On the face of it, Dazzle Me seems like a pretty standard slot. With icons not too dissimilar from those in the mobile game Bejewelled, which actually now has its own slot (but that's a story for another day), this looks to be just another 5-reel slots title unless you take more than a passing glance at its specs. However, there are a number of special touches that make Dazzle Me something a bit special.
For a start, Dazzle Me is definitely NOT just another 5x3 reel slots title. While the game's first two reels have three rows, the next two have four rows and the final reel has five rows. Obviously, this layout is totally distinctive in the world of video slots and vastly increases a player's chances of lining up some wins – the game has a huge 76 paylines thanks to its unique layout.
Dazzle Me's unique layout and big jackpot make for a very interesting game. The large number of paylines means that players will experience plenty of regular wins, and the game boasts a Dazzling Wild Reels feature that's extremely compelling.
The bonus round isn't quite as exciting as some other NetEnt games out there, but the twinned/linked reels feature that kicks in during it means racking up some hefty wins is a real possibility.
Dazzle Me's graphics aren't astonishing by any means – there's no cinematic intro and the game reuses jewel, 7 and bell icons that have appeared in slot machines for years. However, there's still something very appealing about how the game looks, from its flashy animations down to how the reels look when they're spinning.
The game's plinky soundtrack is cheerful enough, sounding vaguely Japanese, and the sound effects certainly add to the excitement when you're waiting to see if that final Free Spins symbol is going to land. Like anything, the in-game music can get annoying after a while but you can always mute it once you've had enough.
It has to be said that Dazzle Me can feel quite volatile. While bringing in a series of smaller wins is possible, our experience suggests that you're much more likely to go for several spins without much in the way of wins then land 10 or 15 times the value of your initial bet on a single spin. That's not a problem in itself, but it does mean that you should be prepared to make a big dent in your bankroll before raking anything back.
Before we get on to the bonus round, we'll talk about another feature that helps players rack up some big wins – the game's Dazzling Wild Reels feature. At any time during play, Dazzling Wild Reels random appear on between 1 and 5 reels and turn the entire reel wild.
In our experience, it's usually 2 or 3 reels that turn wild – getting all 5 is very rare – but even that can make for some fantastic wins, particularly if it affects the first couple of reels. We absolutely love the Dazzling Wild Reels feature, and we're sure that you will too.
Lining up some free spins symbols will earn you some free spins! 3 symbols will get you 8 free spins, 4 symbols get 12 free spins and 5 symbols earn a whopping 16 free spins.
There's no multiplier during the bonus round, which is definitely a shame, but the game does have a Linked Reels feature that kicks in during the bonus round which can help to improve the odds of winning big.
However you feel about the game's bonus round – personally, we think it can be a little bit underwhelming sometimes – it has to be said that it's difficult to match the excitement when Dazzling Wild Reels start landing and you just KNOW that if it goes your way then a big win is just around the corner.
It's probably not surprising that a game with so many paylines and bonus features also comes with a hefty jackpot, and Dazzle Me delivers with a dazzling jackpot of over 150,000 coins. The maximum coin value is 1, which means that in excess of $100,000 is up for grabs if you're betting big.
This might not impress players who only go for games with progressive jackpots worth millions of dollars, but we're sure that everyone else is bound to enjoy imagining what they might do with such a win. Dazzle Me doesn't have THE biggest non-progressive jackpot of any NetEnt game, but it's certainly up there in the top ten.
Dazzle Me may not initially seem like it has all that much to offer, but players will soon learn that it's very different to the average video slot. Jackpot hunters will enjoy chasing after that large non-progressive jackpot while everyone else will love the Dazzling Wild Reels feature – there's something here for everyone.
But there is also a downside to the game. Despite having lots of paylines, it still feels like it has a fairly high variance – it's possible to go for quite a few spins without any sign of a win, then land thousands of coins out of the blue and get back everything you've just lost in one go.
We think this is worth the trade off – Dazzle Me has dazzled us sufficiently that we're willing to take the risk that we may need to stick with it for a while to replenish our bankroll. You'll soon learn whether or not the same is true for you!