Microgaming’s Love Island Video Slot Review

The latest television show to get the video slot treatment is Love Island. Created by Microgaming, it’s a 5 reel, 243 ways to win game that allows players to choose their favourite characters and win prizes in the process. There’s also a bonus round that awards 10 free spins complete with an expanding wild on reel 3 which also delivers a 2x multiplier boost. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 15p and £60 per spin.

The visuals in this video slot version of Love Island will be familiar to anyone who has watched the ITV2 show. The setting is a beautiful beach. On the plain white reels, you’ll see colourful A to 10 royal values as well as a cast of islanders. The first choice you’ll have to make is which character to play as. You’ll then also get to choose a favourite. You can change your pick whenever you wish. The character symbols are central to the 2 bonus features.

Hot Zone feature – the central positions on reels 1 and 5 are the designated Hot Zones. Hope to see your chosen character symbol land in the Hot Zone on reel 1 and a character symbol of the opposite gender in the reel 5 Hot Zone. In that happy circumstance, you’ll receive a random instant win payout of between 4 and 20 times your total bet.

Free Spins feature – better still is if you land your character symbol in the reel 1 Hot Zone and your chosen favourite in the reel 5 Hot Zone. After the usual random payout of up to 20 times your total bet, you’ll then go on to play 10 free spins. Helping your winning chances here is an expanding multiplier wild. Whenever a wild hits on reel 3, the whole of that reel turns wild as well as awarding a 2x multiplier boost and doubling the payout.

There’s nothing overly flashy or complicated about Love Island. That’s true of both the familiar design and gameplay. The Hot Zones can deliver some decent rewards and the expanding wild multiplier in the free spins round can get the coins moving. The overall variance is in the medium range with top wins of 2,083.33 times your bet on every free spin (with the 2x multiplier).

A video slot based on Love Island was never going to be a feast of innovation. It’s all solid enough though. The source material won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you’ve enjoyed the TV version, then you’ll probably find enough in this video slot version to make it worth a spin.

Microgaming also offers you the official Game of Thrones video slot – whilst it doesn’t feature dragons and the characters, you can win 20,250 times your bet on each free spin in the Baratheon Free Spins feature. Another TV show-based video slot is NetEnt’s Vikings which looks great, features the main characters and can pay up to 10,000 times your bet on every free spin.

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