There are few titles so legendary as Reactoonz. In the online casino world, this sequel could be compared to the release of the new Star Wars movie or a new instalment of Avengers, fundamentally, this is huge. After roughly 3 years, Play’n GO have decided to give their cult classic a sequel, which is now the Reactoonz 2. Once again, we’re meeting up with the little alien buddies, although this time they have brought some friends. It’s a tough task to beat such an iconic game, but this is Play’n GO that we are talking about, so everything is possible.
Reactoonz 2 has stuck with the roots of the game, as overall the slot looks familiar to the one that we’ve been enjoying so far. Of course, the big question is, how comparably better or worse is the sequel. We will seek our answer in the next paragraphs. This is the alien invasion that we all signed up for, so without further ado, let’s get right into this one.
There is no mistaking that this is a sequel as the visual similarities are striking. We are greeted with the same logo screen with the classical 7x7 layout. Reactoonz 2 soundtrack has gone with a more ‘’hip-hoppy’’ vibe, and to be frank, the snare drum effect gets a bit too obnoxious, so in this regard, we prefer the original soundtrack as it fits the sci-fi theme better. Also, the gameplay on Reactoonz 2 is not as smooth as it was before. For a cluster pay slot, this is quite an important aspect, as there is a constant movement with all the symbols dropping around. The colours visually look better on Reactoonz 2, they are more vibrant and the special effects are graphically more refined. So far you could say that it’s 1-2 in the scoreboard.
You will see a lot of familiar faces on Reactoonz 2, the little guys are back and they look as good as ever. Things are also less static right now, as you can see them looking around. This little addition makes the game seem livelier. in total Reactoonz 2 comes with 8 symbols, which then can be split into two categories, the one-eyed low symbols and two eye high symbols. The difference in payouts is huge, so it is essential to make wins with the big boys. Reactoonz 2 is trying to keep things exciting with 4 different Wilds. These are the Uncharged Wilds, Electric Wilds, Gargantoon Wilds and Energoon Wilds.
For better or worse, the Reactoonz 2 payouts haven’t seen much of an overhaul, to be honest, there barely have been any changes at all. To state the obvious, the game layout is still the gold ole 7x7 with Cluster pays. The default RTP has been toned down ever so slightly by 0.31%. Another two things that have been left untouched are the high volatility and default bet range. Perhaps, the most important question for some, what about Reactoonz 2 max win potential? At the beginning Play’n GO were presenting a 3000x payout. Fortunately, they wised up and increased it to 5000x. This is 250x more than the original Reactoonz. A small upgrade, but an upgrade nonetheless.
Things are going to become hectic under this section. Bonus features are the part where we see most of the changes that have been made on Reactoonz 2. The original Reactoonz featured a single progress bar, but on Reactoonz 2 you have two of them. The one on top is called the Fluctometer. This is like a rechargeable battery that is always there, ready to be used if charged up enough. This Fluctometer chooses one random one-eyed symbol on each round. If this symbol wins, then an Electric Wild appears on any spot where the symbols were removed. If you charge it up fully, then 1-3 Electric Wilds get added to the game layout.
The next Reactoonz 2 progress bar is the Quantumeter. All the regular symbols, that have been removed by the Electric Wilds will charge the Quantumeter. So yes, the regular wins, without wilds won’t charge anything, as it was on the original Reactoonz game. After a sufficient amount of charges have been collected, the meter will release an Energoon. If you’ve only managed to get to Reactoonz 2 level 1, then the Quantumeter will reward 4 1x1 Energoon Wilds. If it’s level two, then a single 2x2 Energoon Wild. Of course, when you manage to get to level 3, the Gargantoon gets unleashed, but for the real deal, you need to get to level 4, where Gargantoon appears with a 2x multiplier.
When all is said and done, there is another feature on Reactoonz 2 that will bring some benefits to the players. Wild Pair Explosion will activate once all features are done and there are 2 or more Electric Wilds left on the game layout. If the remaining Electric Wilds are next to each other, then an explosion will blast away completely all symbols. If they are not in each other's close vicinity, then only symbols between them will be demolished. As you can see, Reactoonz 2 is still all about that Garga.
On its own, Reactoonz 2 is a great slot, a fantastic slot even. It’s hard to say if it is better than the original Reactoonz slot, this comes down to a few points of preference. Visually, Reactoonz 2 is flashier and more animated, but the cost is the fluidity of the game. The payouts are virtually the same, so the final decision couldn’t be based on this. The biggest difference between both Reactoonz games is the bonus features. Reactoonz 2 definitely is more complex, at some points perhaps too complicated even. No longer all wins charge up the progress bar and for some, this surely will be disappointing news. Reactoonz 2 is trying to balance it with an additional progress bar, but that creates even more confusion. Reactoonz 2 will require more time to get used to, but once that is done, we are looking at a fairly even playing field. Both slots are great, so in the end, it’s up to you, to decide which game aspect you prioritize.