Intro: Game Theme
Many slots can be described as beautiful, eye-catching and jaw dropping. However, we cannot say that many games made us feel relaxed. This is to be expected. We are chasing after wins. We want excitement, not peace! Despite that, NetEnt went out of their way to create a zen-like experience with their 2014 release, titled Lights. Do not let the calm atmosphere misinform you that this is a boring title. Bonuses make each spin feel different, doing their best to make you enjoy every moment!
When you first launch Lights, you will be greeted with a view of a gorgeous valley. In the distance, we see a wonderful view as the sun is slowly setting. The clouds have turned orange, while the sky above is littered with stars. Rocky mountains and tree-covered hills fill the distant landscape. Closer to us, we see a shimmering lake and a river slowly pouring into said lake. Grass and trees grow in the vicinity. They make a perfect habitat for a group of pretty fireflies. The background image is great. The visuals are enhanced further by the presence of fluid animations. We see them with each spin as fireflies wander across the reels. Not to mention how each symbol has a neat animation that plays after they are part of a winning combination.
- RTP: 96,10%
- Betting Range: £0.09 – £90.00
- Max Win: £10,000
- Similar Slots: Wolf Gold, Dragon’s Luck, Three Star Fortune
How it Works
You play this slot on a five-reel board with nine fixed paylines. This means you cannot turn them on or off in order to change your total bet. The only way to do that is to adjust your bet level and coin value. Wins are formed by matching three or more identical icons in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel. All winning combinations have to follow one of the currently active paylines. NetEnt use their old-school user interface for this game. Using it, we can change our wager, set up Auto Play, play Max Bet and spin the reels. We can also open the paytable, turn sound on or off, open settings and open the Help page. Players can bet between £0.09 and £90 on each spin.
Symbol designs offer a mixture of unique artwork and playing card royals. The letters and numbers share a uniform design with a single colour. That said, their highlights are each painted with a different colour to add a bit of personality! It goes a long way in making them fit with the theme. Other icons are several lanterns, each one using a different colour and shape. Each lantern also has a faint glow around itself. A swarm of butterflies surrounding the word Wild form the Wild symbol, while the half-crescent moon serves as a Scatter.
Each time you spin the reels, you are guaranteed at least two Wilds to appear. The position of these Wilds is random and changes with each spin. This is the Floating Wilds special feature, which is active at all times! You can have up to four Floating Wilds active at the same time. These Wilds can substitute for any symbol except for Scatters. Their presence increases your odds of winning every round, so make sure to take advantage of them!
Meanwhile, collecting three or more Scatters will activate a free spins round. Three, four or five Scatters will reward you with ten, twenty or thirty free spins, respectively. You do not pay for any of the spins that occur during this bonus. The Floating Wilds special feature is also enhanced for the duration of the free spins! Instead of having between two to four Wilds active at all times, now the release offers between three to six Wilds. You can win additional free spins while the bonus is already being played by collecting additional Scatters. They are added onto your existing free spins.
Over the years, we have reviewed many slots. We tried many themes, but few have resonated with us quite as well as Lights have. It is a game we like to occasionally fire up and play just for the fun of it. We lean back, admire the fantastic visuals and the fun special features that make each spin interesting. It benefits from an above average RTP and a medium variance, as well. Really, the only flaw we can find is that the top prize could be bigger. However, if you can look past this, then you are in for a treat. Hats off to NetEnt. This is how you make something special!