Offering up to a whopping 243 ways to win across its standard five reels and three rows, Big Blox from relatively new software providers Yggdrasil Gaming is available to play on your device of choice, mobile or otherwise.
Deep in the rainforest
Set in dense rainforest with stacks of spooky-looking masks on the dark reels, which spin on an elaborate stone structure, it takes an aboriginal theme, and the reel set is encased within totem poles. Meanwhile, dark undergrowth stretches off into the distance.
A vibrating backing track completes the atmosphere, as does the sleek appearance. There is no standard Payline structure, instead, it’s all about the Big Block feature, described below. Most importantly, Big Blox can pay up to 3888x original stake.
How to play
Given that you can play from a mere 25p a spin, Big Blox is a good game for low rollers and new players. The coin value range is from 0.01 to 4. And you’ll find all the usual Spin and Max Bet functions here, alongside the Autoplay button allowing you to kick back and watch the action as it unfolds.
Finally, Big Blox certainly isn’t a complex game to get your head around. Just line up the icons from left to right on consecutive reels to bag the most lucrative winning combinations.
The Wild is the golden mask labelled Wild, and as ever it replaces all other icons. Bear in mind that it only shows up on Reels 2 through 5.
The highest-value icons are all bright-looking masks in stone in various colours – purple, gold, blue and green, while the less lucrative symbols are stylised playing-card icons: clubs, diamonds, spades and hearts.
Big Block feature
Unfortunately, you won’t find anything in the way of side games or free spins here.
Instead, the Big Block round is the focus of the game.
On every spin, a matching block of symbols lands somewhere on the reels, measuring from 2×2 to 5×3. It may be big enough and placed to pay out on its own, or it may combine with other matching icons to create a number of winning combinations.
At the same time, any wins are multiplied by the amount of winning icons on each reel.
The block may be displayed as a huge Wild, but that won’t happen on Reel 1. It can also fill up the whole screen so that it covers all 15 symbols.
Return to Player (RTP)
RTP or Return to Player is fairly standard with Big Box, at 96.2%, so there’s nothing much to write home about here.
We reckon Big Blox is a highly playable, well-designed and original slot game that’s definitely worth a second look.
If Lady Luck is smiling on you, it’s potentially a highly rewarding one as well. (Although it’s a medium-to-high variance game, so don’t expect the massive wins that often.) It certainly lends a fresh twist to the traditional slot-machine format.
And with no free spins or whizzy special visual effects, in many ways, it has a stripped-down, simple feel, yet it remains pretty fast-paced.
At the time of writing, the free-play mode was suspended due to UK Gambling Commission compliance issues, but we’d hope that’d soon be resolved.