Superman

Superman Basic Information:

There are few superheroes who are as well known as the Superman. Considered by many to be the original Superhero, Superman has been an incredibly popular force in media ever since his conception. Having conquered comics, movies and T.V, the Man of Steel now sets his eyes on the humble pokie. Does Superman bring with him the strength of Krypton, or will the players of this game end up with the luck of Krypton? Keep reading our review to find out…

This pokie was created by the developers at NextGen Gaming. These guys are another software designer with a heavy focus on slot based games. While not as prolific as the likes of Microgaming or NetEnt, this team does not let their lesser visibility affect the quality of their creations.  This game was released on the 23rd of February, 2017.

The NextGen system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NextGen.

Superman Main Game Screen

Superman comes with a total of 50 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet are static.
  • The maximum coins bet are static.
  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 2.00
  • The return to player offered by this game is 95.4%, which is around average.

Options

Superman is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. Rather than the traditional option screen, Superman has the majority of its options available from the main game screen.

These include:

  • Betting Quantity Buttons

These simple increase or decrease the bet per line, though the paylines themselves cannot be customised.

  • Maximum Bet

This is the button which appears as a stack of gold coins, in the lower left of the main game screen. When this is clicked it will automatically set the amount bet to the maximum.

  • Audio Button

Moving the cursor over this button gives the player the ability to either set the volume at a specific level or mute the entire game.

  • i Button

This is used to open the main game information screen. This section includes helpful information on symbols, game rules and payouts.

  • Autoplay

When this button is clicked the player is brought to the autoplay settings screen. From this screen the player is able to use a slider to determine the amount of autospins which they wish to play out. They can also simply set it to the last used settings.

  • Bonus Bet

This is the button which is located to the lower right of the main game screen. When this is active each spin will cost 10 more coins. While this is active the player will gain access to the Save the World Feature. This is detailed in the other features and bonuses section below.

Background:

Originally appearing in Action Comics number 1, in 1938, Superman has found his place as perhaps the most iconic superhero of all time.

Superman was born as Kal-El, on the distant planet of Krypton. His father, a scientist, had come to the conclusion that their planet was doomed to be destroyed. As the leadership on Krypton were too busy with their heads up their own butts they didn't seem to care. Thus, in a last ditch effort, Kal-El's parents sent him in a spaceship, to the planet of Earth. Hey, that's where we live!

Growing up under the yellow sun of Earth gave the Kal-El, adopted name Clark Kent, the powers of super strength, speed, durability and a whole host of other super skills. As he grew into these powers, Superman became one of Earth's mightiest defenders, protecting us against threats both domestic and inter-galactic.

Other Features and Bonuses

Superman Wild

The wild symbol in Superman comes in the form of this Superman head-shot icon. That can appear on all reels and can substitute for any symbol except the scatter and bonus. Whenever this wild takes part in a win, that win is multiplied by 2x. In free games this can be increased up to a maximum of 5x. Gaining the symbols on reels 2,3 and 4 in a single spin gives the player access to the free spins bonus game.

Superman Scatter

The scatter symbol in Superman appears as the above Superman logo. These act as multipliers on the base score, and do no need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. These generate multipliers in the following contributions:

  • 2 scatter symbols give a bonus multiplier of 50 when gathered
  • 3 scatter symbols give a bonus multiplier of 250 when gathered
  • 4 scatter symbols give a bonus multiplier of 750 when gathered
  • 5 scatter symbols give a bonus multiplier of 5000 when gathered

Superman Bonus

The bonus symbol in this game appears as the above Superman logo. These only appear if the bonus bet button is active. Gaining at least three of these in a single spin will give the player access to the Save the World bonus game.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Superman is won when the player manages to gain wild symbols on reels 2,3 and 4 in one spin, in the main game. When this occurs the player will gain access to 10 free spins. During these spins an expanded Superman symbol can appear randomly on any reel. When this takes part in a win the total win can be multiplied by up to 5x.

The Save the World bonus game is accessed when the player has the bonus bet button active, and manages to gain at least 3 bonus symbols in a single spin. Once in this game the player must select 1 of 3 doors. These can reveal 3 different prizes, as follows:

  • One door leads to a kryptonite room, which ends the feature
  • Another door leads to a room full of hostages, who Superman will rescue for a cash reward
  • The last door leads to Lex Luthor. Opening this door gives the player a win of up to 100x the triggering bet.
How to Play:

Basic play for Superman is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.

Overall Design and Usability:

When making a game about Superman the designers have a lot to draw from. In this case the look which has been adopted is that of the comic books. This is done in such a way that encompasses both the reels and the background. Everything here looks to be lifted from various comic panels. This is a common tactic in graphics, and is often done with little care, but that is not the case with Superman. Everything here is fantastically chosen and well suited, with everything within this game doing a great job in relaying the feel and look of the comics.

In terms of usability Superman is fairly average. When it comes to playability and reliability the game is great, the issue comes from a lack of options. This means that players on older or less powerful devices lack the ability to turn down the graphics or effects the make the game run better on their machines, which is a little bit of a let down. This lack of options also applies to the other areas in the game, including the autoplay function.

Where to find it:

NextGen Gaming may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the NextGen Gaming framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!

Rating:

One of the better games derived from comic, both in terms of looks and gameplay. Superman is a pokie which could have been a simple cash-in, yet a lot of effort has gone into creating something fun and respectful to the source. This is a game great for both new and intermediate players, with a couple of caveats. The first is the lack of a strong autoplay system, and the second is a lack of graphical options. These can be deal-breakers for many players, so this is something to keep in mind. Otherwise, we can absolutely recommend this pokie.

4.2/5 Stars

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Basic Information:

There are certain things which you should do if you are attacked by the living dead. Get to a safe location. Barricade this location. Find weapons. Avoid thoughts that feel a little bit cannibally. Survival is the name of the game, after all. What you probably shouldn't do in the event of a zombie attack is stop to play pokies. Even if you do win the chances that a zombified clerk will actually give you the payout you deserve is slim, at best. Is Day of the Dead worth risking a bite for, or is this pokie more of a case of the reviewer confusing a Mexican holiday with the zombie genre? Keep reading our review to find out…

This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 10th of May, 2013.

The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.

Day of the Dead Main Game Screen

Day of the Dead comes with a total of 720 paylines over 5 reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 50.0
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
  • Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
  • Maximum coins size sits at 20.0
  • The return to player offered by this game is 93.715% which is lower than average

Options

By clicking on the main menu button towards the top-right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with six different options. These are as follows:

 Menu Options
  • Sound Effects

When toggles this option determines whether sound effects will play in the game.

  • Dealer Voice

When toggled this option determines whether the occasional Day of the Dead voice over will comment.

  • Ambient Sound

This option toggles ambient noises when clicked.

  • High Quality Graphics

This option toggles the best looking graphics when it is clicked. This is an important feature which is often overlooked. Users on older or less powerful devices might want to disable this.

  • Full Animations

Acts as the quickspin option of this game. When it is toggles off there is less time spent waiting around for the reels and other animations to play out.

  • Fit To Window

This option changes the overall shape of the main game screen to best fit whatever frame it is located in.

Other Options

These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:

  • Paytable

Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.

  • Coin Value

This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.

  • Spin

The button used to spin the reels.

  • Auto Spin

The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.

  • Graphics Quality Spanner Button

This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.

Background:

Day of the dead, at least as the inspiration for this pokie, comes from the Mexican holiday known as Dia de Muertos. This holiday is very popular in both Mexico and the United States, and comes with a focus on remembering those who have passed, and supporting their spiritual journey.

This holiday can trace its origins back to indigenous customs dating back hundreds of years, to Aztec festivals dedicated to the goddess Mictecacuhuatl. This name is both difficult to type out, and translates to Lady of the Dead. Probably not the best woman to mess with. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned then I shudder to think of the carnage a scorned goddess of death might inflict.

Perhaps the most well known part of the Day of the Dead are the costumes and decorations. These combine interpretations of death alongside bright outfits and colour in such a way that many of us wouldn't have believed could fit so well together, had we not seen it.

 

Other Features and Bonuses

As is common with IGT games of the time, this pokie comes with the Multiway Xtra Wins Feature. With this feature extra payouts are given when the same symbol appears in any other positions in adjacent columns. Having the same symbol in the same columns multiplies this win.

Day of the Dead Wild

The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of the above icon. These can appear on reels 2,3 and 4 only, and can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter and the bonus.

Day of the Dead Scatter

The scatter symbol in Day of the Dead comes in the form of the above icon. These give out payments in the following quantities:

  • 3 scatter symbols give a 2x multiplier when gathered
  • 4 scatter symbols give a 10x multiplier when gathered
  • 5 scatter symbols give a 50x multiplier when gathered

These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout.

Day of the Dead BonusThe free spins bonus symbol in Day of the Dead comes in the form of the above skull icon. When the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 of these on 5 consecutive reels the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Day of the Dead is won when the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 consecutive bonus symbol within the main game. When this occurs the player will be given a total of 8 free spins. If more than one combination per spin awards free spins, the sum of spins for all winning combinations is awarded at once, earning up to 96 spins.

When within this game the player is able to trigger additional free spins in the situation where they gain 5 additional bonus symbols over 5 consecutive reels. In this situation the player will be given an additional 8 free spins. The free spins will end when the free spins counter reaches 0, or when the player has managed to complete 240 free spins.

The quantity used as a bet for these games is the same amount which was bet during the round in which these free games were activated.

While the look of the reels and the symbols will change when within this bonus game the only rules which will change are the ones which are listed above.

 

How to Play:

Basic play for Day of the Dead is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and clicking spin.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.

Overall Design and Usability:

Day of the Dead ran a big risk in choosing such a colourful scheme as its base. As it turns out, this was a challenge which the people over at IGT had no problem meeting. This game contains an enormous amount of colour and character, all of which is heavily influenced by real decorative structures. This means bright colours, pinks and blues, along side various skulls and skeletons which all appear to be having the time of their unlives. There was a lot of room to go wrong here, but IGT was not about to let that happen. Great work in this department.

When it comes to usability, Day of Dead does very well. Here the only real problem from which it suffers are the problems which are common to IGT created games. This is, in short, the lack of autoplay features. While the game itself does offer autoplay, without any sort of auto-stop rules this is a system which will be near unusable to some players. Everything other than this one issue, however, appears very well done. Speed, responsiveness and reliability are all factors which perform excellently here, with no issues at all showing themselves during our testing process.

Where to find it:

IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Day of the Dead there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.

Rating:

A great looking game, and one with a solid little bonus structure. This is a game which we can recommend openly to both new and intermediate players, and those who are interested in the theme. It is worth noting that the lack of autoplay options, combined with the relatively low RTP might make this game no so much of a choice for veteran pokie players, or those who take pokie very seriously. That said, if these don't bother you then you really should take a look into this game, if for nothing more than the spectacle.

3.8/5 Stars

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Siberian Storm

Siberian Storm Basic Information:

Storms suck, this much is practically an undeniable truth. Keep in mind that this is said from somebody who has only ever lived in warmer climates and has never personally had to worry about any major weather events. A Siberian Storm, then? Well, those sound like an absolute nightmare. Is this concept so nightmarish that a pokie based on the idea is doomed to failure, or is this something we can enjoy from the warmth of our collective gambling stations? Keep reading our review to find out…

This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 10th of October, 2011.

The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.

Siberian Storm Main Game Screen

Siberian Storm comes with a total of 70 paylines over 5 reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 50.0
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
  • Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
  • Maximum coins size sits at 20.0
  • The return to player offered by this game is 94.26% which is towards the lower end of average.

Options

By clicking on the main menu button towards the top-left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with six different options. These are as follows:

 Menu Options
  • Sound Effects

When toggles this option determines whether sound effects will play in the game.

  • Dealer Voice

When toggled this option determines whether the occasional Siberian Storm voice over will comment.

  • Ambient Sound

This option toggles ambient noises when clicked.

  • High Quality Graphics

This option toggles the best looking graphics when it is clicked. This is an important feature which is often overlooked. Users on older or less powerful devices might want to disable this.

  • Full Animations

Acts as the quickspin option of this game. When it is toggles off there is less time spent waiting around for the reels and other animations to play out.

  • Fit To Window

This option changes the overall shape of the main game screen to best fit whatever frame it is located in.

Other Options

These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:

  • Paytable

Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.

  • Coin Value

This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.

  • Spin

The button used to spin the reels.

  • Auto Spin

The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.

  • Graphics Quality spanner Button

This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.

Background:

Siberia, for those unaware, makes up an extensive portion of Northern Asian. The land now falls within the boundaries of Russia, as it has since the 17th century.

Siberia is well known for its winters, with are both long and harsh. In the month of January the temperature averages out at around -25 C. Yeah, I don't think I'll be taking my holiday there.

As Siberia has a land coverage of somewhere around 13 million square kilometres it is only natural that there is a lot of variation when it comes to natural (cold) environment. This includes lakes, forests and plains.

Among the wildlife here are the Siberian Tigers, an animal so admired that they made the cover image for this very pokie!

Other Features and Bonuses

 

As is common with IGT games of the time, this pokie comes with the Multiway Xtra Wins Feature. With this feature extra payouts are given when the same symbol appears in any other positions in adjacent columns. Having the same symbol in the same columns multiplies this win.

Siberian Storm Wild

The wild symbol in Siberian Storm comes in the form of the above white tiger. These can appear on reels 2,3 and 4 only, and substitute for all symbols except for the scatter and free spins bonus symbols.

Siberian Storm Scatter

The scatter symbol in Siberian Storm comes in the form of the above icon. These give out payments in the following quantities:

  • 3 scatter symbols give a 2x multiplier when gathered
  • 4 scatter symbols give a 10x multiplier when gathered
  • 5 scatter symbols give a 50x multiplier when gathered

These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout.

Siberian Storm Free Spins Bonus

The free spins bonus symbol in Siberian Storm comes in the form of the above eye icon. When the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 of these on 5 consecutive reels the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Siberian Storm is won when the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 consecutive bonus symbol within the main game. When this occurs the player will be given a total of 8 free spins. If more than one combination per spin awards free spins, the sum of spins for all winning combinations is awarded at once, earning up to 96 spins.

When within this game the player is able to trigger additional free spins in the situation where they gain 5 additional bonus symbols over 5 consecutive reels. In this situation the player will be given an additional 8 free spins. The free spins will end when the free spins counter reaches 0, or when the player has managed to complete 240 free spins.

The quantity used as a bet for these games is the same amount which was bet during the round in which these free games were activated.

While the look of the reels and the symbols will change when within this bonus game the only rules which will change are the ones which are listed above.

How to Play:

Basic play for Siberian Storm is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and clicking spin.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.

Overall Design and Usability:

Siberian Storm is not a new game, and this is something which becomes immediately obvious when looking at it. That is not to say that the game itself is ugly, it's not, but the quality on offer here is something which has been made for the computers of the time. This means the effects and the resolution might not be up to snuff for all users. The game itself uses a combination of blues and whites to illustrate the cold of the Siberian winter, and in this it does a pretty decent job. This applies to the backgrounds, symbols and animations, all of which look great considering when they were made.

In terms of usability, this is a game which again does very well, considering its age. In fact the multitudes of graphics settings this game offers, which are so useful, are often not found in modern creations. The game itself it also fast, reliable and responsive. During our testing process we found no problems at all, which is always great. The only real letdown here is in terms of autoplay. While there is one on offer, its lack of stopping options becomes a hell of a hurdle for veteran players, or those who rely on this option.

Where to find it:

IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Siberian Storm there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.

Rating:

A dated game, though one which still holds up well in many regards. Siberian Storm is solid, if basic, in its structure, and is ultimately a game which we could feel very happy in recommending to new players. When it comes to intermediate or veteran players this dated appearance combined with a lack of autoplay options might make this creation a less than perfect choice. There is also the fact that this game runs a RTP much lower than most pokies out there, which ultimately hurts its long-term appeal and playability.

3.0/5 Stars

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Prowling Panther

Prowling Panther Basic Information:

There is a reason as to why cats have done so well. Aside from their natural predatory instinct, their overwhelming cuteness has helped establish them as a force in both our homes and the internet. What people don't seem to understand, and haven't for a long time, is that there is a significant different between a domestic house cat and a hunting jungle beast. Prowling Panther is one of those pokies that makes you wonder, how well would I do with cat the size of a large dog? For answers regarding the pokie itself, not around ridiculous hypotheticals, keep reading our review…

This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 10th of February, 2015.

The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.

Prowling Panther Main Game Screen

Prowling Panther comes with a total of 720 paylines over 5 reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 50.0
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
  • Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
  • Maximum coins size sits at 20.0
  • The return to player offered by this game is 94.09% which is lower than average.

Options

By clicking on the main menu button towards the top-left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with six different options. These are as follows:

 Menu Options
  • Sound Effects

When toggles this option determines whether sound effects will play in the game.

  • Dealer Voice

When toggled this option determines whether the occasional Prowling Panther voice over will comment.

  • Ambient Sound

This option toggles ambient noises when clicked.

  • High Quality Graphics

This option toggles the best looking graphics when it is clicked. This is an important feature which is often overlooked. Users on older or less powerful devices might want to disable this.

  • Full Animations

Acts as the quickspin option of this game. When it is toggles off there is less time spent waiting around for the reels and other animations to play out.

  • Fit To Window

This option changes the overall shape of the main game screen to best fit whatever frame it is located in.

Other Options

These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:

  • Paytable

Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.

  • Coin Value

This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.

  • Spin

The button used to spin the reels.

  • Auto Spin

The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.

  • Graphics Quality Spanner Button

This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.

Background:

Panthers, like most large cats, are far cuter than they are tolerant of being told that they're cute. While telling your house cat that they are adorable might result in purring, doing such a thing to a wild panther is more likely to result in a good old-fashioned mauling. Don't do it, is what we're saying.

Despite commonly being thought of as their own species, what we see as panthers are actually similar variations on two different creatures. In Asia and Africa what we think of as black panthers are, in fact, black coloured leopards. When in the America's, however, what we think of as panthers are black jaguars.

In both of these cases the look is brought on by the melanism in their coats. That is to say while they do actually have the stripes of the rest of their families these are hidden behind their dark colours.

They also, as you might have guessed, like to prowl.

Other Features and Bonuses

As is common with IGT games of the time, this pokie comes with the Multiway Xtra Wins Feature. With this feature extra payouts are given when the same symbol appears in any other positions in adjacent columns. Having the same symbol in the same columns multiplies this win.

Prowling Panther 2x Wild

The 2x Wild Symbol in this game appears as the above blue and purple icon. This counts as 2 of the winning symbols when part of a MultiWay Xtra win. These can appear on reels 2,3 and 4 only, and can substitute for any symbol except for the free spins.

Prowling Panther Free Spins

The free spins bonus symbol in Prowling Panther is this golden panther head. When the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 of these on 5 consecutive reels the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Prowling Panther is won when the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 consecutive bonus symbol within the main game. When this occurs the player will be given a total of 8 free spins. They will also be given a bet multiplier which is equal to 1x the total bet per combination which awards free spins.

When within this game the player is able to trigger additional free spins in the situation where they gain 5 additional bonus symbols over 5 consecutive reels. In this situation the player will be given an additional 8 free spins. The free spins will end when the free spins counter reaches 0, or when the player has managed to complete 256 free spins.

The quantity used as a bet for these games is the same amount which was bet during the round in which these free games were activated.

While the look of the reels and the symbols will change when within this bonus game the only rules which will change are the ones which are listed above.

How to Play:

Basic play for Prowling Panther is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and clicking spin.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.

Overall Design and Usability:

Jungle based themes, in the world of online pokies, are a dime a dozen. That said, few of these manage to appear as simple, attractive and clean as Prowling Panther. Through a combination of greens and a basic, clutter-free display, this pokie is one of the easiest on the eyes we have yet to review. It might have not the striking reds of some of the other beautiful pokies we have reviewed, but Prowling Panther makes up for this in terms of calming simplicity. This quality extends to many, though not all, of the symbols themselves. Here the animal symbols look fantastic, though the only average looking card symbols do a bit to reduce the quality of this affect.

When it comes to usability this is a game which does well, struggling only in autoplay features. The autoplay here works fine, for what it does, but it lacks the stopping options which are so crucial to intermediate or veteran players, or those without the time to observe every single spin. Aside from this, we have a game that runs very well, and which appeared fully reliable during our testing process. The graphics options here are also fantastic, and something which is often overlooked with even the most modern of current pokie releases.

Where to find it:

IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Prowling Panther there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.

Rating:

A very clean looking, and generally very well designed game. Prowling Panther is a pokie which is something we can readily recommend to fans of the theme, as well as newer and intermediate pokie players. What players here need to keep in mind are two main factors. The first is that the game has a relatively low RTP, and the second is that the game does not offer a lot in the way of autoplay stopping options. This means that players without the time or attention to constantly monitor their spins might be a bit left out in the cold.

3.8/5 Stars

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American Dad

American Dad Basic Information:

Cartoon T.V dads are not the type of people which anyone should really want as an actual father. Sure, they might wake you up for a trip to the moon, but chances are equally good that you'll be woken up for some deadly hijinks regarding human shaped helicopters or nuclear power stations. Of all of these fathers, American Dad stands as one of the more moderate. Does this mean that this pokie is something to be trusted, or should this be left on the screen of your television? Read our review to find out…

This pokie was created by the developers at Playtech. While not the biggest name in the business, Playtech still has a strong place within the pokie community. Since 1999 Playtech have established they have the talent to deliver quality, covering a wide range of electronic casino games.  This game was released on the 16th of May, 2017.

The Playtech system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Playtech.

American Dad Main Game Screen

American Dad comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet are 0.40
  • The maximum coins bet are 200.00
  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 5.00
  • The return to player offered by this game is 94.14%, which is towards the lower end of average.

Options

By clicking on the gear icon towards the upper right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 3 different sections. These are as follows:

 General Settings
  • Skip Intro Video

This option toggles the opening video from playing the next time that the player enters the game.

  • Don't show splash screen

This toggle turns off the simple screen when shows up when the game is initially loaded.

Audio Settings
  • Slider

A simple slider which allows the user to change the overall volume level.

  • Game Sounds

This option, when toggled, simply mutes or unmutes all game sound.

Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 or 99 autospins, or allow the spins to continue until a feature is won.

The game also comes with a turbo button towards the lower right of the game screen. This toggles works as a simple way to enable quickspin – the speeding up of the reels spinning process.

Other Helpful Additions

American Dad also comes with an info help button. This button opens a page which details all of the symbol worth, the bonus symbols and payline information.

The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower left of the game main screen.

Background:

American Dad is often thought of as the little brother to Family Guy. This is probably because the main creator of Family Guy, Seth Macfarlane, also had a hand in bringing this show to air. Despite this comparison, many people actually prefer the antics of American Dad to those of the Family Guy.

Released in 2005, American Dad follows the Smith family. Consisting of husband and wife, Stan and Francine, children Steve and Hayley, and literal alien, Roger, this middle class family attempts to make their way through life while dealing with obstacles typical of the average family. Obstacles such as attacks by a blood-crazed Santa Claus, and being trapped in stasis-goo-tanks while other members of the family watch football.

As of writing this review the series is currently in its 14th season, with little issues regarding the dropping quality as we see with other cartoons which make it into puberty.

Other Features and Bonuses

American Dad Wild

The wild symbol in American Dad appears as the above roger symbol. While the graphic for this might change, at all times it still uses Roger and his characters as a basis.

American Dad Wheel

The bonuses games in American Dad are selected by the above schmooblydong wheel, a word which is somehow not picked up by the WordPress spellchecker.

This wheel can trigger either respins or free games, depending on how many of them appear on the reels in a single spin. When these do appear an activate they do not need to appear on active paylines.

When these wheels land on reel 1 they spin to determine which of the character features will play, from Stan, Francine, Haley, Steve and Roger.

On reel 3 these wheels powerup each feature in a different way.

On reel 5 the wheel spins to determine the amount of free games, if a free game is triggered.

The American Dad bonus games are won in two separate ways. The first is by having the wheels appear on reels 1 and 3 only, during a single spin. When this occurs the player will simply receive a re-spin.

When these appear on reels 1,3 and 5 in a single spin the player will gain access to one of the 5 bonus games. The first wheel determines the game which they player will enter. The second gives different bonuses on each feature. The wheel on reel 5 determines the exact number of free spins which will play out. Details on the individual games are in the following section.

Bonus Games

 

  • When gaining a Stan on the first wheel the Stacking Stan bonus game begins

While in this game additional Stan symbols will be added to the reels, below each existing Stan. The wheel on reel 3 determines how many Stan symbols we be added per stack.

  • When gaining a Roger on the first wheel the Roger's Random Wilds game begins

In this game Roger will vomit random wilds onto the reels with each spin. The wheel on reel 3 determines exactly how many random wilds will be added.

  • When Gaining a Francine on the first wheel the Francine's Holy Gail game begins

In this game the fish, Claus, will appear as patches on random reel positions. If the Francine symbol lands on one of these patches she will become and expanding wild. The wheel on reel 3 determines how many Claus patches appear on the reels.

  • When gaining a Hayley on the first wheel the Hayley's Progressing Multiplier game begins

In this Haley collects signatures on every spin. Every signature which she collects increases the win multiplier. The wheel on reel 3 determines the initial win multiplier which the game starts with.

  • When gaining a Steve on the first wheel the Wheel and the Legman game begins

In this game Wheels and the Legman chase across the reels, leaving a trail of wilds for each spin. The wheel on reel 3 determines how many wilds these two will leave on their path.

How to Play:

Basic play for American Dad is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.

Overall Design and Usability:

As is often the case when it comes to Playtech, American Dad is a licensed pokie which perfectly captures both the theme and attitude of its show. This means perfectly accurate images set on a background of Stan Smith's favourite thing ever – the American Flag. This quality extends to the animation of the reels themselves – an aspect which is often overlooked. The game even goes so far as to include a great deal of Roger's multiple characters as wild symbols, which shows some real reverence to the source material. This could have been a simple tie-in job here, so credit to Playtech for putting in the effort.

In terms of usability this is a game which performs quite well, though it does have some room for improvement. On the positive side – the game runs very well, and we saw no issues at regarding reliability showing up in our testing process. Where the game could improve is in the area of options. Graphics options are sorely missed here, and mean that players on older or less powerful hardware might suffer performance issues. Likewise the autospin function is rather average, and could use greater levels of customisability.

Where to find it:

Playtech may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Playtech framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!

Rating:

Yet another game which makes it immediately obvious why Playtech are so often the go-to choice when it comes to licensed games. American Dad is not only a great licensed game – it is a great pokie game full-stop. With a look which shows obvious respect to the source material, as well as a great bonus structure, American Dad is a pokie which can recommend for anyone – not just those who are already fans of the theme. In fact the only areas in which this game suffers are the lack of graphical options – which is a minor problem due to the simplicity of the game, and the lack of autospin stopping options, which might be a bit of a put-off for some players. If these don't bother you then jump on in, it might even make a fan of you.

4.2/5 Stars

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura Basic Information:

Detectives, as we all know, are a very real and very necessary thing in our modern society. Pet detectives, however, do not exist, though maybe they should. Since the first film, Ace Ventura has become a household name in Pet Detection, and and inspiration for many of us who wander the streets under cover of night, detecting and protecting those of our furry or feathered friends. Does this make us closer to batman, or are we more likely to be chased off by a man with a bat? For answers to none of these questions, and actual answers regarding this pokie, keep reading our review…

This pokie was created by the developers at Playtech. While not the biggest name in the business, Playtech still has a strong place within the pokie community. Since 1999 Playtech have established they have the talent to deliver quality, covering a wide range of electronic casino games.  This game was released on the 15th of December, 2015.

The Playtech system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Playtech.

Ace Ventura Main Game Screen

Ace Ventura comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet are 0.40
  • The maximum coins bet are 100.00
  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 2.50
  • The return to player offered by this game is 96.18%, which is towards the high end of average.

Options

By clicking on the spanner icon towards the upper right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 3 different sections. These are as follows:

 General Settings
  • Disable Warning Messages

This option simply toggles various messages from appearing within the game.

  • Skip Intro Video

This option toggles the opening video from playing the next time that the player enters the game.

  • Disable Multigame View Screen Resolution Warning Message

This toggle turns off the message which appears when the player sets the view screen to a less than optimal resolution.

Game Settings
  • Fast Play

Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.

Audio Settings
  • Slider

A simple slider which allows the user to change the overall volume level.

  • Game Sounds

This option toggles off all of the game sounds.

  • Background Sounds

This option toggles off all of the game's background sounds.

  • Dealer Voices

This option toggles off the dealer voices, which appears to be useless within this game.

Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autospin button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 or 99 autospins. The player can also choose to spin until a feature is won.

The game also comes with a turbo button towards the lower right of the game screen. This toggles works as a simple way to enable quickspin – the speeding up of the reels spinning process.

Other Helpful Additions

Ace Ventura also comes with an info help button. This button opens a page which details all of the symbol worth, the bonus symbols and payline information.

The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower left of the game main screen.

Background:

The character of Ace Ventura is one which is immediately recognisable to anyone who has seen either of the films. Ventura, as played by rubber-person Jim Carrey, has two films in its series – Pet Detective (1994) and When Nature Calls (1995).

The general premise here is that Ventura is, as the name suggests, a pet detective. This essentially means that he is employed by various individuals to solve mysteries relating to animals. Typically these are things such as animals escaping, or being stolen.

Ace accomplishes his tasks by being an unhinged maniac, sane enough that he remains a free man, yet outrageous enough that no person is quite sure whether or not he'll explode at any moment. Combine this with a great script and the natural comedy genius of Jim Carrey and you have a couple of films which have done a great job at standing the test of time.

Other Features and Bonuses

Ace Ventura comes with 3 random features which can be randomly activated during any spin in the main game. These are as follows:

  • Jungle Friends

With this feature Ace will appear and summon his friends, which places additional wilds on the board.

  • Sneaky Walky

When this feature activates Ace will sneak across the reels, adding random amounts of wild stacks as he goes.

  • Loser

This can respin any losing spin. This will continue, creating and adding to a score multiplier, until a win is finally collected.

Ace Ventura Wild

The wild symbol in Ace Ventura appears as the above icon. This can appear on all reels and can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter and animal modifiers.

 

Ace Ventura Bonus

The bonus symbol in Ace Ventura appears as the above rhino icon. These can appear on reels 1,3 and 5. When 3 of these are gained in a single spin the player gains access to 7 free spins with 6 possible animal modifiers. These animal modifiers will appear in the main game, and are collected when they do so. These can then be used in the free spins bonus game for additional rewards. These are listed in the section below.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Ace Ventura is won when the player gains 3 bonus symbols in a single spin. In this game the player is awarded with 7 free spins. They also have the ability to use the animal modifiers which were collected in regular play. Usually two of these can be used at once, though this can increase to 3 when one of these modifiers appears with a key. The different modifiers are as follows:

  • Shark Card

When this is used the player will gain additional free spins.

  • Elephant Card

When this card is used the player gains the use of expanded reels. This means an additional row of reels will appear on the bottom of the pre-exising reels.

  • Gorilla Card

When this card is used the symbols displayed will be upgraded, leaving more with a higher worth.

  • Bat Card

When this card is selected the player will gain random wild on every spins.

  • Dove Card

When this card is used the player will gain access to a reel 3 wild multiplier.

  • Dolphin Card

When this card is used the player will gain access to a mystery win modifier.

Thus by combining the player cards it is possible to create your own bonus system, which is a rare and awesome addition.

How to Play:

Basic play for Ace Ventura is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.

Overall Design and Usability:

When you make a game about Ace Ventura you can easily assume than sensibility is going to thrown out the window. The films are so absurd that the designers had a lot of leeway to create their own interpretation, and in this way Playtech have done a great job. Opting for a cartoonish and colourful look, rather than simply relying on an overuse of actual images from the films, Playtech bring a lot of character to this pokie. This is accomplished through the use of light colours, and a few chosen images and caricatures from the films. All told, this creates a look as if the reels are a sort of postcard sent from Ventura, light but fun. It's a tricky thing to get all those factors working so well together, yet Playtech have made it look easy.

When it comes to usability this is a game which performs very well. During our testing procedure we found no issue at all with the game, either in terms of performance or reliability. It is a little bit disappointing that the game does not come with graphics options, though. These can help players on older or less powerful hardware get in on the action, so by missing these they are effectively cutting their player base. We would also have liked for there to be a few more useful options in the autospins function, as those that currently exist are quite limited.

Where to find it:

Playtech may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Playtech framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!

Rating:

Playtech does it again. Once again we have a pokie from Playtech which would be fantastic even if it wasn't based on films which we are huge fans of. Ace Ventura brings with it a bright and colourful look, combined with a fun and customisable bonus structure into a pokie which can be enjoyed by all manner of pokie enthusiasts. In fact the only thing letting this game down are a slight lack of options, though even that won't prevent this game from doing something special.

4.3/5 Stars

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Hong Kong Tower

Hong Kong Tower General Information:

Gambling is everywhere. From scratchies to even scratches, you can't go anywhere in this life without catching a glance of someone trying to win it big. While we mostly see this sort of thing confined to casinos, there are other places in which gambling sees a huge amount of popularity. Think of dog-tracks, horse tracks and, in this case, Hong Kong Towers. Note that this is a joke, and you shouldn't walk into a Hong Kong Tower and ask to gamble. I can't predict how security would react, but it's probably best to not take that risk. Is the pokie Hong Kong Tower one worth climbing, or is spending you time and effort to climb this tower a recipe for sore legs and little else? Keep reading our review to find out…

Hong Kong Tower was designed and developed by ELK and was released on April 4, 2017. 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.

Hong Kong Tower Main Game Screen

Hong Kong Tower comes with a total of 99 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 layout.

  • 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 96.3%, which approaches the high end of average.

BASIC OPTIONS

In order to enter the options menu in Hong Kong Tower 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:

  • Quickplay

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.

  • 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

Hong Kong Tower 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:

NO STRATEGY

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.

OPTIMIZER

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.

LEVELLER

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.

BOOSTER

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.

JUMPER

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.

Background:

Reading a background section in a pokie called Hong Kong Tower, huh? Sorry to disappoint but there really isn't that much to go on here. There is a tower, it is set in Hong Kong. This tower is also lined with incredible jewels and wealth for any which appear to literally fall off the side of the building. Probably not the best long-term financial strategy for the building, but what do I know.

Other Features and Bonuses

Hong Kong Tower Mystery

The mystery symbol in this game comes in the form of a golden Hong Kong Tower symbol. After these symbols come to a rest they transform into another symbol. A revealed bonus symbol counts as 5 bonus symbols.

Hong Kong Tower Bonus

The bonus symbol in Hong Kong Tower appears as the above gold and red yin-yang symbol. Gaining a minimum of 3 of these in a single spin gives the player access to the Wheels of the Sky bonus game. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win.

BONUS GAME

The free spins bonus game in Hong Kong Tower is triggered when 3 or more bonus symbols are gathered in a single spin. When 4 of these are gathered the player is given a bonus life in this game, whereas 5 give 2 extra lives.

The Wheels of the Sky bonus game comes in three different levels. The player will always start at level 1. These wheels will spin, and can land on scores, which will vanish after their first collection, and level-ups, which are available on the first two reels only.

Vanished scores will leave an empty space behind. Landing on this point again will take one life from the player. The game will end once all lives have been consumed.

When the player lands on a level up they will jump straight onto the next wheel level, which each higher level offering higher rewards.

How to Play:

Placing your bets in Hong Kong Tower 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 look of Hong Kong Tower is one with a focus on simplicity and sleekness. The game is obviously made for a mobile device first, which means a simplified overall design. This also runs the risk of creating a look which does not gel for all desktop users, so that is an issue to keep in mind. The game itself is set against the blue of a Hong Kong tower at night, with the symbols appearing as if they were projected onto the side. There is a lot of colour here, most of it quite striking. While so many colours run the risk of clashing, ELK have managed to pull off a look which avoids this problem. This is a game which looks great, on any type of screen (maybe not black and white CRTs from the 80's).

In terms of usability, Hong Kong Tower is a game which brings with it a great deal of modern quality of life options. Especially fantastic here are the different automated betting scenarios. These are unique to ELK creations, and help cover a lot of the work that many of us find ourselves going through in our natural betting progression. The only area where we could really see some improvement here is with the inclusion of graphical options. While this game is designed first for mobile devices, and it thus quite performant, it still might have some issues running on older or less powerful devices.

Where to find it:

If you already are into mobile gambling then you might already have a favorite site in mind. If this is the case then check around, Sam on the Beach might already be on offer, if it is not, or you want a more direct list, then check out our reviews below. Each of these offer the game by ELK, and by taking a look at our reviews you can easily find a site which works for you!

Rating:

Here we have another great game from ELK, which is best played from a mobile device. This is a pokie which looks great and runs well, but might not offer enough to keep veteran desktop player's entertained for long periods. That said, if you are the type of player who likes to take a few spins in their downtime then we can absolutely recommend this game, just make sure to set your gambling rules properly first!

4.0/5 Stars

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Super Heroes

Super Heroes Basic Information:

There are some jobs which lend themselves to higher pay than others. Working as a public servant, for example, is usually not a gateway to riches. On the other hand being a CEO might allow a person to obtain far greater levels of wealth. One of the careers which should offer fantastic opportunities for opulence is becoming a Super Hero. Of course those who tend to get a little bit over-enthusiastic here tend to become more villain than hero, but we'll ignore that. Will this pokie help you end up more like Tony Stark, or is it closer to turning you into one of those poor people who Batman beats up in his spare time? Keep reading our review to find out…

Super Heroes was created by the team at Yggdrasil. These aren't the biggest gambling software team out there, but they aspire to great things. Hence their slogan “We are not the biggest but the best”. Whereas other teams have the edge in sheer volume, Yggdrasil focuses on quality, and this game is aims to be a example of these ideals.

As is standard with online pokies, Yggdrasil runs on flash compatible devices. This means most desktop and laptop computers, as well as many tablets and other mobile devices. Generally speaking; if your device can run HTML 5 and Flash then it should be able to run this pokie.

Super Heroes Main Game Screen

Super Heroes comes with a total of 20 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.

  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 5.00
  • Minimum bet sits at 0.20
  • Maximum bet sits at 100.00
  • The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.1%, slightly towards the higher end of RTP's.

OPTIONS

In order to access the options the player must click the small orange circle with the gear icon on the lower left corner of the screen. This options screen is cut into four sections. These sections are as follows:

  • Audio

In this section the player can choose to mute all sound effect or ambient sounds. This also comes with a volume slider for the sounds which are active.

  • Visual

This section comes with the ability turn off the splash screen and change spin speed. Rather than the standard toggle for quickspin, Super Heroes comes with a slider which goes from turtle to hare, much like you would see on a common lawnmower.

  • Options

Yes, there is a further options section in the options screen. Here the player can choose whether they want their display to show coin values, and allow their space-bar to spin the reels.

  • Stop Autoplay

This section allows the player to choose when they want autoplay to stop. There are four possibilities here.

1: If a single win meets or exceeds an entered amount.

2: If cash increased by an entered amount.

3: If cash decreases by an entered amount.

4: When entering the free spins game.

OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS

By opening the toolbar by clicking on the small ‘+' to the lower left of the screen a number of extra buttons become available. Aside from the options listed above, there is mute-all, game information and bonus information buttons.

On the main game screen the player can click the coins bet box. Doing do will change the currency display from coins to Euros, which can also be achieved by clicking the win and balance boxes.

Clicking on the Autoplay button, which appears as a circular arrow with a play symbol inside, allows the player to choose how many autospins they want from a list. These are 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000 and infinite spins. These can be stopped manually or by the rules which have been set in the options menu.

Finally, we have the Golden bet button, which can be found to the left of the spin button. The button itself appears as a golden poker chip. When this button is clicked a new screen comes up. From here the player gets to select one of three Golden bets. Each of these offer a different feature. Explanations of these features can be found below in the other features and bonuses section below.

Background:

Superheroes as we know them have been around, in some form, for millennia, depending on your definition of the term. In modern days the term tends to regard heroes from western comic books.

Despite having such a large pool to draw from, Super Heroes appears to create their own original characters in this pokie. While this is more difficult in terms of creation, this is only really a problem for developers without the talent on hand which Yggdrasil have. It also manages to avoid the licensing fees which come with using more notable characters.

Other Features and Bonuses

Super Heroes Wild

The wild symbol in Super Heroes appears as the above wild symbol. These can appear over all reels and can substitute for all symbols except the free spins symbols.

Super Heroes Free Spin

The free spins symbols in this pokie appear as the above brown icons. Gathering at least 3 of these in a single spin gives the player access to the free spins bonus game. These do need need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout. These generate free spin in the following quantities:

  • 3 symbols give 4 free spins when gathered
  • 4 symbols give 5 free spins when gathered
  • 5 symbols give 7 free spins when gathered

Also active in the base game is the Super Hero Feature. This can be randomly activated on any spin. When this occurs 2 random heroes are summoned on each side of the game panel where they perform their special feature. These heroes are also randomly assigned a level in this game mode, between 1 and 4. The heroes and their abilities are as follows:

Mirage

The green woman hero. When Mirage appears she turns each high paying symbol into dice. Each dice then spins until a mystery win between 5 and 1,000 coins is awarded for each high paying symbol. The higher Mirage's level the higher the minimum amount of won coins will be.

Raven

The red female hero. When Raven appears she throws a rotating blade, which runs up to 4 random reels into wild reels. The amount of wilds which appear depend on her level, with each level offering that number of wild. Eg. – level 1 give 1 wild, 2 gives 2, etc.

Hopper

The yellow male hero. When Hopper appears he summons a meteor shower. This turns random high and low paying symbols into wilds. The amount of wilds he creates depends on his level. At level 1 he creates 2, with 1 additional wild being added, per level, up to the maximum of 5 at level 4.

Tesla

The purple male hero. When Tesla appears he creates an impact wave. This changes 2-5 random high and low paying symbols into other high and low symbols of one type in order to guarantee a win. The amount of symbols he replaces depends on his level. At level 1 he creates 2, with 1 additional wild being added, per level, up to the maximum of 5 at level 4.

Knox

The orange male hero. This guy shoots a beam into the total win of the spin, multiplying it by up to 5 times. The multiplier here depends on his level. At level 1 he creates 2, with 1 additional wild being added, per level, up to the maximum of 5 at level 4.

 

BONUS GAMES

The free spin bonus game in Super Heroes is one when the player manages to gain at least 3 free spin symbols in a single spin. While in the free spin game the Superhero Feature will be active on every round. For each round which a hero appears in this game their level will be increased by one. This also comes with one additional hero, as detailed below.

Trance

The blue female hero. Trance conjures a time portal which awards up to 4 extra free spins. She is the only hero that is only able to be summoned exclusively from within the free spins bonus game. The amount of free spins she gives is equal to the level she appears at.

How to Play:

Simple play in this game require only one choice from the player. Here, the player only needs to choose their coin value and then hit spin.

For more advanced options the player must rely on the autoplay function and options. To start autospins the player need only click on the autoplay button which is located to the right of the spin button. From here the player only needs to select the amount of spins they want from the displayed list and then click spin. Stopping options for these autospins can be set from within the options menu.

Overall Design and Usability:

Working from a preexisting property give the designer a standard to reach to, an end point they can understand well. For games such as this, where Yggdrasil creates their own thing, the talent and imagination of the team is really put to the test. This is a test which Yggdrasil have nailed, as they so often do. Set against the skyline of a futuristic city, Super Heroes uses a city at dawn as its backdrop. From here the heroes and symbol all adhere to colour-schemes which are both imaginative and well suited to each-other and the rest of the theme. Great work all around here, as we have grown to expect.

In terms of usability – almost all of the options which players have grown to expect are included here. This means fantastic customisability settings, on top of a game which is both fast to respond, and reliable. In fact, the only area with this pokie which we see real room for improvement is in the lack of graphics options. Yggdrasil often do this, so it makes us wonder is this is the case because they want their game to be a consistently pretty experience. Whatever the reason, the result is the same – players on older or less powerful hardware might have some issues getting this pokie to play well.

Where to find it:

Yggdrasil isn't as common as the big boys like Microgaming and NetEnt. This means that it is usually only offered on the largest gambling sites or some of the more targeted smaller ones, if you already have a favourite site then search around, you might find that the game is already on offer.

If it isn't, or if you want a more specific list then you can check out our reviews on some on of the following sites. These all have Super Heroes available:

Rating:

Yet another case of Yggdrasil making a game so good it makes others look bad. Super Heroes is a pokie with an enormous amount on offer. From its looks to its bonus structure, this is a pokie which sets its sights above the rest, and succeeds in hitting its target. This is a game which we can recommend for all players, though we should note that newer players should not grow to expect this level of detail and attention in most other pokies. A great effort by a team of talented developers.

4.3/5 Stars

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Double Dragons

Double Dragons Basic Information:

It is a common misconception that dragons only eat people. While they have been known to chomp down on the occasional fool or particularly tasty looking individual their main diet consists of gold. This also explains why they spend so much time sitting on piles of gold and sleeping. As good as it might feel, the digestive system is not equipped to handle nuggets, crowns and cutlery, so the dragon's likely spend most of their time in a state of malnutrition and metal poisoning. Are these Double Dragons worth fighting, or are you likely to get eaten twice as fast? Read our review to find out…

Double Dragons was created by the team at Yggdrasil. These aren't the biggest gambling software team out there, but they aspire to great things. Hence their slogan “We are not the biggest but the best”. Whereas other teams have the edge in sheer volume, Yggdrasil focuses on quality, and this game aims to be an example of this.

As is standard with online pokies, Yggdrasil runs on flash compatible devices. This means most desktop and laptop computers, as well as many tablets and other mobile devices. Generally speaking; if your device can run HTML 5 and Flash then it should be able to run this pokie.

Double Dragons Main Game Screen

Double Dragons comes with a total of 25 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.

  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 5
  • Minimum bet sits at 0.25
  • Maximum bet sits at 125.00
  • The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96%, which is around average.

OPTIONS

In order to access the options the player must click the small pink circle with the ‘+' icon on the lower left corner of the screen, then on the gear icon. This options screen is cut into four sections. These sections are as follows:

  • Audio

In this section the player can choose to mute all sound effect or ambient sounds. This also comes with a volume slider for the sounds which are active.

  • Visual

This section comes with the ability turn off the splash screen and change spin speed. Rather than the standard toggle for quickspin, Double Dragons comes with a slider which goes from turtle to hare, much like you would see on a common lawnmower.

  • Options

Yes, there is a further options section in the options screen. Here the player can choose whether they want their display to show coin values, and allow their space-bar to spin the reels.

  • Stop Autoplay

This section allows the player to choose when they want autoplay to stop. There are four possibilities here.

1: If a single win meets or exceeds an entered amount.

2: If cash increased by an entered amount.

3: If cash decreases by an entered amount.

4: When entering the free spins game.

OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS

By opening the toolbar by clicking on the small ‘+' to the lower left of the screen a number of extra buttons become available. Aside from the options listed above, there is mute-all, game information and bonus information buttons.

On the main game screen the player can click the coins bet box. Doing do will change the currency display from coins to Euros, which can also be achieved by clicking the win and balance boxes.

Clicking on the Autoplay button, which appears as a circular arrow with a play symbol inside, allows the player to choose how many autospins they want from a list. These are 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000 and infinite spins. These can be stopped manually or by the rules which have been set in the options menu.

Background:

Dragons have appeared in mythology all throughout human history. From the large and broad beasts of Christianity to the slender flying-snake like dragons of China, the idea has proved popular enough to stand the test of time.

Double Dragons does not appear to be based off of any preexisting dragon property or mythology. Instead they simply appear to be an interpretation of Chinese dragons into a modern pokie game. No muss, no fuss.

Other Features and Bonuses

The first of the feature on offer from this game is the Dropdown Win feature. This feature becomes active each time a winning combination is created. When this is done the winning symbols will vanish from the board. Following this, additional symbols will drop in from the top of the game screen into the empty slots. Further matches will repeat this process until no further wins are possible.

If the Dropdown Win feature is active for 4 consecutive wins the player also gains the use of the Double Dragon feature. With this feature active 2 high-stack wilds will be added the board. These can be between 7 and 28 symbols long.

Double Dragons Wild

The wild symbols in Double Dragons can appear as either blue or red, ice or fire. When these take part in a combination they will trigger a further effect, depending on their type. When the Fire Dragon wild is active it will convert 2-3 additional regular symbols into wilds. If the Ice Dragon wild activates it will multiply the dropdown win by 2x.

Double Dragons Dragon Heads

When these wilds activate they take the form of a dragon head, such as the fire one displayed above. Each time one of these appears they will add one to the counter on the right side of the screen. Fire dragons give red gems, whereas ice dragons give blue. One a total of 9 of these have been gathered the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.

BONUS GAMES

The free spin bonus game in Double Dragons is activated when the player gains at least 9 coloured gems of either blue or red. Each of these will give out their own special version of the free spins game, Fire Spins or Ice Spins. If both of these are triggered simultaneously the Fire Dragon spins will play out first.

During all free spins mode the player needs only gain 2 consecutive dropdown wins in order to activate the Double Dragons feature.

The difference between the types of spins comes down to the additional wilds which will be placed on the reels. While in the Fire Spins bonus game the player will be given additional Fire wilds. In the Ice Spins bonus game the player will gain access to additional Ice wilds.

How to Play:

Simple play in this game require only one choice from the player. Here, the player only needs to choose their coin value and then hit spin.

For more advanced options the player must rely on the autoplay function and options. To start autospins the player need only click on the autoplay button which is located to the right of the spin button. From here the player only needs to select the amount of spins they want from the displayed list and then click spin. Stopping options for these autospins can be set from within the options menu.

Overall Design and Usability:

When you create a game with dragons as a theme you have two main avenues. You can make a cartoonish design, simply but not especially attractive, or you can make a more involved 3d design. This second method requires a lot more work, otherwise it runs the risk of looking awful. Yggdrasil have, as they tend to do, met this challenge head on. Here their use of high quality graphics and animations help show why they do so well. The look here mostly involves dark colours, with the lighter parts being used for the eyes of the dragons, and the various collectable gems. Great work on this front, not many could have pulled off what Yggdrasil did here.

In terms of usability, this is a game which offers a good deal. Almost everything which the average and advanced users could want is included within this game, and done so in a way which is both simple and effective. This is also a game which showed no reliability issues during our testing process, and was nothing but both fast and responsive. In fact, the only areas which we could take issue with in this pokie is the lack of graphical options. This is an impressive looking game, so it might not play so well on older or less powerful hardware. Because of this it might exclude some of us, which we don't love.

Where to find it:

Yggdrasil isn't as common as the big boys like Microgaming and NetEnt. This means that it is usually only offered on the largest gambling sites or some of the more targeted smaller ones, if you already have a favourite site then search around, you might find that the game is already on offer.

If it isn't, or if you want a more specific list then you can check out our reviews on some on of the following sites. These all have Double Dragons available:

Rating:

Double Dragons might be initially disappointing to those players who go in expecting a modern retake on the old console games, for everyone else disappointment is not on the cards. Double dragons is a game which looks fantastic, plays well, and has a fun bonus structure. Yggdrasil yet again show us why it is their name is synonymous with quality. All range of players, from newbies to veterans, should be able to find something to love about this pokie.

4.1/5 Stars

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Well of Wonders

Well of Wonders Basic Information:

There are many places on this earth which hold great treasures. From the hidden ruins of old civilisations to the sunken gold of long forgotten ships, the world is filled with hidden wealth. Of course, for most of us this sort of adventuring is a little beyond our means, so what can we do to find a more local source of cash? Well,we could check the Well of Wonders. With the a name like that there has to be something good inside, right? Is this really worth a look, or is this well turning stagnant? Read our review to find out…

This pokie was created by the developers at ThunderKick. Based out of Sweden, Thunderkick are one of the newcomers to the world of online gambling. Starting in 2012, Thunderkick have made it their goal to create games which enhance the the overall player experience of online casinos.These developers claim a focus on quantity, and claim they easily have the skill and vision to match their goals. This game was released on the 2nd of March, 2017.

The ThunderKick system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from ThunderKick.

Well of Wonders Main Game Screen

Well of Wonders comes with a total of 35 paylines over 5 reels in a 7*1 formation

  • The minimum coins bet are 0.10
  • The maximum coins bet are 100.00
  • Minimum coin size is static.
  • Maximum coins size is static.
  • The return to player offered by this game is 96.1%, which is around average.

Options

Well of Wonders is typical of a ThunderKick game in that it does not offer a separate options screen. Instead, nearly everything within this game can be done from the main game screen. The different buttons and their purposes on this screen are as follows:

  • Sound

When toggled this option simply turns on or mutes all game sound.

  • Information

This option is the 3×3 dot formation button which is located on the lower left of the main game screen. Clicking on this brings up a tab with a cup and a page symbol. Clicking the page will bring the player to a simple list of game rules. By clicking on the cup players will enter a page which details the different symbols, paylines and bonuses.

  • Bet

Clicking on this button brings up a screen where the player can select their bet from a list of 14 different amounts. This is also accomplished by clicking on the ‘1' chip on the play bar.

  • Spin

The button used to spin.

Also on offer from The Epic Journey is the autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking on the smaller spin button the left of the main spin button. When this is clicked the player will be brought to a new screen. On this screen the player is able to select from 10 different autospin quantities. The player can also toggle an option which, when active, stops the autoplays when a feature is won.

Background:

Well of Wonder does not appear to have any sort of preexisting backstory. From what we can tell it appears to be some sort of well, one which potentially offers great wonders within.

Other Features and Bonuses

The dropping symbols feature in Well of Wonders is constantly active. With this feature any matches are removed from the reels. Following this, additional symbols will fall from above, potentially creating new matches. This process will repeat until there are no longer winning combinations available.

The  multiplier feature also remains active through the entire game. With this feature each symbol drop, via the above feature, will increase the score multiplier. This begins at 1x and will increase through 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x and 32x.

Well of Wonders Wild

The wild symbol in Well of Wonders comes in the form of the above W icon. These can appear over all reels and can substitute for any symbol.

Well of Wonders Fairy

The above fairy symbol can appear on any spin. When this is present and there is no win on that spin the fairy is activated. When this activates all symbols that appear in singular will disappear, giving the player a respin and a multiplier increase.

Bonus Games

There really aren't any bonus games to speak of on offer by Well of Wonders. Instead, the only sort of respins which players can gain within this game are tied to the above features.

How to Play:

Basic play for Well of Wonders is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.

Alternatively the player can click on the autoplay button toward the bottom right of the main game page in order to enter the autoplay section. When in this section the player can set an amount of spins to played out automatically. They can also set ending rule which can be used to stop these free spins.

Overall Design and Usability:

Another Thunderkick game which revolves around the idea of simplicity. The game here has been created as one which is quick and fun, and the look of the game reflects this. The general look here is one of the eponymous well, placed in the middle of a verdant green forest. Aside from this, we have the floating coloured gems and background fireflies to leave a look which is both attractive and clean. This quality also extends to the animations, all of which are of the highest quality. When Thunderkick try they really try, and this game is a great example of this, at least in terms of looks.

Let's start with the good – the speed and reliability in this game were absolutely perfect during our testing process. Everything responds well, and as it should. Issues in usability come from the lack of options. While this game does cover a lot of the basics it does not cover them especially well. This creates a situation where older or more experienced players might not be able to pull themselves back to this level of simplicity. Nowhere is this more evident that in the lack of graphical options. As these can be such a huge help to players on older and less powerful hardware these are sorely missed.

Where to find it:

ThunderKick may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the ThunderKick framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!

Rating:

A great looking pokie, but one which is ultimately quite shallow. This is a pokie with only a minimal bonus structure, though this is somewhat alleviated by the moderate RTP. This is not a game which we could see as a great fit for many players, unless you fit a few criteria. If you are the type of player who wants something basic and simple to play then we can easily recommend this game. If, however, you are the type of player who demands more from their pokie games then this one might be worth a miss. It's not that this is a bad game, far from it, it is more that there really isn't much there.

3.4/5 Stars

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