It’s hard to avoid emojis in the online world and now there’s a video slot that’s dominated by smiling faces and winking eyes. Powered by Microgaming/Slingshot Studios, Emoticoins is a 5 reel, 30 payline game that comes with a wild blast bonus that brings an extra 5 wilds into play plus a free spins round where sticky wilds are added on every second spin. Play, on all devices, from between 30p and £300 per spin.

Emojis became hugely popular in mobile and social media apps and that’s evident in the design of Emoticoins. The visuals are simple, bright and brash. Joining the lower value playing cards are 5 emojis, all based on the classic smiley face. The best of these is the smiley wearing a pair of shades.

Helping your winning chances is the Emoticoins logo which is the wild – it can land on all reels and replaces all other symbols apart from the scatter. Wilds are central to the action in the pair of features on offer in Emoticoins:

Wild Blast feature – this explosion of wilds can trigger at random on any base game spin and delivers an extra 5 wild symbols on the spin that follows.

Free Spins feature – land 3 or more of the scatter (the LOL symbol) to activate the second bonus round. Here you can look forward to 10 free spins. It benefits from a Wild Stickers feature where a sticky wild is added to the reels on the first free spin. An extra sticky wild is then added on spins 3, 5, 7 and 9. By the time you’re playing your final 2 free spins, there will be 5 sticky wilds locked in place. The only downside here is that this round cannot be re-triggered.

As far as volatility goes, Emoticoins sits in the medium range – you can expect a balance between size and frequency of hits here. The most you can win is 306 times your stake per spin. Microgaming/Slingshot Studious has kept things simple here, both in terms of design and playability. The colourful visuals are right in keeping with the theme. The features are simple too but can still deliver some pretty solid action.

We weren’t expecting much from Emoticoins but this video slot exceeded expectations. Yes, it’s basic, but the wild goodies means we give it a 🙂 I do prefer games with a backstory so Microgaming’s Immortal Romance is a must.