I couldn’t be more excited after NetEnt’s presentations at ICE 2017 last February where the company revealed two forthcoming branded video slots. One of them being Planet of the Apes™ while the other one involves one of the best-known and frequently used brands in the world called Emojis! They definitely changed the way we communicate today but are these tiny little graphics also going to change the way we play video slots? Have a look 👀 at the Emojiplanet Video Slot™ preview, the only way to find out what these popular icons can do for such a simple game as a video slot.
Emojis, you must … them!
Emojis were initially created by Japanese mobile operators and over the years they seriously changed the way we communicate. The first emoji was created in 1998 or 1999 in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita and little did he know that these tiny graphics one day would take part in our daily conversations.
I love them ❤️ and I hate them 💔! It’s a love-hate relationship I have with emojis and I’m 100% sure I’m not the only one. No matter how much you love them or hate them, it’s an irreversible fact that they have become a huge part of our lives and they are here to stay.
In a message, emojis have the ability to intensify feelings of happiness, joy, and love, as well as sadness, anger or even grief. They are as powerful as if used the right way, they are fun. If used the wrong way, they can cause a person a lot of troubles.
Yep, these tiny smiley faces have more power than we would like to admit. While used in text messages only for a long while, it has been in the past years that they have been taking over the planet, movie by movie, and now also video slot by video slot. 😉
Emojis to take over the iGaming industry
These annoying/loveable graphics are everywhere and it seems we will never be able to get rid of them anymore. Now they are also going to take over the iGaming industry and they couldn’t have found a better partner in crime. NetEnt already took over the iGaming industry over the years and I’m sure that a brand as emoji® is going to help NetEnt to become more powerful than the company already is 👊.
Simon Hammon, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, comments: “As a leader in both mobile online gaming and innovation, Emojis is a perfect fit with NetEnt. Every day, millions – if not billions – of people around the world enjoy using Emojis. They have become a language in their own right; it is hard to think of a more collectively familiar and loved brand to partner up with.”
With emojis playing such an integral role in our everyday lives, it’s no wonder NetEnt teamed up with Global Merchandising Services & The emoji Company. Without such a collaboration, NetEnt would never be able to bring the emojis to life on the reels the way it did in the Emojiplanet Video Slot™, resulting in a typical NetEnt gaming experience.
Emojiplanet Video Slot™ design
As always, I had high expectations and I know I should stop having these expectations. It’s like I’ve been poisoned with NetEnt slots such as Aliens™, Gonzo’s Quest™, Dracula™, Steam Tower™, The Invisible Man™, slots series such as NetEnt Rocks and Fairytale Legends. All of them have been enriched with high-quality graphics, usually in 3D, bringing extremely attractive games to the NetEnt Casinos.
I’m expecting way too much from NetEnt these days, that’s for sure. Being one of the branded slots launched in 2017 and following the summer launch of the anticipated film The Emoji Movie, I expected 3D graphics on the reels in the Emojiplanet Video Slot™, talking emojis, emotions, more emotions, and even more emotions. I expected fireworks 🎇on the reels! But in the end, I think we should not expect too much from the graphics. Of course, it looks nice and all but it certainly doesn’t live up to my expectations.
This doesn’t mean the Emojiplanet Video Slot™ isn’t going to be worth playing, though. It does look like it’s going to be a spectacular game, but rather developed with a focus on the gameplay instead of the graphics and that makes me feel slightly disappointed.☹️ However, there are some nice details here and there that I have to mention. Like the presence of Gonzo, for example, well-known from the Gonzo’s Quest™ video slot. I love this kind of details which are hard to detect, but once you do, they make you smile.😄 Okay, at least they make me smile, probably because I know the majority of the NetEnt slots by heart and easily recognise these details. Who knows what else can pass by on the way up which we won’t find out until the game launch on the 23rd of August 2017.
Emojiplanet Video Slot™ features
Developed and designed with a mobile first approach, it might be why there aren’t as many 3D graphics involved as I hoped for. There’s a lot going on, though, such as a very unusual layout involving a 5×6 grid as seen before in the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot. This time, however, you’ll be treated a square video slot instead of a rectangular one which is normally the case.
Actually, nothing is really normal in the Emojiplanet Video Slot™ with an uncommon layout to begin with. The Wild seems quite regular, but the slot features in the Emojiplanet Video Slot™ aren’t what you’re used to from the NetEnt slots.
Besides the Wild feature, there will be five more slot features all linked to a emoji® including the bomb, the pizza slice, the kiss mark, the rocket, and the blue double hearts. This means you can look forward to the Bomb feature, Pizza feature, Kiss Mark feature, the Rocket feature, and the Two Hearts feature. 💕
It’s going to be a true emoji® chaos on the reels once NetEnt’s first branded slot of 2017 is going to be available in the NetEnt Casinos from the 23rd August.