We have reached part III of the most popular slots from various game providers. If you for whatever reason missed the first two, I covered Nolimit City, Booming Games and Endorphina in the first article while taking care of Platipus, Mascot and Pragmatic Play in the last one.
One of the more recognized slots from land based casinos is Book of Ra. Because of its popularity, Play’n GO came up with their own version of it. Book of Dead has proven it has been able to stand the test of time and is still going strong to this day.
Scrolling through games at different casinos today, you will find as many books as in your local library. At least that’s how it feels since most providers have discovered the potential and basically flooded the market with them.
What Are the Fun Features?
If you are getting excited about all the bonus features, there’s a chance you will feel a bit deflated. Sure, there are wilds in the mix but other than that, maybe not as much fun as one would think.
Finding 3 scatters will get you to a bonus round with 10 Free Spins. Before you can start spinning, a random expanding symbol will be chosen.
This symbol is there to help you win more and can expand and cover more positions.
I couldn’t find enough scatters to get me there but I do know that with a bit of luck, those expanding symbols do make a difference.
Thanks to the Gamble feature, you can put your winnings on the line and try to double them. It’s as risky as breaking into one of the pyramid graves but it can also be tremendously rewarding if you manage to beat the dealer and win.
To play it safe or to risk it all for the big win, that’s the question you need to ask yourself!
Not Enough Action
Personally I don’t see what is so special about Book of Dead but who am I to argue with thousands and thousands of experienced casino players. I want more features and more action than this game offers.
2) Playson – Lion Gems Hold and Win
Things go down on the African savanna and that’s where we are going with Lion Gems Hold and Win. We have seen the theme over and over again so it’s hard to surprise players in terms of looks. Don’t get me wrong, I love the amazing African wildlife so there’s always a certain amount of pre-existing love for the theme.
Playson has sprinkled the game with a 95.55% RTP and medium/high volatility.
With the word gems in the title, the focus is automatically taken away from the animals and onto the blue shiny piece of coal.
Like I said, the hero is the diamond and it is also the key to the bonus game. If you want to explore the special bonus game, you need to find 6 diamonds on the same spin. This will do the trick and trigger the bonus round.
Win big during Hold and Win
Reset the Count for More Wins
Being a traditional Hold and Win-style feature, you will start off with 3 spins. These 3 spins will also be your only ones unless you can land another diamond. Doing so will reset your count to 3 and you can keep on going.
I managed to land a nice win in the bonus round
Collect Cash Values
Each diamond has a cash value on it and it can be anywhere between 1x to 16x your bet. Sooner or later you will run out of spins and when you do, all the diamond values will be added up and sent to your account.
Hold and Win Is to Be Preferred
I actually prefer Hold and Win bonus rounds over Free Spins. Why? Because for some reason it always feels like I win more and that it is more of a guarantee that you will. Sometimes when I get Free Spins, it will result in nothing or very little while Hold and Win always delivers at some level.
Grab one of the colorful jackpot diamonds
Bonus Game Jackpots
There are 4 jackpots hiding in this game, the Mini, Minor, Major and the big kahuna itself, the Grand Jackpot!
You can grab one of them in the bonus game by landing the colorful diamonds. If you want to pocket the Grand Jackpot (3,000x your stake), you’ll have to fill all 20 positions on the grid. I couldn’t pull it off but I believe in you!
Roaring Free Spins
Nothing is guaranteed in this area of the world so it didn’t come as a surprise that I never saw any Free Spins. Scatters felt as rare as seeing a giraffe on the streets in a city.
At least you know they do exist so with a bit of luck you can take all the ones that I never got. Boom!
Not as Sparkling and Bright as I Had Hoped
Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend but they are not mine. I appreciated the safari part of the game but I don’t think I’ll be coming back chasing any of these diamonds.
Clearly there is a reason for its popularity and I’m sure with a bit or more luck on the reels, I would be singing a different tune. But, I feel like I’ve seen this game so many times before and regardless of all the diamonds, I didn’t think it was as sparkling and bright as I had hoped.
3) BetSoft – Gemini Joker
There have been multiple BetSoft games that have done really well and been popular for a long time. Take the Bank, Triple Juicy Drops, 88 Frenzy Fortune and Primal Wilderness are some of them.
Instead of reviewing any of these, I thought I would take a look at one of their latest releases, Gemini Joker. The slot has been an immediate success and has been very popular over the last few months.
I thought this was a very nice looking game and even though it’s a classic fruit machine, it did get my attention from the first spin. Great graphics go a long way – I can’t stress this enough!
Gemini Joker is making sure everything runs smoothly
Stacked Reel Spin
The feature that sticks out in Gemini Joker is the Stacked Reel Spin. It actually came into play on my first spin, thank you very much.
If you are a slot player, you know exactly how frustrating it can be to never get to the bonus round or any of the good features.
Stacked Reel Spins will be triggered when the first two reels are showing the same symbol, without a win. You will get a respin with those two reels staying in place. If you’re lucky you can create a nice combo together with the others.
How often does this really happen? You’ll be surprised. It happened a lot more often than I ever expected.
Go Wild with multipliers
It’s a Wild Ride
There are a lot of wilds in play, which I was happy about. As the entertainers that they are, they love to bring their friends along and can get you up to 32x win multipliers.
I wanted to spin the reel
When a game has a wheel of any kind, my expectations always go up a few notches. There is a Multiplier Wheel around here somewhere but I clearly don’t have what it takes to get to spin it.
Close but no cigar
You Need to Fill Them All
In order to get one spin on the Multiplier Wheel, all positions need to show the same symbol. The closest I ever got was the image above.
Gemini Joker Is Popular for a Reason
I can see why players enjoy Gemini Joker and if you’re looking for something new, you should give it a shot. The game has a 95.61% RTP and medium volatility so you should be able to pick up some wins quite frequently.
Ok, so I’ve covered 9 providers so far and depending on who I can get a hold of for information, I will make sure to cover more of them.
After all, it’s interesting to see if there is a big difference between what’s popular.