Review of the Online Slots Range from Aristocrat
This slots software giant is best known for their live casino slots games and their innovations – which include the first ‘Reel Power’ and 243-ways games. With around 20% of the live slots market, and offices around the world, Aristocrat has moved online via a partnership with NextGen and NYX Interactive. Many of their famous slot titles are now available at the big brand international casinos. With an amazing pipeline of games still to move online, this slots software house remind me of IGT in many ways… poised to dominate the new in-browser slots world once they get their ‘big name’ titles transferred over.
These titles are not available in the US or Australia.
Aristocrat slots do not power any casinos on their own. The flexible technology means that these are added on to casinos with instant-play capability. They are based on Flash, which has become an amazing online gaming platform over the last few years. This does mean you’ll need a 3rd party plug in for your browser to run them on your iPad.
Best Aristocrat Online Slots
There is a big gap between the live slots (particularly the latest ones, for example Superman) and the online games from this slots software house. It is early days, with the NYX agreement in 2013 slowly gaining traction as we head into 2018. The slot titles you’ll find online remind me a lot of the Real Time Gaming titles. They are smart, playable and do have big win potential, its just that they feel 10 years old compared to the latest titles from PlayTech, MicroGaming or NetEnt!
A signature of these games is the ‘gallop’ sound as the reels stop, and the electronic beeps for wins. One thing I like about these games is that the amount you win on each line shows up next to the line number on the right hand side. This is particularly useful when you have multiple win lines at the same time.
Here is my current top 3; I expect this list to change significantly over the coming months as more live titles make their way online:
#1 Queen of the Nile 2: Slots themed on ancient Egypt are always popular, and QTON 2 is part of a 3 part series from Aristocrat which are their most popular games. The original was a 3-reel game, and the latest ‘Deluxe’ edition is a live casino slot. This is a 25 reel video slot with a fresh, colourful look and feel. The only bonus round is a free-spins game – though this is more than made up for with the big win potential with up to 100 free spins and the ability to retrigger. This is a simple ‘first generation’ video slot, which scores high for playability and has maintained its appeal for many years.
#2 Choy Sun Doa Slot: This means ‘God of Wealth’ and is one of several Asian-themed slots from Aristocrat. There are 5 different variations on the free spins bonus round, which you will select by choosing a fish when this bonus is triggered. These range from 5 through 20 free spins, with different (generous) multipliers and substitutes for each variation. In addition there is a ‘Reel Power’ feature. This is triggered by hitting the God on reels 2,3 and 4 – and can increase the number of win lines all the way to 243 ‘all ways’ from left to right.
#3 Big Ben Slot: A recent addition to the online games range is the London-themed Big Ben. This has the same 25 reel setup, and also gives you a generous free spins game for 3, 4 or 5 Big Bens. The iconic London bus, Union Jack flag and Queen’s Crown all feature on the reels. A simple yet entertaining video slot!
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Aristocrat Live Slot Games
Once you see some of the pipeline of live slots which Aristocrat have in store, then you’ll understand why I am optimistic about the future of the online games.
The latest game is ‘Superman’, a double-screen video slot which includes 5 different feature games and movie clips (not the very latest superman, this is the older era). The bonus rounds tie in with the clips. For example, when Superman orbited the Earth several times, he does this on the reels, mixing up the symbols and adding wilds. This slot is up there with the best of what IGT and others have to offer, and when it does come online it should give the PlayTech and MicroGaming games a run for their money!
There are plenty more, including the excellent 1024-ways to win of the ‘Buffalo’ slot, the retro original Batman game and countless others.
3 Reel Slots from Aristocrat
Like all the major slots houses which go back more than 10 years. 3 Reel games were where it all started. The ‘Pokies’ (as they are known in Australia) with 3 reels included the original Queen of the Nile – and many more. Since the online push has been more recent, I do not expect to see these titles being transferred, though you never know!
Aristocrat Slots – Pros and Cons
These are solid games in the same way that RTG games have mass appeal. Easy to play, not too ‘intense’ (and so relaxing, rather than requiring your complete focus) and with the potential for bigger pay-outs via the free-spin features.
On the negatives side, I always feel a sense of frustration that the amazing live slots have not made it online. The newest titles are up there with the best of any slots software house, and will definitely make waves once they do make the transition.
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