|Min Bet Per Line|
|Bet Range||0.10 - 200|
|Game Features||Wild Symbol, Sticky Wilds, Free Spins|
Are you ready to set off to an exotic destination? Don’t worry – this particular place won’t require you to travel far. Scandinavian software developer Yggdrasil has presented players with the online slot game Easter Island. The Polynesian island is famous for the statues with the oversized human heads, and that is precisely what this online slot game is trying to capture. You will have a couple of these heads, moai, on either side of the reels to keep you company. They’re pretty lively, too, and you’ll see them dancing to the game’s backing track. As this is a Yggdrasil offering, the graphics in Easter Island are absolutely fantastic. They are 3D, sharp, detailed and boast delightful animations. Overall the vibe here is very cheery and easygoing.
It’s the setup where things tend to become more serious. Initially, the layout doesn’t strike you like anything out of the ordinary. It has your common 5 reel by 3 row grid, and there is the somewhat unusual number of 27 active paylines. However, you will find that these settings are not set in stone. Under certain circumstances, which we will cover later, the grid can rise up and gain extra rows, and then the number of rows can increase up to 103. Needless to say, you won’t be able to regulate the paylines yourself. The betting range in Easter Island is a very agreeable one nevertheless, spanning from a minimum bet of 10p per spin up to a maximum of £200 per single spin.
Before we cover the other special features in this title, we must first cover the Symbol Swap Respin. This feature becomes active every time you land a win, and as a result of it you will receive a respin. If the win was with a lower value symbol, then that symbol will replace all other lower value symbols for the respin. Likewise, if the win was with a high value symbol, it will do the same for the remaining high value icons.
Easter Island benefits from its very own Wild symbol, which can only land on the reels 2 and 4. When it does, it will be able to substitute for any of the other symbols to help complete winning sequences. Furthermore, as there are no other special symbols here, there are no exceptions as to the symbols the Wild can replace.
In addition, the Wild has its own mini special feature in this game. Whenever it is on the reels during a winning spin, it will expand to cover the whole reel. Moreover, if the Wild was part of the winning combination, then it will also become sticky for the respin.
Finally, we reach the main attraction of this online slot game – the Expanding Reels Feature. We already hinted in the beginning of this review that there will be an opportunity to benefit from more paylines, and the way to make this happen is by landing 4 or 5 symbols of a kind on an active payline. Landing a win with 4 identical symbols will expand the reels by an extra 2 rows, and with them, you will enjoy a total of 65 paylines. But if you manage to land a win with 5 matching symbols, then the grid will expand by 4 rows, and this will offer you the maximum of 103 paylines.
Yggdrasil Gaming has forged itself a reputation for creating stunning imagery, and Easter Island lives up to that reputation. But it’s also a very fun title with great entertainment value, even if it is low variance.