Sometimes it seems we get certain kinds of themes in packs. Like, half a dozen different slot developers all come up with the same or at least very similar themes at the same time. When it comes to Aztec/Maya themed slots, we recently saw Temple of Nudges by NetEnt, Mayan Gods by Red Tiger Gaming and Ecuador Gold by Elk Studios. And now here we are with Contact. Once again set in a temple or a temple area in a jungle. Stone symbols are on the reels, ancient masks as well as other random symbols depicting abstract animals in this case.
So, when it comes to the theme, Play’n GO isn’t overly original here. But, boy, is this slot beautiful. The graphics and 3D animations are simply superb. It’s unlike any slot we’ve ever seen from Play’n GO, a developer who can be a bit traditional at times. But Contact may easily one of the most stunning slots they’ve ever released.
This slot pays in clusters, meaning 5 or more matching symbols touching each other in clusters vertically or horizontally will yield a win.
Consequently, the payouts aren’t very big in this game.
The highest value symbol, the blue mask, is worth 1.5x our stake. The teal (or turquoise) mask pays out 0.75x our stake for a cluster of 5 symbols. Wins can be more significant than that because you’ll often have bigger clusters than just 5 symbols.
You can play this game from 0.20 to 100.00.
This one of those slots that you really should play in demo mode before staking real money on it. It’s the easiest way to grasp the different mechanics at play here, which are quite unique.
For starters, you get cascading reels in this slot. But instead of winning combination exploding off the reels to make room for new symbols from above, the winning clusters are kept, and all other symbols explode. That usually results in the winning clusters dropping to the bottom and more symbols falling on top of them. Any matching symbols attaching themselves to the reels, will yield another win and the other symbols vanish once more.
Additionally, if you fill rows 2, 4 and 6 completely, you’ll activate multipliers, getting 2x, 3x or 4x, respectively. This can lead to respectable wins even in the base game.
By filling up the reels to the top of the grid, you can activate free spins. A single reel filled up to the top with the same winning symbol will be enough and will give you 3 free spins.
The real attraction are the special features you receive for filling up one row after another. Depending on the row you manage to fill up, you’ll receive the following features in the regular bonus round:
In the Super Bonus round, where you start out with 6 free spins, every row comes with a multiplier and a special feature and the multipliers also tend to be bigger. If you fill up the grid with winning symbols to the top, you’ll get a 25x multiplier on all remaining spins.
The special features that may be triggered in the bonus round and super bonus round are the following:
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Contact is 96%, which is only average. Indeed, this slot is very volatile, which means wins will be rare and rarely will they be big. But they can be very impressive, if you’re lucky and catch a few features and multipliers. Up to 1,517.5x your stake is possible, which is decent.
You have to be careful when playing contact. The slot is beautiful, it is volatile, and the action is hard and fast. This game can eat up your budget in no time and you won’t even notice, because you feel entertained and almost enthralled because something seems to be happening constantly. It’s just, you won’t notice that you are not winning constantly.
Be that as it may, as long as you budget sensibly, you’ll find Contact utterly playable, sticking with it perhaps a little longer than your budget allows.
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