Maybe people find it hard to express themselves using the written word or they just come in handy to express our emotions. Some have a true love-hate relationship with these tiny faces and graphics, but everybody ends up using emoji, albeit some to express emotions and some ironically.
Emoji became a brand of their own and it’s because of this that Emoji® has become one of the best-known and frequently used brands in the world. No wonder market leader NetEnt ended up signing a contract with Global Merchandising Services & The Emoji Company for another branded NetEnt slot and mobile slot the Swedish software provider is so famous for. It’s, therefore, Emojiplanet Touch® was added to the long list of branded mobile slots in August 2017 joining mobile games such as Guns n’ Roses Touch®, Dracula Touch®, The Invisible Man Touch®, Motörhead Touch®, Jimi Hendrix Touch®, and more.
For the first time, NetEnt developed and designed a new video slot game with a mobile first approach to come to a superb experience whether playing Emojiplanet™, at home or on the go. I think it’s because of this new approach that players can enjoy a fabulous gameplay instead of an advanced design as we’ve seen in games such as Aliens Touch®, Dracula Touch®, Jack and the Beanstalk Touch®, Gonzo’s Quest Touch® and all three legs of the NetEnt Rocks Touch® series. Some of these were developed in times mobile gaming wasn’t as evolved as it is today with half of the customers playing the NetEnt Games from a mobile device.
Times are changing, rapidly, and this asks for appropriate measures and in this case a shift in focus from desktop gaming to mobile gaming. I don’t see desktop gaming becoming irrelevant, but the market has to prepare for the mobile gaming era in which players find their way to the Touch® Games instead of the regular NetEnt Games.
This is, most probably, why NetEnt decided to give this approach a go in preparation for the future in which mobile gaming is of great importance.
Does this mean we can’t expect any cutting-edge video slots anymore? That’s probably not what it means as NetEnt always put a lot of effort in creating original games and that involves great designs as well. However, it is never a bad idea to try a different approach in order to come up with another original video slot.
How Emojiplanet Touch® is different
When the first footage of the game was published by NetEnt, I didn’t feel much excitement. My expectations were simply too high as I expected the game to bring the emoji to life on the reels. 3D graphics and animations, that’s what I was looking forward to, simply because the video slot was going to be released right after the summer launch of the anticipated feature film, The Emoji Movie. You can’t blame me – and my imagination – for going wild!
Instead, NetEnt obviously focused on the gameplay and the game turned out way different than I Expected. The game seems inspired by the many puzzle type of games so popular with many such as Candy Crush and Bejeweled. That’s how a 5×6 grid was created with the most popular emoji decorating the symbols. To create the puzzle type of game, NetEnt used two of its best slot mechanics; the Cluster Pays™ mechanics as well as the popular Avalanche™ technique.
Three weeks before the official release in August 2017, the game was launched exclusively at one of the larger NetEnt Casinos. What the preview video on YouTube couldn’t show, was how the excitement is being built up thanks to the Cluster Pays™ and Avalanche™ mechanics. That’s what makes Emojiplanet Touch® different compared to the standard games, offering a truly enjoyable emoji experience!
Emojiplanet Touch® slot features
The two slot mechanics used for Emojiplanet Touch® are in the spotlights and responsible for the entire gameplay. Without these two video slot mechanics, it wouldn’t be possible to activate any of the five slot features without any Scatters or Bonus symbols available.
It’s because of the Cluster Pays™ mechanics one or more clusters of emojis can be created. Once a cluster is a fact, an avalanche is created. The emoji involved will get to the emoji meters on the right side of the screen where they keep the emoji meter running as long as new clusters are created. When enough emoji are collected, the particular meter will start counting. The moment no new clusters are being created, the available slot features will be activated and meters will keep running. Until absolutely no clusters are created and all slot features collected have been used up, the game goes back to basic.
Playing Emojiplanet Touch®, you’ll be able to collect emojis in order to activate the five exciting Emoji Features: the Bomb feature💣, Pizza feature🍕, Kiss Mark feature💋, the Rocket feature🚀, and the Two Hearts feature💕.
Kiss Mark Feature 💋
When the Kiss Mark Feature is activated, you can expect 3 Sticky Wild symbols, substituting for all symbols in Emojiplanet Touch®, to randomly appear on the reels. Each Sticky Wild symbol has 3 lives, but when a Sticky Wild symbol is a part of one or more simultaneous winning combinations, it loses a life. When all 3 lives are lost, the Sticky Wild symbol disappears.
Bomb Feature 💣
Eight random symbols on the reels will be destroyed and a random coin win of between 5 and 100 times your bet level will be awarded for each destroyed symbol.
When the Pizza Feature is activated, a 3×3 overlay of a random symbol, except for the Wild symbol, randomly appears on the reels.
Rocket Feature 🚀
Once the Rocket meter is filled another great feature can be expected in which a stack of 10 Wild symbols appears on and above one of the reels creating a winning combination. In each next Avalanche, new Wild symbols from the stack land on the reels until no more Wild symbols remain in the stack.
Two Hearts Feature 💕
The Two Hearts Feature will be activated only when there are no more winning combinations and no more other Emoji Features to be activated. When the Two Hearts Feature is activated, the total win is multiplied by the number of times the meter is filled up plus one.