The Link is an exciting new slot machine by Gamevy which brings together colourful symbols and a loose space theme to create a futuristic-style game. This slot features a 3×3 grid of circles, triangle, squares and crosses on the reels along with 8 paylines and wild symbols.
The music in the background is suitably atmospheric and players will enjoy the tumbling reels with symbols looking as though they are floating in mid-air to add to the space-age theme.
Heading into Space
There are only 8 paylines in this game, which are all fixed into position so you have the maximum number of chances to win on every spin. You can change your bet by clicking on the plus and minus signs next to the ‘bet size’ lettering. The bets start at €1 and go up to a maximum bet per spin of €10. This is quite a small betting range which is best suited to mid-rollers. Lower rolling players will be disappointed that they have to bet €1 to play the game, while high rollers might find the €10 max bet slightly restrictive.
To activate the auto spin feature, you need to click and hold the spin symbol on the right of the screen which lets you play from 25 to 100 spins automatically.
The Link is a simple game with a different approach to most other slot machines thanks to the use of a 3×3 grid instead of the usual 5 reels. The background is a star-filled dark blue sky, while the symbols are oscillating shapes in bright colours.
The symbols include a purple cross, green circle, yellow star, white diamond, blue square, and red triangle. These symbols tumble down from above when you press the spin button and any symbols in a winning combination will spin in 3D effect.
The whole feel of the game is reminiscent of a game of noughts and crosses with the symbols including the circles and the crosses and the winning paylines having a line drawn through them for added effect.
Winning Symbols on the Noughts and Crosses Board
While playing The Link you can expect some excellent payouts if you hit the best combinations. There are 8 paylines and 5 winning symbols along with a wild icon. The more paylines you hit a win on, the higher your payout. The highest-paying symbols are the white diamond and the yellow star, which both pay up to 5,000x your bet for 3 symbols on all 8 winning paylines. The yellow star is also the wild symbol in the game and stands in for all the other symbols to create more potential winning combinations. When the wild yellow star stands in to create a payout, the other symbols on that payline all turn yellow for a great visual touch!
The second-best symbol is the blue square, which awards up to 4,000x your bet for 3 symbols on all 8 paylines, while the red triangle awards up to 3,000x your bet for 3 matching symbols on all 8 paylines. The green circle pays up to 2,000x your bet for 3 symbols, and the cross awards up to 1000x your bet for 3 matching symbols on all 8 paylines.
Whenever you hit a winning combination a line is drawn across the symbols to link them together – perhaps this is where the name of the game comes from – just like in the classic game of noughts and crosses.
Atmospheric 3d Space Fun – but Is It Missing a Link?
The Link is a simple slot machine with an interesting style. The space theme is attractive and also serves to give the game an air of mystery and intrigue, especially when the atmospheric music plays throughout every spin.
Visually, the game is excellent with the spinning symbols all 3D in style and whenever you hit a winning combination the symbols spin around to reveal all their sides. Plus, if the win contains a wild symbol, the other symbols all turn yellow to match the wild star for an interesting and effective extra touch.
The wild symbol appears regularly to help boost the payline wins. However, as the wild star is really the only extra feature in the game, the entertainment value of The Link is quite low, even if it does bring to mind the much-loved game of noughts and crosses. The space theme is evocative but the lack of features means players might feel the game is missing a link.