In case you hadn’t noticed, all things emoji and emoticon are trendy as anything right now, and as always, the slot market has been quick to pick up on this popularity and take full advantage.
One of the big names to incorporate these themes into a slot game is Microgaming, who have recently released Emoticoins.
About the slot
Emoticoins is a five-reel, 30 payline slot, and it looks exactly like you think it does. If emoticons are not your thing, then it’s worth giving this slot a wide berth. However, if you’re up on modern online messaging speak, then you’re likely to love it.
One disappointing aspect to the design of this slot is the use of filler symbols in the shape of the traditional 10, J, Q, K, and A.
It’s always a bit of a shame when these symbols are used, but when you consider the sheer number of different emoticons that exist, there’s really no need for it here.
There are only five emoticons playing the part of high value symbols here, with a wild symbol which is the Emoticoins logo, and an LOL symbol as the scatter.
The Wild Blast feature triggers in the base game, and turns up to five-reel positions wild, which can bring some big wins.
Land three or more LOL scatter symbols and you’ll trigger the Free Spins feature. You’ll receive ten free spins here, which is pretty average, but it’s the Wild Stickers that make this feature exciting.
An extra wild will appear on the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth spins, and will stay locked for the duration of the feature, which can lead to some nice wins if you’re lucky.
This isn’t the best slot Microgaming have ever produced, but with the popularity of emoticons, that’s not likely to matter too much.