On the 19th of December Play'n GO will release the Star Joker slot machine, giving beginners to the world of slots a perfect opportunity to learn what slot machines are all about.
What makes a perfect beginners video slot game? Play’n GO may have come across the perfect solution with their new Star Joker mobile slot.
Because, let’s be honest, if you’ve been gambling for a few years much like we have, we start to like complicated games with a million features.
So the colossal reels from Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe 10 slot with 100 paylines charm us, and the multiple level bonuses in Ivan and the Immortal King game peaks our interest.
But sometimes we forget that not everyone likes, or even knows, how to play these complicated machines, and that when we first started, it was fun to go for something a little more simple.
At first glance, Star Joker is a 5-reel slot with 10 fixed paylines, with classic symbols like cherries, plums and lucky 7’s, wild, scatters and free spins.
There are a million other slots like it out there, so it wouldn’t usually grab our attention.
But Play’n GO have done something a little different here which made us think twice about not just how we review new slot games, but how it’s important to realise that not all games are made for all people.
All in all a very standard fruity slot that many of us have seen before in one version or another.
The fact that it comes with a tutorial.
That’s right folks, this video slot will talk you through all the symbols, what you need to do, how to bet and spin.
It might seem silly considering how many slot tutorials online there are around, and the fact that (at heart) slot machines are not particularly complicated.
But who wants to read 10 articles on the best way to bet on slots or what the difference is between a scatter or wild symbol before you start playing.
If you want to try a mobile slot machine, it’s because you want to try gambling in a simple and relatively low key manner – most slot machines have a relatively low bet in comparison to blackjack or roulette games.
Play’n GO have smartly done the numbers here.
For one, this is a low variance machine; so it will pay out little but often, allowing the newbie to get used to how five reel slot games work without losing all their cash in just a few spins.
For two they’ve covered the basic features of 80% of slot machines: wilds, scatters and free spins. Everything on top of that is just adding to these features we know and love.
Add the classic look and feel, and it will make anyone who has ever glanced at a fruit machine in the pub recognise the familiar symbols.
The fact that the scatter also turns wild during the bonus games will no doubt help elevate this simple fruit machine from a must play by beginners to a nice one to try for experienced players.
In short, it has just the right elements. Add a basic tutorial and you can see why this will be very appealing to slot beginners.
More is not always better. If it was, casino games like Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home by Barcrest would be getting 5 stars with each new iteration.
In fact, game studios would simply not bring out classic three reel slots anymore, because they would be deemed too simple.
But they do. So why are those not perfect for beginners? Because lately most of the 3 reel slots have more bonus features than even the 5 reel video slots.
That right there is the reason why most of us will give a new slot a go – maybe it’s a multi-million jackpot, maybe it has a huge top win.
But traditional 3 reel slots tend to have big easy to see top wins, and that’s why we take a spin.
It adds an extra dimension to this simple slot that makes it very appealing. Why wouldn’t you want to get a decent 5 of a kind win and go back to what makes slots great: their simplicity?
After all, you can always turn off the tutorial if you don’t need it.
Can’t wait till then to play something simple and fun? There’s plenty of games you can try till then.
The Sweet Alchemy slot is not a simple game, but it does have a tutorial that will make it easy for most to understand.
None other offer in-game tutorials, but classic video slots like Thunderstruck and Agent Jane Blonde are a must try for anyone first venturing into the world of betting machines.
Finally, give NetEnt’s Berryburst (not Berryburst Max) a go if you want to see what the next evolution in games look like, but in a simple way. You’ll soon understand what we mean by cluster pays and expanded wilds.
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