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Side Winder

7/10
RTP: 96.02%
Software: Microgaming
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Side Winder Review

Released: September 2018

The Side Winder slots game can be found at Microgaming casinos. Microgaming as a standard now publish the slots house edge information of all their games at any online casino that holds a UKGC license (this is a requirement for all UKGC licensed casinos. As such we can say that the House Edge of Side Winder is 3.98%. When playing at any venue that does not hold a UKGC license and does not specifically publish the Return to Player information for their game, this information should be used as a guideline only as we cannot confirm whether or not this game is configurable.

Side Winder is a 5 reel game that is 3 symbols. It does not use standard paylines. Instead three or more matching symbols anywhere on adjacent reels starting from the left side of the reels constitutes a win. This is equivalent to 243 standard paylines.

Special Symbols

Wilds – There are a number of different Wild symbols in this game, all substituting for all symbols other than Scatters. The “Regular Wilds”, which are gold in colour, only appear on horizonal reels. In main game “Top Wilds”, which are blue and green with an arrow pointing upwards only appear on reel 2 and on the bottom horizonal reel. In main game “Bottom Wilds”, which are blue and green with an arrow pointing downwards only appear on reel 4 and on the top horizonal reel.

Free Spins – The “Side Winder” symbol activates the game’s Free Spin Feature.

Bonus Features

Side Winder Feature – A “Top Wild” symbol activates the top horizonal reel and a “Bottom Wild” symbol the bottom horizontal reel, which will increase the potential for way wins and allows for additional wilds to appear. Free Spin symbols will also active the Side Winder Feature but both Free Spin and Wild Symbols together will not.

Free Spins – When the Free Spin “Side Winder” symbol lands on reels 2 and 4 both of the horizontal reels will be activated and spin again. In the main game 3 Free Spin “Side Winder” symbols will award the player with 6 free spins and 4 will award 10 free spins. When this happens the two horizonal symbols are active and the win ways increase from 243 to 1125. Only the “Regular Wild” symbols are available in this feature. If a “Regular Wild” symbol stops on the same horizonal and vertical reel then the wild will expand to fill the reel. Every time you land a “Side Winder” Free Spin symbol you are awarded with an additional spin.

Closing Thoughts

Side Winder is a simple looking game that plays around with the conventions of a traditional slots game. On the surface, all your standard symbols are there, from the bells, to the stars and the triple 7s, suggesting that this won’t be anything you haven’t seen before. However, the two horizonal reels add something a little different and make the ordinary a little but more interesting. Moving from 243 win ways to 1125 adds some excitement to proceedings and the 3 different Wilds are also something to keep you engaged with each spin. Some more bonus features would have been nice but I’m assuming that seen as the game has a massive bonus feature built into the fabric of the game that Microgaming felt that they had covered this base already. The house edge is a little higher than we would want to see, tipping just over what we would consider to be average.

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