The full moon is high and it reveals the enchanting images which you see before you in the 5-reel and 1 – 50 variable paylines slot Owl Eyes from NextGen Gaming where each spin gives you a chance to win up to €2,000 per payline by nailing 5 tree symbols on a payline!
Enchanting graphics and sounds
It is late at night and the glow of the moon has basked the forest in the white glow of light illuminating all manner of creatures. If you look closely, beyond the standard poker symbols you’ll spot some telltale signs of life including an owl feather, mushrooms, badger and trees and of course the main character to this game the wide eyed owl. Reigning down over all these symbols is the magnificent full moon. The graphics are very well done and though it is rather disappointing to see poker symbols used in nice themes such as this one, even they are designed in a manner as not to clash with the magic of the other symbols. While spinning you can hear the chirping of crickets or the hooting owls all the while an inspirational tune plays, and the little rabbit to the bottom right of the screen peers curiously. The forest background becomes a beautiful full moon as you approach the appearance of three moon scatter symbols.
The game offers you ways of increasing your odds of taking home some great prizes. They start with the owl wild symbol, which may appear on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels, acts as a 2x multiplier when forming part of a winning payline and appear stacked replacing any other symbol except for the moon scatter which we’ll discuss next. This symbol appears on any reel with 3, 4 or 5 symbols rewarding you with 5, 10 or 100 coins! That’s not all as you will also trigger the 5 free games feature where you will find stacked wild symbols have been added to the reels! This feature can be re-triggered during play. For good measure, the slot offers one of two gamble features where you can choose to guess the colour of the next card for double or nothing, or guess the suite of the next card for quadruple or nothing up to 5 times!
Not quite a stellar slot
Owl Eyes can be played for as little as €0.01 to as much as €100 on coins ranging in value from €0.01 all the way up to €2.00. The theoretical return to player (RTP) is 95.303%. The game offers some entertaining graphics and sound with most of the more common features you will find in other slots including scatters, free spins, wilds and gamble features. While playing, we were disappointed to find just how difficult the free spins feature actually was to trigger which is important because you are likely to make more money in there than anywhere else. While wins did come regularly enough, thanks in part to some help from the stacked wilds we found they were more often than not around the size of our bets which considering the number of paylines is extremely disappointing. Remember, you can maximise the effect of the stacked wilds by playing all 50 paylines. Overall, this is not a bad game but we think that there are probably better ones out there with similar themes and better opportunities.