Star Trek Slots Special – Two Classics go Head to Head

There’s barely a popular TV or movie franchise these days that hasn’t been given the virtual slot treatment. Which as far as we’re concerned at least is nothing but a good thing. After all, if you’re into the franchise in question, why not indulge in a few spins and maybe take home a prize if you’re lucky?

So today, we thought we’d focus on one of the most iconic of all franchises in history – Star Trek. With millions of fans and followers all over the world, you’d expect any slots carrying the Star Trek moniker to be nothing short of excellent. Which is why we’ve given two front-runners a thorough inspection, to see exactly what’s on the table from both.

Star Trek Against All Odds

First up, will the odds be stacked in your favour with Star Trek Against All Odds? Well, what you’re looking at here is the long-awaited sequel to the original Star Trek slot from IGT, which follows the story of the USS Enterprise doings its best to prevent the Earth being destroyed by Narada. Exciting stuff, which in this guise takes the form of a five-reel slot with a generous 720 paylines. Spins start from 60p and go as high as £300, catering for those looking to spend a little more than the average.

If you choose to opt for the MultiWay Xtra feature which costs a little more, this sets in play every one of the 720 paylines – not to mention wins in both directions.

When there are no scatter symbols on any of the reels, you might trigger the Energizing Wilds feature which happens randomly in normal play. Across the three middle reels, up to five symbols are turned wild by the Transporter Cursor, which can result in excellent wins.

Outside this, there’s the Enterprise Defender Bonus feature to play for which is pretty much the main hook of the game. Going far beyond the average special feature, you suddenly find yourself presented with an arcade-style shooting game, where you’ll have 45-seconds to defend your ship from Romulan missiles. You earn points for the bombs and missiles you destroy – 100 and 500 each respectively.

Once the ship’s shields have been depleted, you’ll be promoted in accordance with how many points you scored. Score more than 12,000 points and you’ll be made a Commander, while 14,000 points or more will see you reach the rank of Captain. In accordance with your rank – of which there are nine – you’ll be presented with one of nine reels to spin. The higher the rank, the bigger the prizes – Captain status offering up to a massive 22,500X your stake! Even with pennies on the line, you could walk away rich!

Star Trek Against All Odds looks great, sounds great and plays like a dream. The arcade-style bonus feature is nothing short of brilliant and the base game itself is a joy to spend time with. And when there’s the potential to win 22,500X your stake…well, you don’t really need any more reason to play. The only downside is that is doesn’t have the same Free Spins feature as its predecessor, which would be have been great.

Star Trek Red Alert

Coming this time from the famed folks at WMS, there are many who say that Star Trek Red Alert is the best of the bunch. It was the first these guys released and remains one of the most popular on the market by a wide margin. Set up with the classic five reels and 25 paylines, spins start from 35p and go as high as £105. It’s a hugely popular slot in real-life casinos all over the world and is now up and running for virtual gamers too. Play your cards right and the biggest jackpot on offer is a massive £45,000.

It’s all about the bonus rounds with Star Trek Red Alert – one of which being the aptly-named Red Alert feature. Land three or more Feature symbols in any positions and you’ll be provided with a potentially limitless number of free spins. Multipliers can be hit throughout the free spins up to a maximum of 15X, though every time you fail to make a winning combination, you lose one of your shields. Once you’ve lost all five of your shields, the bonus round comes to an end.

Well, sort of…as you’ll then get to make a choice of two communication channels. If you get ‘Shields to Full’, the round is reset and starts all over again. If you get ‘Spin Til You Win’, the reels keep spinning until you land a winning combination. You might also get ‘No Extra Spin’, which means the bonus round really does come to an end.

Then there’s the Win Warp feature, which can happen upon landing any winning combination that doesn’t take you to the above-mentioned bonus round. You’ll be transported to one of four bonus rounds with various wins and bonuses on offer.

The Rock Create Multiplying Wild feature sets a multiplier of 3X to 10X in play, while adding a multiplying wild random to one of the reels. Scotty’s Wild Reel feature makes the Scotty Wild symbol take over one or two entire reels, which can lead to incredible wins. Then there’s the Spock Multiplier feature, which simply results in wins being multiplied by anything from 3X to 10X. Last up, the Enterprise Fly-By feature, watch the ship fly over the screen and change the symbols in the winning line into something far more valuable.

Once again, a feature-packed slot that is sure to win over anyone with even a passing interest in Star Trek. In fact, even if you’ve no real interest in the franchise, there’s a good chance you’ll find more than enough to keep you busy and entertained with Star Trek Red Alert.

Long story short – both of these slots come highly recommended!

 

Something Scary? Two Creepy-Cool Slots to Check Out

Ok, so it’s not exactly the normal time of year to be going into all-things spooky and scary. But at the same time, Halloween is just too far away for us to hold off on highlighting these two particular slots ‘til then. Besides, plenty of people are into the sinister side of things 365 days a year! So if this is the kind of thing that lights your fire, check out our rundown of Blood Suckers and Halloween Fortune – both of which could be just the ticket for you.

Blood Suckers

First up, Blood Suckers was cooked up by the folks at Net Entertainment – famed for unleashing some of the most outstanding virtual slots ever created. This time around, they’ve gone with the classic five-reel setup with 25 paylines, all of which are active with each spin. Wager anything from 25p to £50 per spin and keep your eyes peeled for a couple of devilish bonus features.

During normal play, the action is relatively limited and nothing to write home about. But then again, this is pretty standard for the vast majority of slots these days. As with most, it’s all about the bonus features which are where the real action is. If you land three or more bonus symbols in the form of the bloody stake a hammer, you’ll be whisked away to an ancient burial chamber with a contingency of coffins.

Which is actually a good thing, as this is a pick-me round where each vampire you uncover and kill will reward you with a payout. The feature comes to an end when you open an empty coffin, though by this time you’ll have hopefully made the trip worthwhile! It’s possible to win a maximum of 178X your stake, though wins in the region of 10X to 50X are more likely. Either way, not bad at all.

Of course, there’s also the Free Spins bonus round to play for which is perhaps the more enjoyable of the two on offer. The Vampire Bride scatter symbol needs to appear at least three-strong in any positions, but it’s better if you land four or five. For four scatters, you’ll get 25X your stake as a bonus while five of them will land you 100X times your stake.

In all instances, 10 free spins are on the cards and all winds are multiplied 3X. The free spins can be re-triggered by landing three or more scatters once again during the round, while the biggest win on offer during the feature is a whopping 900X your stake. Not that this kind of cash is paid out very often, but the standard prize payouts to expect are nothing to be sniffed at for sure.

What else? Not a great deal really, but Blood Suckers is definitely worth checking out. The two bonus rounds are both great and the way the whole thing is put together is very nice. There’s not much to say about the base game, but this really is pretty standard across most slots these days. It’s all about the bonus games – Blood Suckers having two that are simply superb!

Halloween Fortune 

The second slot under our microscope today comes courtesy of Playtech – another market-leader with a reputation for pure excellence. Another classic five-reel setup with 20 paylines to play for, spins start from 20p and go as high as £100. With a spooky theme and hefty jackpots to play for, there’s no need to wait until late-October to get stuck into this highly entertaining slot.

In the same sense as Blood Suckers, normal play is for the most part a little on the slow side. Though in this case, there’s the Jack-O-Lantern wild symbol, which if you manage to land five in a row is good for 10,000 coins on the spot. Hit this superb jackpot and chances are you’ll have nothing but good things to say about the base game!

For the most part though, it’s the bonus games that steal the show. Halloween Fortune boasts the aptly-named Witches’ Brew Bonus feature, which you’ll be taken to upon landing the bonus Cauldron symbol on the first and fifth reels at the same time. You’ll be greeted by a trio of witches, who in this instance err more toward sexy than scary. You get to take your pick of the three, which will result in you being awarded a random number of free spins from three to 20.

But before you get started with your spins, you’ll also be asked to pick from six magic potions – each of which hides the multiplier that will be applied to every win throughout the free spins you’re give. This can be anything from 2X to 10X, meaning the best outcome is 20 free spins with a generous 10X multiplier. As an added bonus, it’s perfectly possible to re-trigger the free spins during the feature by landing the bonus symbols once again. This can keep going on indefinitely, meaning the potential to keep on winning and winning with those excellent multipliers attached.

Despite the fact that Halloween Fortune really has only this one bonus feature to play for, it’s more than enough to justify heading over for a few spins. You won’t get a great deal out of the base game, but if and when you get into the Witches’ Brew Bonus feature, you’ll find out exactly why it’s such a popular slot…and not just for Halloween, either!

 

 

Jekyll & Hyde Slot Review

Today, we thought we’d do something a little different. Something we haven’t done before, though very much intend to do again. You know how there are so many slots out there that have been done multiple times by various developers? Well, we figured we’d look at two slots with the same theme and name from two competing companies in order to see which did the best job.

In this instance, we’ll be looking at slots based on Jekyll & Hyde – the classic story from Robert Louis Stevenson dating back to 1886. Both Microgaming and Playtech (two of the biggest names in the business) put together their own take on Jekyll & Hyde for virtual slot fans. The question being – which of the two…if any…is worthy of your time and money?

Jekyll & Hyde by Microgaming

 

First up comes Microgaming’s version of Jekyll & Hyde, which is a classic five-reel slot with a generous 243 paylines to play for. It runs great across mobile and desktop platforms alike and caters to budgets at the lower-end of the spectrum – spins ranging in price from 25p up to a maximum of £25.

As the biggest wins are on the cards when the monstrous Mr Hyde is doing his business, watching Dr Jekyll undergo his transformation is actually a good thing. The reason being that the Mr Hyde Free Spins bonus round is pretty much the highlight of the game, which can be accessed by landing at least three Jekyll & Hyde scatters in any position on the reels. If you do, you’ll be looking at 10 free spins to get you started.

During the Free Spins feature, the entire mood and ambience of the game changes into something far more sinister – it’s nothing if not atmospheric! What’s more, the Mr Hyde symbol replaces every Dr Jekyll symbol on all of the reels, in order to increase the chances of striking it lucky. If you’re fortunate enough to land five My Hyde symbols in a row, you’ll be looking at a whopping 300X multiplier on your wager.

In addition, free spins can be re-triggered at any time during the bonus round, by once again landing three scatter symbols in any position. Despite the fact that wins during the free spins round are not increased by multipliers, it’s still possible to take home a prize worth 3,600X your bet!

Of course, there’s also a base game outside the Free Spins bonus round, but to be honest this is where all of the real action is. The base game itself is entertaining enough, but it’s generally a pretty high-variance slot which means you have to be prepared for quite a few dry runs with nothing happening at all.

Which is pretty much where the rundown comes to an end. With Jekyll & Hyde from Microgaming, it’s all about the Free Spins bonus round and little more. That said, if you’re lucky enough to make it into the feature at any time, you’ll be more than glad you stopped by for a spin.

Jekyll & Hyde by Playtech

 

So that’s the Microgaming spin on Jekyll & Hyde sorted, but what about the folks over at Playtech? Well, it’s of course exactly the same theme based on exactly the same story, not to mention the same five-reel setup. The first things that differ in this instance however are the 25 paylines in play, not to mention spins that start from 25p and go up to a dizzying £2,500 per spin! Clearly, these guys have high-rollers in their crosshairs!

In terms of atmosphere, they’ve pretty much nailed it. The whole thing is dark, spooky and bordering on the scary, with a creepy soundtrack that keeps things nicely nail-biting throughout. Of all the symbols in play, it’s the Dr Jekyll this time that you’ll want to have your eye out for, which in the case of landing five in a row on a winning payline is worth 1,000X your stake.

As with other titles from Playtech, there’s also the option of being able to double your stake in order to gain access to additional features and prizes. Though this does mean betting from 50p per spin to as much as £5,000!

Like its sibling from Microgaming, standard play with this version of Jekyll & Hyde is a little on the non-eventful side. It looks great and the atmosphere is a winner, but there’s not a great deal of action on the whole. Instead, it’s all about the Free Games bonus round. You’ll need at least three scatter symbols to get there, which takes the form of a potion bottle.

When you access the bonus round, you’ll play in either Jekyll mode or Hyde mode. In both instances, there are plenty of free spins available as you keep on spinning until you land four scatters on the fifth reel. Each scatter you land depletes the potion bottle a little, up until the point when in breaks with the fourth scatter. It’s possible to spin 50+ times before this happens.

If you’re in Hyde mode, three further symbols become wild and each potion bottle you land turns another symbol wild. The more wilds you get, the bigger the chance of heavy wins. If you’re in Jekyll mode, potion bottles increase the multiplier on all wins up to a maximum of 5X. Combined with a whole bunch of free spins, you could be in the money.

So…which of the two is the winner? To be frank, it’s too close to call decisively as it’s all about the free spins bonus features in both instances. It’s probably fair to say that in the case of Playtech’s version of Jekyll & Hyde, the mood is a little more immersive and the free spins round is slightly more exciting. To be honest though, if you’re looking for something spooky and sinister, you’d probably be happy with either of them!

 

 

 

 

 

Guns N’ Roses Slot Special – The Boys Are Back!

Given the fact that 2017 sees Guns N’ Roses touring once again with the band’s original line-up for the first time in decades, what better time to check out the slot bearing the same name? Over the years, this iconic rock band has sold in excess of 100 million records all over the world and earned a fan-base too big to even imagine. They swore on several occasions they’d never get back together or even work with each other again, but as it happens, they were wrong…all of them!

As for the slot, this outstanding game is the work of Net Entertainment, rather than the band itself. It’s a standard five-reel setup with 20 paylines, with spins starting out at 20p each and going up to £100 for high-rollers. We tested it across various mobile platforms and desktop alike, finding the general experience to be excellent in all instances.

In terms of features…well, where to start? There are wild substitutions, expanding wilds, the Appetite for Destruction wild, bonus symbols, Encore free spins, Legend Spins, a Solo multiplier and a Crowd-Pleaser feature to boot. And if that wasn’t enough, there are even five original Guns N’ Roses recordings to choose from, to serve as your soundtrack while you get stuck into the action!

Going Wild

 

The wild symbol takes the form of the Guns N’ Roses logo and can appear on any reel at any time randomly. Wilds are good for replacing any symbols apart from the overlay Stacked Wild in Encore Free Spins feature, the overlay Wild in Legend Spins feature and the Appetite for Destruction Wild feature.

Still with us?

During normal play, there are three features that can be triggered at any time. The first of these is the Legend Spins bonus round, which hands out three free spins with up to two stacked wild reels. With each of the free spins, one or two of the reels becomes stacked wild reels, increasing the prospect of a payout.

Then there is the Appetite for Destruction Wild feature, which sees a cross-shaped overlay to create a series of wilds across the reels. If there are other wilds already present across the reels, the potential for huge payouts is…well, huge!

Last up comes the Solo Multiplier feature, where winning lines are increased with multipliers of between 4X and 10X randomly. You’ll need at least three matching symbols on an active payline to qualify, but the feature doesn’t apply when there are wilds in any of the winning paylines.

Bonus Features 

If you’re still out for more action, Guns N’ Roses serves up more than its fair share of additional bonus features to keep things more than a little interesting. If at any time during normal play you manage to line up three Bonus scatter symbols in any position on the first, third and fifth reels, you’ll be whisked away to the Bonus wheel for a spin. Once there, you’ll be randomly sent over to one of three additional bonus rounds, with potentially huge payouts to play for.

First of all there’s the Coin Win feature. This basically means that you’ll be paid an instant cash prize, which could be worth anything from 10X to 30X your wager. Then there’s the Encore Free Spins bonus round, which sees the player rewarded with 10 free spins. One of the members of the band will make an appearance in the form of an overlay stacked wild on reel two, three or four with each of the free spins. Whichever band member it is also becomes wild on all the other reels for the spin. Great fun, but sadly the free spins cannot be retriggered during the bonus round.

Last but not least, the Crowd-Pleaser Bonus feature is a little more complex but also promises the chance of winning big. It’s a classic pick-me feature with three levels, with cash prizes and free spins to play for. Level 1 gives you three picks, followed by another three if you make it to Level 2. The second level is where you’re most likely to win a set of 10 free spins. If you manage to win 15X your stake in the first two levels, you’ll get through to Level 3. In this case, you’ll have the opportunity to double your win.

So back to the initial question – is Guns N’ Roses worth checking out?

Well, if you happen to be a fan of the band and are also into this kind of gaming, this is probably no less than a dream come true for you.They’ve managed to make a brilliant slot based on Guns N’ Roses which isn’t too cheesy, cliché or in any way corny. It’s seriously entertaining, features just about the best music of any slot and has plenty of special features too.

But even if you’re not into the band or even this kind of music, there’s every chance you’ll have a great time with Guns N’ Roses. They’ve packed so many awesome special features and bonuses into it that it’s unlikely you’ll ever run out of enjoyment with this slot. It covers all preferences in terms of budgets and offers the prospect of huge payouts, alongside wall-to-wall entertainment.

On the whole there, highly recommended!

 

New Year, New Slots – Troll Hunters, Golden Jungle, Tarzan

What better time than the start of a new year to take a look at a few new slots doing the rounds and making waves? Going for something of an adventure theme this time, we thought we’d give you a quick walk through Troll Hunters, Tarzan and Golden Jungle. Three rather different slots that all deliver the goods for a spot of casual gaming.

Troll Hunters  

Kicking off with Troll Hunters, anyone with a taste for Norse legends and folklore is bound to get a kick out of this Play ‘N Go release. Featuring very high quality visuals and a 5X5 grid, spins start from 20p and go as high as £100. We gave the slot a full going-over across desktop and mobile devices alike, finding it to be a smooth and enjoyable experience across the board.

A wintery mountain backdrop sets a dramatic scene for the action to take place, which features a range of Norse-themed symbols like bear mugs, meat, Viking ladies and so on. It’s possible to hit winning combinations both from side-to-side and from top-to-bottom, with three or more symbols in a row paying out a prize. The wild takes the place of the golden rune and is good for all other symbols without exception.

What’s great about Troll Hunter is the potential for multiple wins. When you land three or more of the same symbols in a row, you win the prize accordingly and the symbols are removed. They’re then replaced with the symbols from above, which means that new paylines can be formed over and over again. Each time you win, the multiplier increases and can go as high as 500X your bet. Better yet, the middle symbol of the three you line up becomes wild, making it easier to score bigger and better wins.

There’s also a great Free Spins bonus round to play for, which you’ll enter upon uncovering BONUS across the bottom of the reels. This means a payout of 10 free spins with a new set of reels, where winning combinations can be made with symbols at the same time in any position on the grid. The free spins can be retriggered by landing five or more trolls in any position, up to a maximum of 20 free spins and a possible multiplier of 500X your bet.

Which is pretty much where the action comes to an end with Troll Hunter, hence why it’s a great choice for casual gaming in short bursts. It’s a medium-variance slot that pays out quite regularly in moderate amounts, with jackpots being suitably elusive and difficult to come by. A sure-fire winner for anyone with an interest in Norse themes, not to mention a decent game to try out for anyone with 30 minutes and a little cash to spare.

Golden Jungle  

As for Golden Jungle, the folks at IGT have once again put out an impressive-looking slot that’s designed to cater to all gamers at all levels. Quite literally – spins start from 50p and go right up to £1,500 each! Personally, we err to the former of the two, but if you’re feeling flush, you’ll be in good hands here! There are five reels, 50 paylines and plenty of bonus features to play for.

As you’ll no doubt have figured out already, the action takes place in a jungle/rainforest setting, though is more about jewels and gems than wild animals. That being said, the tiger is the most valuable symbol in the game of all, which is worth 40X your stake if you land five in a row and also serves as a two-high wild.

If you haven’t tried your hand with a Wild Stays 4 Plays slot yet, Golden Jungle could be a good place to start. It’s basically a bonus feature whereby collecting icons is rewarded with one or more reels being turned entirely wild for the current spin, not to mention the three next spins. If you’re lucky enough to score two or more wild reels at the same time, it’s almost impossible not to go away with a big win!

The Free Spins feature is also worth keeping your eye out for, which is accessed upon landing three, four or five scatter symbols in any positions on the reels. As always, how many scatters you land will determine the number of free spins you’ll be given, but you’ll also be able to choose whether you want to accept the free spins in full, or trade some of them for locked wild reels. Right at the top end, five scatters will see you rewarded with 75 free spins and one locked reel, which can be swapped for 30 or 12 free spins with additional locked wild reels if preferred.

With Golden Jungle, it really is all about that free spins feature. If you can find your way into it, you’ll have a real blast and are pretty much guaranteed a good payout. The base game itself is solid enough and looks great, but the reason to give Golden Jungle is the free spins mode…if you’re feeling lucky.

Tarzan

Last but not least, Microgaming’s take on Tarzan is a five-reel, four-reel, 40-payline slot that explores the world of the jungle legend from a colourful, cartoon perspective. Play from 40p per spin right up to £40, with a solid selection of bonuses and special features available.

The Tarzan logo is the wild symbol and can take the place of all other symbols exception the scatter. Line five up in a row during normal play for a payout of 20X your bet. Landing three of more bonus scatter symbols in any positions on the reels will see you transported to the Bonus Wheel, where you’ll get one spin to play for cash multipliers, a jackpot payout or a go on the gorgeously-titled ‘Pick-a-Potamus’ Bonus feature.

This is where you’ll be presented with 12 of the things and asked to take your pick accordingly. You’re guaranteed at least two cash prizes in the round, though get to keep on picking until you make a losing choice, so there are good payouts to play for.

As for the free spins feature, Rolling Reels and Growing Wilds make a welcome return in Tarzan, making the 12 free spins you’re awarded all the most enjoyable. One free spin is enough to win multiple prizes and Growing Wilds increase with every spin up to a maximum of 15 in play at any one time. It’s a shame the free spins cannot be retriggered, but it’s still great as it is.

On the whole, with jackpots of up to 2,750X your stake to play for and wonderful 3D cartoon presentation, Tarzan is more than worth checking out. There may not be quite enough on offer to keep you coming back time and time again, but it’s nonetheless an outstanding slot for a few casual spins here and there.

 

Monty Python Slots Special – Two All-Time Classics

Life of Brian, Spamalot…do we really need to give these two any more of an introduction? You know them, you know the movies behind them and if you’ve experienced them personally, you love them. The question being – how do they translate to the world of online slots?

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

 

First up, we have Ash gaming to thank for Monty Python’s Life of Brian – based on the 1979 film and bringing five reels with 30 paylines to the table. Spins are on offer from 30p up to a maximum of £300 each, while the backdrop is of course the epic comedy itself that was once one of the most controversial movies ever made.

All the characters and staples from the movie are present and correct on the wheels – Brian, his mum, Centurion, Pontius, the Jailer and so on, while ‘Always Look on the bright Side of Life’ rings out with every spin of the reels. We’ll be covering bonus features only briefly, given the way in which there are no less than TEN of them to play for!

Each bonus is based on a character or theme from the movie. There’s the life of Brian Bonus, where you get to spin the reels for mystery prizes and multipliers. Then there’s the Stoning Bonus, where you choose a person to throw a stone and win multipliers up to 1,000X your stake. The People’s Front of Judea Bonus is another pick-me feature, with a multiplier available up to 1,000X your bet.

Next up, the Romani Ite Domum Bonus feature gives you the opportunity to spend an evening putting your mark on the palace walls with graffiti – 1,000X multipliers on offer once again. The What’s So Funny Bonus feature means choosing a guard trying desperately not to laugh – the longer they hold out, the bigger your multiplier up to 1,000X. Then there’s the Wild Spaceship Respins feature, which can be triggered at any time in normal play and gives the player re-spins until a winning combination is hit.

Experience the Foot of God in the base game for a hefty prize, while the Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Free Spins feature is just about the best of all, which can lead into the Crucifixion Bonus feature with all manner of additional prizes and multipliers to play for. Oh, and of course there’s the usual progressive jackpot to play for, with it being the work of Ash Gaming.

To say there’s a lot going on with Monty Python’s Life of Brian would be an understatement to say the least. But while it might sound a little complicated at first, it’s a seriously easy and hugely enjoyable slot to spend time with. You’re never far away from an epic bonus round of some kind and the normal game itself is supremely entertaining. It’s medium-variance with potentially big wins to play for and is guaranteed to delight anyone with even a slight interest in the movie itself – highly recommended!

Monty Python’s Spamalot 

Based on the West End show that was based loosely on the Holy Grail movie, Monty Python’s Spamalot comes courtesy of the folks at Playtech. Another five-reel slot with 20 paylines in play at all times, spins start out at 20p and go up to a maximum of £20. We’ve given it a good go across desktop and mobile devices alike, finding it to perform superbly across the board.

It has a very similar overall feel to the Life of Brian slot reviewed above – wild, wacky and not for those who take life or gaming seriously. With Monty Python’s Spamalot, it’s all about fun and mirth…prizes being an added bonus when and where they emerge! All the characters are out in force, with King Arthur being the most valuable of the regular symbols – five in a row being worth a 600-coin payout.

The game’s wild is of course the Holy Grail, which can be worth up to 5,000 coins if you land five in a row. It can also be used to take the place of any of the other symbols in the game, aside from the progressive symbol or scatter.

You’ll enter the Free Games feature by landing three scatters in any positions, which is worth 10 free spins with up to five bonus wilds being added with every spin. The jackpot game can be accessed during the feature by landing five or more Jackpot Game symbols, where the huge progressive jackpot could be just a spin or two away.

If you manage to land bonus symbols on the first and fifth reels at the same time, one of four mini bonus features will open up. There’s the Storm The Castle Bonus feature involving flying cows and cash prizes, the None Shall Pass Bonus feature while you’ll fight the Black Knight for multipliers, the Knights Who Say Ni Bonus feature where you’ll pick from the shrubberies available and the Killer Rabbit Bonus feature where you’ll do your best to get rid of the bunny with a hand grenade.

Surreal enough?

To be honest that’s the most apt word when it comes to what’s on offer with Monty Python’s Spamalot – a slot that’s no less than wildly entertaining for fans of the franchise. If you’re not into Monty Python in general, you might find yourself wondering what in the name of all that’s holy is actually going on, but getting bored just isn’t an option. When it comes to pure, unbridled entertainment where wins are actually a side issue, either of these two Monty Python classics will keep you busy for hours!

 

 

TV Slots Special – Britain’s Got Talent, Family Guy

Once again, we’ll be taking a look at two supremely popular TV shows these days that have been given the virtual slot treatment, so let’s get started with a biggie:

Britain’s Got Talent  

First up comes a show associated with winning created by a man associated with fabulous wealth and success. Suffice to say therefore, an attractive prospect in online slot stakes. Britain’s Got Talent comes courtesy of the folks at Ash Gaming, delivered in the form of a five-reel, 20-payline slot with two interesting bonus rounds to play for. If you’re out for some high-rolling action, spins start out from as little as 20p each and go right up to…get this…£1,000 each! Fancy your chances at a grand a go? Not sure we do, either!

In visual terms, Britain’s Got Talent is a relatively simple affair – much simpler than we’d expected, in fact. Symbols include a variety of contestant types, including singers, dancers, jugglers and so on in silhouette form. Of the bunch, it’s the singer that has the potential to produce the most plentiful prizes – up to 1,500X your stake if you land five in a row.

As for the special symbols, the wild takes the form of a Union Jack and can substitute for any symbol in the game, aside from the scatter. If you’re lucky enough to land a five-symbol Union Flag combination, you’ll be walking away with a massive 10,000X your wager. Which could be interesting if you happened to put £1,000 on the line…which you probably didn’t!

One of the main bonus rounds to play for is the Live Show bonus feature, which can be accessed by landing the BGT logo on the first, third and fifth reels at the same time. You then get to choose whether you want a dance act, singer or novelty to represent you. The wheel will then spin, determining which contestant you’ll be playing with.

You’ll then be shown video clips from the show itself with your act doing their thing. If they get a yes from the judges, they go through to the next round and so do you. You start out at the first audition and try to make your way right through to the final. You’ll stack up multipliers along the way, from 50X up to a maximum 1,000X.

The second of the bonus rounds to play for is the Free Games feature, which can be accessed by landing at least three Free Spins symbols on the second, fourth and fifth reels. This will trigger three stars to appear, which will then determine how many free spins you win, up to a maximum of 20. A number of sticky wilds will also make their way onto the reels, increasing your chance of taking home a healthy prize.

To be honest, it’s a bit of a mixed bag with Britain’s Got Talent and one that’s dependant on whether or not you like the show. If you’re a huge BGT fan, you’ll definitely get a kick out of the way it is put together and presented. This counts double when it comes to the bonus rounds, which are guaranteed hits for fans of the show. By contrast, if you’re not what you’d call a true BGT fan, it might not have the type of depth to hold your attention.

Family Guy

An incredibly popular slot from IGT, Family Guy is nothing short of “freakin’ sweet” for fans of the show. If you haven’t already met the Griffin family, it’s pretty hard to sum up what it is about them that’s captured the hearts of the world. Suffice to say, you really need to go check out the show…and the slot too, for that matter!

Doing its business on desktop and mobile devices alike, Family Guy is a five-reel, 30-payline slot with a massive SEVEN bonus features to play for. And just like BGT, it’s right up there with the best of the for high-rollers – spins costing anything from 50p to an extraordinary £1,500 each! The visuals are absolutely superb and so too is the audio – perfectly recreating everything you know and love about the show itself.

The Family Guy World Bonus feature can be accessed by landing the World Bonus symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4, which then gives you the opportunity to spin the globe and access one of three bonus rounds.

The Drunken Clam Bonus feature means choosing a character and getting into a drinking competition, which could see you take home 25X to a full 1,000X your wager. The round plays out until all but one of the characters is unconscious!

Then there’s the Chicken Fight Bonus round, where you can take the side of the Chicken of Peter Griffin as the two do-battle. You’ll get up to seven picks throughout three rounds of fighting, winning prize multipliers from the sacks you choose – anything from 5X to 1,000X your wager.

Lois’ Hot Free Spins Bonus feature makes up the third of the trio, where 10 free spins are awarded along with a bunch of wilds for bigger and better prizes. It’s also possible to earn extra five spins by landing the Giggity Retriggity symbol on the middle reel. And every time you collect three Peter Heart symbols, one of the Lois symbols will turn wild and stick in place.

Want more? Well, there’s also the awesome Griffin Family Mystery feature, which can kick in at any time randomly during normal play. When this happens, it’s then a case of making your way into one of another FOUR bonus features, based on Brian, Lois, Stewie or Peter. Brian’s feature makes it possible to get into the Family Guy World bonus round with just 1 bonus symbol on the reels, Lois’ feature provides additional spins, Stewie’s features add three wilds symbols to the reels and Peter’s feature means an instant cash prize of up to 50X your bet.

As you can see, Family Guy is absolutely packed with features and presented beautifully. Not only this, but there are some seriously hefty prizes to play for, enough depth to keep you busy long-term and it’s surprisingly simple to get the hang of. Chances are that whether you’re a die-hard fan of the show or not, you’ll get a real kick out of the Family Guy slot!

 

TV Slots Special – 24, Baywatch, Bullseye

Slots based on popular TV shows have the potential to be anything from truly terrific to total trash. It’s true – sample a handful for yourself and you’ll no doubt see exactly what we’re talking about! Which is why we figured for today’s guide, we’d introduce you to a couple of TV slots that tick all the right boxes for casual merriment. A mixture of the old and the new which have been given the virtual slot treatment by the biggest names in the business.

24

We probably don’t need to introduce the TV show itself – the 24 slot giving you the chance to embrace your inner-spy for an hour or two. Brought to the world courtesy of the folks at iSoftBet, 24 is a five-reel, 243-payline slot set against a backdrop taken from the hugely popular TV series itself. There are free spins and bonuses to play for, with spins costing from 25p right up to £50. On a slight down note, it isn’t currently available for mobile devices, which is a bit of a shame.

Jack Bauer is of course the star of the show, joined by a variety of equally apt symbols and the usual playing card values. The wild symbol is good for replacing all symbols, with the exception of the scatter symbols. It looks great, the soundtrack is suitably energetic and the action is solid enough form the get-go.

The Free Spins feature is activated by landing the Agent’s Badge symbol on reel three, which gives you 10 free spins to play with. In addition, the reels will be attacked by one of three weapons, which will determine how many additional wilds you’ll be playing with throughout your spins.

However, the better of the two special features is the proper 24 Bonus round. You’ll need to land three 24 symbols in any positions, which will then transport you to a screen with a bomb you’re challenged with defusing. However many scatters you landed with determine how much time you have to get the job done. You cut the wires, the time ticks down and you win multipliers along the way – up to 100X your bet.

Which is where the action comes to an end with 24 – a little prematurely. As mentioned, it’s the kind of slot you’ll have a great time with for an hour or two’s casual gaming, but you probably won’t find yourself coming back to it time and time again.

Baywatch  

Set against an entirely more idyllic and relaxing backdrop, Baywatch has been unleashed by the folks at Playtech and is simply oozing retro 90s charm. Fans of the TV show will probably know very well what it was and remains most famous for – the eye-catching ‘assets’ of its leading cast members. Of which those you’ll want to see most are all present and correct here!

There are 20 paylines to play for and spins vary in cost from 20p right up to a whopping £500. Bonus features come thick and fast, which include the Rescue feature you can trigger by landing the Rescue Feature symbol on the fifth reel. This then presents two features you can choose from – a CJ Parker Respins feature and a Lifeguard Mini Bonus feature. The first offers a free respin with additional wilds, the second is a pick-me game with 15 symbols to choose from.

Three Baywatch scatter symbols open up the Free Games feature, which is worth a dozen free spins and plenty of extra wilds to stack up those wins. Within the free games, there’s the Caroline Holden feature, which offers a 3X multiplier and six extra free spins. The Matt Brody feature delivers six free spins and frozen wilds, the Neely Capshaw feature brings home a 2X multiplier with six free spins and landing three scatter symbols anywhere during the Free Games feature means another 12 free spins – with no maximum limit.

Confusing? It is a little at first, but the depth of the Baywatch slot might just take you by surprise. There’s a hell of a lot going on with the bonus rounds and it takes some getting used to, but there’s more than enough on offer to keep the action fresh and interesting for hours. Which counts double if you were or are a fan of the show itself!

Bullseye

 

Last but not least, it’s probably fair to say that every adult and child of the 80s will look back at Bullseye with fond memories. Memories of a different, simpler time when the Internet hadn’t even been invented yet and mobile phone were bigger than house-bricks. The question being – has Microgaming delivered the goods with its own take on Bullseye?

Well, what you’re looking at is a five-reel, 243-payline slot with spins ranging from 30p to £15 each. It’s a bit of a bummer that it’s currently only doing the rounds via desktop, but maybe a mobile version will come along sooner or later.

Just like the show itself, the Bullseye slot revolves around a modified version of darts, with the outrageous prizes from the cult shoe serving as the symbols. Speedboats, caravans, cars and so on – all present and correct. The visuals faithfully recreate the show you know and love, while all the classic tunes, sound-bites and catchphrases are out in force.

The Bully’s Prize Board Bonus feature can be accessed by landing the dartboard bonus symbol on the first and fifth reels. You’ll be given five throws at the board, which in each case could be worth anything from 2X to 15X your bet. If you’re really lucky, you could come out with a massive 75X multiplier.

But what’s even better is the Free Spins feature, which is accessed upon landing at least three Free Spins scatter symbols in any positions on the reels. You’ll immediately be given a 2X multiplier on your 15 free spins, which can be triggered up to a maximum of 20 spins. However, strike it lucky with the multipliers available and you could be in for up to 8,100X your stake!

With Bullseye, it’s all about nostalgia – and plenty of it. The game is simple and there’s not a great deal of depth, but if you’re out for an enjoyable blast from the past, they don’t come much enjoyable than this!

 

 

New Slot Reviews – Dirty Dancing and Jewel in the Crown

Two more slots under the microscope today, as we single out the games that are causing the biggest waves in the run-up to Christmas. There’s no better time to indulge in whatever it is that you enjoy doing, so if it’s slots you’re into, we’re here to point you in the direction of a few crackers…pun very much intended! Today, it’s the turn of Dirty Dancing and Jewel in the Crown – two very differently-themed slots that both deliver the goods in entertainment stakes!

Dirty Dancing  dirty-dancing

First up, the new Dirty Dancing slot comes courtesy of the gurus at Playtech and promises a new twist on the franchise. Or at least, a further dose of the games born of the movie over the past 20 years or so! The question being – what does the latest iteration of Dirty Dancing bring to the table that’s worth checking out?

Well, the slot itself has five reels and 40 paylines which are in action at all times. The minimum bet per spin starts out at 40p and goes right up to…brace yourself…£1,000! That’s a grand per spin, if you feel like seriously going for it for some reason! Chances are, we probably don’t need to tell you what the theme is based around or what to expect. Dirty Dancing is still one of the most iconic Patrick Swayze movies of all time and no doubt always will be!

As for how well the whole thing is recreated, they’ve certainly hit the nail on the head in terms of visuals. The graphics are right on-point, all the main characters and staples from the film make appearances as symbols and there’s a predictably addictive soundtrack. Patrick Swayze – aka Johnny – is the wild symbol for the game, not to mention worth a full 125X your bet if you manage to land five in a row on any payline.

One thing that Dirty Dancing is certainly not short of is special features. Each of them can be triggered at any time randomly during normal play, including the Mambo Free Games features where you’ll get a 2X multiplier on any wins and up to 5 free spins. You keep on spinning the bonus wheel until you land on Collect, which will also add another 2 free spins to your tally.

Along with this, the Dirty Dancing Bonus feature can also be triggered at any time with potentially big cash prizes to play for. You get the chance to pick from a number of boxes which reveal a variety of items and cash prizes. You need to collect three items to progress to the next round – of which there are six – ultimately making your way to the Time of My Life Jackpot game. Cheesy? Yes…but still loads of fun!

There are progressive jackpots up for grabs if you get this far, meaning you could win anything from not much at all to a huge payout! There’s a Baby Jackpot and a Johnny Jackpot to play for – Johnny’s being the bigger of the two.

Last but not least, the Whirling Wilds feature can activate at any time and will see up to six wilds appear on the reels at random positions. Suffice to say, plenty of big wins to be had if luck is on your side!

If you’re a huge fan of the movie, you’re bound to be swept off your feet by Dirty Dancing. If you’re not, chances are you’ll enjoy it for a few spins, but it might not have a great deal of staying power. Decent prizes to be won, but the action is a little on the low-key side to keep things exciting for long.

Jewel in the Crown

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Next up, Barcrest recently unleashed Jewel in the Crown on the world, which is accessible by way of desktop and mobile devices alike. It’s a very sparkly and glittering take on the usual five-reel slot, with 10 (+3) paylines to play with. Spins start from a minimum of 10p and go as far as £500 for high-rollers. It promises plenty of bonuses and lasting action, but does it deliver?

Well, it lives up to its name in terms of visuals – more sparkle than you’ll know what to do with. That being said, the graphics are actually a little on the low-definition side of things, which is a bit disappointing. Jewels form the mainstay for the symbols, along with the usual playing card values from 10 to Ace. The scatter symbol takes the form of a Crown, which is worth 10 free spins if you land three of them on the second, third and fourth reels at the same time. In the Free Spins feature, the blue crown becomes wild and the red crown becomes Mega Stacked, which is nice.

You can increase your chances of taking home a prize by wagering at least £2 with every spin, which will activate all wins pay adjacent. Good if you’re out to put more cash on the line, but not great for casual gamers. As is the case with other games from Barcrest, there’s the Big Bet feature for higher-stakes play. This means putting £20, £30 or even £50 on the line, for the chance to take home a bunch of free spins and much bigger prizes. Again, great for high-rollers, but not for everyone.

Last up, the RTP percentage of Jewel in the Crown is variable, in accordance with your stake. Under £2 per spin it’s 94%, above £2 it’s 96% and during the Big Bet features it’s 98%. Something to take into account before choosing how much you want to put on the line.

On the whole, the prospect of up to 500X your wager is attractive, but most of the fun with Jewel in the Crown is reserved for big spenders. So if you’re looking for casual gaming with slightly less cash required, you might be better off elsewhere.

 

 

 

Christmas Crackers – CLUEDO Spinning Detectives

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway, meaning now’s also the time households all over the country will be dusting-off those board games for a good bit of a family fun. Classic board games and Christmas go together like turkey and tinsel, but in this instance it’s not a traditional dice-and-counters game we’ll be looking at. Instead, we’ve been putting a new slot through its paces by the name of CLUEDO Spinning Detectives!

Chances are you know what CLUEDO is all about and have probably had a fair few good times with it over the years. Some board games translate to the virtual slots world better than others, so what’s the story with CLUEDO Spinning Detectives? Is it a slot worthy of such a prestigious and iconic title, or one to avoid?

First things first, CLUEDO Spinning Detectives comes courtesy of the folks at WMS Gaming, who’ve transformed the classic board game into a five-reel, 40-payline online slot. You can bet from as little as 40p per spin right up to £12, using desktop, mobile or tablet devices for gaming on the go. It’s the classic tale of being tasked with solving the murder-mystery in the famous CLUEDO mansion, though in this instance with an impressive range of bonus features and specials.

Not to mention, the chance of taking home a generous prize or two!

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Take one look at the visuals and it’s an immediately familiar tale – all the essential elements of the classic board game. Mr Green, Mrs Peacock, Mrs White and the whole gang are out in force, while additional symbols include pipes, wrenches, daggers and playing card values. It’s the CLUEDO logo that’s the highest-value during normal play, which for five in a row will net you a devilish 500 times your bet.

Special features come thick and fast with CLUEDO Spinning Detectives and take a short while to get used to. There are Room Reel sets positioned behind the main set of reels, for one thing. Should any of the Room symbols appear on the main reels, the Room Reels sets will be triggered. As in, the room will move to the centre reel and replace the main set of symbols.

Keeping up so far?

After this, you’ll get a free spin on the Room Reel set you triggered – each of the room symbols being worth a 1X wager payout – the Conservatory symbol appears on the first reel, Billiard Room on the second reel, Library on the third reel, Kitchen on the fourth reel and the Dining Room on the fifth reel. You can also win a jackpot for each of the rooms, which happens if you’re lucky enough to land five magnifying glass scatter symbols. With the one free spin you’re given, the potential features that can open up are as follows:

  • Conservatory feature – Gold White, Gold Peacock and Gold Green symbols replace the usual Mrs White, Mrs Peacock and Mr Green symbols respectively.
  • Billiard Room feature – A feature packed with wilds. Land a White Ball wild on the third reel and anywhere from two to a full dozen Orange, Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow Ball wilds will be fired out across the rest of the reels.
  • Library feature – At least one or even two reels will be turned fully wild in this feature, where the Book Wild takes the place of all other symbols apart from the envelope and magnifying glass.
  • Kitchen feature – Up to 15 Knife Wilds make their way onto the reels in random positions, which can stand in for any symbols with the exceptions of the envelope and magnifying glass.
  • Dining Room feature – Anywhere from two to five reels will be turned wild, while the Poison Wild symbol can be used to replace any symbols apart from the envelope and magnifying glass.

Still not enough? Well, there’s also the Free Spins Bonus feature to play for, which can be accessed by hitting three of the Mansion scatter symbols on the first, third and fifth reels. You’ll be rewarded with 7 free spins and be transported to the Conservatory Room set of reels, meaning the added bonus of Gold character symbols.

If you happen to land an Envelope wild on the fifth reel while in the Conservatory, Library or Billiard Room, you’ll be given the chance to choose 2 Secret Clue cards for a reward – progress through the rooms or take a free spin. If you land the same symbol on the same reel in the Kitchen, you’ll get the same pick of 2 cards with the same prizes on offer. When you get to the Dining Room, you’ll be able to spin for a prize worth 10x your bet. And given the fact that up to five reels can be turned wild in the dining room, you’re in with a good chance of taking home something!

Last but not least comes the Spinning Detectives Bonus feature. Land 3 scatter symbols on the first, second and third reels and you’ll be given the chance to select 7 cards, which just like the classic game hide rooms, weapons and suspects, along with multipliers and the Master Slot Detective. As for what they all mean, Room, Weapon and Suspect cards are worth up to 3X your bet, while the Master Slot Detective is worth 5X. If you pick all Room, Weapon or Suspect cards of the same colour, you get three more picks. If you pick both of the 2X multipliers, you’ll get a 4X multiplier on your stake. And if you hit the jackpot and solve the mystery, you’ll be looking at 60X your bet!

If all of the above sounds complicated…well, that’s because when spelled out on paper, it is! However, when you get going with CLUEDO Spinning Detectives for real, it’s surprisingly easy to pick up. And when you do, you’ll appreciate just how feature-rich it is. Just like the classic board game, CLUEDO Spinning Detectives is an awesome slot to take your time with and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Fun and Games – New Christmas Slots Reviewed

It’s that wonderful time of year once again, where thoughts and attention move away from work and other commitments to focus on the more enjoyable things in life. And of course, spending time with your favourite online slots very much represents one of life’s more enjoyable pursuits!

In addition, this is also the time of year when many of the world’s leading developers release all manner of weird and indeed wonderful Christmas-themed games. This year has so far turned out to be no exception to the rule, a veritable cavalcade of new arrivals dropping all the time. So we thought that in the spirit of the season, we’d bring to your attention a couple of newcomers to help you get into the festive spirit.

And here they are:

Taco Brothers Saving Christmas

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Not the kind of place you’d usually think of when picturing a winter wonderland, but it appears that Jack Frost has indeed paid a visit to sunny Mexico. Chances are this is a pair of slot legends you’ve heard of before, but in this instance the Taco Brothers have set their sights on saving Christmas. Hence the title of the slot – Taco Brothers Saving Christmas!

Courtesy of the folks over at ELK Studios, what you’re looking at is a classic five reel, 243-payline slot with spins up for grabs from 10p up to £50 each. We put it through its paces via desktop, mobile and tablet browsers alike, finding it to perform an absolute treat across the board. Unsurprisingly, if you are in any way familiar with the original Taco Brothers slot, you’ll probably notice a great many similarities with this one. The sounds, animation and graphics are slightly different, but what’s also different in this instance (aside from the winter makeover) is that Taco Brothers Saving Christmas is considerably higher variance than its predecessor.

The action takes place at night and the setting is one of a suitably festive scene. All the standard symbols you would expect are present and correct, though everything from the tequila to the guitars to the cactus and so on have been given a festive twist. Paso, Pepe and Pico take charge of the proceedings once again – five Paso symbols in a row and you’ll be rewarded with a 400-coin payout. The wild symbol takes the form of a golden bell decorated with holly, which is good for replacing all symbols in the game apart from the re-spin and bonus symbols.

The Taco Brother Re-Spin Feature opens up when you hit two Taco Brothers Wild symbols on the second and fourth reels at the same time. This provides the player with one free spin, which holds in place the wilds. If you manage to land three safe symbols, you will then make your way into the Wild Escape Bonus feature.

There’s also a Running Wild feature, which in the simplest of terms involves each of the brothers starting out on the fifth reel and making their way across the other reels adding further wilds as they go. Free spins are handed out generously for a random period, during which decent prizes are almost certainly on the cards.

If you get the impression that Taco Brothers Saving Christmas is basically the exact same game as the original but with a festive twist, it is! The difference being that the prizes you can win during normal play are lower and the jackpots during the bonus feature are much higher. Well, that and the fact that it is all delightfully Christmassy and a great way of getting yourself into the spirit of the season!

Secrets of Christmas

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Sticking well and truly with the theme of all things festive, Secrets of Christmas is also doing the rounds right now courtesy of the team at Net Entertainment. In this instance, there are five reels and a total of 25 paylines to play for, with spins ranging in price from 25p up to a huge £125. Put through its paces on multiple platforms, Secrets of Christmas delivers the goods as reliably as Santa Claus himself.

In terms of the theme itself, it really doesn’t get more Christmassy than this. The game plays out in a cosy wooden lodge with all the classic Christmas symbols in plentiful supply. Sacks of toys, gingerbread houses, milk and cookies and so on – not to mention an appearance by the big guy himself. The symbol with the highest value is the bell, which in the case of landing five in a row will be worth a whopping 1,250 times your bet. Suffice to say, a pretty decent Christmas present!

The symbol featuring a sackful of toys is the game’s scatter symbol, which upon landing three or more in any position will open up the free spins feature. This means instantly receiving 10 free spins, though also the opportunity of picking from 20 hidden Christmas gifts to win extras before getting started.

The number of scatters you landed will determine how many presents you get to pick – a maximum of five scatters for five picks. The prizes on offer range from 2 to 10 additional free spins, multipliers up to 2X and extra wilds. Picking up to five gifts, it’s perfectly possible to combine any number of multipliers and free spins to massively increase your chances of taking home an early Christmas present.

To be honest, that’s pretty much where it comes to an end as far as Secrets of Christmas is concerned. If it were a standard slot with a standard theme and no specific seasonal relevance, it would probably be somewhat on the mundane and limited side. It isn’t exactly bursting with features and unique bonus offers, after all. However, given the fact that it has a wonderful Christmas theme, a wonderful Christmas soundtrack and everything you need to get yourself feeling well and truly Christmassy, Secrets of Christmas is more than worth checking out at this time of year!

Just don’t expect to get a great deal out of it in the middle of the summer!

 

Slot Reviews – Cirque Du Soleil Kooza and Batman and Catwoman Cash

It’s time to take a look at another duo of slots, which have just made their way onto the scene as part of the wider winter collection. You can expect a ton of new arrivals over the coming months, though as always you certainly can’t expect them all to be up to the same standard. So today, we’ll be shining light on two of the bigger-name slots to emerge this month, in order to help point you in the direction of something you’ll enjoy.

Cirque Du Soleil Kooza

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First up, Bally Technologies have unleashed Cirque Du Soleil Kooza on the world, with the aim of bringing all the fun, magic and marvelousness of the world-famous circus right into your home. Or your pocket, if you prefer. If you know Cirque Du Soleil, you’ll know it’s one of the most electrifying and mesmerizing spectacles on the face of the Earth, meaning a lot to live up to for a slot bearing the same name.

First impressions definitely paint a positive picture of what’s on offer. Cirque Du Soleil Kooza is a very nice-looking slot, with five reels and 40 paylines to play for. Each spin starts from just 20p and goes up to a maximum of £1, making it an affordable slot to try your luck with. Along with generous jackpots, there’s also a Pick Bonus, a bonus Wheel and free spins to play for. The wild symbol is good for taking the place of any other symbol in the game, with the exception of the Box and Bonus symbols.

There’s a Mystery Stacked Reels feature to play for, in which all mystery symbol positions are replaced with the same symbol on every spin. This can be triggered at any time randomly during normal play. Then there’s the Box Pick feature, which as the name suggests involves taking your pick of the three boxes that appear in front of you. Potential wins include cash prizes, or you may be sent over to take a spin on the Bonus Wheel.

Speaking of which, the Bonus Wheel is activated upon landing Bonus symbols on the second, third and fourth reels. With each spin of the wheel, you have the opportunity to win a cash prize, access the Jackpot Wheels, the Wheels of Death Free Games bonus or the Trickster Free Games bonus. In all instances, you’re in for good times!

The Trickster Free Games Bonus feature means accessing 10 free spins and a cash prize worth double your wager. So the more you place on the line, the more you’ll win. Tricksters can appear at any time and turn existing symbols into symbols of higher value.

The Wheel of Death Free Games Bonus feature is also good for a cash prize worth double your wager, along with up to 12 free spins coupled with a multiplier of up to 4X. Up to 15 additional free spins can be won during the bonus round, opening up the possibility of even bigger wins.

Last up, there’s also the Jackpot Wheel feature, where there are four jackpots that can be won with a spin of the wheel – Tres Magnifique, Colossal, Grand or Mini.

As you can see, there’s a lot going on with Cirque Du Soleil Kooza and this is the kind of slot you’re going to find it difficult to get bored of. There are excellent jackpots and prizes to play for, endless bonus features and the whole package is perfectly polished. If you’re looking for a medium variance game with more than enough to keep you busy for hours, Cirque Du Soleil Kooza could well be it.

Batman and Catwoman Cash

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Will there ever be a time when they run out of new ways of building slots around Batman? Of course not, which for fans of DC comics is of course nothing but a good thing. Once again, Playtech have come up with the goods in the form of yet another Batman slot, which in this instance also brings Catwoman along for the ride. It’s the usual story of five reels and 25 paylines, with spins starting from as little as 25p. It works a treat via desktop browsers and on mobile devices alike, there are two solid bonus features you’ll want to check out and of course…those potentially life-changing progressive jackpots!

Bearing a fair few similarities to Batman and the Joker Jewels, Batman and Catwoman Cash has been developed in the usual comic book style from top to bottom. It’s a very well-presented slot, featuring all the characters and iconic symbols you’d expect to see – Batman, Catwoman, Robin, helicopter, speedboat, Catwoman’s mask and whip, gold cats, Batman’s utility belt and more. It’s the Batman logo itself that could land you with the biggest normal play payout – five in a row being good for a generous 100-times your wager. This is also the wild symbol, which can take the place of any other symbol in the game apart from the scatters.

There’s a pink Bonus symbol that could do you a few favours if landed on the first and third reels. This will then open up the Cat Burglar Bonus feature, during which you’ll be asked to select a scatter to win a cash prize.

To access the Batman vs Catwoman Free Games feature, three pink Bonus symbols are needed on the first, third and fifth reels in any position. In this instance, you’ll start out with a 2X multiplier and be awarded anywhere from 7 to 25 free spins.

Along with the standard in-game bonus features, there are those four outstanding progressive jackpots to keep your fingers crossed for. There’s the Grand, Major, Minor and Mini jackpot, which despite being very tricky to nail have the potential to be well and truly life changing.

On the whole, there’s a lot to like about Batman and Catwoman Cash, in terms of both gameplay and special features alike. It’s not exactly bursting at the seams with ground-breaking stuff, but what it does, it does well.

 

 

 

 

Slot Reviews – Cleopatra Plus and Turning Totems

Another couple of slots for your consideration today, in the form of Cleopatra Plus and Turning Totems. There’s a pretty non-stop barrage of new arrivals emerging right now, with the biggest names in the business getting into gear in the run-up to Christmas. We’re here to help you make sense of the biggest and best slots out there, so check out our rundown of these two newcomers and maybe give them a try for yourself.

Cleopatra Plus

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First up, one of the newest releases to come from IGT is Cleopatra Plus. This is the kind of game that developers clearly want you to play and play a lot of, given the way in which you level up as you go along for bigger and better wins. And in case you hadn’t already figured it out, the answer is yes… Cleopatra Plus is the sequel to the hugely popular original, Cleopatra.

Building on the successful formula of its predecessor, Cleopatra Plus is a five-reel, 40-payline slot. With all 40 paylines in play at all times, the minimum bet per spin is 40p. Stepping right into the shoes of the Pharaoh, you’ll find yourself presented with a very nice-looking slot, which as far as first impressions go seems to take all that was epic about the first installation to another level.

Once again, the action takes place with an Ancient Egyptian backdrop, while the symbols are all the familiar icons you’d expect – Aset, Bastet, Hathor, Amun, Ra, Anubis and so on. It’s the Cleopatra Plus logo itself that you’ll be keeping your fingers crossed for during normal play, which in the case of a string of five in a row is good for a massive 1,500X your wager.

As already mentioned, Cleopatra Plus follows the likes of Wheel of Fortune on Tour and Nordic Heroes with its use of the Level Up Plus feature. What this basically means is that the more you play, the higher potential wins become and the more features open up. Levelling up is achieved by accumulating followers, which happens when you land bonus symbols on the reels.

Anytime you land two or more wilds during normal play, your win will be doubled. Land three or more scatter symbols in any position and you’ll be whisked away to the Cleopatra Free Spins Bonus round, where you’ll start out with a 1X multiplier and five free spins. Choose a location on the map and you’ll be rewarded with a cash price of up to 30X your wager, a multiple of up to 5X or a maximum of 30 more free spins. You can also win up to 10 Super Spins during this bonus round.

Again, how much you can win and the general bonuses on offer will vary in accordance with your level. On the plus side, Cleopatra Plus will remember you from one visit to the next, meaning that if you level up and then leave for a while, you won’t be back at square one when you return. We’re not entirely sure how reliable this memory is, but it’s still good to have in place.

On the whole, Cleopatra Plus does a good job of making a relatively complex slot system easy to grasp and enjoy. Games that level up like this are the kinds of games that are designed to hook you long-term, as opposed to simply dip in and out of. If you liked the original Cleopatra though, you’ll probably be right at home with Cleopatra Plus.

Turning Totems  turning-totems

As for Turning Totems, we have the folks at Thuderkick to thank for this new arrival, which features five reels, 11 paylines and plenty of generous prizes for the lucky ones. It’s suitable for players at all levels, with spins starting from as little as 10p and going as high as £100 for high rollers. When put to the test, Turning Totems runs like a dream on standard desktop systems and mobile devices alike, so it ticks all the right boxes for gaming on the go.

In terms of visuals, Turning Totems follows (unsurprisingly) a Native American theme and looks pretty great on the whole. The faces and masks of the totem poles represent the symbols in the game, while both-ways winning spices things up alongside Thunder Reels, Sleeping Wilds, Thunder Snakes, respins and a free spins feature. The soundtrack is also just the type that’s guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days, for all the right reasons!

Keep your eyes peeled for the Thunder Snake symbol – land one of these in any position and it will turn the whole reel into a Thunder Reel for the spin. Thunder Reels also bring to life any Sleeping Wilds on the reel, while giving out a free spin unless the Bonus Game has already been triggered. So either way, you’re probably in for something good! If there’s no Thunder Reel in play, sleeping wilds operate like normal symbols.

You’ll need three Thunder Reels to access the Bonus Game, which happens on a surprisingly regular basis…if you’ve got the patience to hold out. Upon accessing the bonus game, you’ll be immediately awarded five free spins for a shot at a tasty takeaway. During these free spins, all three of the Thunder Reels remain active, which basically means that at least three of the reels will feature locked wilds for the duration of the feature. Suffice to say, coming out with nothing at all isn’t what you’d call likely!

Pulling all the pieces together, Turning Totems delivers exactly what it sets out to – a lot of fun and instant enjoyment. It’s probably not the kind of slot you’re going to find yourself spending hours with, but for a few casual spins here and there, it’s definitely worth checking out.

 

Slot Reviews – Autumn Queen and Batman & the Joker Jewels

Another two slots under the microscope today, which have been launched just in time to score big over the Christmas period. This always tends to be the time of year when some of the biggest names unveil their biggest new releases, so chances are we’ll be seeing more of the same going forwards.

Batman and the Joker Jewels batman

Just when you thought you’d seen every possible take on an online slot featuring the caped crusader, along comes another to prove just how wrong you are! There’s no keeping a legendary slot theme down, which is why the arrival of Batman and the Joker Jewels doesn’t come as the biggest of surprises. The question being – is it a worthy addition to the bunch, or just more of the same?

Batman and the Joker Jewels comes fresh from the folks at Playtech, who’ve delivered another five-reel, 25-payline slot to join the expansive DC Comics series. It’s available right now online and via mobile devices alike, play starts from as little as 25p per spin and there are two pretty sweet bonus features to play for. And of course, those elusive progressive jackpots that could change your life, of which there are no less than four.

In terms of visuals, Batman and the Joker Jewels ticks all the right boxes. It has that characteristic comic book look and feel, which anyone who knows Marvel slots will be very familiar with. It’s also a tale of familiar faces when it comes to the symbols themselves, which include Batman, Robin, the Batmobile, the Joker, the Batplane, a folding knife, a gun and more. There are two wild symbols at play – those being the Batman and Joker smile symbols – which can score you a win of up to 100-times your bet, if you hit five of the symbols on any winning payline. Both wilds can also be used in place of all other symbols, aside from the scatter.

One of the two main bonus features is the Batman vs The Joker Free Games feature, which is activated upon landing three green Bonus symbols on the first, third and fifth reels. During this feature, the Bat-Tastic Multiplier Meter increases all wins – choose the Clown Prince of Crime and the Caped Crusader for a shot at a 5X multiplier.

Along with this, there’s also the Joker Random Wilds feature, which triggers randomly at any time during the standard game. The Jester of Jackanapes makes an appearance and can reward you with as many as nine wild symbols in random positions.

As for those progressive jackpots, the DC Super Hero Jackpot Game feature can also be triggered at any time, during which the more you put on the line, the bigger the wins you could take home. You’ll be presented with 29 Jackpot Icons and given the opportunity to keep selecting them until you match three. There’s a Mini, Minor, Major and Grand Jackpot to play for – Major being the prize that could well change your life!

On the whole, Batman and the Joker Jewels is an entertaining and enjoyable slot, though doesn’t bring a great deal of new features and functions to the table. Still, if Marvel slots and progressive jackpots are your thing, it’s a welcome addition to the collection.

Autumn Queen autumn-queen

With a perfectly-timed launch to coincide with the cooler months of the year, Autumn Queen comes fresh from the folks over at Novomatic. Unsurprisingly, the overall look and feel is one of a natural, autumnal setting with relaxing visuals and pretty presentation. It’s a five-reel, 40-payline slot of a relatively simple nature, with wagering starting from 40p per spin and going as high as £60 for high-rollers. It’s available via desktop, along with mobile devices across most popular platforms.

Generally speaking, Autumn Queen is an extremely volatile slot that you play only for the chance of entering the Autumn Queen Bonus feature. The visuals are extremely typical of Novomatic, paired with an atmospheric soundtrack and a very simple interface. Along with the usual playing card values, symbols include deer, falcons and bears. The Autumn Queen is the most valuable symbol, which in the case of hitting five in a row will reward you with a massive 500-times your wager.

She’s also the wild symbol during the game, replacing any other symbol apart from the scatter, which is a crystal ball. You’ll be needing five scatters to enter the Autumn Queen Bonus feature, where you’ll start out with five free spins with the opportunity to win another five for every crystal bonus you land. If you’re lucky, you could win as many as 80 free spins!

Additional stacked symbols are hidden behind piles of leaves during the feature, meaning potentially huge wins depending on the symbols stacked. All of the symbols in the game can be stacked during the feature. It’s not a feature that shows up very often, but always guarantees a decent payout when it does. The rest of the time, the action is relatively slow-paced.

As mentioned, the thing about Autumn Queen is that it really is all about the Autumn Queen Bonus feature. Find your way into the feature and you’re golden. Or at least, you’ll come away happy. Outside the bonus feature, there’s not a great deal to write home about. Plus, the fact that there’s only one bonus feature in total makes it all a little limited.

Still, if you’re looking for a high-volatility slot that rarely pays big but has the potential to deliver huge jackpots, Autumn Queen could be right up your street.

 

 

 

 

The Full Lowdown on Online Slots

If you play online slots on a regular basis, you probably think you’ve got a pretty good handle on them in general. But have you really? When you think about it, exactly how much do you really know about online slots in general?

The virtual gaming revolution has been spectacular to say the least and is still gaining momentum. Play for free, put a few pennies on the line or bet more than £500 every time you spin and hope for the best. And in terms of wins, taking home anything from 5p to literally tens of millions of pounds is perfectly possible.

Getting the most out of the experience means not only having Lady Luck on your side, but also getting to know the subject of slots in general a little better.

Choosing Slots
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When it comes to choosing slots, there are really only three things you need to think about. First of all, there are your own personal preferences – something that should be largely self-explanatory. After this, making sure that you choose the best possible online slots sites is equally important, in terms of both enjoyment and your overall safety. Last up, the payout percentages the slot proclaims should also be taken into consideration. You will usually find that they fall between 85% and 98%, though can dip considerably lower when it comes to machines with higher jackpots.

Technically speaking, the only thing you should be setting out to get from any time you spend with online slots is fun and enjoyment. Just as long as you enjoy the slots you choose, there’s really no such thing as getting it wrong.

Slot Basics and Strategies
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One of the most appealing things of all when it comes to online slots is the way in which they are so incredibly easy to play. After all, your only responsibility is hitting a button…unless you choose the ‘auto’ mode, in which case you don’t do anything at all. However, coming away with anything that could be even remotely considered a win is considerably more difficult. The reason being that technically speaking, you have absolutely no control over what happens. You might think you do, but you don’t.

The simple fact of the matter is that regardless of how many times you may be told otherwise, there really is no such thing as a winning strategy for slots of any kind. If there was, millions of people would be using it right now and every slot maker and casino in the world would be out of business. It is critically important to accept and acknowledge the fact that every spin is a 100% random event. Think of it a little like a brand new lottery draw with each spin – all the strategizing in the world will not affect the outcome of the balls.

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Still, there’s definitely plenty you can do to maximise your enjoyment and perhaps improve your chances of taking home a prize at least very slightly. So whether you are new to the world of online slots or consider yourself to be something of a veteran, it’s more than worth reading over and assimilating the following expert advice:

  1. First up, payout percentages are important to pay attention to, but should not be interpreted literally. Technically speaking, a machine with a 98% payout rate will pay £98 in prizes for every £100 it takes in. However, this does not mean that if you personally put £100 into the machine, you can expect to get £98 back. It simply doesn’t work like this, so beware false logic.
  2. More often than not, though certainly not always, machines that require or accept bigger wagers tend to be those that also offer the highest payouts. But at the same time, they also tend to be the kinds of machines that pay out the least. By contrast, the smaller the prizes on offer, the more frequently they are paid out. So you need to ask yourself – are you looking for a very fractional chance of winning a huge prize, or a much better chance of winning a modest prize?
  3. There’s no denying that progressive jackpots can be incredibly tempting, but you also have to be realistic when it comes to your chances of actually winning one. The simple fact of the matter is that when you are looking at the kind of prize you would usually associate with a lottery win, your odds of winning it really are about the same as those of winning the lottery. It might happen, but statistically speaking, it probably isn’t going to happen.
  4. That being said, if you come across an online slot you genuinely get a kick out which also happens to open up the possibility of a progressive jackpot, go for it! In some instances, you will find that there are multiple progressive jackpots available – smaller sums being much easier to win than the biggest jackpots.
  5. Always be sure to take into account the payscale in full, before getting started with any slot you are not familiar with. This is important because the vast majority of slots have very different rules and methods of operating, when it comes to the way in which the number of coins you wager affects what happens thereafter. Quite simply, the better you understand everything about the slot, the more you’ll get out of it.
  6. Never fall into the trap of assuming that persistence pays off or that a machine that has not paid out in some time must be scheduled to do so soon. Once again, it simply doesn’t work like this as the odds remain the same for each and every spin across the board.
  7. Last but not least, be sure to do your homework when it comes to the kinds of casino bonuses and special offers that are thrown around to entice newcomers. If you are offered a modest bonus of say £5 and 5 free spins, there is a good chance it could be legit. By contrast, if they claim to be throwing out welcome bonuses of £10,000 and hundreds of free spins no questions asked, chances are the attached terms and conditions will render the entire bonus package 100% worthless.

Stay tuned for more insights and helpful guides coming!

 

Identity Theft – Staying Safe when Playing Slots Online

While it’s not the most pleasant subject to think about when out for a spot of online gaming, identity theft is nonetheless a reality that has to be considered. For the simple fact of the matter is that now more than ever, those who take part in any kinds of online activities are at risk of identity theft. Whether shopping, banking, gaming or simply signing up to a mailing list, there will always be those out there who would like to get hold of your personal data to be used for their own personal gain.

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The thing to remember is that while there is nothing to gain from approaching the web in general with a sense of fear and scepticism, you do absolutely need to look after your own interests. Identity theft has the potential to lead to a wide variety of rather unfortunate consequences, ranging from the mildly inconvenient to the disastrous.

Which is why it’s a good idea to know not only how to protect yourself online, but also the kinds of warning signs that may suggest you have been targeted by online crooks.

The Symptoms of Identity Theft:

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In terms of working out when and where you may have been targeted by identity thieves, the biggest problem is that by the time you find out, damage has already been done. Still, it’s important to ensure that things are not allowed to get any worse, so be sure to act accordingly if you become aware of any of the following:

  • Credit cards or anything of a financial nature arriving in the post that you did not apply for.
  • Problems with your credit rating for no apparent reason.
  • Applying for credit and being refused, despite having strong credit rating.
  • Any telephone calls or letters that appear to be chasing debts that have nothing to do with you.
  • Any kind of activity or transactions on your statements that you cannot understand.
  • Suspicious activity with online accounts, including your username and/or password suddenly becoming invalid or are being changed.

Prevention of Identity Theft:

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As is the case with most things, the best approach is to simply make efforts to avoid falling victim to identity theft in the first place. Contrary to popular belief, there is in fact a lot that anyone can do to protect their personal information, in order to make it as difficult as possible for cyber-criminals to do their bidding. It’s simply a case of balancing online enjoyment with common sense, following a few simple guidelines from the experts.

Keep it to yourself
For example, while it may seem relatively harmless at the time, it is never a good idea to share any of your login credentials with anyone else. This is because while you yourself may do a good job keeping them out of harm’s way, you never know who the other person may go on to share them with in the future. Your personal information should remain your own and only your own at all times.

No hard copies
Likewise, it is also important not to fall into the trap of writing down your login credentials at any time for any reason. This is because there is always a very slight possibility that the piece of paper will fall into the wrong hands, providing all the information they need to access your accounts. It simply isn’t worth doing – memorise your credentials and never write them down.

Quality sites and services
Another extremely important rule to follow is that of avoiding at all costs any online gaming sites or service providers in general that do not have a stellar reputation for safety and security. It should be made abundantly clear by whoever it is you intend to do business with whether or not they have the strongest possible regard for customer security and account safety. And if unsure, check out as many reviews and ratings as necessary before going ahead.

Don’t fall for phishing
One of the most common and effective approaches these days used by cyber criminals is that of tricking account holders into revealing their secret information by way of emails or telephone calls. The long and short of it being that no responsible business or customer service team should ever ask you to confirm things like your username, password and login credentials in general, either over the phone or by way of e-mail. If you ever receive an e-mail or telephone call requesting such information, 99% of the time it will be a fraudulent request.

Secure connections
A quick point but an important point nonetheless, it is up to you and you alone to make sure that the Internet connection you use is 100% safe and secure. You may not be able to tell the difference between a public Internet connection and a secure home connection at the time, but you are significantly more likely to be attacked over an open or shared public connection. On top of this, if you do decide to access any of your accounts or indulge in a little gaming in public, it’s a good idea to be very much aware of exactly who might be looking over your shoulder. It might seem far-fetched, but all it takes is a discreet camera, a powerful zoom and a couple of well-timed photographs to know exactly how to access another person’s accounts.

Report abnormalities immediately
Last but not least, if at any time you think there is any chance whatsoever that you may have been targeted, it’s important that you report it to the authorities immediately. The reason being that while there may not be any particularly noticeable consequences at the time, the longer you leave it, the higher the likelihood you will indeed suffer the consequences. And of course, this represents the perfect time to reaffirm the importance of frequently changing your login credentials, not to mention choosing passwords that cannot be easily guessed by hackers.

 

 

The 10 Commandments for Online Slots Players

If you’re new to the world of online slots, it’s true to say that it might take a little getting used to. Which counts double if you previously played slots for real – the differences between the two can feel slightly weird at first. In either case, it won’t be long before you realise what all the fuss is about and why tens of millions worldwide are making the most of web-based slots.

But just as is the case with all types of gambling, there’s a right and a wrong way of approaching online slots. So to help those who may need a nurturing nudge in the right direction, here’s a quick rundown of our own ’10 Commandments’ for getting the most out of your gaming experiences:

1 – Thou Shalt Not Gamble If It’s Against the Law
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First of all, you have really very little choice but to bite the bullet and accept it if your country, state or region doesn’t permit online gambling. Now, on the surface you might think it’s a victimless crime and decide to flout the rules. Nobody will find out and you’re hardly burning down the town. However, think about what might happen if you hit a £2 million jackpot and they refuse to pay you a penny of it. What now? Do you report them? Of course not, as it’s you that’d end up in hot water and they’d get away with your winnings scot-free. Never gamble online if it’s against the law, if only for the fact that you won’t win.

2 – Thou Shalt Choose a Reputable Online Casino
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all web casinos were pretty much the same – especially when it comes to slots. After all, if five different casinos all offer the popular slot ‘Thor’, surely it must be the same experience with each of them…right? Wrong. From software reliability to customer service to account safety and indeed whether you’ll ever see a penny of your winnings, all service providers are most certainly NOT cut from the same cloth. If it isn’t a casino you’ve fully checked, vetted and verified, it isn’t a casino you should be going near.

3 – Thou Shalt Try For Free First of All
The fact that the vast majority of slots can be played for free before spending a penny on them means that you should very much be doing exactly that. Also, if you come across a casino that doesn’t allow you to play slots for free before paying out, move on and find another one. Playing for free might not give you the most realistic experience…given the fact there’s no risk or reward. Nevertheless, it will give you the opportunity to find out if the slot is for you in terms of gameplay, the enjoyment factor and indeed how smooth (or otherwise) it runs.

4 – Thou Shalt Vet Customer Service Standards
Things occasionally go wrong and questions quite often need to be asked. Which means that if you’re going to get into online slots, it’s likely that sooner or later you will be required to get in touch with the site’s customer service team. This can make all the difference in the world – will you be fobbed-off and your query ignored, or will you be provided with outstanding service? Or for that matter – is there even a customer care team to contact at all?

5 – Thou Shalt Check Out Bonuses Carefully
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You can rest assured that when something in the world of online slots bonuses seems too good to be true, it probably is. If one casino is offering you 10 free Starburst spins while another is offering 100 free spins and up to £500 in bonus cash, which are you going to choose? The answer…well, if you read the attached terms, you might find it’s the former that’s of way, way more value. Never take bonuses and deals for granted, being sure instead to read in full what’s actually on offer.

6 – Thou Shalt Try Out Many Online Slots
As is the case with most things in life, it’s natural to find an online slot you like and stick to it like glue. Which isn’t necessarily the end of the world, but nonetheless denies you the opportunity to discover a world of incredible slots you’ve yet to try out. There are more being added to the ranks every day with new features, functionalities and ways to win awesome prizes. Long story short therefore, it’s in your best interests to check them out and try them out.

7 – Thou Shalt Be Realistic with Progressives
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Yes…we all want to take home that elusive £10 million jackpot that’s being dangled in front of us in the form of a progressive slot’s top prize. The only problem being that realistically, these are the prizes you are least likely to win out of every single prize available from any online slot. The odds of taking home any prize at all with an online slot are decent enough. The odds of winning the full progressive jackpot are astronomical. So be realistic and don’t blow too much money chasing the near impossible.

8 – Thou Shalt Play Only for Fun
In fact, one of the most important commandments of all is to play at all times for fun only. Consider any win of even a few pennies an added bonus that wasn’t expected or required for the experience to be enjoyable. Get into online slots accepting that you’ll most likely blow your allocated funds, without making a penny. This way, anything you’re lucky enough to win will be an even sweeter cherry on the cake.

9 – Thou Shalt Allocate a Budget
Following on from that exact point, always be sure to allocate yourself an exact budget – as in an amount you are willing and able to lose without it causing you any real problems. Avoid the mistake of using a limitless credit source to credit your account – it can be deadly if you’re not a true beacon of willpower!

10 – Thou Shalt Do Your Homework
Last but not least, it’s always in your best interests to carry out plenty of research into the slots you’re considering, before actually deciding which to go with. There’s a reason why some slots consistently earn five-star reviews from critics and customers alike, while others you’re more likely to be warned against bothering with. See what folk have to say about things like playability, bonus rounds, special features and of course, payout percentages.

 

 

 

 

The Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Online Slots

It’s never fun to be told you’re doing something wrong…it just isn’t. Nevertheless, both time and experience have shown that there are millions of people all over the world making exactly the same mistakes when playing online slots.

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Now, it should of course be said that if you’re having a great time and are 100% happy with how much you’re losing or winning, well done indeed! This is all that matters, hence you’re technically not doing anything wrong. By contrast, if you’d like to win more, lose less and get more out of the whole experience, you could probably benefit from a few professional pointers. You might have to bite the bullet and admit a few mistakes, but still…it’s in your best interests long-term.

So with this in mind, here’s a quick rundown of the 8 most common mistakes made by online slots players that should be avoided at all costs:

1 – Buying Into Winning Strategies
First and foremost, if you’ve ever bought into a single winning system or strategy, you’ve bought into pure garbage. The reason being that there’s no such thing in either case. You can read all the books and watch all the videos in the world, but the simple truth is that the odds are the odds…and you can’t change them. If there were strategies that worked, we’d all be using them and the folks running the casinos would be on a losing streak. But we aren’t…and neither are they.

2 – Not Quitting While Ahead
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We’re not talking about being a few pennies up, but rather after hitting a decent win. More often than not, it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to not only continue playing, but playing at a higher risk level after you’ve hit a solid win. You’ve got extra cash you didn’t expect and so it seems you might as well put it to good use trying to win more. It seems logical, but as you’re throwing around more money than you normally would, logic has clearly gone out the window. The rule of thumb therefore is to think carefully about quitting while ahead, whenever the opportunity arises.

3 – Poor Bankroll Management
If you’re going to be playing on a regular basis, you need to be sure to watch over your bankroll. What this basically means is allocating yourself a specific budget and under no circumstances allowing yourself to go over and above it for any reason. Not by £10, not by £5 and not even by 50p for ‘just one more spin’. The simple fact of the matter is that the moment you lose control of your banking and budgeting, you find yourself on a slippery slope to disaster.

4 – Betting with Money You Can’t Afford to Lose
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On a similar note, you shouldn’t even think about putting a penny on the line that you need for something else of greater importance. This applies to money you need to pay the bills, meet rental payments or money that’s been borrowed off other people. In fact, the moment you find yourself borrowing money from others to gamble with is the moment you may need to accept you’re heading for a serious problem. It needs to be your money and your money alone – not to mention money you’re quite happy to lose with there being zero consequences to follow.

5 – Sticking to One Game Like Glue
If you make the decision to stick to one game for hours, days and weeks on end simply because you love it, go right ahead. It’s a shame not to check out what else is on offer, but if it makes you happy, go for it! However, if you stick to one game religiously as you think that sooner or later you’re ‘guaranteed’ to hit a big win, you need to rethink…immediately! The reason being that each and every time you hit the button, the odds of winning remain exactly the same as every other spin. The first spin, the eleventh, the hundredth and so on – all have exactly the same odds and this never, ever changes. It’s again an example of a system or strategy that simply doesn’t work – sticking with one machine will not increase your chances of winning a penny.

6 – Playing Under the Influence
While it can certainly be fun to accompany your online gaming with a beer, allowing yourself to play under the influence is a very, very bad idea. It all comes down to the way in which while it might be fun, you cannot expect to play with full logic and common sense if you are even slightly inebriated. The more inebriated you are, the higher the likelihood that you’ll not only lose, but lose more than you can afford to. This tends to be one of the most common mistakes of all and is one the casinos themselves love to encourage. After all – why do you think so many casinos give away such copious amounts of alcohol for free?

7 – Not Researching the Specifics
You also need to make sure that you are choosing the games you play in accordance with your preferences and expectations. For example, if you don’t mind losing, losing and losing again if there’s the slightest chance of a bigger prize eventually, slots with lower payout percentages might not be the worst idea. By contrast, if you’d prefer to win smaller prizes on a more regular basis, you should be looking to play those that pay out more reliably and regularly. Some slots are incredibly simple in nature, while others are fantastically complicated. Whatever makes you happy, make sure it’s delivered by the slots you choose to play.

8 – Chasing Losses
Last but not least, one of the very worst things anyone can do when it comes to playing slot games is fall into the habit of chasing losses. This basically means playing, losing more than expected and then continuing losing more as you try to win back what you lost. Sadly, it never works, you just end up so much worse off than you were before and coming out of the whole thing in a rather unfortunate position. Just as soon as you’ve lost as much as you determined that you could afford to lose, it’s time to walk away.

 

 

 

 

Why Online Slots Are Better Than the Real Thing

It’s a dividing subject to say the least and one that until recently had more advocates on the side of real-life slots. After all, online slots were only just coming into their prime and had a pretty long way to go. As of today though, things are rather different to say the least. Not only have online slots become nothing short of a phenomenon, but there are actually more people globally playing slots online than in person.

So as far as those backing the digital approach to gaming are concerned, exactly what is it about online slots that makes them not just good, but even better than the real thing?

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1 – There Are So Many More Slots Online
Well, first of all there’s the way in which playing online means gaining access to the biggest selection of slots in the world. For obvious reasons, there isn’t a casino on the face of the Earth that has the space to house a literally infinite quantity of every single popular slot there is. They might have one or two iterations of a few hundred or so, but that’s it. Online, you can tap into literally any slot that’s ever hit the scene and be guaranteed a seat – regardless of how diverse your tastes may be. And if you’re the kind of person that likes to flit quite frequently from one to the next, playing online means never running out of incredible new slots to try out.

2 – The Sounds and Graphics Are Simply Awesome
Another benefit of virtual slots that goes above and beyond the real thing is the way in which they often feature mind-blowing graphics, sound-effects, sound-tracks and so on. With real-life slots, you’re somewhat limited to what is physically possible. With virtual slots, it’s a virtual world where anything goes. Not only this, but the whole package comes together as an experience that’s so incredibly immersive, you end up losing yourself in the game of your choice and completely forgetting you’re sitting at home. Or at work. Or on a bus, for that matter. Pure enjoyment anytime, anyplace.

3 – You Can Play From Anywhere

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Speaking of which, there’s also the bonus that comes with the fact that you don’t have to live anywhere near a physical casino or gaming hall to get in on the action. In fact, you only need to have an Internet connection and a compatible device, which these days is pretty much any computer, smartphone, tablet PC and so on. No specialist software, usually no downloads required and no limits to the kind of fun on offer. So even if you only have a few minutes to kill at any time of day or night, it’s more than enough time to get in on some awesome online slots action.

4 – Spectacular Jackpots
Of course, you cannot and should not expect that you’re going to walk away with a seriously huge sum of cash after playing online slots. In fact, any win at all is a bonus as it should be all about the fun. However, every now and again there will be a lucky soul somewhere in the world that will take home a frankly ludicrous sum of cash. The reason? It all comes down to progressive jackpots, which link video slots on a global basis and pump cash into cumulative prize funds. There are literally tens of millions of pounds to be won, which can technically be scooped up by any player at any time. The odds might be against you, but still…you only need to hit one of these jackpots once to be on easy street forever.

5 – Bigger Bonuses
Now, online casino bonuses and slots bonuses are a bit of a sticky subject, given the fact that in a lot of instances they’re not actually worth a great deal. It’s important to read the terms and conditions in full before accepting any kind of bonus, but from time to time you’ll come across certain bonus offers that are outstanding. Some offer welcome bonuses in the form of extra cash to play with, some free spins, some reward you for recommending friends and so on. In all instances, even a small bonus is way better than what you’d be likely to get if you wandered into a casino and just started hitting the slots. Use review sites, expert recommendations and customer feedback to help you make the best possible decisions.

6 – Play for Free
Something else to consider is the way in which most casinos don’t tend to be inclined to let customers wander in and start playing the games on offer for free. Why would they? It’s not as if they’re in this line of work for the fun of it, after all. Online however, it’s a very different story. Most reputable casinos and gaming houses on the web these days will let you try out pretty much every slot on offer free of charge – often without even having to open an account. Which means you get to find out what it’s like and get plenty of practice in, before having to spend a penny. Suffice to say, this has the potential to tip the odd in your favour hugely.

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7 – You Might Save Money
It all depends on your own personal approach to gaming, but there’s a good chance you might just save money playing online slots too. The reason being that online slots remove from the equation things like transport costs, expensive drinks from the bar, meals at the casino and so on. Some casinos give away the odd freebie here and there but still, it’s rare to come away without having spent at least something on something. Play from home and you won’t need to spend a penny on anything other than the slots, which means more cash to spend on whatever you choose to!

8 – It’s a Safer Bet
Last but not least, another important plus-point that comes with online slots is the way in which you can vet and verify each and every slot you choose to try out, before actually deciding to give it a go. The web is packed with endless reviews, strip-downs, editorials and so on that basically tell you which slots are worth your time and which to avoid. By contrast, dive into any random slot you come across at the casino and you’re rolling the dice with your luck.

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky Slots Feature – Alaxe in Zombieland and Charms & Witches

We decided recently to turn our attention to a few of the spookier slots doing the rounds, in celebration of Halloween and all-things creepy. As is the case with every genre, some of the spooky slots doing the rounds are nothing short of epic, while others are nothing more than generic knock-offs trying to cash in on the time of year.

A seriously good Halloween-themed slot can be just the thing for banishing the winter blues. Which is why we’ll be taking a look at two top-name slots today, giving each a full dissection to assess what’s what. So if you’re out to find the best Halloween slots for the spooky season, you’ve come to the right place!

Charms and Witches
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First up, it really doesn’t take a genius to figure out what exactly the theme is with this NextGen Gaming release. Concocted in tandem with the folks from Side City Studios, Charms and Witches serves up five reels, 25 paylines in play at all times and total compatibility across most mobile devices. It’s also suitable for the highest of high rollers – wagers starting from as little as 25p and going all the way up to an eye-watering £625 per spin. If you’re feeling both flush and lucky, we’re off to a good start with Charms and Witches!

Given the partnership of big names responsible for it, it’s hardly surprising that Charms and Witches looks great. It really does – the visuals are crisp, the overall presentation is alluring and it all runs like a dream. You’re invited to join the action at the entrance to a creepy cemetery, where the well-produced soundtrack only adds to the air of all-things sinister.

As for those symbols, you’re presented with a variety of creepy bits and pieces, including black shoes, wizard hats, frogs, crows, rats and an unusually gorgeous witch. There’s a golden door knocker that serves as the wild symbol and can be used in place of anything except the pick-me and scatters symbols. As a bonus, any win you hit that features a wild will be doubled. In addition, five wilds in a row on any payline will land you 3,000X your wager. If you put £600+ on the line, this adds up to…a lot!

There are three bonus features that spice up the action at Charms and Witches. Kicking off with the pick-me bonus feature, you’ll need to hit the potion symbol on the second, third and fourth reels at the same time. Just pick the symbol of your choosing and win a prize accordingly, or uncover the ‘Win All’ reward to take home all of them.

Then there’s the Spook Bat Bonus, which happens on a random basis every now and again. Bats will begin flying over the screen and turning symbols wild as they go, with the potential to add up to big wins. This can happen during normal play and during the Free Games feature.

Speaking of which, the Free Games feature kicks in when you hit three or more bat scatter symbols in any positons. This will reward you with 10 free spins, during which time every win is increased with a 2X multiplier. The free spins can also be retriggered, so there are actually 20 to play for – all wins being doubled.

While it’s all a pretty simple story at Charms and Witches in terms of gameplay, the trio of bonus features makes it more than worth a few spins. It looks absolutely great and there’s the chance of taking home huge sums of cash for the lucky few. Even if you don’t win a penny, it’s a wonderfully spooky little slot that guarantees good times all-round.

Alaxe in Zombieland

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You can pretty much rest assured that the one word you couldn’t use to describe Alaxe in Zombieland is ‘cute’. That is, unless you have a rather unique take on what constitutes cute, but we’ll say no more about that! Anyway, Genesis Gaming’s Alaxe in Zombieland is a deeply horror-themed slot with five reels and 25 paylines, which are in-play at all times. You can bet from 25p with each spin and the maximum is capped at £50.

It’s a seriously sinister take on what you might expect from the usual ‘Wonderland’ setting, with creepy-looking symbols by the barrel-full. Scatters and wilds are in no such supply, but what Alaxe in Zombieland really stands out for is its contingency of three tasty bonus features.

First of all, there’s the Red Queens Adventure Feature, which is triggered by landing at least three key symbols on the second, third and fourth reels. You’ll see five white roses on five graves, of which you’ll have the opportunity to turn three of them red. You’ll need to beat your score with each reveal and make your way as far across the graveyard as possible, after which you’ll be able to choose a reward from behind one of six doors.

Then there’s the Tea Party Free Spins bonus, which you’ll enter after landing three clock scatters on the first, second and third reels. 14 teapots will appear before you and you’ll be able to choose a selection of them, which include multiplies, free spins and combos of the two.

Last of the three comes the Gravestones bonus feature, which requires three potion symbols on the third, fourth and fifth reels to activate. Simply chop your chosen gravestones in half to reveal the prize you’ll be awarded, until you hit the ‘collect’ gravestone and the feature ends.

Putting all the pieces together, Alaxe in Zombieland is a medium-volatility slot that’s worth checking out – both for its creepy theme and the three bonus features on offer. It might not have the most impressive graphics around, but to be honest it doesn’t really need them either. If spooky slots are your thing, Alaxe in Zombieland serves up more than enough to keep you busy for a good while at least.