Euphoria Slot: Overview
iSoftBet’s third instalment in the Extreme Pays series sees them take the range in a completely new direction. From the steamy jungles of Wild Ape to the ancient civilisation of Egyptian King, the London based developer has tuned their gaze upwards to the stars. The result is a compelling slot that is a lot more engaging than it might first appear. Euphoria can come across as a hackneyed, generic slot in screenshots, but fire up and prepare for a psychedelic trip through the stars. Being part of the Extreme Pays series means players can look forward to a highly volatile game with big returns. But more importantly than the solid potential perhaps, is an immensely playable slot that is hard to put down.
After a breathlessly voiced ‘Euphoria’ opens the action through a swirling nebula, it is easy to get immersed in the game world. Visually is unassuming, the swirling galactic background is nevertheless pleasant, and the suite of superb sounds creates a strong mood. From the fantastic low key EDM, to the symbol and win effects, the result is uplifting and compliments what the game does perfectly. It’s a master class in sublime simplicity.
The gameplay follows the aesthetic first impressions – simple yet effective. Starting with the paytable, the symbols include J-A royals and a collection of precious gems. In ascending order are orange, green, blue, and purple gems, topped by a diamond symbol. This last stone returns around 13.3 times the stake for five of a kind and only require two for a payout. If you thought that the swirling background brought back memories of Big Time Gaming’s Opal Fruits, then that feeling will be reinforced by the imagery from the paytable.
The gameplay is quite different to Opal Fruits though as the action is powered by a classic 5×3 grid. Winning combos are formed by landing three or more matching symbols from left to right which means 243 ways to win. Helping link together wins is the ‘WILD’ which substitutes for any other symbol except the bonus symbol. The star is also wild, but since it’s the key to some insane results, we’ll cover that in the features section below. For now, getting started on the voyage means placing bets which are modest and range from 30 p/c up to £/€30 per spin.
The word ‘extreme’ from the series name has certain connotations, and Euphoria doesn’t disappoint with a highly volatile math model. It also produces an RTP rate that is more or less average on 95.99% so no major issues, but is the lowest in the Extreme Pays trio so far. However, Euphoria does possess the highest potential of the three as well so let’s look at how is it possible to make the most out of the game.
Euphoria Slot: Features
The key to the game’s best returns come from the star symbols. This multi-coloured symbol not only acts like a wild, but also brings multipliers into the action. Up to three can appear at once during the base game to trigger Euphoria Spins and a win multiplier of up to x27 in total.
Star symbols also play a pivotal role during the Free Spins feature which comes into play when the logo scatter symbols appears on reels 1, 3, and 5 simultaneously. Starting with 8 free spins, whenever a star symbol lands, two things happen. First, their multipliers are added to an overall win multiplier which can go as high as x243. Secondly, above each reel is a meter which tracks the star symbols that have landed.
Now, individual star multipliers start at x2 and can be bumped up to x3 if another one lands on the same reel. If star symbols manage to land on all five reels, then 5 additional free spins are rewarded to extend the feature which can lead to some insane levels of multiplying action.
Where available, players can choose to activate the Euphoria Bet. This bonus buy button guarantees that three bonus symbols land on the very next spin and comes with a price tag of 100 times the total bet. It’s a significant amount, though not completely overblown when compared to other slots that provide this option.
Euphoria Slot: Verdict
There is no doubt that Euphoria is a feast for the senses. It’s not flashy as such, but oozes X-factor that makes it a real pleasure to play. The game is an explosion of colour in which the galactic theme and phenomenal audio production comes together to output an almost mystical experience. Of course, all that mysticism doesn’t mean anything without something tangible behind it. The great thing for players is that Euphoria has plenty of substance to back up its style.
iSoftBet’s latest might be the most stripped back entry in the Extreme Pays series, there is none of the technical reel wizardry that Egyptian King offered for example. Yet, its no-nonsense, highly potent action makes it the most desirable one so far. Euphoria boils down to more or less just one thing – landing stars and racking up that win multiplier. Get a good roll on and Euphoria is capable of going inter-stellar with payouts of 20,000 times your stake. Possibilities like that certainly make the bonus buy option a tempting proposal indeed. However, players need to tread carefully as the game is highly volatile.
All up, iSoftBet has done a great job with Euphoria. It could have been tempting for them to create ever more complex slots to beef up the Extreme Pays series, but they made the inspired decision to do the opposite. Every detail has been well thought out and executed and the result is a slot that shoots for the stars.