Bloopers is one of several high quality video slot games created by Elk Studios, a newcomer to the gaming scene founded in 2012. The company’s commitment to high quality graphics and game design, geared more toward mobile use than computer (though their games are computer friendly too,) definitely shows with this Hollywood themed slot game. Bloopers is playable on any android/iOS mobile or tablet device with a full screen option for maximum entertainment.
An original take on video slot gaming
Bloopers is set against a rich Hollywood set background that fades away to reveal a 3-row 5-reel slot. Big Band music reminiscent of an older movie era plays softly in the background. The game allows for 243 paylines (aka 243 possible ways to win which is enormously generous) and 12 bet levels. A maximum jackpot of £185,000 is enticing, and the game boasts an RTP of 96.1%.
Betting options are adjustable with the click of a stack of coins in the lower left corner of the screen. Bloopers allows the player to adjust the Total Bet, which is not the same thing as the Coins per Bet (which never changes from 100). The betting range is 0.25p minimum and £100.00 maximum at Mr Green. Coins per bet is shown in the upper right hand corner while the actual bet in £ is shown in the lower right hand corner.
Gameplay is left to right only. This may seem off putting with the ever popular trend in video slots to allow for left to right and right to left options to win. However, keep in mind that Bloopers’ astronomical 243 paylines and RTP do a brilliant job of evening out the odds.
To win, the player must get 3 or more symbols in a row left to right. Symbols include a male and female Movie Star that both serve as Sticky Wilds during the Free Spins bonus game (triggered by the Bonus Star symbols). Golden Wild Bloopers symbols can substitute for any other symbol except for Bonus Stars. Then, there are 5 Blooper symbols and the remaining lesser value symbols: 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.
Bloopers are symbols that appear randomly during gameplay. One or more is awarded on reels 3 to 5 during the bonus game. Each triggers its own bonus feature as shown in Table 1 below.
Bloopers and bonus features
|Blooper||Stunt Man||Cutter (J)||Make Up (Q)||Fix-It (K)||Sound Tech|
|Bonus feature||Expanding Wilds:||Falling Symbols||Extra Free Spins||Symbol Shuffles||Random Wilds|
|When does it appear?||Free spins mode||“||“||“||Normale mode|
Auto play advanced settings allow players to choose 10-100 consecutive spins. Of course, there is a pause option giving the player the option to stop auto play at any time.
There are 4 betting strategies options unique to Bloopers. The Optimizer strategy automatically changes the bet to adapt to a certain percent of the total remaining balance. The Leveller strategy will automatically increase the bet by 2 levels after a 5 spin losing streak. The Booster strategy will raise the bet 1 level after a spin that results in a loss. Finally, the Jumper strategy will raise the bet by 1 level after a win. Each strategy is outlined in more detail within the advanced Autoplay settings. I would recommend reading each one carefully before selecting which best suits your game. Then of course, there is always the option to manually set your bet the old fashioned way.
Advanced game settings allow for control of ambience and game sound effects, hide or show bets in coins, and give a quick play option. Then, there is the “Reality Check Interval” ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Bloopers features a free spins bonus game triggered by 3 or more Bonus Stars. During bonus game free spins, Movie Star Wild cards serve as Sticky Wilds on reels 2, 3, and 4. When Sticky Wilds cover all 3 rows on any of these reels, the bonus game ends.
Free spins mode is triggered during the bonus game. Bloopers stunt man, Cutter, Make Up, and Fix-It are activated during this mode. (Sound Tech is the only blooper that can appear during Normal Mode).
Summary table Bloopers
|Software developer||ELK Studios|
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||March 2016|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||96,1%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Medium|
|Features (?)||Bonus game with Expanding Wilds, Sticky Wilds, Free Spins and Avalance function|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 / 243|
|Min. / Max. bet||0.25 up to 100|
Is this slot worth your while?
Though relatively new, Elk Studios is innovative with a few fresh approach to the online video slot game scene. While the graphics are not 3-D, their cartoonish characters and flashy and the graphics make the experience a fun ride and definitely worth trying. The betting strategies add an intriguing depth to Bloopers. Some may find they overcomplicate gameplay while others may enjoy the option. When compared to Immortal Romance (a very popular online slot that also boasts 243 paylines) it comes out ahead with just over double the maximum payout. It will be interesting to see what other new approaches to online video slot gaming Elk Studios will develop in the future.
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