5-Reel Slots

The 5 reel slot games first came to the fore in Vegas and have eclipsed the old 3 reelers in terms of entertainment and fun value – in most cases anyway! Most online casinos carry both, but frankly I don’t touch the old 3 reel slots anymore. My penchant is for free spins slots and most of the ones reviewed here have that feature. That’s not to say that some of the more standard bonus rounds aren’t fun, it’s just that the free spins slots give more scope for larger wins, in theory having no upper win limit.

Iron Man 2 Slot Machine (Playtech Marvel Slots)

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Playtech have just launched a new online slot machine called Iron Man 2, a follow up to the original Iron Man slot machine that they released in 2010 as part of their popular Marvel Slots series. This second version differs fairly substantially from the original Iron Man although obviously the overall theme is the same.

I played a demo of the Iron Man 2 slot on the Playtech stand at the ICEi show in London in January (2011) and it’s now been released to play for real at BetFred casino. The immediately obvious difference is that Iron Man 2 stacks most of the symbols on the reels in 2’s. The original Iron Man slot had stacked symbols but only for two of the graphic symbols – Ironman 2 stacks several more.

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Cleopatra Slot – 5 Scatter Win!

Posted By: Dave Letterman


Last week (January 2011) I was up in London and playing the casino slot machines at the Empire casino in Leicester Square and the Palm Beach in Mayfair and I couldn’t hit jack on Cleopatra. It was so bad I ended up playing Book Of Ra and Pharaohs Fortune most of the time. The rubbish session was due in no little part to the fact that the land based version of the Cleopatra slot has a pretty poor payout (no pay on 2 9’s and often on 2 scatters even!).

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Barcrest Slot Machines – Online Versions

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Many UK casino punters will be familiar with the name Barcrest. They have been supplying casino slot machines to piers and amusement arcades in the UK since the year dot pretty much and now they have started to bring some of their more popular slot machines to online casinos.

Barcrest are owned by IGT so the slot machines they release online are developed and released through Wagerworks which is also an IGT UK subsiduary. Consequently this means that online casinos licensing Wagerworks software are the places to find Barcrest slot machines.

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Novomatic Slots Online: Lord Of The Ocean

Posted By: Dave Letterman


One of the more recent Novomatic slot machines to come to online casinos (notably Sky Vegas) is the cult land-based slot game, Lord Of The Ocean. For those of you that have played the Book Of Ra slot, the Lord Of The Ocean Slot will be a little familiar, not because of it’s ocean-going theme, but the gameplay.

Note: Novomatic slot machines do not support US Dollars so if you are going to play them online, do not register an account using the USD currency or you will find the games do not load!

Lord Of The Ocean is a 9 line slot where the feature round is trigered by getting 3 or more scatter symbols in view. Not quite as easy as it seems as this is a relatively high variance slot game. The scatters also – like Book Of Ra – double up as wild symbols so getting them on reels 1 -3 is ideal!

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Book Of Ra Slot & Pharaohs Fortune Now at Grosvenor Casino

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Grosvenor Casino (renamed from “G Casino” in Q3 2011, owned by the Rank Organisation and the online outlet for the land-based Grosvenor Casinos) have recently added a plethora of new slot machines to the Games section of their website (while the casino section has a new download casino supplied by Playtech). Some of the new slots are from IGT, others from Novomatic and the latest batch of slots include two of my own favourites: Book Of Ra (Novo) and Pharaohs Fortune (IGT).

Note however that because Novomatic slot machines like Book Of Ra do not always support the US Dollar currency, you shouldn’t sign up an account in USD or the games will not load (and you can’t change the currency after you have signed up!).

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Land-based casino goers will probably be familiar with both these slot machines. Book Of Ra (along with the similar Lord Of The Ocean slot) has a unique bonus round where one symbol gets turned into an expanding scatter symbol. While high variance and with a difficult-to-hit feature, you can get some great wins on this. In fact, playing at Empire Casino in Leicester Square (London Clubs) only this week I hit an £1,800 bonus round off a £1.50 bet!

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Lord Of The Rings Slot (Due!)

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Ladbrokes casino sent me a mailer yesterday indicating that the new Lord Of The Rings slot from Microgaming is imminent. By imminent, I think it’s due a September 2010 release and we have a few details trickling through. What we know so far (see the screenshot, below) is that it’s a 243 line slot (wht IGT dub “Multiway” as a comparison), it has a free spins bonus triggered by 3 bonus scatters anywhere in view and it has Stacked Wilds along with an extra expanding wild symbol on Reel 3. It will also have a 96%-97% expected return (Microgaming…finally publsihing RTP’s?? wow!) and it will be “medium volatility” – medium variance in true slots parlance. Finally, it’s dubbed “The Fellowship of the Ring” which is a good indicator it will be the first in a trilogy of slots.

To the left is the first screenshot we have of the new Lord Of The Rings – Fellowhip of the Ring. Other than what I describe above, this doesn’t really tell us anything more apart from the fact that the model being used is clearly similar to the excellent Thunderstruck 2 slot they recently launched.

Actually, back in November 2009, WMS (the land-based slot game manufacturer) launched a version destined for B&M casinos in Vegas called Lord Of The Rings and also based on the film. I’m guessing New Line Media who are the LOTR rights-holders have done seperate online and offline licensing deals and the Microgaming version will I’m sure be a very different game.

You can actually see a promo video for the WMS version of LOTR on the Lord Of The Rings page at OnlineCasinosVegas for a flavour of that one. It’s based on their Star Trek slots concept with the chair and surround sound audio. Obviously a far cry from the online version. For more indepth information on both versions, with screenshots and videos, check out my LOTR-dedicated Lord Of The Rings Slots microsite which I will be keeping up-to-date with all the latest info.

I will update this site with details of Microgaming’s version when more becomes available.

Thunderstruck II Slot – Imminent!

Posted By: Dave Letterman

In May 2010, Microgaming have pencilled in the release of the new Thunderstruck II slot which will be eagerly awaited by online slots players I’m sure. Well…it is by me anyway LOL. A new microsite, dedicated to the Thunderstruck II slot has been launched where the first screenshots will be available to view.

All we know at this stage is that it will look and feel very different to the original. There are four different types of free spins bonus and 243 payline in the style of IGT’s Multiway system. Early indicators suggest it will be more akin to the Tombraider 2 slot in the way it plays than the original, but we’ll have to wait and see…

Unfortunately for USA residents, new Microgaming slots are not available to them because of the grey legal landscape surrounding online gambling in the States, but for everyone else, 32Red will undoubtedly have the game early doors.

Pre-release Special Offer: Ladbrokes have also announced that new players who signup and deposit £25 and turnover at least £150 on the original Thunderstruck slot in April 2010 will receive 50 free spins on Thunderstruck II as soon as it is launched.

More information when I get it.

Great Blue Slot – Playtech

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Thought I’d share half a dozen great wins from one of my favourite slots, Great Blue. These wins were all generally at Tote Casino or Bet365 Casino where I play most. I’ve lost count of the times that the Great Blue slot has rescued a session for me. It has stacked wilds on all 5 reels but the killer is the free spins bonus.

Get 3 or more scatters and you pick to clam shells which reveal 7, 10 or 15 free spins or a 5x or 8x multiplier. You get 8 spins at 2x by default so if say you pick a clam with 15 free spins and the clam with the 8x, you get 23 spins at 10x. When the stacked wilds drop, you’re quids in.

One further note is that the Max bet varies from casino to casino with some being really low. I’ve compiled a list of Great Blue max bet sizes for you should you be a high roller like me.

Edited To Add: There is a new Playtech casino from the Genting Group (who have an excellent reputation and – little known fact – happen to be the biggest casino group in the World) that also has the Great Blue slot and a number of other excellent Playtech slot games. For more information, check out the Genting Casino page at AZOC which includes a review and full games list.

Anyway, take a look at these wins and drool 😉

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King Kong Slot – Live At Virgin!

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Oh my word! For those of you already familiar with one of the greatest online slot machines to be designed in recent times, you might be interested to know that the excellent King Kong slot has now been made available to play online at Virgin casino. Previously it’s only been available at Intercasino and it got some serious acclaim – not least from me! – when it was first released in 2009. So what’s the fuss about? I’ll tell you! But first I have to apollogetically state that no USA players can play this slot. Sorry – it’s a legal thing.

The King Kong slot is all about the free spins! yeah, yeah…every slot machine has those now right? But how many give you up to 150 free spins and to top that off, allows retriggers! And it gets better. When you get a retrigger, it gives you the same again – so if you hit the 150 free spins and you get a retrigger – bingo – another 150 free spins.

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Treasures Of Troy Slot – IGT Multiway

Posted By: Dave Letterman

Treasures Of TroyAn interesting new online slot machine arrived at Virgin casino last week. IGT’s popular Treasures Of Troy slot game, using the patented Multiway system has gone live. For those unfamiliar with this slot machine, it’s unusual in a couple of ways. It retains the tried and trusted free spins bonus (10 – 20 games at 2x) but the look and feel of the Treasures Of Troy slot machine is not like anything else.

For a start, Treasures of Troy has 4 symbols per reel (20 panels) and what’s more, each of the 20 symbol positions is a reel in itself! So effectively it’s a 20 reel slot in

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