Ten of the best summer slots to try

Ten of the best summer slots to try

With the mercury on the barometer rising and the temperature heading upwards, it is very tempting to turn our attention to sunnier days and the summer holidays and maybe the chance to kick back and unwind on some exotic foreign beach, soaking up the glorious weather and relaxing.

It's unsurprising therefore that slot gamers are rather fond of games that celebrate this warm and cheerful time of the year for most people and as a result there are a number of sunny, summer-themed slots you can play.

Microgaming are no different and they have a number of top slots to play based on this theme, even their top progressive slot is based on an African Safari holiday. So without any further ado, let's take a look at the best summer slot games to try when the weather is fine and you have time to spend playing.

  1. Mega Moolah Progressive
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 25
  • Minimum bet - 0.25
  • Maximum bet - 6.25
  • Free Spins - Yes

Based on the theme of an African Safari, this may not be a typical summer beach slot, but safaris are enjoyed by millions each year as a form of relaxation. The slot is one of Microgaming's most famous games predominantly because of its incredible Mega Jackpot prize, worth at least 1,000,000 and usually often considerably more.

The Major jackpot too is worth a note, as that pays out every couple of days and often pays out around 30,000. The base game is good fun with a simple and easy to follow set up and the chance to win 225,000 coins in the Free Spins bonus round, as well as 75,000 coins in the base game.

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  1. SunTide slot
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 9
  • Minimum bet - 0.09
  • Maximum bet - 45.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

This is a retro-styled slot which has a very summery look to it, with deep orange hues as you would see in the most vivid of summer sunsets being displayed behind the reels. The game is a five-reel slot which has a total of nine lines in play. The retro theme is enhanced by the use of older style symbols on the reel including five different types of fruit, a Bar symbol, a bell, a lucky 7 and the highest paying standard symbol, a diamond.

The golden shield symbol is an Expanding Wild which can expand on the third reel to create more wins. You can also land three of the Scatter symbols to trigger 15 Free Spins and during Free Spins the Expanding Wild will expand on all three middle reels to give you a better chance of a big value win. With a 150,000-coin jackpot, this is a retro slot which also packs a punch in terms of the size of win too.

  1. SunQuest
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 9
  • Minimum bet - 2.25
  • Maximum bet - 90.00
  • Free Spins - No

The SunQuest slot is very similar to the SunTide slot, indeed it looks almost the same at a first glance but there are a number of differences in terms of the structure of the slot and the bonuses it contains. The same symbols and look is used for the slot and this is another 9-line slot. However, this game has no Free Spins bonus feature and is definitely aimed at a more retro-inclined player.

The highest paying symbol is the golden shield symbol which offers 10,000 coins for five across a winning line. The Wild is not an expanding wild but simply a standard wild and substitutes for all symbols. The Scatter symbol doesn't award Free Spins but instead offers a cash prize of between 5 and 50 times your total bet.

SunTide is a slot for fans of more modern styled slots with its additional bonuses, but SunQuest is definitely aimed at summer lovers of more retro-styled games.

  1. Summertime
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 9
  • Minimum bet - 0.09
  • Maximum bet - 90.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

The third in the series of very similar 9-pay line slots is Summertime. This once again uses the same fruit and other symbols on the reels,although there are more fruit symbols in use in this slot than the previous two. The main difference is that the Wild is the Summertime logo and this not only offers the top prize of 10,000 coins, but also acts as a 2x multiplier on any win that it is part of.

The Scatter symbol is a beach and this offers both a cash prize of up to 500 times your bet when you land two or more symbols and also triggers 15 Free Spins when you land three or more across the reels. During your Free Spins all wins are subject to a 3x multiplier.

  1. Summer Holiday
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 100
  • Minimum bet - 1.00
  • Maximum bet - 50.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

Summer Holiday is slightly different to your usual slot, for one it is a 5x4 reel game and it has a much greater number of lines than usual (100). The game celebrates all the things you would enjoy doing on a family holiday from riding in a pedalo, to taking your child for a bike ride. The Summer Holiday logo is the in game Wild and you can win up to 750 coins for five on a line. The Wild is also stacked on the reels allowing you to completely fill a reel with the symbol if you are lucky.

Land three or more of the Duck Scatters and you will trigger the Free Spins game, you win 15 Free Spins for three Scatters, 20 for four and 25 Free Spins if you manage to land five. Free spins can be re-triggered and it is possible to win up to a massive 2,250,000 coins during the Free Spins bonus round, if you are lucky. You even get to do the Pick a Prize bonus at the end of Free Spins where you can claim your prize or pick a different prize which could be a greater sum of anywhere between 10x and 100x your standard bet.

  1. Spring Break
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 9
  • Minimum bet - 0.09
  • Maximum bet - 90.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

Admittedly, Spring Break is more about an American holiday for university students than anything associated with the UK in particular, but traditionally the students head for somewhere warm and sunny to enjoy their hedonistic plunge into excess, so it does kind of fit in with the summery theme.

This is a 5x3 reel game with 9 lines which has more than a passing similarity to the other games of this type we have reviewed previously. Three or more of the Beach Party Scatter symbol triggers the Free Spins bonus round of 15 spins, which can be re-triggered. The Spring Break Wild symbol offers a nice 10,000 jackpot payout as well as a 2x multiplier on any wins that it is part of.

  1. Party Island
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 9
  • Minimum bet - 0.09
  • Maximum bet - 45.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

If your idea of a summer holiday are late nights, disco's cocktails, sunbathing during the day and cocktails in the evening, then you will find the Party Island slot is the perfect choice for you. This 5x3 reel slot is another with 9 lines and it is a pretty standard game that features a 10,000 coin jackpot when you land five of the Party Island Wilds across a line. The Wild also substitutes for other symbols and when it does it awards a 2x multiplier to wins.

Land three or more of the Glitter Ball Scatters across the reels and you trigger 15 Free Spins which come with a 3x multiplier and the chance to re-trigger the bonus if you can land three more of the Scatters on one of your bonus spins. There's also a gamble feature available which allows you to try and double or quadruple the size of the win by correctly guessing the colour or suit of the next card drawn from a pack.

  1. Floridita Fandango
  • Number of Reels - 3
  • Pay lines - 1
  • Minimum bet - 0.75
  • Maximum bet - 15.00
  • Free Spins - No

I must admit I wasn't sure what this slot was about until I loaded it up, but this rather simple and enjoyable 3-reel slot is about cocktails and they are always something nice to enjoy while lounging back on the beach. You can wager between one and three coins per spin but with the highest win value increasing for wagering three coins, you are better wagering three if you can. The game just has the single pay line and features Cherries and bar symbols, plus two different cocktail symbols.

Essentially, this is a simple, 3-reel slot that has been reworked for the online customer and it works well with some decent sized pays and game play similar to the older style slot game.

  1. Beach Babes
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 25
  • Minimum bet - 0.25
  • Maximum bet - 62.50
  • Free Spins - Yes

It wouldn't be summer without an obligatory slot that features lovely ladies in their bikinis and the Beach Babes slot is precisely what this slot is about. It is a 5-reel slot with 25 lines in play and which has the Beach Babes Wild symbol which not only acts as a replacement symbol, but also offers a 2x multiplier on any wins it is part of.

Land three of the Ice Box Scatters on the reels and you win 20 Free Spins, four symbols triggers 25 Free Spins while five will give you 30 to play through. All wins in Free Spins come with a 6x multiplier which can radically increase the value of your wins. You can also re-trigger Free Spins from within the bonus game if you get lucky too.

  1. Pollen Party
  • Number of Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 720
  • Minimum bet - 0.50
  • Maximum bet - 250
  • Free Spins - Yes

What could be more summery than honey bees buzzing around the place, collecting pollen to make honey. Well pollen party is a rather unusual looking slot, with a 3-4-5-4-3 symbol layout, which just so happens to resemble the cells of a honey bee hive. Clever eh? The game has a massive 720 ways to win but you can get the reels spinning from just 0.50 per spin.

The game comes with a bonus game called the Babee bonus, where you get to pick cells trying to avoid the Pop symbol, which ends the game. You can win cash prizes or an extra life which will extend the game further even if you hit the Pop symbol on a pick. There's also a Free Spins game that offers you 12 Free Spins when landing three Scatters on the reels.

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