Red Tiger is one of the newer slot game design companies that are featured on Stakers. We've added more than 100 of their games over the last month or so, and decided we wanted to take a look at one of them.
This means that our review for this week will be for The Equalizer. We picked it because it seemed to have some interesting features we wanted to explore. We played it for two hours at two credits a spin. We do this to give the players at Stakers a sense of whether or not they'd like the game. Here's what we found out while playing The Equalizer.
The game starts off with a five-by-four grid. But don't get too comfortable with that. As you play, the game will sometimes add a reel and sometimes add a row. Or it can do both! The largest size the board can get is six reels with six rows each.
Sometimes the extra reels and rows will only be there for one spin. Sometimes for several spins. With the extra reels and rows comes a much higher chance of scoring a big win. These expansions come out of a large equalizer board in front of the reels.
Once the board is there, you'll see your icons. There are spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs, actual diamonds, dice and cards.
Obviously, your goal is to get three matching icons next to each other. You'll be helped out by the generous amount of wild icons that come up on the board. Better still, the wilds randomly become stacked and take over up to the entire reel. This seriously helps you make great wins.
Up until this point, The Equalizer is a medium variance game. Within these parameters, we never went up more than 30 credits and never went down more than 30 credits.
But then we hit the free spins mode. This will gradually expand the board until it hits the full six-by-six configuration. But even better is that when wilds hit the board, they stay there. They may move from left to right, but you never lose them from the board. This makes getting wins very, very easy.
In addition, you can land a single free spin icon that will give you a new free spin. So while we originally only won 10 free spins, we ended up playing 27 free spins. The last five free spins were by far our most lucrative, because we had three sticky wilds on the board. By the end of the free spins round, we had won a total of 515.80 credits.
That's when the average punter is going to want to cash in the chips and count their winnings. Note this only happened once in the two hours we played, but as we said before, up until that point we had never lost that much. The average player should be able to play long enough to trigger the free spins round.
Overall we give the game 4.5 out of 5 stars. We subtract half a star because the animations don't really look that great. But since the playing rocks, we still recommend the game.
It is a medium variance game with a high variance of getting a big win. That should be good enough for most players. Of course, if you are looking for a super low or super high variance game, you'll want to look elsewhere.
That said, for most people The Equalizer will be a resounding success.