Bloopers pokies review

Elk Studios’s latest release, Bloopers, follows the trend Elk has already set – a fun and exciting game with many new innovations. We take a look and see what Bloopers is all about.

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Bloopers is a five reel, 243 ways online pokie that offers a minimum bet of $0.25 and a max bet of $100 which opens up the gameplay to all manner of punter from the frugal to the uber rich.

The graphics on Bloopers are a sleek mix of realistic caricatures and colourful cartoon midgets. The premise of the game is that these little creatures are the men behind the scenes of hollywood, make-up, stuntman, film cutter, sound techs and obviously, jet-pack riders, or fix-its.

Three of these behind the scenes characters are represented in the bonus game while Stunt Man and Sound Tech can appear randomly during paid spins to either expand wilds or award random wilds respectively.

  • Maximum coins per spin: 100
  • Maximum coins per line: 100
  • Minimum bet per spin: $0.25
  • Maximum bet per spin: $100
  • Scatter: Yes
  • Wild: Yes
  • Bonus round: No
  • Free spins: Yes
  • Jackpot: 185,000 coins
  • RTP: 96.1%

The floor to ceiling gaming screen is a little confusing the first time you play. It took me a moment to figure out how to adjust my bet and start spinning, but once you are familiar with the game screen you are golden.

Bloopers offers up majestic, jaunty background music that evokes a feeling of old Hollywood.

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Betting strategies

Elk Studios has developed a quirky addition to this game called their Betting Strategies. The game has four distinct Betting Strategies to choose from as an option.

The Optimizer changes automatically to always bet a designated percentage of whatever your balance may be.

The Leveller raises your bet two levels after five consecutive losses. Once you get a win the bet level resets to its initial level.

The Booster boosts your bet one level with every loss and is capped at a four level raise. Again this resets after a win.

The Jumper boosts your bet one level with every win and is capped at a four level raise. This strategy resets after a loss.

Bonus game/Free spins

Any three or more scattered Bonus symbols from left to right triggers the bonus game feature. You will notice that reels one and two Bonus symbols are stock standard Hollywood star symbols. However reels three, four and five Bonus symbols also incorporates a behind the scenes character into the Hollywood star symbol too.

There are no set number of free spins in this bonus game. Instead, the bonus comes to an end once the leading man or lady sticky wild symbol covers all three positions of reels two, three and four.

If the third, fourth or fifth Bonus symbol is Cutter, he is triggered during free spins by any Jack symbol, and cuts away the row of symbols the jack was on, creating cascading reels.

If the third, fourth or fifth Bonus symbol is Make-Up, she is triggered by the Queen symbol and brushes away a sticky wild symbol.

If the third, fourth or fifth Bonus symbol is Fix-It, he is triggered by the King symbol and uses a gun to shoot and ricochet symbols into the highest possible winning combination.

Symbols

In descending order of value the symbols are the leading man, the leading lady, the scene clapper, the reel of film, Ace, King and Queen, Jack and 10.

The Wild Bloopers symbol substitutes for every symbol except the Bonus symbols.

Verdict

This is an odd game: not at all bad, but just odd. The strangeness begins with the inclusion of four little colourful monsters who are supposed to make the magic behind the scenes of a movie. Even if you can manage to justify the existence of these little monsters in a game about Hollywood movies, called Bloopers, that has no real bloopers in it, you are then assaulted with the playing screen.

The reels tower from floor to ceiling of your playing screen, whether it be mobile, tablet or desktop. Again, I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but it is different. If you don’t know what you are looking for, then the ability to change your bet size, auto-spin or adjust the volume of your playing experience can be difficult.

All that having been said, Bloopers is a fun, original game that you can play for hours at a time and not get bored. The wins tend to come thick and fast and Bloopers isn’t one of those games where it seems almost impossible to hit the feature.