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Title:  Sparky and Shortz
Developer: Play'n Go
Reels: 5
Rows: 3
Paylines: 10
RTP: 96.28% | 94.24% | 91.24% | 87.28% | 84.28%
Free Spins/Multiplier: 10-100/1-10x
Max Win: 10,000x
Max Win Probability: 1 in 1,000,000,000
Volatility: High
Min/Max Bet: 0.10/50
Release Date: October 14, 2021


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Sparky and shortz: Slot Overview

In Sparky & Shortz, players travel through the galaxy to a planet called Alpha Labori, where its very survival hangs in the balance. Extinction threatens this alien world unless two unlikely heroes can complete their duties to save the planet. One is Sparky, a small repair robot tasked with fixing Shortz, which is a multi-purpose life-saving robot. Extinction is a heavy word used when a certain species or whole taxonomic group no longer exists on Earth. Perhaps an army of life-saving robots is just what we need? Then again, AI raises its own set of issues, so how about we leave the philosophical challenges to the side for now and concentrate on Sparky & Shortz, an online slot full of stacked symbols, a progressive win multiplier, and free spins.

Using a bunch of futuristic, off-world imagery, Sparky & Shortz is played on a 5-reel, 3-row game grid providing 10 paylines to land winning combinations on. This occurs when three to five matching symbols land left to right, from the leftmost reel. The scenery alternates between lab and planet views of Alpha Labori depending on what game phase is active. Everything's been done to a typically high Play'n GO finish, with a slight Pixar WALL-E/Eve feel to it. This is kind of fitting since WALL-E was also tasked with cleaning up a planet; his made uninhabitable after centuries of corporate greed, runaway consumerism, and environmental violation. You know, science fiction doesn't lay out many positive visions of the future.


Playable from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin, Sparky & Shortz is a highly volatile game, though not to an extreme degree by Play'n GO standards as it's been given a volatility rating of 8 out of 10. As per usual, RTP may be set to different configurations depending on the market, so the highest default rating to look out for has a value of 96.28%. There is plenty of multiplying action going on via the features, so it's fitting that the game has a rather high 10,000x max win to match.

Landing on the reels are eight regular pay symbols, starting with five low-pay tiles composed of various coloured rocks. Next on the list are three high-value alien symbols paying better rewards, though still quite modest considering there are just 10 paylines - unless you can get the features cranking. Five premiums on a payline payout 6 to 10 times the stake. Double that for five wilds in a line, at 20x the bet, which also replaces any regular pay symbol to complete a win.



Sparky and shortz: Slot Features

There’s a futuristic, sci-fi feel to the design in the Sparky & Shortz slot. Some of the cartoon imagery reminded us of the classic 1950s alien invasion movies.

The backstory is that Sparky is a useful repair robot who needs to fix his friend Shortz, a multi-functional life-saving robot. If he does this, they have a chance of rescuing the planet (Alpha Labori). The design is bright and bold and just what we’ve come to expect from a Play ‘n GO release.


The reels are made up of 5 lower value symbols made up of brightly coloured space rock. They’re joined by a trio of high value aliens. The best paying alien rewards you with 1, 2.5 or 10 x your total stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 across a payline.


The swirling vortex is the game’s wild symbol. This can land on all 5 reels and substitute for all the standard symbols when it makes up part of a winning combination. It pays 2, 5 or 20 x stake for 3, 4 or 5 in combination.


Symbols can appear in stacked formation which can bring multipliers into play. Look out too for the robots Sparky & Shortz which buzz around the screen. Finally, there’s a Power Cell scatter symbol which can trigger the bonus round.



Win Multiplier feature
The Win Multiplier features comes into play if you land 3 identical symbols on the same reel. The multiplier is displayed on Shortz’s body and any wins on that spin are boosted by that amount.

You can increase the value of the multipliers via the Boost Meter. Sparky tries to activate this on each spin. If successful, the value of the Win Multiplier on each stacked reels increases by the amount shown on the Boost Meter. Multipliers are worth 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x. Multipliers reset with each new spin in the base game.



Free Spins feature
The main extra in Sparky & Shortz is the Free Spins feature. It’s triggered by landing the Power Cell Scatter symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin. You’ll then go on to play 10 free spins.

The Boost Meter is active throughout the duration of the feature  which means that the multipliers can really fly if you get on a good run. Those multipliers don’t reset following each free spin either. They remain the same or increase throughout the feature.

Retriggers are possible too. Land the Power Cell Scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 and another 5 free spins are added to your total. It’s possible to retrigger a maximum of 100 free spins in total.



Sparky and Shortz: Slot Verdict
This might sound defeatist, but we rush to save the animals that are currently left on Earth, which is a noble pursuit, to be sure, but is it ultimately fruitless? Scientists have estimated 98% of all biological species we have documented are now extinct and that the process plays a part in changing and maintaining biodiversity on the planet. Maybe it's like the story of the guy trying to plug holes in the dyke and running out of fingers. Ah well, we're here now, let's try to enjoy it while planning for the future before tardigrades are all that's left.


Sparky & Shortz does its part to help in this regard, being another entertaining slot from the prodigious hands at Play'n GO. The game is relatively straightforward, having just a few rules and features to get to grips with, leaving players relatively free to soak in Alpha Labori and ponder the future. They are the sort of features that increase exponentially when they build momentum, though, so Sparky & Shortz might not let you get too contemplative. Stacked symbols creating win multipliers keep the base game moving – even more so in free spins, since the Boost Meter is always active and the win multiplier only goes up or stays static; it does not reset. Get a major roll on, and Sparky & Shortz is capable of producing wins up to 10,000 times the stake.


While not offering any hugely innovative features, the stacked symbols leading to multipliers is a solid concept, which has the potential to get even more lethal during free spins. Play'n GO has mixed the gameplay with an interesting theme and two charming robots to create a comparatively simple yet effective slot.

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