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In an online casino, the challenge is to provide a wide variety of games that appeal to all preferences, incorporating gameplay, graphic design and sound that enhance the play experience. Online slots designers also take into account features and bonus elements such as Free Spins and multipliers and other exciting options. Within this varied mix of slots game styles, you will find Grid Play games, slots that offer a different approach to introducing winning combinations and their knock-on effects. Read on to discover interesting details about grid play games, available to enjoy for free or to play for Real Money at Wildz Casino.
What is a Grid Play slot?
Grid Play is a playing area configuration in video slots that arranges symbols in vertical columns and horizontal rows rather than spinning on reels. Grid slots have a playing field (or a “grid”) of number of symbols. Usually (but not always) is the grid squared. The grid may even take the form of a themed shape to enhance the appearance of a specific game, like Play’n GO’s Gold Volcano (volcano-shaped) and Honey Rush, which is hexagonal.
Grid play slots may also be called ‘cluster slots’, referring to the style of play: if a spin produces clusters of matching and adjacent (vertically or horizontally and according to each specific game’s patterns) symbols, you score a win. Wins are typically dependent on clusters of 4-6 matching symbols. Wilds are also valid, as long as the symbols touch each other. Diagonal matches don’t count, but the bigger the cluster, the greater the win. Some grid slots require you to empty the grid to trigger the free spins.
Grid Play games often have a few common features:
Cascading Symbols: Without the presence of reels, symbols generally fall from above the reels in a cascading fashion.
Frequent Respins: Most of the grid games clear winning combinations from the board and provide free respins as long as winning combinations are being made. These respins may include a progressive multiplier and some titles trigger a bonus game if the respins continue long enough.
Cluster Wins: Grid Play games do not include traditional paylines. The games, for the most part, achieve wins by matching a number of identical symbols in horizontal and vertical patterns.
Grid play slots operate like any other online casino slots game, with the results determined by chance based on a Random Number Generator (RNG), there aren’t any tips, tricks or strategies for play, these games are all based on chance.
Popular online slots games with grid play features
Jammin’ Jars (Push Gaming) has an 8×8 grid (and therefore 64 symbols), Reactoonz (Play’n GO) comes with a 7×7 grid (49 symbols), while Moon Princess and Rise of Olympus each has a 5×5 grid (25 symbols).
Black Mamba puts the rock ’n roll into grid play, Lost Relics takes you into an ancient crypt, Santa’s Stack is a snow-filled wonderland of gifts and Troll Hunters is a fantastic Norse adventure complete with cascading runes and more. Sugar rush feels like an endless shower of potentially lucrative sweet treats, while the slightly-strange Propaganda invites you to join the resistance with flowers and decorated weapons of various sorts.
There are dozens of grid play slots games worth exploring at Wildz Casino, all you need to do is head to the game lobby and try some out for yourself. Most of the games can be played for free in Demo Mode so you can get the hang of the mechanics, bonus round action and more.