Given the time of year, when better to review a light-hearted spring themed game from NetEnt than now, after all, spring is in the air. This is a good thing, as flowers has a very simple garden bloom theme, with slightly cheesy symbols and music to go along with it, can this game excite or is it destined to be a plant which never grows to maturity?
On the surface you might think the latter, but, delve into to the roots of this slot and it has some things which show potential, it’s cute, goofy and has a few attributes at its heart which make it just unusual enough to be interesting.
Type: Video Slot, Animated Symbols
Structure: 5 Reels, 3 Rows, 1-30 Active Pay-lines
Bets: Coin Range 1-5, Coin Values, 0. 01 – 0. 50
Min/Max Total Stake: 0. 01 – 75. 00 £/$/€
Max Win / Jackpot: 37, 500 £/$/€
Wild: Yes, fixed, replaces all symbols, can be stacked.
Scatter: Yes, triggers free spins round, can be stacked.
Other Features: Free Spins, Pay-Table, Auto-Play, Quick Spin, Multipliers, Adjustable Sound & Graphics Level.
Theme & Game-play
Whilst flowers may not be the most visually exciting game NetEnt have ever produced, it is still very well done and neither the graphics or audio are below par, nor are they annoying or in the case of the music, intrusive. The reel setup and symbols have a fair amount in common with similarly themed games like Fruity Friends.
There is the familiar one button paytable, plenty of detailed screenshots to help you navigate your way around play, highlight able paylines and plenty of adjustment options for gameplay, like quick spin and auto play. Unusually for a NetEnt slot, this is line selectable so you can play from just one line.
Base game play on flowers is simple, and fun, there is quite a clever setup here, as this is a medium to high variance game with a decent RTP, if you are a gambler at heart, but on a lower bankroll, this provides all the potential excitement in wins of games like Bikini Party, but with a much lower max bet.
Of course, this does affect the top payouts, with a min and max bet of just 0. 01 and 75. 00 credits the fixed Jackpot is a maximum of 37, 500, it may not sound much in relation to other NetEnt titles, but it is pretty decent considering the max bet size.
If you want to be entertained, or stand a chance of winning decent money on flowers, you essentially have two routes, one more promising than the other.
Whilst a fixed wild symbol may not seem like the most exciting prospect in the world, as with any spring plant, this one can suddenly bloom, in game terms, this means it can be added as a doubled or stacked symbols, combine the latter with the free spins round and there is a good coin harvest potential.
Unusually for spring, it’s the clouds, rather than the sun, which bring you the greatest rewards. The scatter system itself is unusual too, as the cloud, just like the wild, can be stacked, with any stacked scatter counting as two individual ones, which explains how you can get up to 8 on the reels for the big spins round.
I grant you it may not happen very often, but take a look at the spins round potential, especially when you can retrigger these, you even get a little consolation prize for three on their own!
- 3 scatters = 2X Bet Multiplier = 0 Free Spins
- 4 scatters = 2X Bet Multiplier = 10 Free Spins
- 5 scatters = 2X Bet Multiplier = 15 Free Spins
- 6 scatters = 2X Bet Multiplier = 20 Free Spins
- 7 scatters = 4X Bet Multiplier = 25 Free Spins
- 8 scatters = 10X Bet Multiplier = 30 Free Spins
It’s amusing really, NetEnt have clearly shown here that you can take a very simple theme and turn it into a very playable slot purely with some interesting game mechanics, yet, this is the same company which can take a really great, complicated theme like steam tower, and, turn that into one of the most boring slot’s I’ve ever played.
Whilst flowers may look innocent, and, have a high RTP, it is important to bear in mind that the volatility is listed as medium to high, you may want to flick back to our old favourite Starburst if high variance isn’t your thing.