One of MG's new game releases in 2016 is SunTide, but what does the sun, the tide and the fruits have in common? Nothing! So why did MG named this game SunTide? Hmm, I guess their minds went blank, just as in creating new games! Nothing new from Microgaming is actually new at all! It's all either a clone, a similar duplicate, or using one of their older game base design and creating 'new' games. Gees! Whilst other game providers are all moving forward, MG is actually moving backwards! Maybe they should seriously appoint me as their Game Advisor and see how I can change everything about MG's games! Hahaha.
Back in the good old days of the 80s and the 90s of the 20th Century, yep, in the last Century, when online casinos haven't even existed yet, every game available then was almost totally only about fruits! Hence the golden name 'fruit machines'. The games then were purely on fruits, then followed by games with a mixture of fruits and other items, like bells and 7s. Does that ring a bell for you? It sure should! Because this SunTide game is just like that...with fruits, bells, bars and 7s. Makes me feel like I'm playing games back in the 80s and 90s! Sheesh! But, there is a difference, of course. There are now scatters to trigger free spins games and Wilds to substitute symbols to create more wins. Well, that's 30 years of gaming design progress for Microgaming! Hahaha.
But seriously now, SunTide, the coin, is the Wild symbol. 5 Wilds pay 1,111x the total bet, can expand fully only on reel 3 in the base game, but on reels 2, 3 and 4 in the Free Spins game. 5 Scatters, the sunset, pays 100x the total bet and award 15 free spins without any win multiplier. Aargh! More free spins can be retriggered, yeah, right! The other symbols have low win values, from 111x for the Diamonds, 83x for the 7s, 44x for the Bells and 27x for the BAR, all in total bet amounts. The fruits are oranges, watermelons, lemons, strawberries and cherries, in descending order of win values.
Okay, so are all that sufficient for nice big wins? Nope! Not even with those 3 full Expanded Wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4, because there aren't any win multiplier, and there are only 9 paylines, so how to win big? At best, you can get only 3 paylines of 5 Wilds, which would pay 3,333x your total bet, but getting 5 Wilds in a Microgaming game? Hmm! 5 Diamonds in that kind of win would only pay a decent 333x the total bet. Get 5 Wilds and 5 Diamonds at the same time? Are you awake? Hahaha.
Retro games are not really my favourites, unless they offer very good win possibilities, like in Fruit Zen of SoftBet, for example. Hoping to get 5 self-paying Wilds would be like winning a lottery. So, even though SunTide may show in the paytable that 5 Wilds is possible, I really doubt it, until I can see somebody gets it!