Sparks by NetEnt
NetEnt has really managed to carve out a niche when it comes to their latest online games and they have all been so unique that nobody quite offers the same gaming experience that we’ve come to expect from the developer. Visually, Sparks shares plenty in common with other top games like Starburst and even the understated board layout has become something of a trademark for the developer.
The base game is pretty simple by all accounts, with the standard NetEnt controls in play. One minor difference to what you might be expecting is two additional arrow buttons in the bottom right corner of the screen. These controls are there to give players a further choice – you can opt to play in the conventional manner of wins just starting from left to right over twenty win lines or, at the press of a button, instantly convert Sparks into a both ways to win game. It may look like extra value seeing as the second option doesn’t actually require an additional stake, but prize values are halved so it all balances out to the point that it is really just a matter of preference.
The Main Feature – Cloning Wilds
Another NetEnt trademark right now is getting rid of additional bonus rounds in favour of those that take place within the current main game board. This continues on Sparks, with the main feature all centred on the special wild card. There are two wilds, a blue one that appears anywhere and the special one that lands only on reels two and four, signified with a yellow spark. When this wild card lands, it can expand upwards or downwards, or even do both at the same time, effectively making it into an expanding wild. Regardless of which positions are covered, the symbols to the left of any of these active wild cards will be cloned and replicated in the same position to the right of the wild card, ensuring that you have three matching symbols in a row – and all of a sudden the both ways option becomes noticeably more appealing!
The real magic of these wild cards happens when you land one of the special wilds on both reels two and four on the same row. Given their expanding and cloning nature, doing so essentially guarantees a five of a kind win as replication starts with the wild on the second reel. The one on the fourth will then continue the chain to complete the board for a big win!
While it’s not the most expansive feature in the history of gaming, it is safe to say that the bonus on Sparks is easier to watch than to read about. With that in mind, why not try out the full game with no deposit or download required at the top of the page? When you’ve got your head around it you can then proceed to try your luck with cash on the line by heading over to one of the great online casino brands that we’ve featured in the sidebar.