Fri, Jul 26, 9:09pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
The Summer Solstice takes place on the 21st June or the 21st December of every year (depending on which hemisphere you’re in). This is the midsummer day when the hours of sunlight are at their maximum. This pokie features a series of symbols based on the summer. You have the blazing sun featuring a female face as the standout symbol, glowing butterflies, horses with a garland of flowers and bright sunflowers on the slot reels.
The whole Solstice Celebration game revolves around the ‘Action Stacked Symbols’, with all of the bonus action feeding off these.
While you spin, you’ll notice a series of adjacent ‘stacked’ symbols on each of the reels with a frame around the symbols. All of these framed symbols will feature the same randomly allocated symbol, making it more than possible to line up a number of matching stacks – the perfect recipe for a big win.
To activate the sparkle feature you’ll need to land at least two full stacks of Action Stacked Symbols on the reels. Things now get interesting, as any other stacks which have landed partially on the reels will now be nudged so that they fill the reels too.
Interestingly, all of the symbols inside those stacks will now transform into another randomly chosen symbol. Unlike the original Action Stacks, these symbols will now include both the wild and the bonus symbol (which only appears in the feature). This gives the game an interesting dynamic, as you can see the other symbols on the reels, and you’ll be hoping that the stacks reveal some matches.
You’ll enter the free spins bonus feature when the sun goddess is chosen as the randomly allocated symbol in the Sparkle feature. If you have the minimum two stacks of the sun goddess, you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. Land three, four or five full stacks and these numbers quickly rise to 15, 20 or 40 free games respectively.
This is not quite the end of the story however, as during the free spins, any time the stacked ‘sun’ wild appears, it will nudge to fill the whole reel if it doesn’t already. The Sparkle Feature is also in play during the free spins, meaning you can retrigger the free spins again, potentially adding between 10 and 40 free spins to your existing total.
Solstice Celebration is a five-reel pokie featuring a total of 30 win-lines. Each spin comes at the cost of 45 credits (30 credits for the win-lines and another 15 credits for the additional features).
The wild ‘sun’ symbol with the female face is the highest payer in the game, worth 500 coins for the maximum five in a row. As the wild it will also substitute for any other symbol in the base game. The other themed symbols are made up of a diamond, the horse, the butterfly and the sunflower. Playing cards symbols made up of 9, 10, J, Q, K and A complete the reels.
If you want to spend the perfect summer day, you’d be in a field full of sunflowers, with mountains in the background and a beautiful blue sky. Luckily enough, you’ve got all of that in the design of this Konami pokie!
The reels in front of the scene have a golden frame and are backed by a deep purple colouring, showing off the brightly coloured symbols perfectly. The best of the visuals appears when you activate the Sparkle feature, which sees a series of full-length symbols on the reels.
Solstice Celebration is a fun and involving game, where one good bonus feature can quickly activate another. The highlight of the base game is the presence of those Action Stacked Symbols, which can lead to some incredible wins by itself. Land the Sparkle feature and you will quickly see two or more full stacks of matching symbols fill the reels. Make that matching symbol the sun goddess and you’ll have a whole new free spins bonus feature to contend with. Konami has designed an engaging pokie, where features lead to features.