Sometimes people accuse me of being a little hard on Net Entertainment, and, I concede, this may be true, but let me explain. NetEnt, since its foundation, has changed the online slot game landscape irrevocably. They brought a whole new level of graphics, audio and theme integration to gaming and their mobile platform, ‘touch’, is an industry benchmark.
Because of this, knowing what they are capable of, it’s fair to say that I get excited about their game releases and expect more of them than I do some software houses.
So when they deliver a slot like Gonzo’s Quest, or in this case, Dazzle Me, which completely fails to live up to my expectations of them, yes, they get it in the neck a little.
This doesn’t mean that either of those slots are bad, far from it, both are popular and a level above what many slot game manufacturers churn out on a daily basis, I just feel NetEnt could have done more, that said, Dazzle me still deserves a fair shake of a review and some play time, so off we go, hunting down these rare precious stones.
Type: Video Slot, Animated Symbols
Structure: 5 Reels, 3/4/5 Rows, 76 Fixed Active Pay-lines
Bets: 1-10 Coin Levels, Coin Values, 0. 01 – 1. 00
Min/Max Total Stake: 0. 20 – 200. 00 £/$/€
Max Win: 152, 000 £/$/€
Wild: Yes, the whole reel.
Scatter: Yes, triggers free spins.
Other Features: Linked Reels, Pay-Table, Auto-Play, Quick Spin.
Theme & Game-play
Dazzle me is a simple slot in both its theme and the way it plays, you have a grand total of 6 paying icons, on one hand this might seem limited, on the other this does mean that combinations are easier to form, in theory at least. There are four shiny gems for the lower payout symbols and a traditional slot game bell and seven icons for higher payouts.
One thing I will say is that Dazzle me could easily be called ‘Blind Me’, this game is bright, the icons, backdrop, reels and big win sequences are very reminiscent of the 2007 Bejewelled game made so famous on FaceBook, the music isn’t as chintzy, though, and is pretty much on target for the theme. As I said, nothing majorly wrong here, the graphics are to a very high-quality standard and everything works well, it just isn’t that interesting compared to titles with unique themes like Blood Suckers or games with really individual graphics setups like Jack Hammer.
No highlight-able paylines option for this game, which I really wish they would make standard, especially on slots like this where the unusual reel structure means there is 76 of them to try and remember.
The easiest thing to do is think of it like any symbol sequence without a gap of more than one space from left to right and you won’t be far off – I’ve popped you in a screenshot of this.
You can’t adjust graphics level, though I’ve had no issues playing the game seamlessly on either my windows desktop or the mobile NetEnt Touch version via iPad, not that I expected to have problems, almost all NetEnt games I’ve used work well on everything from Android to Mac.
What did make this game slightly more playable for me, and helped redeem itself, was the wilds, bonuses, and variance level, I’m not a fan of low variance slots usually so as a medium volatility game I was on board with that aspect at least. Wilds in the game are expanded and form wild reels which can randomly appear at any time, mostly yes, this is going to be one or two reels at a time, but any moment – it could be all 5x and there is 760x your bet hidden away as the real gem of this game!
Bonus wise you get free spins with linked reels, 8/12/16 spins for 3/4/5 scatter symbols respectively, these are, due to the game volatility, a little hit and miss, but very lucrative when they do come in.
After playing the game for a while and hitting a few decent wins, I was a lot less concerned by the lacklustre theme than I was about hitting a decent Wild Reel combo in the base game or linked reel set in the spins round, NetEnt haven’t exactly converted me but the game is a lot more playable than it looks, especially in mobile play where the simple setup really suits.
The cost of play range on this game, with a 0. 20 credit min bet and 200. 00 max bet, is decent enough to cover most budgets. As with most NetEnt titles, the RTP is high – just shy of 97%. For fans of the social media game genre, I think this has a certain appeal, and, as a mobile slot I’m not adverse to taking it for a few spins from time to time either. As a desktop slot, it just doesn’t deliver, If I want entertainment I’m off to play Guns N Roses, for a full package it is still the amazing Drive: Multiplier mayhem game, which tops the NetEnt slot catalogue for me.