It’s a Jungle out There!
We’re getting Indiana Jones vibes from this interface, with its vivid jungle theme and dramatic sound effects; a stark contrast to La Fiesta, a slot from the brand that just screamed celebration. The fact that the brand can vary its aesthetic with ease, goes a long way to demonstrate its quality and investment in its users.
Layout wise, the dynamics are standard, all except for the controls, which have been split across most of the screen to create a more tactile experience. This is probably the most unforgiving part of the game, for the change in controls easily hinders gameplay, though we’ll comment on that later on.
Calling for Help
There’s a tile upon the 25 paylines that looks a lot like Velma from Scooby Doo, her mouth opened in what we assume is a scream – she looks in need of rescuing. In true WGS fashion, this symbol has but one function, taking on the form of the wild.
Penelope is the name of the lady, and she can only ever land on the second, third or fourth reels, which does mean that her wins can be more tricky to obtain. Nonetheless, many explorers out there will be able to come to her aid with ease, as the game seems to favour wins over losses.
Deep Inside the Mines
The scatter symbol, the journal that’s looking a tad worse for wear, is the icon that grants you entry into the bonus round, a nice change from the dynamics of the paytable seen in La Fiesta.
What would Solomons Mines be without some mines for us to explore? The bonus round will take you on a tour of these caverns until two vases appear before you, one of which has a gem inside while the other is empty; you need to get the gem to continue on your journey. The feature will continue so long as you keep finding the treasure, a task that sounds simple enough but can throw up all sorts of challenges when you get down to the nitty gritty.
Coins to Spare
It’s only going to cost you a couple of coins to begin Solomons Mines, meaning that the accessibility is very high; a sign we always like to see when playing any slot machine. That being said, the diversity of the betting range does mean that the top amount can be a little off putting, to the sum of 250 credits, a figure that many will shy away from. To set your amount, you can use the max bet options or the up and down arrows on the stake display.
But let’s get back to the issue with the controls we mentioned back at the start – the spin button is in the wrong place. Spin widgets can move around a lot, this we know, but having moved it elsewhere, the brand should have left the space it once occupied bare, rather than placing the paytable option there.
Every time you go to spin, you open up the paytable instead; it gets most frustrating.
Off to Work We Go
Just as we felt about other WGS slots, Solomons Mines is a fantastic way to pass the time and win back some cash; the payouts aren’t staggeringly high, but they’re comfortable enough. However, the controls do let the side down, a fact we can’t ignore, and so if ease of use is what you seek, you might soon find this game to be more taxing than friendly.