Another Power Spins game from Microgaming, and this time it is Nuclear 9s. The earlier one was Atomic 8s, so this one should be more of a blast then the previous version, which is 'only' Atomic, as opposed to this Nuclear one. Well, we'll soon see how much more of a blast this game can really produce. The two games are basically the same, only the icons are different. By activating the Power Spins option, all bets are increased by about 33%, from the initial $0.09 bet per spin to $0.12 bet per spin. It is still a 9-paylines game, but playing the Power Spins activate a 'Rolling Reels' feature, not available when playing without it. This Rolling Reel feature should provide more additional wins, but whether it is worth the extra 33% bet per spin, is rather debatable and arguable. At times, it would bring in extra cash wins, at other times, it'll just be a wasted bet. Well, I chose to play with it.
With the Rolling Reel feature, every first win is multiplied by 1x, and all subsequent wins are multiplied by 2x. A non winning spin would revert the multiplier back to 1x. The 'Nuclear 9' is the Wild symbol, 5 of which pays 555.5x total bet amount, which is pretty good. It substitutes for other symbols except for the Scatter symbol. Nope, it doesn't double any wins, nor become stacked or expanded, so it is a dumb WIld symbol nonetheless. 5 of the Scatter symbol pays a good 300x total bet amount, a lot higher than the usual 100x. As for the other symbols in the game, the Green 9 pays 277.7x, the Yellow 9 pays 166.6x, the Purple 9 pays 83.3x, the Bar symbols pay from 55.5x to 22.2x, whilst the others pay from 22.2 to 4.4x, all per total bet for 5 of each kind. With these sort of values, the paytable is indeed a very good one. Just hope that the game play payouts can be as good.
Okay, so this game is more or less a high variance game, with its high values for all the symbols, so I had expected some tough times playing it. True enough, the spins would go on and on without paying anything decent, only small insignificant wins. The Rolling Reels didn't provide much of extra wins either, with most of the time ending the second rolling reel without any win. This frustrated me on so many occasions, except on a very few times when it did give a third, and sometimes a fourth, subsequent win with the 2x multiplier, but nothing big at all. That left me wondering if it was really worth paying that 33% extra bet for each spin. I did not keep track of the total costs against the total extra wins achieved, so I couldn't be certain if it was worth it or not. From my gut feelings, I don't think it was worth it at all. A good big win might have made a big difference, but none of that came for me, so it was more of a disappointment than anything else.
Yes, it is indeed true that at the right time, this Nuclear 9s game can pay big, especially if you can get those 5 Wilds on the second rolling reel, which would pay a very nice 1,111x the total bet amount. If you can get it of course.