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Review of the new MG games (August)

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by Zoozie, Aug 30, 2006.

    Aug 30, 2006
  1. Zoozie

    Zoozie Ueber Meister CAG PABnonaccred

    Occupation:
    Software Developer
    Location:
    Denmark
    This month MG released 4 new 5-reel slots besides a video poker and blackjack game. Until now I had only heard that 2 new slots would be released, but since RTG released 5 new slots earlier this month it could be that MG decided that only 2 new slots was not enough. Only of the new slots is a clone of existing slots and finally none of them has the 9TJQKA symbols which disturbs the theme.

    Dolphin Tale:
    Low/medium variance slot
    40 Lines
    The 10 new lines (compared to the 30 lines) now has the symmetric versions of the 3 lines in the 30-lines that did not have a symmetric(mirror) version. However most of the new lines has neighter x-axis or y-axis symmetry since all combinations has been used opposed to all pre 30-lines slots where every line had some kind of symmetry. So I do not fancy all the new lines, but the good part is I can just play the number of lines I like. (and the payout% is the same!)

    5 wilds only pays 3000 which is extremely low, also wild when substituting does not multiply the win. Most of the symbols when hitting all 5 symbols pay under 100, this is also extremely low. And makes this slot a bit boring unless you are in feature mode.

    Feature mode:
    3 scatters (anywhere!) gives free spins. You can choose from 5 free to 25 free spins, but when you choose a lot of free spins the multiplier is also lower. The multiplier is then random selected from the possible range of multipliers for that number of spins. The extremes are: 5 spins at *20 multiplier or 25 spins at *2 multiplier. During free spins any symbol on reel 2,3 or 4 can random morph into a wild but this is a bit rare, so do not count on it. Getting a good win feature mode is really the only way you can walk winning from this slot. But the two features I have hit has paid decent. I selected 15 and 20 spins time and won 50 and 70 *bet-size on the two.

    The theme is good without being brilliant. Good examples for what I call 'complete' themes are 'Loaded','Mad Hatters' and 'Moonshine' etc.

    The sound effects (samples) are good and graphics are excellent. The feature mode is also really fun and again one of the rare slots where MG introduces truely new mechanics. The only complaint I have is that you can basically only win money in the feature mode and though the graphics is nice it is not as complete as 'Mad-hatters','Loaded' or 'Moonshine'. Something is missing. The theme is childish (compared to 'Loaded') but so was Mad-hatters and 'Moonshine' also which I loved anyway.

    I have put this slot as #8 on my favorite MG slots list, but maybe it will move
    up. I want to try that feature mode a few more times :)

    This is definately the best slot amoung the 4 released this month.

    Warning: Playing too many lines decreases variance (if total bet-size is constant!) Do not play 40 lines just because the slot offers that. Low variance for a slot means you will be closer to the expected loss (95%payout) the MG slots has. As an example say you are playing a 9-line slot with line-bet 0.1$ for a total bet of 0.9$. If you hit 5 wild paying 10000 you will win 1000$.(1111 times bet size). If you instead a playing a 40-line slot with line bet 0.02$ for a total bet of 0.8$ and hit 5 wilds for 10000, then you 'only' win 200$(250 times bet size). And loosing 250 spins in 1 session is possible. Actually I only play 5-lines for MG slots except for Isis which I sometimes play for the full 25-lines. This is because the slot has very extremely high variance. If you could play ALL lines (5M for MG slots) and we ignore the feature, then you would win 0.95*bet size on EVERY spin. How exciting (and stupid) would it be to play that slot then? The RTG slot 'Fruit Frenzy' is the only slot I know that should be played at all 25-lines. This is because of a wierd but extremely fun mechanic (freespin feature when you hit 5 identical symbols with respins allowed).

    Nutty Squirrel:
    Medium variance slot.
    This is a new slot and not a clone.
    20 Lines
    New (for MG at least) mechanic. Wild only appears on reel 1 and 5 as known from RTG slots.

    The pays for 5 symbols are in the high end of MG slots but with only *2 multiplier in free spins and no multiplier for the rare wild on reel 1 and 5, this is a medium variance slot. I am missing the normal wild symbol that occours on all reels. I feel like this slot is a lesser version of the standard freespin/multiplier slots. There are only wild on reel 1 and 5 instead on every reels and they do not multiply winnings while the rest is the same. Also I really think this theme stinks. Squirrels and nuts is 'ok'. But milk, juice and honey??? When did squirrels start liking that? This slot should have something interesting added to the feature mode to be playable.

    Feature:
    3 scatters give 15 free spins where winnings are doubled. Feature can be retriggered.

    I will never play this slot again unless MG releases a slot with a worse theme and I decide which is worst.

    Witch Dr.:
    20 Lines
    Medium variance slot
    This is a new slot actually but mechanics is standard scatter/freespin/multiplier/restrigger.
    The graphics is excellent but the sounds are nothing special (The chicken and witch doctor are fun though), but when the reels are stopping it sounds excacly like you are being dealth a card. Not very fitting for a slot with a theme about some savage tribal woodoo babarians. The reels are moving very slow (spin rate), but luckily you can change to 'quickspin'-mode.

    When the wild symbol substitutes it does not multiply winnings by anything. Compared to other slots there are more wild symbols on the reels (as in Moonshine). 5 wilds also only pay 5000.

    Feature:
    3 scatters gives 15 free spins where winnings are tripled and retriggers allowed.

    I generally find low variance slots boring and there is nothing new here. Only good thing I can say about it is that it is not a clone of an existing slot. It is as good as the other 20 slots with the excact same mechanics, but I would rather have MG produce some new slots.


    Age of Discovery:
    25 Lines
    Medium variance

    This is actually just a 'Pollen Nation' clone with same paytable but new graphics. In the feature mode you pick buried treasures instead of drinking honey. The graphics and sounds are excellent and somehow this theme seems to stick together. However the pirate treasure hunting in the feature mode does seems odd compared to most of the symbols on the reels that reflects the serious part (compass, new exotic fruits etc.) of expeditions.

    I prefer some more intersting feature modes and this feature mode can end very fast if you pick wrong. (I wonder if you have ANY influence at all actually, remember the VP doubling?) However since 'Pollen Nation' is a popular slot I believe some might like this.


    My favorite MG slots are still:
    #1 Isis
    #2 Avalon
    #3 Loaded
    #4 Thunderstruck
    #5 Mad Hatters
    #6 Harvey's
    #7 Moonshine
    #8 Dolphin Tale


    While I am at it I can also add a few words about the new video poker game.
    Now I am only missing the new blackjack game, but I am over my BJ days. Maybe someone else can review that.

    Bonus Poker Deluxe:
    This is a video poker that favors the 4 of a kind (80), however it also decrease full house, flush and two pairs wins by 1! Payout for this game is 98.49% which is really low for VP. For MG I can only think of single line Dueces Wild that has a worse paytable. I will never touch a VP game with payout less than 99.3% unless it is for bonuswhoring. But I hope that is what MG intended with this game. (make it count as 50% or 100% wagering in the EZ bonuses). And it is not that exciting to win 80*bet more often. There are other MG VPgames with high pays that are more fun.' All Aces' etc. with payout 99.9%) or 'Dueces Wild' (99.4%, multi-lines only).

    Zoozie
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2006
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  2. Aug 30, 2006
  3. Rusty

    Rusty Banned User - repetitive flaming

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    :thumbsup:
    Nice review, much better than mine;

    THEY ALL SUCK!
    :p
     
  4. Aug 30, 2006
  5. NoMouthToScream

    NoMouthToScream Experienced Member

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    Dolphin's Tale in the bonus round lets you choose between Free Spins, once you choose one of them, it randomly selects which of the multipliers you will get. But since it's damn hard to hit anything in this game. I would go with middle. Potential for huge returns though.
     
  6. Aug 30, 2006
  7. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    Ha! Good one! :lolup:

    But believe it or not, I hit the free spins on my first spin. And again about five spins after the free spins had completed.

    Great comments on the themes - I've never liked the AKQJetc. symbols - they're a sign of a lack of imagination.

    One thing that I noticed with this release is that in the "options" section, one can chose to display "coins" or "credits" in the game. THANK GAWD SOMEONE LISTENED TO ME!! I HATE the friggin' coins since I'm constantly losing track on how much the bet is worth. I couldn't give a flying monkey's ass on how many "coins" I'm betting - I want to know the $$ amount. Thanks MG for doing this :thumbsup:
     
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  8. Aug 30, 2006
  9. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    I picked the middle guy and got 8x - great round of spins. When I hit it again, I got a little greedy and picked the crab and got 2x :puke:

    Great graphics and theme though. I really like this one.
     
  10. Aug 30, 2006
  11. Zoozie

    Zoozie Ueber Meister CAG PABnonaccred

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    Denmark
    Some math about the 'Dolphin Tale' feature.

    If the random multiplier is uniformly (1/3 for each) distributed then some choices are better than others. (#free spins)*multiplier is a measure for how much the freespin feature is worth.


    Making the table gives:
    A=# free spins selected
    B= average multiplier
    C= A*B (measure)

    A B C
    5 45/3 75
    10 25/3 83.33
    15 17/3 85
    20 13/3 86.66
    25 10/3 83.33

    So it is best to pick 20 free spins (given each multiplier has 1/3 of being chosen)

    Zoozie
     
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  12. Aug 30, 2006
  13. kwblue

    kwblue Webmaster webmeister

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    Excellent analysis Zoozie.

    Due to all the advocates of this game (even though I initially hated it), I gave it a try again. I put another $200 into my account for this game alone to see where that would lead. I spun the wheel at $3.20 a spin and ended up hitting the bonus. I went with the 15 free spins because it was noted in this thread, I think, that this was the best option. I got a 6x multiplier and came out with the a win of $261.60. I guess I like the slot a little more now :)


    kw

    PS - I wish I would have tried the 20x instead (based upon math above)!

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  14. Aug 30, 2006
  15. quber

    quber Senior Member

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    pay lines

    some of the pay lines are different now as well, I had a win line on b,b,m,t,t, and got nothing. They now do the b,b,m,b,b, and t,t,m,t,t, quite annoying when when you see a win that would have paid on any other slot, but nice when it's the other way round.:)
     
  16. Aug 30, 2006
  17. LeJoueur

    LeJoueur Dormant account

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    Sheez!!!

    I get such a rush when new MG slots are released. :D :D

    Great report from Zoozie. :thumbsup:
     
  18. Aug 30, 2006
  19. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    Deposited and played new games only. (Once the dang things finally downloaded!) Never saw a bonus round on anything other than the Mariner's tale (or whatever) and -- just like Pollenation -- I got the 'pooper' on the second pick. Won a couple of dollars. It's a beautiful game, but I won't play it because it has that 'pick' bonus round. The Dolphin game has potential and reminds me of land based penny slots. However, 40 lines is ridiculous -- and it ate me alive, never seeing more than 2x bet on any hit (most hits returned half bet or less). I've played the Squirrel game somewhere before... 7 Sultans maybe? Didn't like it then, don't like it now. Hate it when the wild only appears on reels one and five. Witch Dr. may also have potential, but I hit 4 wilds w/the bone or skull symbol and it only returned 10x bet? I'm reserving final opinion until I see a bonus round.

    I am ever so grateful that MG updated the coin display: we can choose coins or dollar/cents now!I didn't look at the old games, did they get updated, too? I'll have to check later.

    Overall: Nothing about the new games makes me want to deposit and play.
     
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  20. Aug 31, 2006
  21. andyhinckley

    andyhinckley Meister Member CAG mm3

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    Yes looks like you can choose coins or credit in the other games :thumbsup:

    so thats Simmo! sorted :) :D
     
  22. Aug 31, 2006
  23. gaputernut

    gaputernut RIP Donna :(

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    anyone notice

    they release 2 other games...both 20 line slots....witch dr and nutty squirrel....anyone else notice how much these 2 look like the RTG slots????
     
  24. Aug 31, 2006
  25. gaputernut

    gaputernut RIP Donna :(

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    Whhhoooohhooooo


    Thanks for pointing that out CM....i hate the coin thing too!!!! always stay at low 1cent bets because of it...hate not knowing what i am spending
    good move Micro!!!
     
  26. Aug 31, 2006
  27. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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  28. Sep 1, 2006
  29. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

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    Class :D see...MG do listen :thumbsup:
     
  30. Sep 1, 2006
  31. SlotsWizard

    SlotsWizard Dormant account webmeister

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    Nutty Squirrel and Witch Dr. are the first two Microgaming slots which deviate from the standard Microgaming payline structure. These games use the same model that most Wagerlogic games use, such as the Marvel games.
     
  32. Sep 1, 2006
  33. Zoozie

    Zoozie Ueber Meister CAG PABnonaccred

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    After playing "Dolphin Tale" a lot (about 4000 spins) I have decided to remove it from my list of favorite MG slots (it was #8). The problem with this slot that
    between the features you can simple not win. Most of the pays for 5 symbols
    are below 100. And when you finally get the feature then the new unique mechanic 'morph into wild' simply happens way to rare. I have had many feature games where this did even happen once. Also I do not understand why they did not implement the 'morph into wild' the be able to happen on all reels and not only reel 2,3,4.

    Besides I have never had a total loss this high on any slot before. Only 4000 spins and about 30 features can still be very streaky though this is
    a low/medium variance slot. But I did hit 5 of the highest pay a few times (except wild) several times and I have had had several feature wins up to 150*bet size. I am down about 600 units which gives a payout rate of only 85%. I have probably just been unlucky and losing players always see conspiracies, but I do wonder if they did reduce payout% slightly from the usual 95%. That I have been losing has nothing to do with removing it from my top list. I also lost a lot on Isis but still find it fun because of the rare gigantic hits.

    Zoozie
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2006
  34. Sep 1, 2006
  35. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Just had my first go on Dolphin - play mode of course!
    Got the feature on just my 25th spin, and taking Zoozie's advice I went for 20 spins & got x4 multiplier...

    I was frankly appalled at how many spins I had where it managed to give no win at all!
    There's 40 paylines for goodness sake! :eek:

    Ended up with 35.5x triggering bet = S H I T E !!

    While I was typing that ^ it hit again! (Don't know how many spins - it vanished)
    Choose 20, got x4 again & won 42x trigger.... Not much better.

    It looks good (but hate the 'slow spin' reels), but I think we have a stinker here chaps! :(

    <edit> Just after I typed THAT ^ it hit again on spin 34:
    This time I went for the big 5 spins - and got 20x multiplier!
    Hit 1 big win & made 111x trigger.
    It's getting better... ;)
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2006
  36. Sep 1, 2006
  37. soflat

    soflat Senior Member

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    Me too! About half my spins resulted in no win at all.

    I wonder if they will ever release a slot with all scatters. Paylines? What paylines?

    Witch Dr was no better. 200 spins at 80 cents, not a single feature.

    Good thing I hit some numbers on roulette and there is no need to clear the WR.
     
  38. Sep 1, 2006
  39. Zoozie

    Zoozie Ueber Meister CAG PABnonaccred

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    And now for the Zoozie Slot Award....

    Best new slot this month is:
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    Achilles (RTG)
    It has two features (both free spins features) and both very interesting.
    It is a medium/high variance slot.
    But be warned. RTG slots can(and often do) have much lower payout that MG slots, so I suggest you try it with a bonus.
    There new mechanics is just small improvements of the well known free spin
    mode, so no revolutionary new mechanics. But I just happen to prefer the free spin mode when it is also combined with something else. (like in 'Mad Hatters' etc)

    Zoozie
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2006

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