Sparks is one of the NetEnt slots where you can choose to play in two different game modes.
The first game mode pays left-to-right only.
However, you can also play with payouts going in both directions, and there’s a simple switch in the bottom-right corner of the game that makes the distinction.
The only difference in the game modes is that playing left-to-right only has payouts that are twice as large.
We’re going to cover the left-to-right payouts in this review, so just realize that playing both ways will cut all of them in half (though that’s completely fair since you have twice the chances to hit them).
Bet Sizes and Game Basics
There are five reels in this video slot, and you’ll find three rows of symbols.
A total of 20 paylines are used, and the bet size is always based on one coin per payline no matter which mode you play.
Players can bet up to 10 coins on each payline for a total of 200 coins in play at once, and coins range from £0.01 to £2.00 each.
That means the betting range for the game is £0.20 to £400 per spin, and that’s going to cover everyone from penny players to high stakes slot fans.
Sparks Payout Schedule
You’ll find a total of 11 symbols in this game: wilds, five high symbols and five low symbols.
The low symbols are A, K, Q, J and 10, and they have payouts ranging from 60x to 100x for five of a kind.
The high symbols are the sparks from the game’s name, and you’ll find a red, orange, green, purple and blue one with payouts ranging from 200x to 400x for five of a kind.
Mind you that these wins are cut in half when you play with both directions activated.
Wild and Expanding Cloning Wilds
The blue/silver wilds in this game show up on every reel, and they substitute for any of the ten normal symbols.
The orange/gold wild symbols, however, only show up on the second and fourth reels. They are expanding cloning wilds, and they’re also the key to the main gameplay mechanic in this game.
Here’s how these orange/gold wilds work.
When one shows up, you first get a random chance for it to expand either up or down or both.
Sometimes it won’t expand at all. Once the expansion happens (or not), it will take the symbol to the left of it and clone it so that it shows up on the right as well.
What this means is that you’re suddenly guaranteed to have three symbols in a row with a wild in the centre, and that’s obviously going to boost your payouts.
Whats our opinion of NetEnt’s Sparks Slot?
Sparks is a visually stunning slot and it’s great that you can select two different types of gameplay. However, the max payout during the base game is just 20 times your stake and during the expanding clone wild feature it’s 400 times your stake.
If you prefer a more lucrative NetEnt slot then it’s worth giving Asgardian Stones a try, a game that can payout 2.000 times your stake during the base game and free spins feature.