Seasons is the newest slot machine by Yggdrasil Gaming, just released back in late March 2016. This is nature-themed slot, featuring a number of cutesy designs of woodland flora and fauna. Reel symbols do not include the usual playing card inspired symbols, but instead are almost entirely forest flora like leaves, berries and mushrooms. As its name may suggest, the seasons are a major part of this game.
The seasons will pass as you play along, and every season is its own game mode of sorts, with the key difference lying on special unique wild symbols that offer different features on each season. This is a relatively original idea, only comparable with Betsoft’s 4 Seasons, a Chinese-zodiac themed slot machine that had reel symbol values that changed “with the seasons” as you played. Yggdrasil Gaming’s slot, however, offers a very different implementation of this idea, enough to consider it original.
Yggdrasil Gaming is a Malta-based company with a major development office in Krakow, Poland. Their products include online casino games (for computers and mobile devices), random number generator (RNG) lottery content, and live lotto drawings.
Yggdrasil’s development of casino games for both online and mobile is possible to its iSense 2.0 development platform. This is an HTML5 platform, the technology that is swiftly displacing Adobe Flash as the main platform for lightweight web-based applications. HTML5 is particularly popular in the iGaming industry nowadays because it allows better presence in the mobile sector. Yggdrasil’s games that you may be familiar with include Cyrus the Virus, Chibeasties, Jokerizer and Winterberries.
What We Love
This game’s visual design looks well-done, fun, and playful. The artwork looks professional, something that’s always a plus in the virtual slot machine industry.
This game’s entire deal is the passing seasons, and the different wild symbol features on each season.
The seasons change every 10 spins, but they do not change in the usual sequence that Mother Nature has us accustomed to. Instead, the seasons are selected at random after the 10 spins. The wild symbols of each season offer different features that spice up the gameplay a bit.
Winter season has the Hare Wild, which clones itself once it lands on the reels. Its duplicate will be placed on the optimal position to complete the best combinations available.
Spring season has the Owl Wild, which grants a re-spin as long as it’s on the reels. The owl symbol will move one space, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, on the extra spin. Extra spins will continue as long as there’s an owl on the reels.Summer season has the Deer Wild, which expands into a cross shape, vertically and horizontally, once it lands.
Autumn will be the season that excites more players, I believe, with its Fox Wild and its multipliers. The fox symbol gives you a multiplier, that goes up in a higher range depending on how many fox symbols are there on the reels. One Fox Wild gives you a multiplier ranging between 2x and 5x, and reaching 5 Fox Wilds shoots that range up to 7x and 10x.
What We Do Not Like
We find that the game starts feeling a bit stale and boring after a while. The changing symbols are fun, but they just start feeling gimmicky once you through the seasons a couple of times. We also find that the jackpot can be a little low, with just 1000 coins.
This is a minor concern, though, since coin value can be adjusted on the game itself. We do doubt that many a player will be too tempted to set coin value too high on this game, though.
Another observation is that we found the game to be essentially unplayable on a low-end netbook. This could be more a sign of obsolescence of that machine, but it is something to keep in mind.
Seasons may be original, but it just ended up being unimpressive after a while. The other features and aspects of this game just don’t measure up to the novelty of the changing seasons. Do try out the game first on free play to see if it will be worth your time.