Glow is a 5-reel fixed 15-pay line online slots game from NetEnt. For centuries mankind has been transfixed by the enigma of ‘The Northern Lights’. In unsophisticated times (such as the 1970s) man probably thought the shimmering, glowing curtains of light were simply the result of the gods having a little bit of a party. We now know much better of course – these heavenly displays are also known as the Aurora Borealis and produced when the Earth’s magnetosphere is disturbed by solar winds and the particles are moved into the upper atmosphere where they lose energy. This results in the excitation of constituents of the atmosphere, and when they get excited they emit bands of colourful lights. So now you know.
The Northern Lights can be seen mainly in northern Russia, north Scandinavia, Iceland, Alaska, Greenland and Canada … the latter perhaps explaining why this NetEnt slot has a slight North American feel. The symbols used are stylish representative of North American animals, including wolves, bears and owls. Also represented are playing card symbols ten through to ace.
This slot only has fifteen lines (a tad disappointing) and that’s a fixed amount, so all fifteen are in play at all times. Like most NetEnt slots this game has ten possible bet levels, and a choice of coin values from 0.10 to 1.00. When you’re ready to bet, your final wagering amount will be your coin size multiplied by your bet level multiplied by fifteen. Hit spin when you’re ready to see the lights.
The lowest winning payout in this game is five coins. You win this amount if you land three identical tens, jacks or queens on an active pay line. The top payout is achieved by landing five deer symbols, which wins two thousand coins.
A bear is the wild symbol in this game. This symbol substitutes for all other symbols and any win that contains a wild symbol is doubled.
The deer symbol also triggers free spins. Two or three triggers a single free spin, four triggers two free spins and five triggers five free spins. You also gain a free spin if you land a win of three animal symbols, two if you land four and five if you land five. During free spins you can land additional free spins in the same manner, although during free spins you can add playing cards wins to the wins that will earn you additional free spins.
We’d like to give Glow a glowing review but we’re not going to. The game does look visually appealing – the Northern Lights themselves make an appearance, swirling away at the back of the reels – and we like the unusual way in which free spins can be gained and then added to, but the lack of scatter symbols and side games means that playing this game is not likely to result in a prolonged playing session. You’re missing out if you fail to put ‘see the Northern Lights’ on your bucket list, but you’ll be forgiven if ‘playing NetEnt’s Glow’ does not make a similar appearance.