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Love Island Slot Machine

Love Island Slot Game

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All reality TV show fans will probably be eager to try out Microgaming’s newest slot. It is a branded slot created in collaboration with ITV Studios, called Love Island™. Yeah, if you’re a fan of these types of shows, we bet you already recognized it. Love Island, as its name implies, is a slot that is based on the same named reality show where single girls and guys join an island in order to find love.

Features

The slot is not that rich in features, but the features offered are very uniquely implemented. You start playing by picking your favourite islander and coupling them with their date. These will be the highest-paying symbols for your game. You can decide to select different ones during the base game if you wish. To create winning combos, you need to match symbols next to each other on an active payline, from left to right.

Each time you land your favourite islander and their date in the Hot Zone, you win a prize and 10 Free Spins. Land your islander and any other date of the opposite gender in the Zone and you will only win a cash prize. The Hot Zone actually appears in the middle of the reel 1 and 5, during the base game only, and awards from 4x to 20x the total bet.

As far as the Free Spins go, you will have the Date symbol replacing for all islanders of the same gender. Wilds on the middle reel can Expand vertically, fill the entire reel, and give you a 2x win. The Wild is the symbol where you see a couple hugging on the sunset, which substitutes for all symbols except for those symbols found in the Hot Zone wins and can create its own winning combos. 

Theme & Design

The game, being based on a real reality show, is focused on portraying to you the coupling/recoupling concept of the show. You won't really see anything but a romantic background with a sandy beach and the sun setting far back. The ocean cannot be seen that well since the view is blurry, but you can see clearly the characters on the reels.

You will see beautiful girls and boys, the couple Wild symbol and the playing card royals presented with a really, really simple design. When you land your islander and their hot date, the game uses heart animations informing you that they’ve entered the Hot Zone. The soundtrack used is a mix of disco and house music, which intensifies whenever you are getting closer to form a win.

Wagering & Paylines

There are 243 ways to win in the slot, so naturally, the maximum bet is not that big. In fact, the most you can bet is $60.00 per spin, while the minimum bet is $0.15. The RTP is the most often used one, 96.39%.

Even though at first it seemed that coupling the two characters you first chose as an impossible thing to do, the game surprised us because they seem to hang out often and reward you with some awesome wins. But the game is most rewarding during the Free Spins. You get to collect some major payouts, such as the maximum payout potential of $125,000.00. For a $60.00 max bet, this payout is to fall in love with (no pun intended).

Verdict

For a slot coming from Microgaming, a branded one too, we were not impressed by the game. Sure, the gameplay and the whole concept of coupling the islanders is great, but somehow, it lacks flair. It lacks soul. The background is simple, the symbol design, the sounds are confusing… something just doesn't add up. The payout potential is a solid one, though, $125,000.00 for a $60.00 bet, so we could give them credit for that. In conclusion, in terms of visuals, the game is far from impressive. In terms of gameplay, it is quite unique and payout-wise, it is rewarding. But after all, we’re all after those payouts, right? That being said, try out the game because the chances of landing major payouts are huge!