll enjoy the slot if you haven't tested the sidewinder goodies in the Rainbrew. The free games bonus will not often happen, so the expanding wilds are nothing but a rather distant possibility. If the classic setting favours you, you're in for some treat.