Fortune Games® Slots Review of Xpander Slot Game 

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A simplistic-looking game inspired by Hacksaw Gaming's Pocketz series of slots, Xpander fits right in on a mobile phone while still being playable on any device. Hacksaw games are rarely what they seem, and Xpander has lots of clever features and one of the biggest max wins. When the features come together, Xpander can delight you to the core, but when they don't, you might want to throw your phone out the train window on the way home from work.

In Xpander, Hacksaw Gaming has taken a retro-futuristic approach. You may find a blue, purple background of nondescript high rise buildings behind the 7x7 sized panel depending on how you play the game. Hacksaw isn't renowned for its detailed artwork, but they make the most of what they have. Xpander is still not their most absorbing slot from an audio-visual perspective. There are old school fruit symbols and classic slot symbols on the grid, which feel at odds with the theme. There is almost a Hop'N'Pop / Cubes 2 fusion feel to it. In addition to the Synthwave soundtrack, a wind chime effect gives the game an even deeper 1980s feel when things go well during free spins. 

A Hacksaw game isn't primarily about looks (arguably, we should say that), but rather about their math model/feature combo, which provides most of the playability. For players who want edgier gaming on their phones with the possibility of winning rewards, Pocketz slots might be a good alternative to Candy Crush. However, they can be brutal. With Xpander, this means a highly volatile game engine, with a theoretical return value of 96.25% - slightly higher than the 96.2% generated when buying the feature.

Cluster pays occur when five or more symbols connect horizontally or vertically anywhere on the grid. From low to high, the symbols in Xpander are cherries, lemons, grapes, watermelons, bells, horseshoes, 7s, and diamonds. Clusters of 15 matching symbols or more trigger payouts of 20 to 80 times the stake when they are scored. All symbols except the scatter are substituted by the blank hand of cards.

*All values (Bet Levels, Maximum Win, etc.) mentioned in relation to this slot game are subject to change at any time