Emoji Planet from NetEnt feels more like a mobile-phone gems game than a traditional pokie. You’ll soon see the appeal, though. Especially once you get used to being paid out for clusters of emoji symbols and the crazy graphic elements. While you spin, there is a unique Emoji Planet soundtrack playing. You can win big with large groups of the same emoji. These will explode, with the gaps filled by more symbols. There are wilds in play, and 5 different bonus features. To trigger those, you need to fill the ‘Emoji Meters’ to the right of the reels.
I have summarized the key features of this Aussie online pokies game below:
When you click the ‘spin’ button, 30 tiles – each showing an emoji – will fall into a square. Instead of lining these up over win-lines, you need to see them in groups of 5 or more.
These groups must be linked horizontally or vertically; corner to corner does not count. Tiles with the word ‘wild’ on them help connect different groups.
The pay table includes a list of prizes from 5 grouped symbols up to the maximum 30. The highest paying combo is 30 of the yellow ‘crying with laughter’ symbols, this is worth 10,000 coins. Next on the payout table comes the alien, with the smiling poop emoji next. Lower paying symbols match the meters to the right (see below). These are the rocket, kiss, pizza, bomb and blue hearts.
You will often win multiple times per spin. When the group of emojis trigger a win, they will explode, allowing new ones to fall into the gaps. One win can cascade into several others at times.
Each time you win with one of the 5 lower paying emoji symbols, you will fill a special meter to the right of the reels. These reset for each spin. If you are lucky enough to win with 12x symbols (either all at once, or during a series of cascading wins), you will trigger one of the features. These kick in when the last regular win has been completed. Note that you can trigger multiple features, or each one multiple times from a single spin.
Here are the 5 features:
Rocket Feature: 10 Wilds are stacked in a line on one of the reels, giving you 2x wins at least. This is because the first win causes the extra wilds to fall onto the reels.
Two Hearts Feature: This multiplies your total win by 2x (or more if you triggered this feature more than once).
Kiss Feature: You receive 3 sticky wilds. These can be involved in 3 wins each before they disappear
Bomb Feature: 8 symbols are picked at random and destroyed by a classic cartoon bomb. You will get a coin win up to 100x for each symbol.
Pizza Feature: This time you receive a 3×3 block of symbol, chosen at random, over the reels. Wilds are not included.
These 5 features add a lot of variations to your game. Best of all, you can win more than one per spin – with the combinations adding even more ways to win big.
Fans of NetEnt pokies will notice Gonzo (from the famous Gonzo’s Quest pokies) and one of the pigs from Tornado: Farm Escape poking their heads in from time to time. There are dancing devils on a cloud, unicorns and bubbles constantly moving behind the reels. Add in the crazy electronic theme song and you have a chaotic setup!
The game-play and tiles are fast and fun, with many of the most popular emojis featured. Animations are basic for the game and the features, though this is all part of the charm.
This NetEnt pokie is completely different from anything else out there. I enjoyed it, and despite being skeptical on the first few spins, the game-play turned out to be fast and engaging. There is plenty of big win-potential with this game. You will sometimes get big groups of symbols during regular play. The 5 different bonuses are the best way to get bigger wins, especially the times you trigger more than one from a single spin.