Thrill to Grill Overview
NetEnt also released a new online slot game this week called Thrill to Grill.
This new online slot game comes with a summer barbeque theme. Where all ingredients are grilled on a giant stone. It doesn’t look too appealing in my opinion. somehow the game looks a bit bland.
The game uses 5 reels that are each 5 symbols high and comes with 3125 ways. Meaning that symbols pay left to right, starting with the leftmost reel, no matter where on a reel they appear.
Besides standard card symbols you will also find different meats. There is also a wild symbol and there are star symbol, which is the bonus symbol. Don’t know why a star was chosen, it doesn’t match with the theme.
Thrills to Grill comes with a low maximum payout of 1.946 times your bet and is a low to medium volatile slot game.
Thrill to Grill Features
This feature triggers at random during the base game. But is always active during free spins.
The middle block of symbols, which is 3 by 3 big, will become active and is called the Grill area. And a random symbol is picked as special Grill Symbol.
Reels will spin and the Grill symbols appearing in the Grill Area will stay there and move around within the area. When you get 5 or more Grill Symbols in the area a respin is triggered where the Grill Symbols stay on the reels.
Free Spins Feature
5 or more bonus symbols will award 3 free spins.
During free spins the Collection Feature is always active and a random symbol is picked before free spins start. Ant time a Grill Symbol lands during free spins, they are reset back to 3.
There are also 3 special symbols that can land anywhere during free spins that will award extra bonuses:
- Expand symbol – can land above or below the Collection Area and will add the spot it landed on to the Collection Area, making it bigger
- Slap feature – picks a random Grill Symbol. On the next spin, this Grill Symbol absorbs all other Grill Symbols in the collection area before converting into a Grill symbol with a multiplier of x1 plus the number of symbols it absorbs. Multipliers are applied to all winning Grill Symbol combinations.
- Extra Spin – can only land 1 time and will increase the number of spins from 3 to 4. Now each time the free spins reset, they reset back to 4.
Some casinos will offer the option to buy the free spins feature for 60 times your bet.
These days NetEnt slots seems to be hit or miss for me. Some of them are amazing and then there are some that just don’t do it for me. Thrill to Grill falls under the latter.
The theme is ok, but doesn’t really grab me. I like the fact that they wens with a barbeque theme. But somehow the island look and also the stars and wilds, don’t seem to match the theme.
Then there is the gameplay. The game uses 3125 ways, which I enjoy. And I also think the Collection Area in both the base game and the free spins is a nice addition. But because of the low maximum payout, this just doesn’t get exciting.
And don’t get me wrong, I do like that NetEnt still releases low and medium volatile slot games. These are becoming more rare, which I think is a shame, because not every player is looking for those high volatile games. But why can’t a low to medium volatile slot have a bigger maximum payout?
Overall I think Thrill to Grill is not a bad game. Just one of those games that I forget as soon as the next NetEnt title will be released.
Give the game a try below, or find it at any NetEnt casino.