The Sunset Beach slot machine is a great game that uses the right level of innovation to create a fun and fantastic game experience.
- Play on four different reel sets simultaneously
- Symbol stack of top jackpot symbols will translate to other reels
- Land one free spin symbol on each reel set to access free spins
- Hit fifteen free spins in the bonus round across all four slots
- Free spins can be re-triggered from inside the bonus round
- Standard old school scatter pays out for combination reel wins
There’s nothing about this game that will cause a slot novice to baulk – all it does is take the standard slot experience and multiply it by four. To add to the experience it creates a number of little touches that carry across all reel sets, which gives the game more than enough edge to turn every spin into an exciting gambling proposition.
The visuals on Sunset Beach hit that sweet spot between too much detail and just the right amount of fun, without having to overly rely on that classic casino trope. There are symbols on the reels that are representative of a long, hot summer with the standard poker icons looking like they might be carved out of a slice of Hawaiian shirt. The win animations on this game are a particularly nice touch, carrying flashes of neon brilliance onto the reels, whilst the endless out to sea horizon in the background creates a first class atmosphere.
Musically the Sunset Beach slot has more than just a little drop of funk about the proceedings. During the base-game spins there’s a hot licking guitar track that picks out the beat, giving the proceedings a good kick of pulse. This is accompanied by spangled synthesizer noises that do your win combinations justice and when you hit one of the expanding hot girl sequences in a winner, a delicious drop of bass heavy tune will accompany the action.
The base game on Sunset Beach is a little on the unusual side. It uses four sets of standard five reel slots. These work in sequence. The game in the top left hand corner stops in first then the top right, then the bottom left, before the slot in the bottom right finally gives up its reel positions. Across each slot there are twenty pay-lines, giving you a total of eighty lines across all reel sets. Here you can hit special expanding combinations as well as old school scatters that pay you out for three of a kind combos anywhere in view.
In the Sunset Beach base game if you can land a symbol stack that is entirely made of one of the hot beach babe top jackpot symbols then this will trigger an animation that covers the entire reel. This then translates to cover the corresponding reel on all subsequent reel sets and operates as an expanding wild. This is a very cool little feature that can turn any spin on Sunset Beach into an absolute winner. You can even hit multiple expanding wilds that build up to a huge winning crescendo on the last reel set.
Hit a free games symbol on reel three of all reel sets to activate the Sunset Beach free spin round. This takes you to another set of four reels where you’ll get to take your free spins with enhanced winning potential. During your fifteen free spins you can re-trigger the bonus by hitting another four scatters across all reel sets, which will add another four spins to your total.
Slot Professor Says
I love to relax and lay down on the reels of Sunset Beach. This is a first class slot game from Playtech that manages to hit all the right notes without having to rely on the big production values or clever mechanisms that we’ve seen from Microgaming and IGT in 2014. It has pretty much everything you could want from a standard slot in terms of cool wins and free spins.
The problem with Sunset Beach is it’s not a slot for the faint hearted. This is a game where you can have some truly incredible swings of fortune – one moment you’re down to your last few spins and the next moment you’ve hit a glorious multiple expanding wild combination across all the reels. The free spins round seems almost incidental to the action in the base-game, which is a truly rollercoaster experience.
I definitely think this is a slot machine that’s worth playing. Be careful, as you should be with any game, but the art on Sunset Beach is definitely knowing where and when to put on the brakes. You can ride the reels of this game to some huge wins, which makes you think your streak has come in – but then because of the high spin cost you can lose this in seconds. It will have your heart in your mouth and you’ll be an inch away from a heart attack at every moment, but isn’t that why we play slot games?