PopRocks™ by Avatar UX released on 07.04.2020 is a 5-reel & 7-row online slot with 33 614 ways to win and a 96.8% RTP. This is a poprock-themed game offering players a max win of up to 72188x their stake. PopRocks™ can be played on all devices from €0.10 to €30 per spin and is considered a high volatility game.
This game is the second video slot release (following last October’s Lilth’s Inferno) from Yggdrasil’s strategic partnership with Hong Kong-based AvatarUX studios. The partnership is part of the Yggdrasil Game Server (YGS) Masters programme which launched back in 2018. PopRocks™ is the first in a series of PopWins™ games AvatarUX and Yggdrasil are working on.
Where to play
- PopWins™ Mechanic
- Increasing Win Multipliers
There are no triggered special features as such as the PopWins™ mechanic is constantly in play. Any winning combination of three or more identical symbols starting at the left or rightmost reels triggers a PopWin™. All winning symbols ‘pop’ to be replaced by two new symbols on the same vertical reel. The reels expand until they reach the maximum height of 7 symbols. Once a reel reaches 7 symbols in height a popped symbol is only replaced with one new symbol. When the maximum size board is reached a random wild symbol is placed on the board.
Increasing Win Multipliers
To the left of the gameboard is a vertical meter which counts every popped symbol during consecutive wins. Each time the meter reaches 7 symbols the win multiplier increases by 1x. After the board reaches its maximum size the win multiplier now increases by 2x after every 7 pops.
Design & Symbols
The action appears to take place at the entrance to a huge and imposing castle set high above what is presumably the source of the aforementioned mystical gems. Set at night, the dimly lit and imposing towers of the castle provide a suitably mysterious and somewhat spooky cartoon scene. The 5x3 reel set is set between the gateposts of the castle’s entrance and consists of transparent floating tiles. Rather than spin, the symbols land from left to right, rather like data appearing on a computer screen. The soundtrack is fast-paced and somewhat reminiscent of the incidental music from Mission Impossible.
Low-value symbols are the standard royals 10-A. Medium value symbols are green, blue, purple, and red gems. High-value symbols are blue, purple, green, and gold animal gems shaped like mythical creatures. The highest value regular symbol is the gold animal gem which awards 10x the bet size for 5 adjacent symbols. There is also a super high-value symbol, a red glowing red gem surrounded by a blue energy field. This symbol can only appear in place of a ‘popped’ winning symbol, so does not appear on the initial 5x3 board. Five in a row of the super high-value symbol pays 100x the bet. There are no scatter symbols and the wild only makes an appearance once the board has reached its maximum 5x7 size.
Our Thoughts on PopRocks™
PopRocks™ is a fun addition to the expanding reels genre. It’s a little like playing a Megaways slot with cascading reels, although during PopRocks™ each consecutive win is guaranteed to increase the ways-to-win until the max height is reached. It if often a long slog to get to the upper echelons but when you do the payouts can be fantastic. As the board increases in size, both the number of wins and the win multipliers increase exponentially. With wins of over 70,000x the bet size potential, I can see this attracting a fair amount of attention. Whether or not the nature of the game will keep the punters coming back for more remains to be seen. However, it does combine elements of some of the most successful games on the market, so it stands a decent chance.
It’ll be interesting to see how AvatarUX and Yggdrasil use this new mechanic throughout the rest of the PopWins™ series.