Bloopers General Information:
Gambling is an enormous business, of that there is no doubt. The film industry is also an enormous business, so this is something which they both share. What happens when you combine the two? Well,in this case you end up with Bloopers.
Bloopers was designed and developed by ELK and was released in March of 2016. This team is a group of people with a different focus than many other slot game providers. Rather than simply focus on releasing a great quantity, ELK stick to fewer releases of something different.
As is standard with games offered by the ELK software system, this game will work with most flash enabled devices. This includes desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. It should be noted that ELK do tend to target mobile devices, so if you're looking for pokies on your phone or tablet then check them out.
Bloopers comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 layout. This is a ways-to-win game, which means the player cannot customise the amount of paylines which are selected.
- The minimum bet sits at 0.25
- The maximum bet sits at 100
- The return to player offered by this game sits at just under 96.1%, which is about average.
In order to enter the options menu in Bloopers the player must first click the three horizontal lines towards the upper-left of the main game screen. When this is clicked they must then choose the settings button. The offered options are as follows:
This speeds up the spinning of the slots, leading to less lime waiting around.
- Sound On
This allows the player to mute all sounds from the game.
- Game Sounds
When clicked this allows the player to mute all sounds except the music.
Wen this is clicked the player toggles on and off the music.
- Show in Coins
When clicked this changes the currency display to coins, rather than Euros.
OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS
Bloopers comes with some interesting and powerful options thanks to the workers at ELK. By clicking the coins button down the bottom left of the main game screen the player can adjust the automatic betting strategy. This is split between regular and four other potential options. Changing between these pages is accomplished by clicking the left and right buttons on the left and right sides of the screen. The details of these pages are as follows:
When this is selected the player need only choose their total bet from a 3×4 table of total bets. Once this is selected this betting amount will remain constant until changed manually.
When this page is accessed the player is able to choose from a table of 4 different amounts. These are percentages which are derived from a player's total stash. This simply allows the player to keep betting a static percentage.
When this page is accessed the player is given access to a range of bets in a 3×4 table. A selected bet will automatically raise after 5 consecutive losses, the idea being to recoup losses. This can occur twice, with the maximum bet amount being ten times as great as the starting bet. This strategy resets after a win.
Another page where the players are given access to a range of bets in a 3×4 table. In this strategy the bet level will jump up 1 level after a loss, up to a maximum of 4 levels. This means a maximum bet of ten times the initial wager. This strategy resets after a win.
Yet another page where the players are given access to a range of bets in a 3×4 table. In this strategy the play's bet will raise 1 level for each winning spin, up to a maximum of 4 levels higher. This is equal to ten times the player's initial bet. This strategy resets after a loss.
The autospin in this game is accessed by holding the spin button. This offers the player 4 options for spin quantities. These are 10x, 25x, 50x and 100x.
Also on offer is general game information which can be accessed by clicking on the three horizontal lines which indicate the options menu. When in this screen the player can choose to simply click the given left and right arrows in order to switch between payouts and payline information, or they can click into the rules screen. When this is clicked the game brings up the basic game rules as well as a general explanation of some of the gambling strategies which the game has on offer.
There appears to be two main influences for the Bloopers pokie. The first is the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. This is seen through both the headshots of the male and female models, as well as the various other symbols which represent films and film-making equipment.
The second influence seems to be from the recent popularity of films such as Minions. This game's version of them, the Bloopers, appear quite similar. In the case of this game they appear to hold positions on the film staff. Why you would employ a bunch of monsters who call themselves Bloopers to work on an expensive film set is up for debate.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of a golden Wild Bloopers symbol. This can substitute for any symbol except the bonus star.
The sticky wilds in this game come in form of either a male or female head-shot behind golden Wild text. These are given out by the sound tech blooper in regular play. In the free spins bonus game they will appear when either the male or female head-shot appears on reels 2-4.
The bonus symbol in this game comes in the form of a Hollywood star, the type of which is seen on the Walk of Fame. Gaining 3 or more of these on a single spin triggers the Free Spins bonus game. When these appear on reels 3,4 or 5 they will also generate active Bloopers.
Finally, this game comes with a reality check option. This can be found on the second page of the settings screen. This allows the player to be reminded of how long they have been playing the game, and be selected in four different quantities of time. These are 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours.
There are five possible forms of Bloopers which appear throughout the game. Multiples of these can occur at once and at least one will be awarded when entering the free spins bonus game. When in the free spins game three of these guys can be triggered by rolling the relevant symbol. Each of these little guys offer a different bonus, these are as follows:
- Sound Tech
This Blooper gives out sticky wilds and will start a respin after appearing and doing his thing. This is only blooper that can appear in regular mode.
When this guy appears he uses his skills to shuffle the symbol positions around to maximise the payouts of long paylines, though he cannot move bonus stars and sticky wilds. He can only appear in the free bonus game and is triggered on the K symbol.
This blooper is triggered on the Q symbol. When she appears she extends the amount of free spins running. She does this by removing a sticky wild. She can only appear in the free spins game.
This blooper is triggered on the J symbol. When he appears he cuts the reels. This drops some of the reels, allowing others to fill up. This increases the winning chances of these reels. Cutter can only appear when playing the free spins game.
- Stunt Man
This guy is triggered randomly. When he appears he sets of Expanding wilds in any of the reels. This guy can only appear in the free spins bonus game.
The free spins bonus game in Bloopers is triggered when 3 or more bonus stars are collected in a single spin. Most of the bonuses which are in operation during this game are related to the Bloopers. Details on these little guys can be found in the section above.
How to Play:
Placing your bets in Bloopers is quite simple, regardless of player level. Simply click the coins button on the lower-left of the main game page and select a strategy. The simplest of these is the no strategy selection, where the player simply chooses their total bet and clicks spin.
From here the player can choose to click through and change their strategy and activate autospins by holding down the autospin button which can be accessed from the betting and the main page. If autospin is not selected the player only needs to hit spin.
Overall Design and Usability:
The design of Bloopers is a very stylised one. The pokie is obviously heavily influenced by both Hollywood and the growing market of popular 3D animated films. This can be seen in the symbols themselves, the reels and the various bonus icons. All of these components fit together in a way which is a little bit odd, given the human characters look vastly more realistic to the Bloopers. That said, the theme does work, and work quite well.
When it comes to usability, this is game which does not let the player down. Fast to respond, nice to look at and with a multitude of very helpful options, this is a pokie which has been developed by team of consummate professionals. What I really love, and what is common from ELK, is the different betting tactics available. These really add another dimension to the game that so many pokies are missing. What needs to be kept in mind is that this is obviously designed as a mobile game. While it works just fine on desktop and laptop computers the layout might be a little off-putting to those familiar with desktop focused pokies. Overall this is great work all around from a great developer.
Where to find it:
While Elk might not be as prolific as Microgaming or NetEnt they still have a solid presence. This is especially the case on sites which have a focus on mobile gaming. If you already have a favorite mobile gaming site then check around, Bloopers might already be on offer. If it isn't, or you want a more direct list, then check out our list below. Each of the sites listed below have Bloopers on offer, and by taking a look at our reviews you can find a site which is a good fit for you.
As is commonly the case with ELK games, part of your enjoyment will come from whether you are playing from a mobile device. The game runs well regardless, and looks decent to boot. If you are a fan of the movie theme, or animated films then this is definitely worth a look. It's also worth a peak if you're a fan of interesting and unusual bonus structure. If you are the type of person who places a lot of importance on different or especially complex bonus games then it might not be the game for you, but if you want something new then definitely check it out.
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