Is it a social game, a puzzle, a slot or is it bingo? It’s all of the above! Slingo Riches has just been released on Spin Genie casino, where you can give the game a spin. Not only is it an exciting game to try (if you aren’t one of the three million people who’ve already regularly played this game on Facebook), but for the first time ever, you can win money whilst you are at it. With plenty of ‘slot’ type features and the fast-pace of bingo, you are sure to be entertained for hours on end. Best of all, if you're a new player at the casino, you can enjoy a £10 welcome bonus to play exclusively on Slingo Riches.
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|Release Date||April, 2015|
|Casino||Spin Genie Casino|
|Slot type||Slingo (a slot and bingo hybrid)|
|Platform||Desktop (anticipated on mobile very soon)|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5×5 grid|
|Min/ Max Bets||50p to £100|
|Free Spins||1,2,3 et cetera|
|Features||Jokers/Super Jokers, Instant cash prizes, Devils/Cherubs|
|Pros||Novelty game, £10 welcome bonus to play exclusively on Slingo Riches|
|Cons||Unfamiliar type of game to many|
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What is Slingo?
Before we review the game any further, we think that a short introduction into the game is warranted, both for those who've played the game but aren’t overly familiar with the game mechanics and strategies, and for those who've never seen the game before. It’s sort of a novelty game that balances between a slot and a bingo game.
This multiplayer game was created in 1995 and RealNetworks acquired it in 2013 for a whopping sum of $15.6 million. At the end of last year, Gaming Realms (the company behind Spin Genie) signed an exclusive deal with RealNetworks to use the Slingo brand to develop real-money gambling products, one of which is Slingo riches. Leveraging on its immense success as a social, not-for-money game, Spin Genie probably hope that the game will take off and have created a separate category for Slingo on their site. Fingers crossed the players are looking for new types of games and will take to Slingo, popularising it in 2015 and beyond.
Although it might seem slightly confusing at first, the game mechanics are quite straight-forward. On a 5×5 grid, you get 11 spins to look for Slingos. Each of those spins will produce five numbers or symbol icons at the bottom of the screen and the goal is to match up those numbers with the ones on the grid.
If all goes well, the more numbers that are automatically marked off on the grid, the higher your score will get on the score indicator to the right and you will be well on your way to getting a Slingo.You achieve a Slingo when you get five squares marked off horizontally, vertically or diagonally – pretty easy, eh? And if 11 spins aren't enough, at the end of the round you can purchase four more for the chance to absolutely maximise your winnings!
The stakes of the game, whilst not ideal for penny spinners, have a healthy range from a mere 50p to a maximum of £100. If you stake the hundred quid, the maximum payout that you stand to achieve is a staggering £20,000 and the quick pace of the game perhaps is a telling sign as to why Slingo has been so popular as a social game. Lastly, there is no clear-cut theme to Slingo, but a general bright and energetic colour scheme with bubbly graphics and an ultra-modern feel.
Most bingo games are rather clear-cut and rarely are there any features to be taken advantage of. But since Slingo Riches has combined bingo with slots, there are many more features to be had.
First, if a Joker symbol appears in the bottom five slots, it acts as a Wild symbol and can be used to mark off any number in the column above. This gives you more opportunities to score a Slingo sooner, and the Super Joker symbols even more so. These are also Wild, but regardless of their position, they can be used to mark off any number on the entire grid, giving you more leeway and control in the game. If it’s your super lucky day and you get three or more Jokers/Super Jokers to appear, you are awarded with an instant cash prize.
The centre column is quite a feature-full one. First, a Coin symbol in the centre column can award you with an instant cash prize.Second, there is also the standard slot feature of free spins, which are awarded after a Free Spin symbol appears in the centre column. Keep in mind that depending on how many free spins you are awarded per round, the number of extra spins that you will be able to purchase at the end of the round will differ (so if you got two free spins, you will only be able to purchase two extra spins at the end of the round).
Lastly, a Devil can come by and steal half of your point score – an outrage that can only be spared if a Cherub appears to save you from the nasty Devil!
Despite the fact that we don’t have many other similar games to compare Slingo Riches to, we were pleasantly surprised at the performance of it. It’s super nice and relaxing to play Slingo Riches and the game mechanics are easily understandable, thanks to its clear cut graphics.
Not only is it a very engaging and captivating game, but the performance of it on Spin Genie is also second to none. The graphics are modern, bright and cheerful – sheer pleasure to play on. The sound effects are unobtrusive yet fully perform their function of being responsiveness indicators. Overall – good stuff.
It’s the very first time that a for-money Slingo game becomes available to players around the world and Spin Genie has done its very best to introduce this game by soft launching it this week. A mixture between bingo and slots, it’s an innovative game that captivates your attention and doesn’t let go for hours.
There are many features to be explored and a healthy return-to-player percentage ensures that gamblers leave satisfied and come back to Slingo Riches again in no time. If compared to food, Slingo would be like Asian fusion – trendy. So will Slingo catch on? We think it’s great fun, but only time will tell if the discerning gamblers will think so too.