The latest slot game to come straight off the Microgaming production line is SunTide.  SunTide is a retro designed slot game with a tropical theme which is set on a paradise island with beautiful beaches, glowing sunsets, and sparkling, crisp blue seas.

The game has five-reels and three rows and can be played on mobile or tablet devices, or on a desktop or laptop computer.  On SunTide there is nine-paylines which are fixed, meaning they remain in place for every spin. Having nine fixed paylines means that a spin on the reels will cost a minimum of 9p, with a maximum bet of £22.50 possible.

More About the Software Provider

Microgaming are slot games manufacture known for producing titles including King Kong, Dr Love on Vacation and Reels of Fire.

Appearance and Sound Effects

SunTide is a classic designed slot game looking like an old-school retro fruit machine in many ways.  Like the retro fruit machines, it has five-reels and three rows.  The game has a tropical theme, which will get you dreaming of sunbathing on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean. When there you will see a glowing sunset, possibly like the one that makes up the background on the game.  Beneath the reels is two boxes, one with the stake chosen and the other with the remaining balance.  The reels themselves are white and dominate most of the screen.  On the reels is a selection of symbols that you would associate with a retro fruit machine.  These include lower value fruit symbols like cherries lemons, strawberries, and watermelons.  There is also the higher value gold bars and sevens. 

Bonuses and Special Features

SunTide does not offer a great deal in the way of bonus features, however, it does have a few additions to the gameplay.  First up is the wild symbol, the symbol with the gold coin with "S" emblazoned on it.  This symbol is only on reel three during base gameplay, but it has a special function of helping complete combinations.  It can do this by substituting for other symbols when it lands instead of them.  It does not substitute for the scatter tropical island symbol.  The wild is also an expanding wild symbol, which means when it is trying to complete a combination it is possible for it to expand at fill the entire third reel. 

The main bonus feature on SunTide is the free spins.  To play the free spin three or more of the scatter tropical island must land in view anywhere on the reels on a single spin.  Once this occurs, fifteen free spins will be awarded.  During the free spins, two additional wilds will be added to the reels on reel two and four, giving three in total.  These additional wilds are also expanding wilds and will behave in the same way as the wild in the base game.  The free spins can be re-triggered when a further three of the scatter tropical island symbols land in view on a single spin.


Five-reels and nine paylines

Mobile Compatibility

SunTide can be played on mobile or tablet devices.

Our Verdict:   

Compared to some of the newer slot games, SunTide lacks a little bit in the way of gameplay.  However, those who are keen on retro style games and want a modern take on them then SunTide is a perfect choice.