Top-10 online slots to escape the cold weather
By Aaron Todd
10. Paradise Reels
A simple, five-reel, nine-line game, Paradise Reels gets on this list simply because of the soundtrack. The ambient noise consists of ocean waves lapping the shore and seagulls cawing. The sounds can transport players from even the most arctic locales to a tropical beach.
The game consists of watermelons, oranges, cherries, 7s, As, Ks, Qs and Js, as well as kiwis, which act as wilds. The game also has coconuts, which acts scatter symbols.
Paradise Reels is available at Party Casino, Gamebookers and 888 Games.
9. Caribbean Holidays
Caribbean Holidays is a five-reel, 20-line game that includes male lifeguard (wild), tropical island, dolphin, female surfer, flamingo and tropical drink symbols, as well as As, Ks, Qs, Js, 10s and 9s. Additionally, a scatter symbol (a plane taking off) will award 25, 35 or 45 bonus spins when three, four, or five appear anywhere on the reels.
The game sounds like it belongs on the floor of a Las Vegas casino, with an electronic melody accompanying each spin.
The game also features a "gamble" option, where players simply click to see if they double their winnings.
Caribbean Holidays can be played at StarGames.
8. Paradise Dreams
Paradise Dreams is a five-reel, 20-line game that features a tropical island theme. Symbols include coconuts, tropical fish, parrots, flowers, As, Ks, Qs, Js, 10s and 9s.
An island girl with a flower in her hair appears only on reels one, three and five, and acts as a wild. All wins with wilds are worth twice the normal amount paid.
The game also features a scatter symbol, a distant island with a palm tree highlighted by a setting sun. Hitting three or more scatter symbols appearing anywhere on the reels will award the player with either 10 free spins or the Paradise Pick feature.
In the Paradise Pick feature, the player picks five flowers and multipliers are revealed. The player may also be awarded additional picks. At the end of the feature, the player is awarded the total bet on the triggering spin multiplied by the total multiplier revealed during the feature.
The music has a common soundtrack during normal play, with a cranking when reels stop and a slight crescendo when two scatter symbols appear, indicating the player is one scatter symbol away from triggering a bonus feature. Wins are noted by a brief island-themed interlude. During the Paradise Pick game, music typical of a Hawaiian luau plays.
To top it all off, the game features a random jackpot that can be awarded after any spin.
Paradise Dreams is available at Slots Jungle Casino, Vegas Casino Online and WinPalace Casino.
7. Paco and the Popping Peppers
A Mexican-themed slot, Paco and the Popping Peppers is a five-line, 30-payline game that features cascading wins, wild symbols, a bonus game and the personal accompaniment of Paco, a Mexican man with a sombrero and guitar who often takes short siestas during play.
The Fiesta Bonus is triggered when three or more tiki huts appear on screen. The player is shown one card, then must pick higher or lower. The player picks until either 10 correct picks are made, or three incorrect picks are made. After each correct pick, Paco celebrates with you, often taking a shot of tequila. At the completion of the round, the player is then awarded credits based on how the game went.
But the popping peppers make this game truly unique. Each time a player gets a winning combination on any line, the winning symbols "pop" or explode, and the reels fall down to reveal new symbols. A multiplier line on the right increases by one with each "pop," and subsequent wins increase in value.
The game features a Mexican guitar soundtrack, and the peppers, onions, tomatoes and other symbols, which smile and blink at you, scream with delight as they explode and wins increase.
Paco's Popping Peppers is available at 7Red and bet365 Games.
6. Surf's Up
Surf's Up is a five-reel, 15-line game that features wild symbols, scatters and a bonus game. Other symbols include sunsets over the ocean, girls with flowers in their hair, tiki carvings, surfers and As, Ks, Qs and Js.
Getting free spin symbols (girls with flowers in their hair) on the first and fifth reels awards three free spins with a 3x multiplier.
A bonus game is awarded when a bonus symbol appears on the first, second and third reels of any active payline. During the bonus game, the player picks a surfer and performs a show. Beating one other surfer advances the player to the next round, and beating both doubles the win in the next round. You may play up to three rounds to earn the maximum bonus.
The game features Hawaiian music and a steady drumbeat during play.
Surf's Up can be played at Bet-At.eu and myBet Casino (German).
5. Red Sands
If you're looking to escape winter in the Northern Hemisphere, what better place than in Australia, where it's summer?
Red Sands is a five-reel, 20-line slot with an Australian theme. The game features scatter and wild symbols (kangaroos), koalas, wombats and echidnas. Traditional card symbols of A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 are also utilized.
Wild symbols double winning combinations, and scatter symbols (moonlit nights) award up from 2x to 50x the total bet.
Scatter symbols appearing left to right or right to left trigger a respin feature, during which the game turns from a daylight theme to a dark sky theme. During the free spins, wild symbols become scatter symbols and only scatter wins are awarded. However, any scatters that triggered the bonus round will appear in the same location during each respin.
The sounds of the game are relatively standard, with the reels gently whirring and cranking as they spin and stop. Wins are punctuated with a brief electronic melody, with the exception of wins with a wild symbol, which feature an Australian flute. The game has no music during normal play, but during free spins, an outback-themed melody plays.
Red Sands can be played at a number of sites, including Slots Jungle Casino, Rushmore Casino, Slotastic and SlotsPlus.
4. Coral Cash
Coral Cash is a tropical ocean themed slot with an island girl in the ocean who acts as a wild symbol and a coral reef acting as a scatter symbol. The five-reel, 20-payline slot offers a payout as high as 8,000x the line bet if five wilds appear on any payline played.
When a wild lands in the first reel and a scatter lands in the fifth reel, 15 free spins are triggered. During the free spins round, all wins are tripled, and free spins can be triggered again during the free spins.
The game features tropical ocean creatures like dolphins, fish, sea horses and oyster shells, as well as As, Ks, Qs, Js, 10s and 9s.
The reels stop with a quiet clicking sound, and wins are noted by several short melodies. The free spins feature includes island music.
Coral Cash can be played at PartyCasino.
3. Hawaiian Cocktail
This simple five-reel, nine-payline slot has cartoonish animations for symbols, but what really makes it a nice escape from winter is the Hawaiian music.
Line wins of up to 10,000 coins are possible with five women, or a jackpot of more than $12,000 if playing a max bet ($4.50 per spin). Other symbols include surfers, Hawaiian shirts, cocktails, umbrellas, sand castles and beach balls. Dolphins act as scatter symbols, and hitting three oysters with pearls on any line triggers a bonus game, where you pick one oyster and win anywhere from five to 2,000 coins.
If you're looking for a simple game to play with a great Hawaiian soundtrack, Hawaiian Cocktail should hit the spot. You can play the game at Duel5 Casino.
2. Caribbean Nights
Caribbean Nights is a five-reel, 20-payline slot that features, you guessed it, a Caribbean theme. Game features include wild symbols that include a line multiplier, a scatter symbol that awards free spins, and a feature icon that triggers a bonus game.
The game includes three jackpots, awarded for hitting three, four or five jackpot symbols in a line. Other symbols include helicopters, seaplanes, boats, sunbathing women, sunsets, a casino and a diver.
When three or more scatter symbols appear on the screen, the game switches to a field of 15 cards that you turn over one by one to reveal anywhere from 1-4 free spins. Players continue to collect free spins until flipping a card that reads "Launch." During the free spins round, wild symbols become "Super Wilds" that stay in place for a number of spins, allowing you to really rack up some impressive winnings.
The "Feature" bonus - a mini-roulette game - is triggered when three roulette table symbols appear on any payline. The player gets free chips to wager on the outcome of spins on a mini-roulette table and keeps any winnings. There is also a "Gamble" feature that allows players to multiply their winnings by correctly guessing what color or suit a card will be.
The game is fairly high paced, with less than a second between when the spin button is pressed and when the outcome of the spin is determined. The game has a muted soundtrack, with wins punctuated with a brief electronic melody, and a relatively quiet whirring while the reels are spinning. The only exception to this is during the free spins, which are accompanied by a melody throughout and, strangely, a noise that sounds like popcorn popping when a free spin results in a winning combination.
Caribbean Nights is a fun, fast-paced game that will get you thinking about frolicking in the sun. The game is available at Sky Vegas, Centrebet Games and Paddy Power Games.
1. Hot Hot Volcano
There's nothing I can think of that's hotter than molten lava, so if you're looking to play the "hottest" slot you can find, Hot Hot Volcano might be right up your alley. The five-reel, 25-payline game features exploding volcano wild symbols, lizards, parrots, monkeys and As, Ks, Qs, Js, 10s and 9s.
The game features a bonus round that is triggered when three volcano symbols appear on the reels. The third reel stays in place with three wild symbols which explode during the spins, making turning nearby symbols into wilds and increasing your chance of winning.
The music during the bonus feature gets pretty intense: fast-paced rhythm with drums and a brass section blasting away as the third reel remains activated as a bonus during your free spins. The ambient sound consists of jungle birds, while the music heard during play is a steady steel drumbeat. Wins are punctuated with several short melodies.
Hot Hot Volcano is available at bet365 Games.