When I first saw this Energoonz game, my heart went "oh gawd, another 5-reels 5-rows game!" This seems to be the 'in' thing with Play'nGo game designers. Always creating their games with such number of reels and rows. Just look at all their newer games and you can see what I mean. No wonder none of Play'nGo games have made it into my favourite list as yet.
My first ever play on Energoonz came from some free spins offer, as usual. I played it, I didn't win anything from it, I didn't like it, and so I shelved it, simple as that. One fine day came and I suddenly decided to give Energoonz another try, but only using fun money. Don't wanna lose any more of my real money, but I had wanted to see how this game really plays and pays, as so many players seem to love this game. That got my cat instincts very curious indeed! Hahaha.
The first thing that hit me was the similarity of the paytable with that of the game Golden Ticket, also from Play'nGo, something which I hadn't noticed before. Then all of the previous bad memories came rushing back into my head, but I prodded on nonetheless. After all, this is Energoonz, not the Golden Ticket. And I do know that even though 2 games may have identical paytables, each game do not play and pay the same way! I have already noticed this trait in many similar games incidences.
Okay, so what sets Energoonz apart from Golden Ticket? Ah! Quite a few things really!
Firstly, the cartoonish icons. I do like cartoon icons more than illustrated circus icons, and the characters in Energoonz have that 'crazy' attitude that I like very much, especially the orange-coloured one. He makes me smile all the time! Hehehe. I wish the black one could be a little silly too, but it isn't, so never mind. Presentation wise, it beats Golden Ticket any time! The overall look and feel of the game is so much more pleasing, with better animations too. I just hate small little icons like those in Golden Ticket! Gameplay wise, ah-hah, I told you the two may not play and pay the same way, and here is yet another proof of it! Energoonz has a more interesting and vibrant gameplay than Golden Ticket. Even the Bonus Rounds play better. Payout wise, yes, a little better too, but I cannot rely on payouts in the fun mode, because it isn't the same as in the real money mode. This I also know as true! Nonetheless, my fun mode play on Energoonz was interesting and fun enough, so I decided to play it with real money next, to see just how far apart fun mode play and real money play would go!
Well, just as I have expected and known too, the real money play was a far cry from the fun mode play! I couldn't get the Bonus Rounds as easily as I could in the fun mode, the payouts all tend to be much lower, and the wins in the base game seems to be less too! My deposited money went with the wind within just 1 hour of play, leaving me feeling disgusted at the difference in play between the two modes! I was hoping Energoonz could and would give me some satisfaction at least, but I got none instead. Nonetheless, Energoonz is still a better game to play than Golden Ticket, but none of these two games can ever make it into my favourite list!