Thanks to the extensive list of themes for online slots that include pretty much any genre you can think of, sometimes it can be rather overwhelming to zero down on one particular option. And this can happen even to the best of the best online slot players, being that usually the more options you have, the harder it is to make a decision. Well, being that we enjoy putting in the extra work for the sake of our readers, we decided to assist you and consequently save you time. As a result, we came up with one of the most appropriate online slot themes for this time of the year, the ever-popular summer slots.
Not only that, but we did a little research to find out what are the most popular, i.e. the most played summer-inspired online slots at the moment of writing, voted by real users and casino players, in order to get a real picture of what the players want to play during the hot and long summer days. And the results were quite interesting.
Aloha King Elvis by BGaming
We will start this list with one of the hottest summer online slots at the moment, and one of the most popular releases by BGaming, the absolutely amazing Aloha King Elvis. Thanks to the massive success of the prequel of Aloha King Elvis, Elvis Frog in Vegas, an online slot about a little frog that is also Elvis Presley and that performs in Las Vegas, BGaming decided to capitalize on the already established product and come up with a much-anticipated part two. And while usually part two translates to the studio creating a subpar product in a futile attempt to make more money on the same thing, when it comes to Aloha King Elvis, BGaming truly took things to a completely new level and blew everyone away.
This is because the studio decided to take a game such as the Elvis Frog in Vegas, which by the way is already an excellent online slot with advanced mechanics and a bunch of features, and just stuff it with even more features and even bigger win potential. The end result? Probably the most popular game released by BGaming since Elvis Frog in Vegas, and definitely one of the most sought-after summer-themed online slots currently on the internet.
Aloha King Elvis is a 5×3 reel, 25 pay-lines online slot that comes with some rather exciting and lucrative bonus features. Free spins, mode choosing, mega symbols, scatters, wilds, buy feature… You name it, this slot probably has it. The free spins feature, for example, gives you the opportunity to choose between two different free spins, which can then help you to activate the even more rewarding Coin Respin Bonus Game, where you have a shot to win 1 out of 3 different value jackpots. In order to activate the free spins, you need to land 3 scatter symbols on the designated reels 1-3-5.
You can trigger the Coin Respin feature if you land 6 coins in any position on the reels. After this happens, you will have the opportunity to choose between three types of jackpots: Mini, Major or Mega Jackpot. However, if you feel like you do not wish to waste time waiting for the coins and scatters to land on the reels, then you can always buy yourself back into the game, thanks to the Buy Bonus feature.
Not only will this allow you to buy free spins, but you can also purchase the Coin Respin bonus as well. Lastly, there is the Chance x2.5 feature that has one purpose: to increase your wager by x2.5, and consequently increase your chances of hitting either the Free Spins or the Coin Respin bonus games.
- Paylines: 25
- Game Type: Video Slots
- Features: Free Spins, Coin Respin, Buy Bonus, Chance x2.5, Buy Feature
- RTP: 94.92%
- Max Win: x2000
- Volatility: Medium-High
Bigger Bass Bonanza by Reel Kingdom
If we take into account the success that the subsidiary of Pragmatic Play, Reel Kingdom, had with the mega-hit Big Bass Bonanza, it is definitely no surprise that the studio decided to produce a sequel. And just as was the case with BGaming and Aloha King Elvis, the new game was just what the players wanted to see. A new and improved version of the already established classic, presented in even better surroundings. One of the first noticeable improvements in Bigger Bass Bonanza is that the 5-oak fish cash wins will now collect all of the cash prizes that the game releases, unlike the predecessor which did this randomly. The same can be said for the improved win potential of x4.000 as well, as well as the additional row, which is definitely no small thing.
Bigger Bass Bonanza is a 5-4 reel online slot that comes packing a long list of bonus features, and a rather chill 80s beach vibe. In addition to the standard wilds, scatters and multipliers that are also present in the prequel, this game also has a free spins multiplier, additional free spins, additive symbol and symbol collection/energy, among other things. And the best part of all? Bigger Bass Bonanza has nearly double the single fish win potential than Big Bass Bonanza, and this is one huge reason why this edition is becoming even more popular than the original, and consequently, one of the best summer slots in the industry.
In order to activate the bonus round, the first thing you need to do is land at least 3 leaping fish scatters anywhere on the reels. In particular, if you land 3, 4 or 5 fish scatter symbols on the same spin from the base game, you get either 10, 15 or 20 free spins. However, the most important thing is the Fisherman wild that activates in the bonus round. Not only does he come with cash fish symbols, but he also collects all values, and can come up with a whopping x4000 your stake, which needless to say is the biggest win at this slot.
Even better, you can retrigger this bonus round for every 4th wild symbol that you collect in the meter located above the grid. If you manage to do so, then it will award you with 10 extra spins, as well as a multiplier boost. Depending on the retrigger, you can win x2 for the 1st, x3 for the 2nd, and x10 for the 3rd retrigger. After the third and final retrigger, all-cash fish symbols will be multiplied by whatever multiplier you activate.
Another great thing about Bigger Bass Bonanza is the fact that while in the base game, you can get a payout from both the cash fish symbols and the regular premium symbols, something that wasn’t possible with the original. Specifically, if you land a 5-oak cash fish symbol on the regular premium symbols, you will win between x50 and x200 of the amount of your stake. From here, if you land 5-oak cash fish awards it will calculate the total amount of all cash prizes that are involved while landing 4 or 3, which will get you x1 or x5 of your stake amount.
- Betways: 12
- Game Type: Video Slots
- Features: Additive Symbol, Additional Free Spins, Free Spins, Free Spins Multiplier, Symbols Collection – Energy
- RTP: 95.67%
- Max Win: x4000
- Volatility: High
Tropicool by ELK Studios
We leave the most exciting for last, considering that though this game may seem like a black sheep, it actually belongs in the category of summer-inspired online slots. This is because, despite the game being set in Antarctica, there are still tropical elements that make it qualify for our list for today. You may wonder how? Well, the premise of this game begins with the two main protagonists, Tony Toucano, a parrot, and Fiona Flamingo, well, a flamingo, and their vision of a tropical paradise located in one of the coldest places on the earth. The end result is probably the only slot in existence where you can relax on a tropical and at the same time, icy beach.
Tropicool is a 6-6 reel, 46.656 pay lines slot game that comes with an exciting sliding top reel that can activate various features such as wilds, modifiers, symbol transformation feature, win multiplier boost, etc. Yet, when we speak of features at Tropicool, we have to mention the rewarding Avalanche feature. Once activated, it will remove the winning symbols from the reels, while filling the gaps with existing/new symbols. The awesome thing about the Avalanche feature is that it can consecutively trigger indefinite wins per spin, which by the way is also how you can trigger the modifiers from the top slider reel feature.
Speaking of the top reel, you will notice that the ice cubes that contain different symbols will slide in on the said reel on each and every spin. From here, the blank symbols and the feature symbols will drop in the gap created by the Avalanche feature below the top reel, after which the blanks will be destroyed on impact, and the feature symbols will trigger the modifiers. These include the regular wild(substitutes all symbols), the multiplier wilds (between x2 and x5), the sticky wild (active for 3 wins), and the row swap symbol(random symbol turns all symbols into the chosen symbol).
When it comes to the Bonus Round, you can trigger it by landing 3, 4, 5 or 6 of the bonus symbol with the letter ‘B’ anywhere on the reels. While the bonus round is active, you will get 2 additional bonus symbols on the sliding reel feature, and these are the extra spin symbol (triggers +1, +2 or +5 free drops), and the multiplier symbol (increases win multiplier by +1, +2, +5)
And speaking of the win multipliers, when it comes to the Tropicool online slot, it is good to mention that the progressive win multiplier will increase by +1 per each avalanche win. More importantly, you should remember that this won’t reset between your spins. The last thing you need to pay attention to is the X-iter Bonus Buy, a buy feature that gives you the opportunity to choose between 5 different options. Definitely one of the more complex slot mechanics out of all popular summer-inspired online slots. Just have a look.
Pay 5x your stake for a sure win
25 times your stake will get you 3 fixed wilds
3 to 6 scatters bonus round = 100 times your stake
3 to 6 scatters bonus round + x5 start win multiplier = 200 times your stake
3 to 6 scatters bonus round + x10 start win multiplier = 500 times your stake
- Paylines: 46656
- Game Type: Video Slot
- Features: Additional Free Spins, Avalanche Feature, Buy Feature, Prize Lane, Multiplier, Symbol Swap
- RTP: 95%
- Max Win: x10000
- Volatility: Medium-High