Ten Elements

Ten Elements Basic Information:

I never ended up understanding a lot about chemistry. Even I know, however, that there are considerably more than ten elements. Then again I'm speaking from a position of western science. Maybe this game is based off the world of Pokemon or, more likely, off traditional eastern culture. Is this is a case of scientific simplification for the sake of a pokie, or is Ten Elements yet another game which makes this reviewer look like a over-analysing dork? Keep reading our review to find out…

Software

This pokie was created by the developers at Red Tiger. Another team created by group of industry veterans. Red Tiger was founded in 2014 and comes with a focus on pokies. This team claims a proven track record in Europe and Asian, and now they aim to bring this success to the rest of the world.Red Tiger boasts a growing team of psychologists, mathematicians, graphic designers, software developers, audio engineers, gambling experts, QAs, account managers and secret magicians who work together to bring a continuously improving player experience. This game was released on the 5th of May, 2017.

Basic Information

The Red Tiger 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 Red Tiger.

Ten Elements main game screen

Ten Elements comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×4 formation

  • The minimum coins bet are 0.20
  • The maximum coins bet are 500.00
  • Minimum coin size is static.
  • Maximum coins size is static.
  • The return to player offered by this game is 95.47%, which is on the lower end of average

Options

Ten Elements is typical of a Red Tiger game in that 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

This is found up the top-right of the main game screen. When toggled this option simply turns on or mutes all game sound.

  • Information, Help and Paylines

These are found when the player clicks the three horizontal bars to the top-right of the main game screen. This then opens a tab where the player can enter the pays or help screen. While the help screen will offer a simple list of game rules the pay section comes with a list of symbol worth and bonus structures. The pay section can also be accessed when clicking the small PAYS button to the bottom right  of the main game screen.

  • Bet

Here the game comes with a simple + and – icons. Clicking on these will change the bet, from the minimum to the maximum.

  • News

This is accessed when clicking the small world icon at the top right of the main game screen. When this is opened the player is given access to recent and important news from Red Tiger.

  • Full-screen

This option is also located to the top right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the game will enter full-screen mode. Note that this mode can offer increased performance on certain devices.

  • Spin

The button used to spin.

Autoplay

Also on offer from The Epic Journey is the autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking on the auto button on the lower left of the main game screen. While in this section the player can select the total amount of spins to play out from a drop-down box. The player can also set a loss limit via another drop-down box.

Additionally, the player can click the more autoplay settings button to reveal a set of more advanced rules. This gives the player the ability to stop if a single win exceeds a selected amount, if a single jackpot is won, or when a bonus feature is won.

Background:

Ten elements is a bit of an oddity in that it seems to reference portions of actual Asian history, yet it doesn't seem to care much for accuracy, as least as far as we can tell.

The closest we have to this, at least as far as our research turned up, was the 5 elements of ancient China.

 

Other Features and Bonuses

Ten Elements ten wilds

Ten elements comes with a total of ten different wild symbols. These are shown in the above image. These can appear on any spin and can create their own combinations with a maximum win of 1000x the current bet. The wilds here also come in a variety of different shapes, from standard 1×1 symbols to a maximum of a 4×4 wild.

Ten Elements free spins

 

The free spins symbol in Ten Elements comes in the form of the above lady icon. When three of these are won, on reels 1,3 and 5, the player is given access to the free spins bonus game.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Ten Elements is accessed when the player gains 3 free spin symbols in a single spin. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. This comes with a total of ten free spins. Each of these spins comes with a different weapon acting as the wild. On the tenth spin of this game the player will have a 100% chance getting a 4×4 wild on the reels for an increased win.

How to Play:

Basic play for Ten Elements 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 rules which can be used to stop these free spins.

Overall Design and Usability:

The design of Ten Elements is one of bright and light colours, mostly consisting of pinks, whites and purples. Combining this with an Asian inspired aesthetic creates one of the prettiest looking pokies which we here at CasinoPokies24 have yet reviewed. It's not just the colour here which sets this game apart, as the symbols, background and animations all work together to create an especially elegant look and feel.

When it comes to usability, Ten Elements performs just as most other creations from Red Tiger, for better or worse. Mostly this is the former, as the game runs and responds very well, with no problems with reliability arising during our entire testing process. The only issues here come from the lack of graphical options and the somewhat lacking help sections. The graphics options can be a problem because these allow players on older or less powerful devices to get in on the play, so here they might be left out in the cold. The help section suffers in that it does not actually detail all of the different bonus structures in the game. Luckily for you guys we do that for you!

Where to find it:

Red Tiger 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 Red Tiger framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!

Rating:

One of the prettiest games which we have reviewed, yet one that is ultimately quite shallow. While we can still absolutely recommend this game for newer players or those who like the general theme, the game itself does not offer a bonus system robust enough to hold the attention of players for long. What is here is of high quality, of that there is no question, its just that there isn't quite enough of it to make this one of our highly recommended pokies.

3.9/5 Stars

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Zoom

Zoom Basic Information:

Here at CasinoPokier24 we have seen designs for pokies which run the gambit from being inspired from actual historical figures to gaining themes based off future science fiction. Games such as this, games that appear to be based of onomatopoeia are much rarer, as you might expect. Should you Zoom towards this game, or is this a theme worth passing by? 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 20th of July, 2016.

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.

Zoom main game screen

Zoom comes with a total of 64 paylines over 5 reels in a 6×4 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 96.2%, which is around average.

Options

Zoom 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:

Zoom has no apparent basis in any other property. Instead, the aim here seem to be a combination of the simplicity of classic slot games with the features which appear in modern pokies.

Other Features and Bonuses

Zoom wild symbol

The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of the above simply wild icon. This can substitute for any symbol except the zoom symbol.

Zoom zoom symbol

The expanding scatter symbol in Zoom comes in the form of the above zoom icon. This symbol expands into a massive symbol and triggers a respin.

Important to note for the expanding scatter symbol is the division of the reels. If you take a close look at the reels you will notice that they are separated into grids of 2×2. These are the grid section which will be filled if the expanding scatter symbols land within them.

Bonus Games

The respin bonus game in Zoom is accessed when the player gains the zoom scatter symbol. Once this symbol appears and lands on a reel it will expand and trigger a respin.

How to Play:

Basic play for Zoom 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 the ending rule which can be used to stop these free spins.

Overall Design and Usability:

ThunderKick games often include a degree of simplicity in their designs, though few are as simple as Zoom. This is by design, as Zoom is a pokie which has been built from the ground up to appear to both new players and those among us who only have experience playing the simpler real machine pokies. It achieves this look through a clean layout. That is not to say the appearance is poor, in any way, in fact this is a great looking pokie in every area. From background to symbols and animations, the look here is colourful though simple and well defined. This isn't a simple look to pull off, yet ThunderKick have made it look easy.

When it comes to usability, Zoom carries over the simplistic nature of its design. The features included in this game work very well with this design, creating a feel which is even in looks and use. In fact, the only area where we have a problem with this game's usability is the common problem which we have with many pokies – the lack of graphical options. This is because many pokie players are doing so from mobile, older or less powerful devices. These can have issues working with some of the better looking games, so these graphics options would have been a very welcome addition. That said, the rest of the game appears both very reliable and responsive, with no issues arising whatsoever during our testing process.

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 difficult pokie to rate, given what it is going for. This is a very simple game which does not offer much in the way of a complicated bonus structure, but that is entirely by design, so we can hardly fault it for that. This is a pokie which would work best as a stopover for either new players, or those players who come from the work of more simplistic real life pokies. A nice a clean design works together with a reliable game to make Zoom the type of pokie which is perfect for those testing the water. Just note that if you are an intermediate or advanced player then this pokie probably does not offer enough to keep your engaged for long.

4.0/5 Stars

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The Rift

The Rift Basic Information:

There is a saying in my family: don't go into any portals you find in filthy backalleys. Whether or not this was literal, the words have always stuck with me. So, then, what I am I to do with a game called The Rift, which deals with just that? Fear not! I will stand by to deliver as best I can. Is this pokie an adventure worth taking, or is this likely to result in a beating or a mysterious rash? 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 4th of May, 2016.

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.

The Rift main game screen

The Rift comes with a total of 17 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 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 96.3%, which is around average.

Options

The Rift 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:

The Rift does not appear to based off of any pre-existing property. The story given here is that a mysterious rift has appeared in a murky back alley of a town. This rift feeds on the energy of the all of the world's magical artefacts. Can you, as the player, collect all of these items before they are sucked through the rift?

Other Features and Bonuses

 

The Rift wild symbol

The sticky wild scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of the above icon. This can substitute for any symbol except for the bonus. These can also appear in both the main game and within the two bonus games.

The Rift bonus symbol

The bonus symbol in The Rift comes in the form of the above rift icon. Gaining a minimum of 3 of these in a single spin gives the player access to the free spins bonus game. These payout in the following quantities:

  • 2 bonus symbols give 1 rift spins when gathered
  • 3 bonus symbols give 10 free spins when gathered
  • 4 bonus symbols give 15 free spins when gathered
  • 5 bonus symbols give 20 free spins when gathered

 

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in The Rift is accessed when the player gains at least 3 bonus symbol in a single spin.

The Rift wheel

The above image represents the rift seal which appears in the bonus game. This seal will fill a single circle for each bonus symbol which appears in the bonus game. Every third step in this game will grant the player an additional 2 free spins and a 1 more sticky wild to every remaining spin of the current bonus game.

When a rift spin is triggered, any wild not appearing on a winning payline will become a stick wild. In addition, 1-3 more sticky wilds will be random placed on the reels.

How to Play:

Basic play for The Rift 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:

The design for The Rift is a little bit of an odd one. This is a game which effectively ties together both simplicity and detail in an a single pokie. What I mean by this is that while the symbols and background of this game are highly detailed, the layout itself is quite simple. This works better than it has any right to, effectively demonstrating the level of work which ThunderKick can bring to their creations. This includes use of animations for both the symbols and the background. The animations of these symbols, and their colour, work very well set against the dark background of the alley in with this pokie takes place.

In terms of usability, this is a pokie which covers most of the bases which we have grown to expect. The game itself runs very well, and we had no problems with response or reliability arise during our testing process. The only problem here is a common one, which is the lack of graphical options. While The Rift is not strictly very new, it is quite pretty. This means that players on older or less powerful devices might have a little bit of trouble getting in on the action.

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:

Another game which illustrates just why ThunderKick have made such a strong name for themselves. This is not a game which aims to be a game changer, it only aims to be a great quality but ultimately simple effort, and in that it succeeds completely. The Rift is the type of pokie we can absolutely recommend for newer to intermediate players, or those interested in the colourful and unique. This isn't the type of pokie which will hold a player's attention for a long time, but the time you do spend will likely be time enjoyed.

4.1/5 Stars

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Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire Basic Information:

Ever wonder what the world would look like if power lines actually electrocuted the bird which land on them? No? Me either. Still, you aren't going to find as odd of a theme for a pokie game than that of Birds on a Wire. Despite looking more like pinatas than birds these flying creatures appear to have no trouble getting around. Does this absurd combination make for a good pokie, or is this a game an attempt to throw random components together? Keep reading 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 15th of April, 2014.

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.

Birds on a Wire main game screen

Birds on a Wire comes with a total of 17 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 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 96.0%, which is around average.

Options

Birds on a Wire 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:

Birds on a Wire does not appear to based off of any pre-existing property. The story given here is that the high voltage generator has gone bananas. I guess it's up to the birds to find a place to rest while actively avoiding being electrocuted, an experience I'm sure many of us can relate to.

Other Features and Bonuses

The dropping symbols feature in Birds on a Wire 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 high voltage multiplier feature also remains active through the entire game. With this feature each symbol drop, via the above feature, will increase the score multiplier to 2x,3x and finally 5x. In  the bonus game these levels extend to 4x,8x,12x and 20x

The wild scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of the above princess wild. This wild can only appear on reel 2,3 and 4 in both the base game and the free spins game. This symbol acts as both a wild and a scatter, and substitutes for all other symbols.

Birds on a Wire bonus symbol

The bonus symbol in Birds on a Wire comes in the form of the above cat in a box. Gaining at least three of these in a single spin gives the player a minimum of 10 free spins.

Birds on a Wire wild symbol

The wild symbol in Birds on a Wire comes in the form of the above fat black bird. These can appear over all reels and can substitute for any symbol except the bonus.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Birds on a Wire is accessed when the player gains at least 3 bonus symbol in a single spin. Additional spins can be gained at a rate of +2 per additional bonus symbol. The maximum free spin quantity is 34.

The free spins bonus game also comes with the inwinity spin feature. This feature is activated at the end of the free spins. On the last spin the game will continue to spin until one final win is scored.

How to Play:

Basic play for Birds on a Wire 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:

Simplicity is the name of the game here. Well, no, Birds on a Wire is the name of the game, but stick with me here. This is a game which goes for a basic and stylised look. This can be difficult to pull off, yet ThunderKick have managed to pull off this look expertly. The design here makes the game look as if it were cut from animated crepe paper, with light and colourful characters and backgrounds. Everything here works, and we have to give credit to ThunderKick for their work.

When it comes to usability there is a problem which is quite common with online pokies, but this is more minor than usual. This problem is one of graphical options – as in this game has none. This is a problem because a lack of these options can cause players on older or less powerful devices to not be able to get in on the action. Fortunately the game runs very well, so there should be a minimum of players hampered by this problem. Everything else runs and responds very well, with no additional problems related to reliability arising during our testing process.

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 nice looking, fun to play game from ThunderKick. While pokies with unusual themes are not uncommon, not many of them manage to work as well as Birds on a Wire does. Combine a solid look with a simple but also solid bonus system and we are left with a game which will be a great fit for many players. Just note that this game might not hold the attention of veteran players for long, but everyone else should be able to find something to like within this game.

4.2/5 Stars

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Sakura Fortune

Sakura Fortune Basic Information:

Poke themes draw inspiration from every continent, even Antarctica. Yet there is no represented continent which inspires games of constant quality as much as Asia. Sakura Fortune is another attempt to bring Japanese culture and stylised art into the world of modern pokies. Is this a successful attempt, or is this more of a case of a company taking easy inspiration to poor effect? Read our review to find out…

This pokie was created by the developers at Quickspin. This team is one of the newer groups to enter the online gambling game, having been formed in May of 2011. Since then Quickspin have made great strides in the online gambling market, earning many awards from their creations. While they commonly use preexisting properties for their themes this is not always the case, as they all offer a great selection of their own unique creations.   This game was released on the 3rd of April, 2017.

The Quickspin 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 Quickspin.

Sakura Fortune Main Game Screen

Sakura Fortune comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×4 formation

  • The minimum coins bet are 0.20
  • The maximum coins bet are 80.00
  • Minimum coin size is static.
  • Maximum coins size is static.
  • The return to player offered by this game is 96.61%, which is towards the higher end of average.

Options

Sakura Fortune is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. To access the main options screen the player needs only click on the small gear icon which is located to the lower left of the main game screen. This opens a small tab with the following three options:

  • Sound

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

  • Use SPACE for spin

This option simple adds the spacebar to possible ways to start the spinning of the reels.

  • Show Splash Screen on startup

This option toggles whether or not the startup screen will appear the next time that a user enters the game.

Also on offer from The Epic Journey is the autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking the small double arrow icon on towards the lower right of the playbar.  The tab then then appears gives the player to simply choose from a list of rounds to autoplay, and gives an additional option to enter the advanced autoplay section. In this new section the player is able to select from two limits to the autoplay. These are as follows:

  • Loss limit

Here the player can select a limit to end the autoplay once a certain amount has been lost. This can be an entered number, 5xbet, 20xbet, 50xbet or no limit.

  • Single Win Limit

Here the player can choose to end the autoplay if a single win exceeds a certain amount.This can be an entered number, 5xbet, 20xbet, 50xbet or no limit.

Background:

Sakura Fortune follows the journey of our heroine as she battles evil emperors on her way to untold riches. At least that is the story told by the game. While these is obviously real and direct inspiration in this game taken from Japanese culture, the story itself does not appear to be based off of any real part of Japanese history.

 

Other Features and Bonuses

Sakura Fortune Wild

The wild scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of the above princess wild. This wild can only appear on reel 2,3 and 4 in both the base game and the free spins game. This symbol acts as both a wild and a scatter, and substitutes for all other symbols.

Sakura Fortune Bonus

The bonus symbol in Sakura Fortune comes in the form of the above fan icon. This can appear in the base game only. When a minimum of three of these appear consecutively on a single spin the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.

The Sakura Fortune Respin Feature is activated when the player gains 2 full princess wild stacks in a single spin. When this is achieved the player will be given respins equal to the amount of wilds that are on the reel in the round where these are triggered.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Sakura Fortune is accessed when the player gains at least 3 scatter symbols in a single spin. During this game the princess scatter wild landing on the reels has an additional effect. When this lands it will expand to cover the full reel, also giving a bonus free spin. This wild will then remain locked in place on the reels for the duration of the free spins bonus game.

 

How to Play:

Basic play for Sakura Fortune 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 rules which can be used to stop these free spins. The free spins can also be stopped manually at any time while in progress.

Overall Design and Usability:

We here at CasinoPokies24 make no secret of our love for Asian art, especially when it is created by people as talented as the staff as Quickspin. As the title would lead you to expect, this game uses the sakura, or cherry blossom, to great effect. These red-pink flowers are set against a natural green in such a way that compliments, rather than clashes. This quality extends to the reels themselves, which abandon much of this aesthetic in favour of more diverse symbol sets. From the background to the gameplay area and animations, this is a game which is fantastically well designed. The only issue comes from the default playbar. The oranges and whites clash with the rest of the game, though those with experience in playing pokies online are probably mostly used to this by now. Still, this is disappointing.

When it comes to usability, Sakura Fortune performs well, though it could do with a few enhancements. The game itself appeared fully reliable during our tests, and we saw no problems at all when it came to the speed and response of the game. The only real issue here comes from the lack of graphical options. Sakura Fortune is a great looking game, and thus it might have problems running on older or less powerful hardware, where graphics options might have helped. Still, in a game like this we have to consider that this might have been on purpose, as lower graphical settings can compromise the looks of a game such as this, which is so focused on impressive visuals.

Where to find it:

Quickspin 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 Quickspin framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!

Rating:

A fantastic looking pokie, and one which is a lot of fun to play. Sakura Fortune is a game which we can happily recommend to any players who are fans of high quality or East Asian artwork. Not simply a pretty face, Sakura Fortune also comes with a solid, albeit simple, bonus structure. We can't say that this game will hold the attention of veteran players for long. We can say that if you are a new or intermediate player then you shouldn't miss out on Sakura Fortune. Quickspin really did a great job here.

4.5/5 Stars

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Family Guy

Family Guy Basic Information:

Hey Lois, remember that time that guy did a review of our slot game? Don't worry, I'm not going to try to trick you into watching an entire song from Conway Twitty. No longer the new Guy on the block, Family Guy has become a force in animated sitcoms that is only really outshined by the legacy of The Simpsons. It was only a matter of time before, like The Simpsons, they extended their reach out into the world of gambling. Is this game an instant classic, or is it closer to a Meg episode? 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 12th of December, 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.

Family Guy Main Game Screen

Family Guy comes with a total of 30 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 1.0
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
  • Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
  • Maximum coins size sits at 50.0
  • The return to player offered by this game is 94.28% which is towards the lower end of 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 Family Guy 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 ‘i' 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:

Family Guy is an incredibly popular cartoon from the mind of Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane voices many of the main characters in this show, including Peter, Brian and Stewie.

The show itself is an animated sitcom, based around the increasingly bizarre adventures of Peter Griffin and his family. Known for pushing the envelope in many ways, people often complain about the style of jokes in the show being unoriginal and interchangeable.

Whether getting in a 10 minute long fist-fight with a giant chicken-man, or getting chased out of the American South because of his literal mental retardation, the show has little care for reality. Whether or not this appeals to you, and whether or not this pokie will appeal to you, depends largely on your sense of humour.

Other Features and Bonuses

First thing to look at in this game are the various family features. There are four of these available, one for each member of the family. The player cannot choose to active these, as when they trigger they do so randomly. These are as follows:

  • Peter's Feature

When this activates a value of 200x to 5000x of the triggering coin value is awarded.

  • Stewie's Feature

When this feature is activated the player will gain up to 3 wild symbols on random reels. These wild symbols substitute for any other symbol except the world bonus symbol.

  • Lois' Feature

When this feature is active 1-3 of the Peter, Lois, Brian, Stewie, Christ or Meg will be indicated. The reels will then spin, with bonus amounts being given out for the activated symbols, if they appear.

  • Brian's Feature

When this feature is active 1 or 2 of the world bonus symbols on reels 3 or 4 will trigger the world bonus.

Family Guy Wild

The wild symbol in Family Guy comes in the form of the Family Guy logo. These can substitute for any symbol except the bonus. During the Lois feature they also cannot substitute for any family member symbols.

Family Guy Bonus

The world bonus symbol in Family Guy comes in the form of the above icon. When the player manages to gain a minimum of three of these in a single spin they will be given access to one of the three bonus games.

 Bonus Games

The three different bonus games in Family Guy are triggered by gaining at least 3 world bonus symbols in a single spin. Alternatively the player can gain access when the Brian feature lucks them in. When entering this bonus the exact game is chosen randomly by clicking on the globe symbol which appears. The three different bonus games are as follows:

The Drunken Clam

In this game the player needs first select one of the four bar characters. This will give the player a random cash amount and bet multiplier. Following this, the player will be tasked with selecting a beer tap at random. This will uncover further multipliers, and has a chance of revealing the win all symbol. When this symbol is won the value of all other raps are awarded. Once the selected character passes out, or is the only one left standing, the game will end.

Chicken Fight

When in this game the player selects either Peter or the Chicken as their fighter. There are 3 rounds here, with 1-7 picks awarded during each round. The player must select a number of prize sacks equal to the amount of picks awarded in each round. Each of these sacks awards between 5x and 1000x the coin value of the spin that triggered the world bonus, multiplied by the current rounds multiplier for the fighter. The fighter begins with a multiplier of 1x, which increases for each won round, up to a maximum of 5x.

Lois' Hot Free Spin

This game awards the player 10 initial free spins when won. This game also comes with four additional Lois symbols, and four additional Lois boxes with 3 empty hearts each. Gaining a Peter heart symbol will randomly fill these empty hearts. Once one of these 3 heart boxes is filled the corresponding symbol on the reels will become wild for the rest of the game.

Quagmire can also appear on reel 3. When he does he brings an additional 5 free spins with him.

How to Play:

Basic play for Family Guy 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:

When a pokie takes direct inspiration from an animated show you would expect many elements from that show to directly carry over. This is the exact case in this pokie, for better or worse. Design of this game seems based almost entirely off directly lifted assets, both in terms of looks and audio. Whether or not this is a bad thing depends on your appreciation of the show itself. Fans of the show will likely have a great time with these ridiculous characters and voice clips popping up to make you laugh. That said, as show-accurate as this can look – the sound clips repeat often, so you will likely tire of them fairly quick.

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. 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.

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 Family Guy there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.

Rating:

A fantastic looking game, and one which I recommend highly for new players. Family Guy shows the quality of visual designers which IGT have on their payroll, though it stumbles when it comes to bonus structure. This is a game which offers nothing but the standard wild/bonus gameplay, which is often not enough for those of us who expect a little more involvement in our pokie games. That said, if this doesn't bother you (and neither do the lack of autoplay stopping options), then we can absolutely recommend this game. It's really just a pity there wasn't a little more put into this one, as it could have been something great.

4.0/5 Stars

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Balloonies

Balloonies Basic Information:

Do you remember the overweight kid, Chunk, from the Goonies? Well, this is not a pokie about him. Initial disappointment aside, the concept of living balloon animals is as interesting as it is terrifying. Does this game bring quality to the table, or is this more of a case of throwing concepts at a wall to see what sticks? 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 6th of April, 2016.

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.

Balloonies Main Game Screen

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

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 20.00
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 400.00
  • Minimum coin size sits a 1.00
  • Maximum coins size sits at 20.00
  • The return to player offered by this game is 94.32 which is towards the lower end of 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 Family Guy 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 ‘i' 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:

What are Balloonies, exactly? Where did they come from? Are they creatures created from the wonder and wishes of innocent children? Maybe they are brought to us as agents of the dark lord, hoping to use their cuteness to find their way closer to their prey. We don't have a backstory to go on here, so choose whichever you would prefer, or just make up your own!

Other Features and Bonuses

Balloonies Star

The star symbol in Balloonies acts as a mulitplier, depending on how many are collecting in a single spin. These can appear on reels 1,2 and 3 onliy, in both regular and free spins.

  • One of these in a combination gives a 2x payout when gathered
  • Two of these in a combination gives a 3x payout when gathered
  • Three of these in combination give a 5x payout when gathered.

Balloonies Wild

The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of this nasty spiky balloon. This symbol can substitute for all other symbols except the bonus and start symbols.

Balloonies Bonus

The bonus symbol in this game comes in the form of this red bonus balloon. These appear on reels 1,2 and 3 only. These do not need to appear on active paylines in order to give their bonuses. When 3 of these are gathered in a single spin the player is given access to the free spins bonus game.

 Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Balloonies is won when the player manages to gain three or more bonus symbols in a single spin. Once this occurs the player will be brought to a screen with three separate coloured balloons. Clicking on one of these balloons will randomly reveal a quantity of free spins to be played out. Additional free spins cannot be retriggered from within this game.

How to Play:

Basic play for Balloonies is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and active paylines and clicking spin.

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

Overall Design and Usability:

Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the design of Balloonies. The background of this game is a simple sky-blue, which makes sense. Set against this sky and the whispy clouds are the colourful and animated symbols, swaying so softly in the breeze. It's a nice look, all around. Very clean and sharp, the designers over at IGT were going for a very specific look here, and they pulled it off perfectly.

In terms of usability, this is game which performs just as most from IGT – above the pack in most ways. From the speed and reliability of the game to selection of options on display, Balloonies carries a lot of quality. We are especially big fans of the multitude of graphics options. These are so often overlooked, yet are so helpful for players on older or less powerful devices, so marks for IGT for putting the work in. The only real issue, in terms of usability, comes down to the lack of autoplay stopping options. This means intermediate or veteran players might get turned off of this game. So, if you are one such player you need to keep this in mind.

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 Balloonies there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.

Rating:

Like many IGT creations, this is a game which we think is perfect for newer players. Balloonies looks nice, runs very well, and comes with many options that are sorely missed in many pokies. The only real issues with the game revolve around the lack of autospin stopping options and the lack of larger bonus structures. As we said, this is a perfect place for new players to start, but those intermediate or veteran players might not have their attention held by this game for very long.

4.0/5 Stars

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Western Belles

Western Belles Basic Information:

You won't find a time in human history where gambling wasn't popular. Even if you have a perfect example, there will be some dude in the background trying to get strangers to bet on a pair of dice. Despite the popularity and influence which gambling has had over our society, there are a few key time periods that we automatically think of when gambling comes to mind. One of these times is the Old West. Usually this involves saloons and gunfight, but this game aims to bring the influence of Western Belles to the table. Are these ladies all you need to get ahead, or are they looking to reach into your old west version of a wallet when you aren't looking? Read out 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 March, 2014.

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.

Western Belles Main Game Screen

Western Belles comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 1.0
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
  • Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
  • Maximum coins size sits at 50.0
  • The return to player offered by this game is 94.6 which is towards the lower end of average.

Options

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

 Menu Options
  • Graphics Quality

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.

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.

  • Lines + Wild Reels

This option changes the amount of active paylines. When all 40 paylines are active the player will gain access to the wild reels feature.

  • Line Bet

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.

Background:

Ah the Old West, when men were men and women were women. Just like as literally every other point in human history. Maybe that wasn't a great opener.

The Old West, home to cowboys, gunfights in an outside of saloons, and gambling. There are so many components of this period which have been romanticised over the years that there is a lot to draw from when it comes to making a pokie. Western Belles, as in the beautiful women of this era, is a rare idea for a pokie, that is for sure.

While the game is ostensibly based around the age of cowboys and Native American's, the eponymous Southern Belles appear to be inspired by the type of artists popular in 1940's and 50's America. Imagine Rockwell if Rockwell had a greater interest in raunch.

Other Features and Bonuses

Western Belles comes with a wild reels feature. This feature becomes active when the player has the maximum of 40 paylines active. With this feature the player gains access to the wild symbols which cover the entire reel. When this is active the player gains:

  • 1 random wild reel per regular spin
  • 2 random wild reels per free spin
  • Wild reels may contain bonus symbols

Western Belles Wild

The wild symbol in Western Belles comes in the form of a lipstick kiss mark. These can substitute for any symbol except the bonus. They can also appear when in the main game or the free spins bonus game.

Western Belles Bonus

The bonus symbol in Western Belles comes in the form of the above bonus billboard. When the player manages to gain a minimum of three of these in a single spin they will be given a 2x payout and access to 5 free spins.

 Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Western Belles is won when the player manages to gain three or more bonus symbols in a single spin. Additional free spins can be retriggered from within this game.

How to Play:

Basic play for Western Belles is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and active paylines and clicking spin.

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

Overall Design and Usability:

There is a lot of room for creativity when it comes to the look of games based in the Old West. This is not uncommon as a basis for pokies, yet few manage to do as well with the theme as IGT have done here for Western Belles. Set against the red dirt and blue sky of the western deserts, this game comes has obviously been designed by people of skill. From the symbols to the animations, everything here works incredibly well to illustrate not just the look, but also the feel which we get when we think of the old west. The Belles themselves aren't too hard on the eyes either, for all you ladies and gentlemen interested in that type of thing.

When it comes to usability this is a game which does well, though it does have room for improvement. The basic aspects of this game perform perfectly. From speed to reliability, we had no problem at all during our testing process. We are also a big fan of the multiple graphics options, which is a component so often helpful, but so often ignored. The only real areas which this game might be a bother is through a lack of audio options, and a lack of customisable autospin options. While the audio options can be ignored, if you simply mute your browser, the autospin problem will be a deal-breaker for some.

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 Western Belles there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.

Rating:

A fantastic looking game, and one which I recommend highly for new players. Western Belles shows the quality of visual designers which IGT have on their payroll, though it stumbles when it comes to bonus structure. This is a game which offers nothing but the standard wild/bonus gameplay, which is often not enough for those of us who expect a little more involvement in our pokie games. That said, if this doesn't bother you (and neither do the lack of autoplay stopping options), then we can absolutely recommend this game. It's really just a pity there wasn't a little more put into this one, as it could have been something great.

4.0/5 Stars

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Shangri La

Shangri La Basic Information:

Lost cities – more often less impressive than they seem. From the abandoned building projects of China to the abandoned build projects of Russia, in actuality these are far more creepy than rewarding. Shangri-La, though? Shangri La puts these entries to shame. Granted the city of Shangri La is fictional, but the very idea is one of mysticism and peace. It is only natural that such a place would be the eventual topic of a pokie. Is it worth your time to join the search for this city, or would you be better off staying at home? Read 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 6th of March, 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.

Shangri La Main Game Screen

Shangri La comes with a total of 15 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 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 10.00
  • The return to player offered by this game is 96.63%, which approaches the higher end of average.

Options

Shangri La is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. Rather than the traditional option screen, Shangri La 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.

  • 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.

Background:

The fictional city of Shangri La was first written of by British author James Hilton in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon. Hilton describes this city as a magical and harmonious place, safe from the hustle and bustle of the rapidly industrialising world. The location of this place is somewhat similarly mysterious, though we do know that it is found somewhere towards the western end of the Kunlun Mountain range.

Essentially, Shangri La counts as some type of utopia. It is a place where the people age much slower, and are in great attunement with the mountains and life itself.

In reality Shangri La is related to Shambala, another ancient mythical kingdom from the Tibetan Buddhist religion. This was actually sought out by explorers from the east and western but was never found, most likely because it was, you know, not real.

Other Features and Bonuses

Shangri La Wild

The wild symbol in Shangri La comes in the form of this symbol which is simply labelled by the game as ‘Girl'. This can substitute for any symbol except the scatter. It can appear on reels 2,3 and 4 only. One or more of these substituting in a win doubles the payout.

The added wilds feature in Shangri La can be randomly activated during any spin. When this occurs additional wilds will be randomly added to the reels.

Shangri La Scatter

The scatter symbol in Shangri La appears as a golden something. Not exactly sure what that is supposed to be. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. If three or more of these are gained on a single spin the player will gain access to one of the game's bonus features. These are listed in the bonus games section below.

  • 3 scatters give a 60x multiplier
  • 4 scatters give a 300x multiplier
  • 5 scatters give a 3000x multiplier

The added scatter feature in Shangri La can be randomly activated during any spin. When this occurs additional scatters will be randomly added to the reels.

This game also comes with a gamble feature. This feature is activated by simply pressing the button which appears on the bottom right hand side of the screen after any normal win. When this is pressed the player is brought to the gamble screen. On this screen the player can attempt to double their bet by selecting a 1/2 chance of winning red or black card draw. Alternatively, players can attempt to quadruple their bet by selecting a suit, each of which come with a 1/4 chance of winning. This process can repeat until the player has loses a gamble or the unlisted gamble limit is reached.

Bonus Games

The bonus feature in this game are won when the player is able to gain three or more scatters in a single spin. Once this occurs the player will be randomly given access to one of four different bonuses. These are listed as follows:

The free games feature is just what it sounds like. When this is active the player will be given a total of 8 free spins. During this feature the player has access to the special wilds features. This feature includes greater chances of randomly added wilds as well as the expanding wilds feature. This feature allows wilds which land on reels 2,3 and 4 to be randomly stretched to fill the entire reels. Additional free spins can be retriggered from within this game.

The super free games feature gives the player 12 free spins. During this game the player has access to the special wilds features, just as with the regular free games bonus. Additional free spins can be retriggered from this game.

The chest bonus brings the player to another screen when it is won. On this screen the player is given a number of chests which can be clicked on. Many of these chests contain multipliers, which can slowly increase the prize to 15x the total bet maximum. The player is able to keep playing this until either they reach this maximum multiplier or until they reveal a trap.

The last of these bonuses is the trail bonus. When this is won a map of prizes will be shown. From here the player spins a wheel to randomly determine how many steps they will move on this map. This game will continue until the player lands on an ‘x' icon, or until the player reaches the maximum payout of 100x the total bet.

How to Play:

Basic play for Shangri La 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:

A sharp looking game to be sure, and one which really illustrates the level of talent on offer from the developers over at NextGen Gaming. This game runs with the idea that Shangri La is a colourful and joyous place, which takes inspiration from the more striking parts of Asia's history and culture. This means gems, weapons, animals and architecture, all of which are fantastically well designed and well suited to the theme. The animations here could use a little work, however, as the spinning of the wheels especially feels a little choppy. This doesn't effect the gameplay at all, but it does somewhat ruin the brilliant affect of the rest of the game.

In terms of usability Shangri La 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:

Shangri La is a game which suffers slightly in terms of usability, and in terms of animations, but those are the only areas in which this game does not excel. The static graphics here are great, combining history and mythology to great effect, and the general design of the game is strikingly pretty in almost all cases. Combine this with a solid bonus structure and you have a game which is a heck of a lot of fun. There are many games which we can only feel are worth recommending if you are a fan of the theme, but this is not one of those games. This is a pokie which everyone who loves pokies should be able to enjoy, so check it out if you get the chance.

4.0/5 Stars

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Butterfly Staxx

Butterfly Staxx Basic Information:

Sick of the hustle and bustle of regular life? The stress of the city getting you down? Butterfly Staxx is here to help. This pokie aims to combine some key elements of nature into a game which is not only relaxing, but also fun and rewarding. Does it succeed, or are these butterflies the type which are more likely to land in your mouth while you sleep? Check out our review to find out…

This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Butterfly Staxx is no exception. This game was released on the 21st of June, 2017.

The NetEnt 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 NetEnt.

Butterfly Staxx Main Game Screen

Butterfly Staxx comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 20
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 200
  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 2.00
  • The return to player offered by this game is 96.8%, which is towards the higher end of average.

Options

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

 Game Settings
  • Quickspin

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.

  • Intro Screen

This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.

  • Spacebar to spin

This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.

Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.

The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:

  • On any win
  • When Butterfly Spins is won
  • When a single win exceeds an entered amount
  • If cash increases by an entered amount
  • If cash decreases by an entered amount

Other Helpful Additions

Butterfly Staxx also comes with question-mark and ‘i' help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the ‘i' button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the ‘i' button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.

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

Background:

As Butterfly Staxx is not based off any preexisting property there isn't much to speak of here. Feel free to make up your own.

Other Features and Bonuses

Butterfly Staxx comes with a re-spin feature. This is activated whenever a stack of butterfly symbols randomly lands over an entire reel. These symbols will fly to the leftmost position on the same row if that place is not already occupied by a butterfly symbol. All of these butterfly symbols will remain on the reels until the end of the re-spins. All butterfly symbols landing visible on the reels during the re-spin fly to the leftmost position on the same row not already occupied by a butterfly symbol award another re-spin. These will also remain on the reels until the end of the re-spins. When no more butterfly symbols land visible on the reels during the re-spins the re-spins will end, and payout.

Butterfly Staxx Wild

The wild in Butterfly Staxx comes in the form of a gold and purple wildflower. These symbols can appear in both the main game and the re-spins bonus game. Wilds can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter. These will only payout the highest bet per payline.

Butterfly Staxx Scatter

The scatter symbol in Butterfly Staxx comes in the form of a pink flower. Gaining three or more of these on a single spin grants access to the Butterfly Spins bonus game via the following contributions:

  • 3 scatters give 5 butterfly spins when gathered
  • 4 scatters give 6 butterfly spins when gathered
  • 5 scatters give 7 butterfly spins when gathered

 

Bonus Games

The Butterfly Spins bonus game in Butterfly Staxx is accessed when the player has gathered a minimum of 3 scatter symbols in a single spin.

During this game only cocoon symbols can land on the reels. These symbols can be dormant or active. Active cocoon symbols landing visible on the the reels turn into butterfly symbols. All butterfly symbols fly to the leftmost position on the same row which is not already occupied by a butterfly symbol. All bet lines wins are added to the total win, and the butterfly symbols remain on the reels until the end of the butterfly spins.

How to Play:

Basic play for Butterfly Staxx is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.

Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.

Overall Design and Usability:

A simple design for a simple theme, but one which does quite well. Butterfly Staxx effectively combines its music, sound effects and late-afternoon background into one of the most sharp yet pleasing pokies available. The general bases for this game is flowers, butterflies and fireflies, so it makes sense for NetEnt to take this approach. Everything here is well suited, well designed, and well animated.

In terms of usability this is a game which does fairly well. In our tests we had no problems with the reliability of the game. All of the buttons and links included work perfectly, and the game is just as responsive as you would expect. The only let-down here is the lack of graphics options. This means that players on older or less powerful devices might not be able to get in on the action.

Where to find it:

NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Butterfly Staxx there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.

Rating:

A great, simple pokies with a relaxing theme. This game is one which exceeds in its design, being one of the pleasing to the senses games which we have reviewed. the bonus structure of this game is also solid, though not quite up to the level of its look. A great pokie to try out for anyone who is keen to try out something new, especially if you are sick of being blasted by the effects of some of the more aggressive pokies out there.

4.2/5 Stars

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