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Avatar UX are back and they’re still going strong with the PopWins mechanic with the eleventh in the series, RagingPop.
What started off as something relatively simple in PopRocks has evolved with each and every release, and my oh my has it been a journey.
CherryPop took us on an adventure reminscent of classic slotting, BountyPop saw us aboard a ship with a band of Pirates, Papaya Pop gave us a tasteful look at the chic and exclusive lifestyle of the art deco era and MonkeyPop wowed us with visuals alone. There were many others too, almost too many to mention in fact, but here we are again and this time, we’re heading to the African Savannah where a storm is raging…
Many before Avatar UX has capatalised on the popularity of the Motherland, so this alone won’t startle anyone, but we must say, we’re a fan of how Avatar UX has approached it. The art style and animations are absolutely superb, and in the Free Spins round you’ll see the side to Africa rarely seen as thunder, lighting and rain batters the earth.
Avatar UX has evidenced their aptitude in the design department many times, and they’ve showcased their innovative prowess through gameplay too, but how does RagingPop compare to those before it?
Let’s check out the eleventh in the series together in this RagingPop Slot Review.
RagingPop is a 6 reel slot with up to 235,298 ways to win. To form wins you’ll need at least 2 of the highest paying symbol, or 3 of any other symbol to connect from left to right or right to left on adjacent reels, starting from the left-most or right-moost reels. You can probably guess what might come next if you’re a seasoned PopWins fan, but you might just be wrong.
Historically, The Base Games of older PopWins games used the mechanic to grow the reels by replacing the symbols of winning combinations with 2 more symbols, which grew the win ways and in some games, was fundamental to the trigger of the bonus round. This time around it seems like Avatar UX has ditched their own PopWins feature…for now anyway.
In the Baes Game only the reel height can randomly grow to 5, 6 or 7 symbols, and all reels grow at the same time.
In addition to this, there’s an exciting new Multiplier Feature.
After the reel expansion sequence, a random multiplier is applied to win combinations that materialise after the reel expansion.
The values for the random multiplier are x2, x3, x5, x10, x15, x20, x35, x50, x100, 200 and a huge x500.
The multiplier is applied to the total win of the round.
We’ve got to say, we’re torn here. The PopWins expansion within the Base Game is sorely missed, but a Random Multiplier that can reach x500? Yes please.
To trigger Free Spins in RagingPop you’ll need 3 or more Scatter Symbols.
The Scatter Mechanic is something that Avatar UX has toyed around with in a few isolated PopWins games, but quite often they’ve triggered when maximum reel height is reached.
Since that’s not possible here, they’ve opted once again for the Scatter Symbols, which we prefer, to be honest.
You can increase your chances of landing RagingPop Free Spins by toggling the Ante Bet, which increases your bet by x0.25 but doubles your chances of landing Free Spins.
Free Spins start at 5 symbols tall, but it can randomly grow to 5, 6 or 7 symbols tall on each spins. There’s no real ‘safety level’ which is usually achieved by growing each reel before resetting it to the height of the shortest reel on the next spin, but the PopWins Feature does kick in here, and on every 10th consecutive spin the reels will grow by 1 symbol which continues for the duration of the round.
In Free Spins, each winning symbol pops and is replaced by 2 symbols increasing the reel height, and the processes repeated as long as more wins materialise. The reels can be grown to a maximum of 7 reels tall, or 235,298 ways to win.
Avatar UX decide to do things a little differently here too, with a random multiplier instead of an incremental one. This might have you feeling conflicted, but the multipliers are once again The values for the random multiplier are x2, x3, x5, x10, x15, x20, x35, x50, x100, 200 and x500.
One of the most brutal things about RagingPop and the PopWins slots in general is their gamble feature.
The dreaded wheel has felled many a player, and many more will fall victim to its unforgiving brutality in the future. We love these kinds of features but we hate them in equal measure, as do many. On one hand, you feel like you’re missing out on the big money if you don’t gamble it for the maximum amount of spins, and on the other it cuts like a knife when you lose the gamble completely.
Here’s how it works here, assuming you trigger the bonus with 3 Scatters for 10 Spins.
If you’re outside of the UK then you have the option for a bonus buy
Buying a standard bonus costs 100x your bet, and from there you can gamble if you want too.
Alternatively, you can buy the maximum 30 spins for 500x your bet.
We’ve been historically harsh on some of the PopWins games at times where we thought Avatar UX should just look back on them proudly before moving onto something else, but they’re growing fondly on us once more.
The last few releases has proved that there’s still some life in the PopWins series yet with variations that makes all the difference, and we think RagingPop is a prime example.
At first glance its quite easy to miss the point that Avatar UX are making by removing the PopWins feature from the Base Game, but random multipliers of up to x500 can’t be argued with, and both are present in Free Spins.
Win Potential in the PopWins slots have been all over the place. CherryPop claimed 56,386x and PopRocks was even more audacious with a 72,188x cap, but something tells us that they weren’t too realistic, and we can’t recall any instances of the maximum win being achieved on either.
RagingPop claims 20,000x win potential, which seems rather modest in comparison, but still formidable.
In other areas RagingPop is as brutal as the rest with Gamble Features that can make or break you, and the result can make you love it or hate it.
To summarise, RagingPop is another solid PopWins game with solid potential, proven mechanics and some new ones to enjoy.