Germinator General Information:
There are a few major advantages that online pokies have over the in person variety. The one relevant for this introduction (stay with me here), is the concept of germs. As someone who routinely gets sick when people cough on them I can appreciate not having to be exposed to the filth of others. Exaggeration aside – Germinator helps combine the fun of pokies with the thrill of not actually getting sick. Is this game worth the sickness, or are you better off getting immunised? Keep reading to find out…
The Germinator pokie game runs on the Microgaming software system. One of the most popular and prolific creators of online pokies, Microgaming has been in the business for over a decade. With this pokie they have now taken their experience and applied it to a Germinator themed game.
As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems. Microgaming offer a lot when it comes to versatility, which great for all types of play.
Germinator comes with a total of 12 paylines over 5 reels in a 6×6 layout. The player cannot modify which paylines are active in this game.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 0.05
- The maximum coins bet sits at 2.00
- Minimum coin size is static.
- Maximum coins size is static.
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 95.5%, which approaches the lower end of average.
This is an odd one when it comes to options. As such a different game Germinator only comes with one option. This is the option to modify the amount which is bet per line. There are other choices which come up but these are through the game bonus structure.
OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS
Germinator does come with a paytable which is accessed through the more buttons the right side of the game screen. Clicking this brings up a simple single screen which lists all of the bonus game structures.
Also on offer is a simple mute button, which can be found to the top right of the main game screen. This appears right next to a small questionmark. When clicked this questionmark brings the player to a small help section which lists some of the game details in a fashion similar to the paytable displays.
When it comes to story there isn't a lot to speak of in this game. The name itself appears to be a combination of the term Terminator (presumably taken from the films) and germs. Kind of dumb, really, but certainly not enough to take me out of the game.
The real background inspiration for this game is found in traditional video-games. The likes of Tetris or Puyo Puyo are the most obvious influences here – with the matching and falling tiles system. This is combined with the reel structure of pokies, with the reels coming from the left rather than the top, for some reason.
Other Features and Bonuses
The first and perhaps most important part of the bonus structure of Germinator comes in the form of this medi-bonus. These little pills have a chance of appearing attached to each different bacteria/virus symbol. When a total of three or more of these appear on a single spin the player is given access to the bonus. In this the player is allowed to choose a single symbol. The selected symbol, and all others of its type currently on the reels, will vanish. Following this the remaining symbols will fall into the open spots, with additional symbols being added as necessary. This bonus really adds a fantastic element of choice to the game, making it possible to manipulate the score in a way far more pronounced than most games manage.
The shifting reels feature comes into play with each completed match of symbols. When this occurs the matched symbols will disappear. Following this they remaining symbols will fall into place, with additional symbols falling from above to fill the remaining space. If these create additional matches the process will repeat until no more remain.
The payout system in this game is also unusual, and is something which should be touched on. Instead of offering direct quantities the symbols in Germinator are each worth a portion of the player's bet. In reality this functions almost identically to the way most pokies scale their bets, but it's interesting to see Microgaming really cut out the guesswork here.
How to Play:
To get started in this game the player needs only select the bet which they want per line and click play. That's it, nice and simple.
The only additional input that the player will get is when the achieve the medi-bonus. During this bonus the player will be able select a single type of symbol. This symbol will then be removed from the current reels, with additional symbols falling in to fill the open slots and potentially create additional matches.
Overall Design and Usability:
When reviewing the design of a pokie it is important to take into account when exactly the game was created. Older games will naturally look a little simpler, whereas newer games might look better but not run as well. Despite our efforts we were unable to determine exactly when Germinator was created, so in this way we are unable to place it. Judging by the graphics and animations alone would lead us to believe that this is an older game. The graphics and animations included within are charming, but they are also quite simple. This extends to the rest of the game frame. Overall the game has a look which is a little bit gross, and not in the way the creators intended. This doesn't bother us at all, however, and whether it bothers you will depend on your taste as a player.
When it comes to usability,this is an area where the game really seems to suffer. There is only really one possible options to change, with one more choice given in the bonus structure. The game itself runs well, and appears fully reliable, but it lacks the options which makes many games more accessible. It also was created before the popularisation of the modern phone design, which means the game might not fit the display well on modern mobile devices.
Where to find it:
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This is a bit of a tricky pokie to review. It is lacking in so many ways – betting options, graphics options, bonus structures for example, yet, somehow, it still comes off as incredibly enjoyable. Perhaps this is due to the unusual 6×6 layout, or the matching and dropping of the symbols. Maybe its the adaption of a bonus system which turns the game into a Candy Crushesque pokie for a single turn.
Whatever the reasons we have to say – we love this game, though we can't say it is especially good. If you want something new to try, or are interested in interesting concepts and designs then absolutely check this one out.
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