Sun Tide is a Microgaming release, a slot machine with a rather basic looking design, and with a limited number of lines. It also has a partially classic set of symbols, though there is some inspiration from the Sun as well in its graphics, a minor one. The game is a bit too close to the classic side for my tastes, but I’m sure that others will enjoy it. The feature list is comprised of wild symbols which can expand, of scatters and free spins. The slot gets only 9 win lines on the 5 reels, and it is capable of rewarding you with payouts of $100,000.
Betting and Prizes
You’re going to need at least 1 active line, but otherwise you decide how many will be used out of the 9 available. You decide on the number of coins as well, where you can pick 1 to 5 to be used in each case. The final option lets you choose the coin value, the maximum allowed being at $2. With those numbers in mind, you will find out that you can spend at most $10 on a payline, or $90 for all of them.
The big payout seems to come from the wild symbol, a gold coin with an S logo and decorations around it. Five symbols of this kind, on a payline, will give you that big prize, worth 10,000x the line bet.
Sun Tide Slot Features
The wild symbol, which as I’ve mentioned above is capable of giving away the top jackpot of the game, worth 10,000x, is an expanding feature, which can take over an entire reel if this gives you a new combination. Only the 3rd reel can get the wild to expand like this though, at least in the Sun Tide base game. Wilds do not replace scatter symbols, but they should work any other time.
The scatter is easy to spot, being marked with that name and having an image with a sunset on a tropical island. The symbol needs to be in at least two locations on the reels, in order to get you some kind of prize. It will be anywhere between 2x and 100x the bet, for two to five scatters present at the same time.
If you have a minimum of three scatter icons present, on top of the prize you also gain access to a feature with 15 free spins, which can be retriggered with a bit of luck. Free spins get expanding wilds on three reels, the ones from the middle.
Theme & Design
Besides the two feature symbols, the rest of the icons are all classics, including here diamonds, sevens, bells, a gold bar and about five different types of fruits. The background image seems to shown the orange of the sky at sunset, with a flock of birds coming in.
Sun Tide slot design is clean, but the theme and the images chosen for it belong in slot machines from the past. You will get paid very well if you’re lucky, but the number of lines is small, and so the odds of getting something each round are not very good.