Macarons Review Scores
Game title: Macarons
Game description: Macarons is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot that was developed by Endorphina. This slot has an RTP of 96%, is packed with bonus features and contains some glorious graphics and animations. You can win huge prizes with multipliers as well as free spins and a possible 5,000x the stake wins.
- Graphics & Sound
- Features & Bonuses
- Free Spins
- Thrill Factor
- Great Graphics
- Free Spins
- 5,000x the Stake Payouts
- Average RTP
Macarons is a delicious excuse to dive into the tasty world of elegant sweets, with a dash of French refinement on top. This video slot game by Endorphina is an invitation to feast your eyes on beautiful and mouth-watering graphics, with of course plenty of cash to win on the way. This slot was released in 2015 but still looks great, with not only all the different symbols made to fit the theme but there are also plenty of animations to enjoy. The game makes use of a selection of different types of macarons to represent the majority of symbols in this 5-reel, 3-row slot. There are a number of different characters that are present in the game as well, showing something that might be a romance story. There are symbols with just the man, just the woman and one of them both dancing under the Eiffel Tower.
Endorphina is committed to building coherent and original game universes. This time we are invited to a wedding reception somewhere in France, and as it would be rude to show up empty-handed, we make a stop at the bakery shop to buy some delicious supplies. The 5 reels of Macarons are placed within the shop itself, between boxed of sweets and literal pyramids of the famous macarons. The main color schemes are beige and prune, giving the game a somehow cute atmosphere. The sounds of violins and accordions accompany you throughout your game, giving it a distinct Parisian feel reminiscent of classic French films. The game universe is coherent and quite beautiful, yet rather unusual for a slot game. But this does not come in the way of high stakes fun! The game comes with Stacked Wilds, Multipliers and Free Spins to give it some extra appeal.
Before starting Macarons there are certain things you can do to set it up under your preferences. You can see the betting amount right below the reels. You can set it from 10 to 100.00 coins per spin. However, the player can also control the coin size. It can be set at 0.05, 0.1, 0.2 or 0.5. Conversely, the maximum bet with a 0.5 coin size is 500.00 coins per spin. The slot has 10 paylines that can be controlled by the Lines button in the bottom left corner. This means that players can set their gameplay anywhere from 1 to 10 paylines. Keep in mind that this slot can be played with bitcoin. However, you can play with regular FIAT currency as well.
Hitting the Spin button will start the Macarons online slot. The button is on the bottom right side, right below the reels. Right next to it, you can see the Auto button which is used to spin the reels automatically. This is a feature often added to slots by game developers. Additionally, this slot title has a turbo button as well. Clicking on it will make the reels spin faster, creating a faster gameplay. The button to control the background sound is on the top-right side of the reels. Right next to it, there is an “i” button. Clicking on it will reveal the gameplay, paylines, and all the bonuses. However, the game options are set diagonally from the background sounds button. You can find them in the bottom left corner.
Macarons has a large collection of symbols, each of them unique for the slot. They all fit the setting perfectly, with the big eyecatcher the bottle of wine that acts as a Stacked Wild. I think that was a clever way of implementing the feature without disrupting the theme! Even the card letters that they use for the low-paying symbols are made to look like frosting on a macaron, cleverly integrating it into the design. I would love to see more developers use this kind of creativity to inject them into their games. The symbols are all made to look distinctly different and spotting a win on one of the 10 paylines is made easier at the same time.
The usual playing cards are present right at the bottom of the menu and even if they never are the most valuable of symbols, this time they come as delicious, cream-filled macarons labelled from Jack to King. They appear to be chocolate or coffee-flavoured, and two Jacks are enough to trigger a modest win! Moving up, we find four extravagant small sweet miracles: Pistachio, Blueberry, Raspberry and Orange-flavoured macarons, with not only more intricate and beautiful designs but also clearly bigger wins at stake. They are followed by the Bride and the Groom, separately, and finally a picture of them together under the Eiffel Tower: combine five of these and the jackpot is yours!
Macarons Features and Bonuses
The game has a small collection of features, which is something I’ve come to expect of Endorphina slots. At least the features feel like a part of the game, which I’ve had issues with before.
- Wilds: Wilds act as any other symbol in the game to create a winning payline, except for the Bonus Symbol.
- Stacked Wilds: The Wine Bottle is the Wild in Macarons and can appear to fill the entire reel. It will count as a Wild for all paylines that run over that reel.
- Free Spins: Get 3 Bonus Symbols on the screen to activate the Free Spins mode. Players receive 20 free spins to play with. It’s possible to re-trigger additional free spins during this mode.
- Multipliers: During the Free Spins mode, all wins have a 4x multiplier applied to them.
You will find a bottle of Champagne acting as the single Wild card of the Macarons and substituting for all the other symbols described above. The bottle is quite large and can sometimes cover an entire reel at once. Macarons doesn’t activate the Free Spins mode very often which means players are set to play in the base game most of the time. This isn’t too bad since the base game looks great and still offers the Stacked Wilds to facilitate wins. Not that wins are too easy to come by since Macarons does have High Volatility. Expect quite a few spins between wins, and often these wins still won’t be very high. That’s where the wild comes into play to help create the biggest wins of the game.
Macarons Gamble Feature
Like many other casino games, this one also has a Gamble feature. Here, you will get one card shown, and 4 more flipped over face down. You need to choose one of the remaining four cards. If the card you choose is highest than the dealer’s, you win, if the dealer’s card is higher than yours, you will lose and will be taken back to the base game. If the card is the same as the dealer’s you will repeat the round. You can choose to collect your winnings after each high card chosen. In Macarons, you can double your winning up to 10 times. However, once you get it wrong, the round is over and you lose your initial win. Endorphina as a developer often add gamble features to their slots. You can read more about such features on their website.
There is one more feature that the Macarons slot has and we have to mention it. It’s a feature which acts as a bonus round, separate from the regular gameplay which is why we consider it the Thrill factor. It’s a free spins feature which is favorite among players. However, this free spins feature comes with something extra that players love. We are talking about the multipliers that can happen during this feature. We will explain this in proper detail right below.
Free Spins Feature
The game does do a good job at making the Free Spins mode stand out through its features. Even though it still looks roughly the same as the base game, the 4x multiplier is active the entire time and counts for all wins. There is also the possibility of re-triggering free spins, making the potential payout even larger. No wonder the max. win is set at 5,000x your bet!
Players that are feeling adventurous can pick a bet between £0.01 and £100 per spin but considering the volatility, I would always advise players to start off with a lower bet to get a feel of the slot. Only after you have an idea of the payout rate should you decide if a larger bet is worth it. I had a nice time playing Macarons, even though it does very little new or different. The main draw for me were the graphics and the Stacked Wilds. The Free Spins mode very much felt like an exception to the gameplay and I didn’t consider it integral to the experience.
If you have played any Endorphina games before, you will probably consider Macarons one of their better ones like I have. If you have a lot of experience with slots by other developers you will probably consider this game somewhat average. The graphics are nice but the game is getting up there in years and they won’t stay as impressive for much longer. The features are simple but effective, but can also be found in dozens of other slots. Players that are looking for a simple classic slot with enough variety to keep them interested for a while will have a good time with Macarons. The game doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it really doesn’t have to to offer a solid game experience.
The few features it does have are a nice addition that will appeal to most regular players. Only those looking for something truly unique or revolutionary won’t find it here.
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