Colours of the Rainbow
Inside the 3×5 grid, all the bubbles take on a range of colours, so much so that it looks like that of a rainbow; it’s a beautiful effect, if not somewhat underwhelming given the overall design.
Each of these colours aren’t just for effect though, for they have monetary meaning – they’re acting as you’re different symbols. The change from the norm may be disconcerting for those so used to conventional paytable symbols, but just try to remember that essentially Bubbles does the same, only their symbols are colour coded instead. And they can burst.
Another element of the design is that all the controls have been hidden away, save for the spin button, allowing for a much cleaner gaming experience. On the other hand though, this does mean that controlling the settings becomes less than ideal if you’re in a rush; you’ll do more fiddling about than gaming.
The Big Three
While playing, you may have spotted the three giant bubbles underneath the normal grid; they’re pulsating and made up of all the different colours seen on the grid. These are your wild icons, and they can appear on the reels at any time, though they can only play on the second, third or fourth reels.
They work a tad differently to that of conventional wilds, for instead of substituting other icons, they change them as they pass over them. Furthermore, when the wilds have appeared, they become stuck in place and an additional spin is rewarded; this process will continue until you make a win.
A Game of Cards
Mazooma have added a gamble feature at the end of your wins, and it comes in the format of a card game; given the rest of the Bubbles design, we’d hoped for something different. Nevermind, at least this is a feature we know well, and so we can adapt to it with ease.
What we most appreciate about the round is that it tells you the value of money you’re entering with, and how much you’ll make back if you guess correctly. The issue is actually getting the guess right – we attempted several times and failed, which shows how volatile the level is. That being said, this is technically meant to be a 50/50 system, and so perhaps we were simply unlucky in our experience? Somehow we think not…
Play for Fun vs Play for Real
As Mazooma offers free play options as well as the real deal, it comes down to what you want from the experience, to be slightly wealthier or to merely have fun? True, you can do both when paying cash, but then you have the added risk factor of losing, which some would say reduces that fun.
If we take a look at the betting threshold, we can see that it starts off fairly low (at 0.10 credits), but then jumps all the way to 10.00, a decent enough betting range, we reckon.
Burst Your Bubble
Bubbles is an interestingly designed slot machine, but that’s about as far as it goes, for the paytable soon reveals it to be just another low variance slot machine. Take it from us – if you want to be wowed, it isn’t going to happen here.