Try your luck with Simon's Slots, casino gaming for Windows PC and Phones
Simon's Slots is a casino style game for Windows PC and Phones that focuses on one-armed bandits. The game includes a host of slot machine styles to allow you to enjoy Vegas styled gaming while on the go or from the comfort of your home.
The slot machines range from the old school Lucky 7 style slots to a more modern, Glitzy Kitten designed machines. Gameplay is spread across five geographic regions of Vegas and if you run dry on gaming tokens, Simon's Slots will provide you with free tokens every fifteen minutes. Overall, Simon's Slots is a colorful and entertaining casino styled game for Windows PC and Phones.
The main menu or lobby for Simon's Slots will display any gaming machines from your current region or lobby, your gaming stats and an option to visit other Vegas regions for more slot machine styles. The five lobbies available include Vegas South, Old Vegas, Vegas North, Library and Boardwalk. All totalled, the five lobbies have twenty-four different slot machines.
The stats running across the bottom of Simon's Slot's main menu (as well as on the gaming screens) includes your gaming level, mastery level and gaming credits count. The main menu also holds options to view your gaming achievements, cash in on the free gaming credits and buy credits through in-app purchases.
There is a settings menu that is accessible from the main menu and gaming screens. This menu provides options to return to the gaming lobby, view the game's settings, view the pay tables for the slots, an option to contact the developer and view the gaming credits. You do have the option to connect Simon's Slots to your Facebook account, but this connection is not required. It will earn you a few bonus gifts and help you save your gaming progress.
Gameplay is the typical slot machine action. You set your bet (minimum 50 credits) and tap the spin button. You do have buttons to automatically bet the maximum (100,000 credits) and if you tap/hold the spin button, you will send the game into auto-play.
While the core gaming experience with Simon's Slots is playing the slots, the game does have three play modes to keep you busy. Just tap the cherry cluster icon on the gaming screen to pull up the play mode menu. The Classic Mode is your basic slots action. Tap the spin button and test your luck. The Zen and Mastery Modes are similar in that as the slot wheels spin, squares are highlighted and once everything stops, you have to tap the squares in sequence.
The Zen Mode is a more relaxed mode where you try to match as many sequences in a row. The Mastery Mode has a bit quicker pace and greater bonuses.
Regardless of the mode, the more you play, the more experience you earn to advance in gaming experience. The more you win, the better your mastery becomes.
The twenty-four slot machines from each location are progressively unlocked as you advance in experience and mastery. The slot payout rates started out strong and it wasn't long before I doubled my initial 5,000 credits. However, my luck didn't last long and the payouts began to feel very conservative. While I quickly struck it rich, I lost it all just as quickly and struggled to build my fortune back. To help keep you in gaming credits, Simon's Slots will award you free credits, but these awards are timed. Wait 15 minutes and you'll earn 100 credits, wait thirty minutes and you earn 200 credits and so on.
If you prefer to build up your gaming credits quicker, you can pick up credits through in-app purchase that range from $1.99 for 10,000 credits up to $99.99 for 1,000,000 credits.
And that may be the biggest rub I found in playing Simon's Slots. It is a tough game to have success with. Sure, slots is mostly a game of luck, but the coding or machine settings are tremendously reserved to give the house a tremendous advantage. Even though this is imaginary cash, it's nice to win every so often, but I could go a dozen or so spins without winning anything and more times than not, when I did when it was just to break even.
Overall, I liked Simon's Slots variety of slot machines and the three play modes offer you an interesting twist on casino gaming. Increase the odds of winning and I think it will have a lot more appeal. Casino games that solely feature slots may be more of a niche' title and the across the board appeal may not be great with Simon's Slots. However, if you like playing the one-armed bandits or are a fan of casino gaming, it isn't a bad option to consider. Just don't get your hopes up at winning the big jackpot.
Simon's Slots is a free, ad-supported game that is available for Windows PC and Phones. While the game is listed as not requiring an internet connection, you will need a connection to download and install any machines that you unlock and want to play.
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