Released: May 2016
Coin Values: 0.01 up to 0.50
There are several themes in slots that never go out of fashion, and among these select favourites is the age old classic of food. In the case of the Microgaming Win Sum Dim Sum slot, the food on the menu (excuse the terrible pun) is Chinese food. No surprise when you consider the name of the title.
For those who are regular players with the Microgaming brand, you will know that you either get games jam packed full of amazing graphics, sounds, and features or you get the complete opposite. There are always a few in between titles, but they’re not as common.
When we look at the visuals of this particular activity, it happens to be one of the middling titles. The reason we know this is due to the lack of effort that has gone into the aesthetics: the background is a very simplistic red pattern, and then the symbols are nearly all card based ones apart from the higher value icons. However, even the special icons lack imagination and look more like clipart than slot graphics.
Pro gamers will be used to seeing a five reels nine paylines format, but those who are new to online casinos they may be thrown off by the odd numbers at work here; don’t be, everything is essentially the same. You can bet 9p or you can £22.50, both of which are unusual betting ranges, nonetheless the odd stakes can be put aside due to the glittering allure of the 8,000 coin jackpot.
Now we get to the nitty gritty of it all – what symbols you want to make friends with and keep see making an appearance on your reels. The Win Sum Dim Sum logo, or the bamboo steamer, is the Wild in this instance and it will change all icons except for the Scatter (pretty normal). If you’re lucky and find the Wild on the middle reel than the whole line becomes Wild and therefore the money rolls on in.
After the Wild there’s the Scatter to watch out for, which in this instance is the teapot icon blazoned with ‘SCATTER’. For these to bring in the goodies you need to line up over three of them, but once you do that you get 15 spins, a tidy sum that can increase your stake if Wilds come up at the same time. These Expanding Wilds can give you three Wild reels instead of one, and should you get more Scatters on the spins then you bag yourself 30 free spins instead of 15.
A medium variant game with decent wins isn’t what this slot screams to users, and yet that’s what it essentially is. It lacks a lot of elements that make video slots truly great, and as shallow as it sounds the aesthetics play a big part in that, but the jackpot is substantial and the starting bet makes it an easy game to punt on. There are, however, much better games from the Microgaming brand that deliver a much richer experience.