Enter the fantasy castle on a quest to retrieve highly valuable gems on the slot from Avatar UX, powered by Yggdrasil’s YGS Masters platform. PopRocks is the first in series using the PopWins reel mechanic developed in a collaboration between the two studios. Mystical gems will guide you through your futuristic reel adventure where they will pop, multiply and expand to give you up to 33,614 ways to win and lead to a bonus mode that can deliver wins of up to 72,188 times your bet.
PopRocks is a video slot with a 5×3 reel set and 486 ways to win as default. Through the newly developed PopWins mechanic, this can increase up to a 5×7 format with 33,614 ways. Wins are awarded both ways for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right and from right to left. Available on desktop and mobile, you can bet from 0.10 to 30 credits per spin. The game has very high volatility (square root of variance is 237) with a generous RTP of 96.40%.
Just like their first contribution to the YGS Masters platform called Lilith’s Inferno, the Asian fondness for fantasy themes shines through on this creation too. Giant wings hold the vertical frame of the game window with the side columns serving in a dual function to hold the symbols and display the progress through the game play and the active number of ways to win. A fast-paced EDM track accompanies the action which will surprise many players as symbols slide in from the left instead of the usual drop from the top.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 10 through to A, followed by green, blue, purple, and red gems. The premiums are blue, purple, green, and golden mythical dragon creatures holding gems in the same colours, the latter being the most valuable regular symbol at 10x your stake for a single five of a kind.
The top symbol is a glowing red gem that will appear only after a winning symbol has popped, paying 100x your bet when five land across the reels. The game has no scatters while the wild symbol will only be added to the reel strips once the game grid has increased to the maximum 5×7 size.
PopRocks Slot Features
The genre for expanding game windows has proven very popular in the casino community as most mainstream providers have released games with their own take on the mechanic. Avatar UX calls it PopWins and naturally centred the entire gameplay around the mechanic.
Every spin starts on the default 5×3 reel set with 486 ways to win. To land a winner will require minimum three matching symbols on adjacent reels starting from the left or the right. All symbols in the combo will literally pop and disappear, only to be replaced by two new symbols in each vacated position, thus increasing the game grid and the number of win ways. The process continues as long as new winning combos appear after a pop, gradually raising the grid to its maximum 5×7 format with 33,614 ways. Once fully expanded, popped symbols will be replaced by single symbols only as there is no need for further double symbols.
Each pop is added to the meter on the left. Collecting seven pops will activate the win multiplier, displayed in a bubble on top of the pop container. It will increase by x1 for every seven collected pops, no limits. Expanding the game window to the maximum 5×7 format will trigger the Bonus Mode. A random Wild symbol will be added to the grid and the multiplier will increase in x2 steps as long as the Bonus Mode is active. All will reset once you don’t score any new winners after a pop.
Well, that is the latest addition to the niche for expanding game window mechanics. While some have proven to be very popular among players, others have been left collecting dust on the shelves in the casino lobbies. Time will tell if Avatar UX is onto a winner with PopRocks, it certainly is entertaining to play, albeit it proved rather frustrating at times to reach the full grid size, and it comes with that tantalizing win potential of over 70,000 times your bet.