Contact is a new game at Stakers developed by Play 'N Go. Because we have a lot of respect for Play 'N Go games, we decided to make it the game we reviewed this week.
When we review a game, we play it for between 90 minutes and two hours betting one credit per spin, and see how it goes. We do this so our players can get a sense of the game and whether or not it is for them. Even the best game is not going to be right for every player!
The icons in the game are all Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the game is played on a five-by-seven grid. And it doesn't work the way most slot machines work. Instead, you have to try to get clusters of icons. When you get a cluster, all the non-winning icons disappear and the cluster falls down. Then new icons automatically fall into place, and you can try to get secondary wins. Clusters generally have to be five identical icons.
Should you manage to do this to the point where wins fall into the topmost section of the grid, you enter the free spins round. Here you only have the top three lines to play with. You can trigger additional free spins in the free spin round. At the end of the free spin round, we were generally awarded between 10 and 15 credits. This is a nice thing to get but wasn't huge.
On the side of the board are multipliers listed for getting clusters at different levels. When you go into the free spin round, they twist and are doubled. This is why we were able to get 15-credit wins on just three free spins.
Overall, you can just spin and keep getting clusters in order to win. This is why we rate this as a medium to low variance game. We never lost very much, but we never won very much either. We'd end up going about 20 credits down for a while and then suddenly be even or ten credits up. That won't be great news for fans of high variance games. On the other hand, if you just like to play slots and not lose too much, that will make you very happy.
At the end of the day, we give this game a 3.5 out of 5 rating. That means we really liked it but had a few reservations.
First off, all of the hieroglyphics look pretty much the same. We would have loved a bit more variation. Perhaps the addition of jacks or other face cards would have helped. We would also have appreciated more free spins. If we are going to invest in a game, we want potential rewards that are going to deliver.
That said, the game is fast paced and we were never sure what was going to happen next. Also, the fact that it's hard to lose too much is a win when we are not in a huge betting mood.
We also liked having the extra rows to play with. And seeing what would happen when we got a win and the clusters fell to the bottom of the grid was exciting. That's what we liked about the game.
To summarize – we feel that Play 'N Go took a real risk with this game. It's very different from a traditional game. And getting to understand it now is good – because we are sure there will be more innovations to follow.