Sparks

This is a beautifully colourful game from Net Entertainment. The reels run over a translucent pastel shaded background while a soothing instrumental soundtrack accompanies your spins. The reel symbols are eye catching and easily distinguishable, but difficult to describe. They consist of different coloured bright swirls, a bit like the impression left on your eyes when you whirl a firework sparkler around in the air on a dark autumnal night. These are supplemented by some brightly lit, ethereal looking high playing card values.

This title looks great whichever kind of device you choose to play on, but it is perhaps best suited to the smaller screen. It is a simple design which does look good on a desktop monitor, but its clear reel symbols and big and bold control buttons make it ideal for playing on the go on your mobile or tablet.

Game Play

Sparks has twenty possible winning lines to bet on, so you can set your stake from as little as 20p. The maximum bet per spin is £400. The Wild symbol is a blue lit golden “W”. These can appear randomly on any of your reels, substituting for all the other symbols apart from the Expanding Cloning Wild (see Special Features below). There is no Scatter or Bonus symbol on this game.

Special Features

Special gold fire-lit “W” Expanding Cloning Wilds can appear anywhere on reels 2 and 4. These too can substitute for all the other symbols, but also expand by cloning a symbol from the reel on its left to the one on the right – effectively giving you a guaranteed three in a row combination. If you are lucky enough to manage to get an Expanding Cloning Wild on both reels on the same row, the same symbol is cloned across all your reels, giving you a five in a row combination. These special Wilds can expand up or down too, giving you even more chances to win.

The One Way / Both Way Mode option on this game gives you the choice of playing in the conventional left to right format, or opting to play both ways. You can do this by clicking or tapping on the buttons at the bottom right of your screen. The cost is the same, but your winnings are halved if you choose the Both Ways option.

Summary

This alluringly designed game makes up for an absence of the conventional free spin bonus by including two unique and innovative special features. The Expanding Cloning Wilds appear regularly on your reels to greatly increase your chances of a winning line. And this is perhaps the attraction of opting for the second Special Feature – the facility to choose to play both ways. Although the halving of your pay outs may seem like a high price to pay – you are in fact guaranteed a prize whenever an Expanding Cloning Wild appears on your reels when playing Two Ways. So choose your strategy carefully: playing one way offers larger prizes, but you miss out on potential winning lines from right to left. But if you opt to play both ways, you’ll win more often and the Sparks may really fly!