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Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Thailand slot game - Lady of the Orient

I always find it interesting to play a slots game that I can relate to, be it based on a theme of something I'm particularly interested in or in this case an actual place I have visited. Especially if the slot game software provider has gone to good efforts to represent as well as possible the theme its based on.

Today I was playing and at the same time reviewing Lady of the Orient which to me was clearly a slot game based on Thailand, a beautiful country I have been fortunate enough to visit for no less than 3 weeks on my honeymoon!

The Lady of the Orient the name of the slot game and one of the key video slot symbols in the game was clearly meant to be of Thai origin because I recognised the traditional Thai woman's head dress.

The Elephant, another symbol in the game is actually the national symbol of Thailand.

Other symbols were the style of the palace is also a give away so is the thinner (but not quite Indian style) gold Buddha symbol (Chinese Buddha's are the Fatter ones).

Another bit of trivia for you is that Thailand used to be called Siam (hence where Siamese Fighting Fish were first found) (by pure coincidence I have one of those as well). Well the reason is that it was called Siam was because when Thailand was first discovered by the Portuguese they had a Chinese cook on board upon discovering this land with people who to the Portuguese looked similar to Chinese, they asked their Chinese cook to come and translate. He said he couldn't so they asked him the name of these new people they had found and he said Siam (which he pronounced Same).

That sound / word in Chinese actually meant black and from a Chinese stance was an insult. So we along with the rest of Europe went on to call that country Siam until they later changed the name to Thailand.

The fact I had also been there also helped me recognise the music during the free spins was also traditional Thai music. The traditional Thai music on the free spins was played in the entrance hall live pretty much all the time at a hotel we stayed in
in Bangkok by just one young lady.

Another interesting and slightly related fact is that Buddhist's are the only major religious group to have never started a war, maybe we should all convert ;o)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

$100 Giveaway to boost Slots Forum Posts

Today we emailed our 4th Slots Jam newsletter with details of a $100 prize give-away in the hope of getting more people to post in our slots forum.

The forum is a key part of Slots Jam and we use it to keep site vistors fully up to date on the latest new slots games and slots tournaments.

Alot of people view the information in the forum and we have had alot of members join, but not many people actually post. So hopefully this will act as an incentive.

Since the start of creating Slots Jam we were keen to get a slots players community started. A place where players can share thoughts and opinions on the many different slot games available online, or even to use our expertise knowledge with regards to playing online and asking questions in our beginners section.

The promotion runs from now until the end of January and the prize money has kindly been offered by one our favourite online casinos SuperSlots. It certainly offers good odds of winning for anyone who does meet the required number of 10 posts.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Big Inca Bonus Win

I had a very nice bonus win today playing one of Microgaming newest slot games at 7 Sultans Casinoslot games.

The slot game was Inca Gold and I won $3600 in the bonus game, so yes I certainly found the Inca gold. A total of 14,400 coins which is actually bigger than the jackpot prize you can win on the 5 reel slot which is 10,000 coins. As you will be able to work out I was playing 25 cent coins.



The bonus game is very simple to play and I activated it after just 53 spins.

As I was reviewing the game I was hoping to hit the bonus game so I could take a screenshot.

I couldn't wait to also post the screenshot as my First Moment of Fame Winning More than the Jackpot.

The game is obviously one of my favourites now :). Still I found it an interesting slot game to review and in doing so learnt a little about the ancient Inca civilisation which at one point was the largest nations on the earth. Actually gold was one of the reasons for there downfall as they were attacked for there wealth and huge amounts of gold by the Spanish.

Sacred sites and burial toms are still raided today in hope of finding some ancient Inca gold.

For more information on the actual slot game read my Inca Gold Slots Review.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Jingle Bells and Santa Paws - Christmas is coming

Still a little tired this evening after a long days Christmas shopping. What better way to relax than to chill out and check out the brand new Christmas Slots from the leading casino software provider Microgaming.

My favourite of the 2 was Santa Paws, the 5 reel 20 payline video slot.
Santa Paws Slots Game

The game is set in the Arctic North Pole which I've seen plenty of over the last week with the plight of Polar bears and the melting of the Arctic Ice highlighted in a UK TV programme Extinct.

In this game all is well and the Polar bear is the North Poles Santa Paws giving presents to the other young animals, including penguins, which are only found in the Antarctic, but hey for the sake of the game we'll let that one go. Actually I just did a search to check and theres's actually a penguin that lives as far North as the equator, the Galápagos Penguin. Of course as you would expect its a highly endangered species.

The slots game itself has loads going for it including Wild and Scatter symbols, plus free spins during which the Rudolph the Red Nosed Killer Whale symbol becomes a Wild symbol, plus you also get a bonus gamble game. Plenty of fun alround.

Next up was Jingle Bells
a 3 reel 5 payline slot game. I only played this for a few spins as its one of those slot games with high potential payouts but low payout hit rate overall. Nice to have a new classic slot though and a festive one at that.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Festive Freeroll 3 - Wheel of Chance

Today I decided to play properly the 3rd Festive Freeroll from the Vegas Technology powered casino SuperSlots.

The 5 Reel Wheel of Chance Tournament has again proved very popular with well over 7000 players already registered.

Wheel of Chance is the type of slot game I love to play in a slots tournament. This is because it has the Wheel of Chance bonus game which gives you the chance to win big bonus payouts and possibly a ranking place amongst the tournament winners and a share of the prizes.

In my first session of playing the slot game the bonus game seemed to be activated within every 50 spins. So I would play max betting all lines at 1 cent and then increase my bets per line to 5 cents if I hadn't activated the bonus game within 50 spins.

I then carry on increasing the betting stakes every time 50 spins goes without activating the bonus game. I love playing the bonus game at the higher stakes as winning one of the bigger amounts can really boost your tournament ranking.

Of course the game is meant to be fun, so I didn't actually play that regimentally. Sometimes I increased the bets if I went a long spell with zero returns. Or sometimes I increase the bets if I seemed to be on a hot spell.

In my second session I continued the same orginal betting pattern. However this time did the bonus game activate? Nope. I went from a 178 ranking to with about $868 to bust. I didn't activate the bonus game once in over 250 spins. Oh well, its was a fun game.

I'll have another shot at the tournament later in the week at English Harbour.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

RTG Casinos

I spent a few hours today looking for some good Real Time Gaming casinos.

As you may know there software is used by many online casinos and offers a whole range of great slot games, which most importantly can be played by U.S players.

We are currently reviewing RTG slots and will no doubt be in full swing with them and adding them to the site early in the New Year. We will be using 49er casino but just incase old Yosemite Sam doesn't appeal to everybody I think its worth hunting out another reliable and trusted RTG casino.

I personally don't have too much experience with RTG casinos so I start my search by asking in a couple forums for advice and reading up on any comments about the casino.
I have also started a thread in our forum "have you played a RTG slot game" and while I was at it in another thread asksed people opinions of Yosemite Sam.
Its not just a matter of downloading the casinos and just adding them based on looks and game selection, although they are factors.

Its also important that the casino is considered reliable and helpful, not only to us as webmasters but most importantly the support offered to any players who play there. Here at slots jam if any player has a problem with any casino we link to we want to be able to help them out as quickly as possible if we can. We can do that by acting as a go between and if we know we can get fast response to any quieries thats great. Thankfully we haven't had any problems as we have always chosen well who we work with.

First one that was recommended was Atlantic Lounge, I downloaded this. The games set up is pretty similar to 49er. The casino menu is the complete opposite. Instead of the noisy Yosemite Sam its a dead silent lounge.

I then tried Sci Fi casino which is one I've seen around but not tried. Its bascially very similar in most ways to Atlantic Lounge except that the menu is that of a Space Alien casino/ bar. A casino you might expect to see in a Star Wars movie.

Apparantly its "one of the only woman owned online casino and , they have an impeccable record of fairness and have the most responsive customer service department in the industry". All sounds very good.

Once your into the games at these 3 casinos they are all the same. Its just the menus which are different. As far as those menus go you couldn't get 3 more different themes. Not sure I'm overly keen on a pretty dull Atlantic Lounge.

I'll look into more RTG casinos in the near future. If anyone has any comments on any RTG casinos I'd love to hear them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Mermaids Quest Tournament

I decided today to have a go at the current 7 day Festive Freeroll slots tournament Mermaids Quest at both English Harbour and SuperSlots. I'm a real money player at both so entry is free.

There's already over 10,000 players entered. Not surprising considering there's a prize fund of over $3000 which grows as more players re-buy. Plus theres also $5000 bonus fund which if is free money you win but then have to wager a set amount before you can claim as your own money. Which is fair enough.

My general tournament strategy for a slot with a bonus game is to generally play at the lowest stakes and then increase my coin values betting when I think a bonus game is due a hit and hopefully win big in the bonus game. (Not a mathematical strategy but one that just adds to the fun of playing).

I started out at English Harbour and played a few hundred spins on all lines at 1 cent per coin. The bonus game seemed to hit every 25 or so spins. So whenever the game went 25 spins without activating the bonus games and then increased the coin bet to $1 on all 9 lines, so $9 per line.

Actually this type of strategy work better on a game like the Reel Deal for which there was a big tournament last month. In that slot game theres bigger potential to win big in the bonus game even though it appears less often.

In Mermaids Quest the bonus round is activated quite often but the bonus prizes are quite low, and in general today I was unlucky in picking some of the lowest values.

In the bonus game a mermaid swims under the sea and to a selection of treasure chests. You then choose one and win a bonus prize. The mermaid then swims down to another level and you do the same again and also for a third time before all your bonus prizes are added together.

Im my second playing session the bonus game didn't activate so often, maybe once eveery 50 - 75 spins. Anyway, impateince got the better of me and I decided to gamble on some high value spins but lost. Before that I did make 202nd by getting my balance from $500 up to $690. However you have to get in the top 100 to win a prize which is what I was going for.

I later had a quick go at SuperSlots. Unless the slot game is one of my favourites (like Reel Deal) I'll go all out on a SuperSlots tournie. I just max bet all lines from the off and see if I get off to a big winning start and go from there. Well I lost everything before even completeing the required minimum number of 20 spins.

Oh well, Im sure one day that strategy might work. :)

Monday, December 11, 2006

Real Time Gaming Casinos and Slots

We intend to add reviews of Real Time Gaming software slots to Slots Jam over the coming weeks.
This is something we would have done previously but I had a couple of issues downloading any Real Time gaming casinos and then there were a few glitches in the software, so we have waited until all problems have been sorted and can now offer information on them to slotsjam users.

Of the 2 Real Time Gaming casinos we are to play at I choose Crystal Palace. Previously I had tried 49ner casino but I can't say I was a big fan of the cartoon character Yosemite Sam who features in there software and you are treated to him everytime you return to the main menu.

So I download Crystal Palace then first thing Im told is Ill need to download Flash Player 9 and to do so I need to go to ww.adobe.com
Well personally if I just want to play slots I just want to download a casino an not have to worry about going to some other site and downloading more software. I'm sure many other slot players will feel the same way, especially if there are new to the internet or online gambling. I've heard of adobe but many other people may not have.

Anyway I already have flash 9 installed so I continued.
First impression were that it seemed a well laid out casino. As I moused over the slot game names I was shown a decent size screenshot of the slot game so I could see instantly what it looked like. I did like this feature.

The casino immediately goes full screen and when I clicked the window key so I could view my desktop I could not move the screen, so therefore I could not view icons on my desktop, this was because whenever I clicked on the casino it would go back to full screen.

Also while in the casino menu it had no sound effects which was pretty boring. I like the casinos which build a casino atmosphere with various casino sounds. Just like you hear and the excitement builds going into a live casino.

Next straight to the slot games. The first one I tried was a one of there 3 reel slots called Bank On It. The first thing I didn’t like was that you have to put coins into the slot machine. I prefer online casinos that put my whole balance into play and all I have to do is click spin to get started. All there 3 reel slots had this feature. However if I like the slot games this is something I would tolerate.

Next I toggled the betting coin value, the screened flashed "loading" as the game changes the value. Now as with all other online casinos I have played I would expect this simple change to be instantaeuos.n In actual fact its like changing slot machine. For this particular slot game some of your lost bets are "banked" with an opportunity of winning them back if you hit 3 piggy symbols on the payline. However if you change betting value you "change slot machine" therefore lose your banked coins as you start again from the default value.

I then tried another basic slots game "Bonkers", this time when I clicked "back", the screen froze and I had to exit the casino.

When I re-opened the casino I thought I would try one of there "Real Series Slots" so I picked Derby Dollars. It seemed ok, the reel spinning sound was pretty rickety I didn't do many spins before swapping to try another slot, this time Diamond Dozen now this game I liked.

However I noticed that whenever I hit a winning combination it highlights each payline you won individually and during this time you can't just click spin. I think it slows down the pace of the game you have to wait for it to finish showing you. However I don't think this a Real Time Gaming issue as it was fine when I played at 49 ner casino.

What I did like about the Diamond Dozen game was that I won the free spins within my first few spins. The slot game came alive with music and diamonds and during the free spins mode I thought it was an interesting feature that I choose diamonds that then gave me a value which then multiplied my winnings.

However where do I click to see a paytable??? Is it the "help", I clicked that and great the casino has frozen again. That was it for me, enough of Crystal Palace.

So I though I would give 49ner casino a tryout. Even though I don’t really want to listen to Yosemite Sam between each game.

Wow this casinos software was alot smoother than Crystal Palace casino. I tried Derby Dollars and it worked fine. I then thought id try Diamond Dozen again, and the screen just showed a blank "connecting". I clicked "cancel" and the screen showed the slot game as downloading, most of the bar was filled. However it said 66% done and 26 minutes left. Do you know what, I think it meant it! I waited a few minutes and it still said 70% left.

This may have been a glitch in the software or it may well have been a problem my end with my p.c or connection. I wasn't sure, but I'd had enough for now so decided to leave it.

Later on I decided to have another quick go at 49 ner, this time I decided to try Tiger treasures. Mainly because I had spent the last couple of hours actually watching Planet Earth nature programmes. This game downloaded in a couple of minutes. I liked the game and the graphics

Conclusion so far is that the actual Real Time Gaming slots certainly look interesting and I'm sure some slots players would enjoy some of the games. What I don't like is any problems with the software or downloading of individual games. Only time will tell.

As far as each casino goes, well I'll not waste any more time with Crystal Palace. As for 49 ner, I'll try the games out there again and see how it goes. I'll most likely check out other Real Time Gaming casinos that have the full range of slots and also not something as annoying as Yosemite Sam, but hey maybe you'll love him.

Friday, December 8, 2006

3 New Microgaming Slots

I spent today completing reviews and screenshots of 3 new Microgaming slots. I played them all at Royal Vegas.

Flying Circus was pretty average alround but I think its the first Circus themed slot game I have seen so thats a good thing.

Dogfather was my favourite of the 3. I got 3 of the Itchy da Flea symbols on my very first spin! As well as free spins it also has a "Mark your Territory" bonus game which I thought was a great idea for a link between dogs and the Mafia.

There's so many Egyptian slot so Pharaohs Tomb was nothing new. Although it does have a good bonus game, even though I kept choosing the wrong Sarcophagus in tomb 2 or 3. It took me a while to get to tomb 4 and I was fortunate enough to pick the winning Sarcophagus and win a huge bonus payout.

I've put an image below of my journey through the bonus tombs.

Slots Jam a Top 100,000 website!

I checked Slots Jam Alexa ranking today and it showed we had finally broken into the top 100,000 sites. Thats amazing considering how many millions of websites there are and the fact that we are based soley on one casino game.

We rank 93,666th. I think there's plenty of room for improvement as theres alot more I would like to get added to the site and I really hope to get more people using our slots forum in 2007!

Monday, December 4, 2006

3 New Marvel Slots

I spent the day completing reviews for the 3 latest editions to the Marvel
Slots
range which are available to play for free or real money at Intercasino .

Its really quite interesting learning more about existing comic book characters and even discovering new ones, such as Ghost Rider and Iron Man. I then appreciate the slot game alot more as you realise how much work has gone into it and how the game symbols actually relate to the Marvel character.

I'd had seen Elekra in the DareDevil movie and also clips of her in the actual Elekra movie,both times played by the lovely Jennifer Garner. I didn't even know until now she was married to the DareDevil himself, Ben Affleck!

The 3 new marvel slots games are:
Elektra
Ghost Rider
Iron Man

If you have any comments on them please post in the 3 New Marvel Slots Forum Thread

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