Sam on the Beach General Information:
There are some pokies which stick to a popular and common theme. There are some which combine odd collections of themes into an even odder game. Sam on the Beach is definitely one of the latter. This game combined the sort of aesthetic which you would expect from a trip to the beach with what happens when your family is a group of gnome/goblin elves. Very odd indeed, but it works.
Sam on the Beach was designed and developed by ELK and was released in February of 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. Sam on the Beach is a shining example of this.
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 then check them out.
Sam on the Beach comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 layout. This is a ways-to-win game, which means the player cannot customise the amount of paylines which are selected.
- The minimum bet sits at 20
- The maximum bet sits at 100
- The return to player offered by this game sits at just under 96.4%, which is slightly above average.
In order to enter the options menu in Sam on the Beach the player must first click the three horizontal lines towards the upper-left of the main game screen. When this is clicked they must then choose the settings button. The offered options are as follows:
This speeds up the spinning of the slots, leading to less lime waiting around.
- Sound On
This allows the player to mute all sounds from the game.
- Game Sounds
When clicked this allows the player to mute all sounds except the music.
Wen this is clicked the player toggles on and off the music.
- Show in Coins
When clicked this changes the currency display to coins, rather than Euros.
OTHER HELPFUL ADDITIONS
Sam on the Beach comes with some very interesting options thanks to the workers at ELK. By clicking the coins button down the bottom left of the main game screen the player can adjust the automatic betting strategy. This is split between regular and four other potential options. Changing between these pages is accomplished by clicking the left and right buttons on the left and right sides of the screen. The details of these pages are as follows:
When this is selected the player need only choose their total bet from a 3×4 table of total bets. Once this is selected this betting amount will remain constant until changed manually.
When this page is accessed the player is able to choose from a table of 4 different amounts. These are percentages which are derived from a player's total stash. This simply allows the player to keep betting a static percentage.
When this page is accessed the player is given access to a range of bets in a 3×4 table. A selected bet will automatically raise after 5 consecutive losses, the idea being to recoup losses. This can occur twice, with the maximum bet amount being ten times as great as the starting bet. This strategy resets after a win.
Another page where the players are given access to a range of bets in a 3×4 table. In this strategy the bet level will jump up 1 level after a loss, up to a maximum of 4 levels. This means a maximum bet of ten times the initial wager. This strategy resets after a win.
Yet another page where the players are given access to a range of bets in a 3×4 table. In this strategy the play's bet will raise 1 level for each winning spin, up to a maximum of 4 levels higher. This is equal to ten times the player's initial bet. This strategy resets after a loss.
The autospin in this game is accessed in two different ways. By holding the spin button the autospin box comes up which offers the player 4 options. These are 10x, 25x, 50x and 100x. This can also be accessed when the auto button towards the upper right of the main game screen is clicked.
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.
Summer vacations can be a lot fun, or they can be a lot of stress. It looks as if Sam on the Beach is based around the former. The eponymous Sam seems to be some sort of pink elf man, holding what appears to be a bunch of markers. At least that is what it looks like.
There isn't really much to add here, if you know what a beach vacation is then you'll understand the theme just fine. As for understanding exactly what Sam and his family are supposed to be, well that is something else entirely.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of what appears to be a Sam on the Beach road sign. This can substitute for any other symbol except the Bell.
The bonus symbol in this game comes in the form of a golden bell.
- 3 of these give a total of 5 free spins
- 4 of these give a total of 10 free spins
- 5 of these give a total of 15 free spins
Every additional Bell which is gained during the free spins bonus game will generate one extra free spin.
Another feature on offer by Sam on the Beach is the Beach Memories Respin feature. For this to be activated a player must gain a horizontal combination which includes all four different family members. When this is achieved a respin will trigger with 4 sticky wilds.
Finally, this game comes with a reality check option. This can be found on the second page of the settings screen. This allows the player to be reminded of how long they have been playing the game, and be selected in four different quantities of time. These are 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours.
The free spins bonus game operates similar to the regular spins, and is accessed if 3 or more bonus bells were gathered in one spin. This game runs like regular spins and can be reactivated during the free spins game.
The Electric Treat feature offers four different scenarios based off four different family members, and is active during the free spins bonus game.
In this Ted will grant a sticky multiplier when three or more of his icons are generated in one spins.
When 3 or Sandra symbols are collected in a single spin Sandra will hand out a random amount of multipliers.
Maggie works in the free spin game by firing her harpoon towards already landed symbols. This increases the chances to win during the free spins bonus game.
When three or more Sam icons are collected in a single bonus spins Sam electrifies a random symbol. This symbol counts as a sticky wild when this occurs.
How to Play:
Placing your bets in Sam on the Beach 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:
ELK are a company which focuses on mobile games, this is something which is incredibly obvious within the Sam on the Beach game. The design is simple, and obviously created for use with mobile devices. This does not mean it is ugly or does not perform well on desktop or laptops, however, as that is not the case. Even on the bigger screens of bigger systems this is a game which looks pretty good, and the sound effects and music are also well suited. I'm usually a person who get's pretty sick of background sound effects of pokies quickly, but the slow ebb and flow of the waves in this game were so relaxing that I couldn't help but leave them on.
When it comes to usability, this is another case where the mobile influence is obvious. With large, hard to miss icons, which are set in the corners of the screen, this is not a game which is difficult to understand. Everything here is crisp and responsive, with only minor problems coming from the screen occasionally not having slight issues at some resolutions, though this could just as easily be a browser issue.
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!
It can be a little bit tricky to review mobile games, that is not so in this case. While many mobile games can be simplified for their systems, Sam on the Beach is as detailed as many desktop offerings. Make no mistake, while this game was developed for mobiles it runs and plays very well on non-mobile devices. If you like cartoony graphics and a relaxing theme then I can wholly recommend this game. If, however, you prefer more detailed or active bonus games then this might not be for you.
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