POP

|Big Time Gaming|2021-03-08|RTP: 96.54 %

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3 votes - 3.67/5.00

Get to stroll down the Santa Monica pier for an exhilarating reel ride on the slot from Big Time Gaming. POP is combining a visit to one of the most famous amusement piers with the new Dual Reel mechanic that sees symbols cascading down and floating up to set off a chain of reactive wins. Exploding balloons will keep your winning streak going while scatters will take you into the free spins round with sticky multipliers for premiums that can lead to insane win multipliers and payouts of up to 66.960 times your bet.

Update 8th March 2021: The game has been pre-released exclusively at 32RED Casino. It will go global on the SG Digital network as scheduled on 29th March 2021.

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Slot Details

POP is a cascading video slot with four reels, four rows and 256 ways to win. Pays are awarded for three or four matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. You can stroll down the Santa Monica boardwalk on desktop, tablet or mobile from 0.20 to 20 credits per spin. The game has high volatility with an RTP of 96.54%.

Loading the game will take you to Santa Monica pier at sunset with lit fun fair stalls to the left and a giant Ferris wheel in the background. The Donuts stall will remind slot connoisseurs of one of BTG’s earlier slots that has been very popular in the casino community. The square reel set is held on a circus pod and populated by balloons in typical BTG colours.

Pop Screenshot

The pay symbols start at the low end with card royals from 9 through to A, awarding 0.2x to 0.4x your bet for a single four of a kind. They are followed by balloons in usual BTG colours – green, blue, red and purple colours. Hit four across the reels to win 0.8x to 2x your stake. A rainbow-striped balloon is the wild, appearing on reels two to four only and substituting for all regular pay symbols, while a BTG gold coin acts as the scatter.

Pop Slot Features

Big Time Gaming has given 4-reel slots a rather unexpected popularity. They were and still are not widespread in casino lobbies as most games rely on classic formats with three or five reels. Cue in the creative folks at BTG. The previously released Donuts and Chocolates slots have shown that 4×4 reel sets do have the potential to deliver entertaining gameplay and mega wins when a developer is using out-of-the-box thinking on how to implement unique modifiers and features into an unusual format.

POP Multiplier Wilds

On POP, they introduce once again a new mechanic called Dual Reel where a random number of royal symbols cascades first down and premium balloons, rainbow wilds are floating up into any unfilled spots. Any winning combinations literally pop before being removed, potentially setting off a chain of reactive wins. Bear in mind, that royals only pay for a four-of-a-kind. Only premiums, wilds or scatters will fill the empty gaps including positions first held by winning royals and landing another winner will see the process repeated until now more wins occur.

The Rainbow Wild has a special feature included. In the base game, any appearing throughout a spin sequence can randomly reveal a win multiplier of up to x4. More than one in a combo will be multiplied by each other, providing the potential for multipliers of up to x64.

POP Free Spins

All turns into balloon-popping mayhem in the Free Spins feature. Hitting three or four golden BTG logo scatters anywhere on the reels will trigger 12 Free Spins. The same combinations in a free spin will retrigger +3 spins, no limits.

The key to eye-popping wins in the bonus feature are the progressive multipliers with each reel position starting at x1. Landing a win with balloons or Rainbow Wilds on the initial free spin will see the symbols pop again as usual and increment the multiplier by x1 on one or more positions that were part of the combo, no limits. More than one will be multiplied by each other, however, multipliers on the same reel are added.

The multipliers will not move to other positions and persist without resetting between spins. You can see them on the board every time symbols are removed. However, only wins with balloons or in combination with wilds will benefit from them. The feature will end when you run out of spins.

Final Verdict

No doubt, POP is another fine slot creation from Big Tim Gaming. It is also a good example of how a concept can evolve over time. Starting with Donuts in 2018, the clever folks at BTG went to great length to develop slightly different mechanics or totally new features that will take players on a discovery journey should they decide to try all games in the series – Donuts, Chocolates and now POP.

What will be next would be a logical question. Only time will tell but it surely will be again a highly playable slot with a fitting entertainment factor and win potential. Speaking of the latter, on POP it peaks at over 14,000x in the base game and somewhat shy of 70,000x in the free spins.


POP – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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2. Can I win Free Spins on POP?
3. How are total win multipliers calculated on the POP slot?

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