We’re a bit biased here, but since we love the mystery, fun and slight eeriness of a carnival, we’re already excited to talk about Pop from Big Time Gaming. The game takes place on a riverfront area, which kind of resembles the boardwalk in California.
You have the setting sun casting an orange light on the sea to the right, and carnival booths full of snacks and treats and a Ferris wheel in the background. As you would expect, as night creeps up, the carnival attractions are lit up by little multi-coloured lights.
The display board in Pop, which acts as the grid, has a whimsical border that is set in the middle of the screen. Will it feature impressive bonuses and favourable specs? Let’s take a look.
Big Time Gaming does players a favour with a very generous RTP of 96.54% in Pop. Unfortunately, as most slot games do, a higher RTP usually comes at the cost of a higher volatility, which in this case is true.
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The hit frequency in Pop is also not super encouraging at 32.98%, but we can’t expect all slot games to give us 50%. The 4×4 grid offers 256 paylines with a very encouraging max win of 66,960x your initial bet, which can result in pretty high wins even though the betting range is low at 0.20 to 20.
Pop takes a pretty innovative and refreshing approach to the bonus features it offers. There is a reaction feature and free spins. The reactions feature is activated every time you land a winning combo. Sounds simple enough, right?
When you get a winning combo, the winning symbols are removed and in their place will be the wild, a balloon or a scatter symbol. Since these are the higher value symbols, the reactions feature gives way to more winning opportunities. Since it can bring high earnings, Pop by Big Time Gaming only chooses to include one more feature that’s pretty standard - the free spins.
One edge the free spins in Pop have is they are unlimited. To activate this feature, you need to get at least 3 scatters, which is the Bit Time Gaming coin. Once you get it, you will automatically be rewarded with 12 spins. You will also get multipliers from the get-go if you’re lucky enough to get triggering scatters.
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During the free spins, you have a chance to increase the multiplier. Whenever you land wins with wilds or coloured balloons, you are granted increased multipliers. How many times do you get? The amount is random, and you can get 1,2 or 3. Retriggering free spins will also offer +1 multipliers each time.
Remember that only the balloons and wilds can offer you more multipliers during the free spins. How do you trigger unlimited free spins? Just continue to get 3 or more scatters.
The theme is amazing, but that aside, Pop is a pretty simple game. There aren’t fancy mechanics, and it features regular free spins, but the reactions feature coupled with the unlimited free spins open doors to very high wins. Of course, the RTP is also impressive, but you have to be ready to deal with the higher volatility as well.