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In the development of online slots, there is a certain interplay between the concept or theme of the game and the features themselves. The Bloopers online slot by Elk Studios shows what a little thinking outside of the box can do for this part of the creative process. While the game has a theme of film, a theme that many other games have used, they've used the bloopers in these movies as the central premise, which hasn't ever really been used before. The end result is a creative experience that ties in several different features under one umbrella.
This game has been designed primarily for mobile, so desktop players might need to take a moment to get used to the layout because it's a little atypical. There are five reels and three rows, which is common enough, and there are 243 ways to win. However, the controls actually overlay over the reels themselves to save screen real estate, and it's not readily apparent when the game first loads.
Bet sizes per spin range from $0.25 to $100 each, and there are 12 total sizes to choose from. What's interesting is that you can select different "betting strategies" to automatically stagger wins based on a percentage of your bankroll or your previous wins and losses. This is a cool way to give players extra options to increase the interactivity of their experience, and it's something we'd like to see incorporated into more games in the future.
The wild symbol shows up on every reel, and it gives players a chance to get extra winning combinations. Unlike many other online slots, this symbol does not have its own winning combinations. This means that five of a kind will behave like five of the largest regular winning combination available, though it will trigger several other potential wins as well because of the 243-ways format.
Based on a bet size of $1.00, players can get a variety of payouts with the top four regular symbols in the game. The actor himself is the main symbol, and he will pay $6.00 for a five of a kind win. Additionally, players can earn $4.00 for five of a kind of the actress in the red dress. A $3.00 payout is the next-largest win, and that's awarded for four of the actor. Five of the scene listing gives players a solid win worth $2.40, and four of the actress will also earn $3.00. Five of the reel of film is the next largest win, worth $1.60, and a $1.40 payout is also waiting for three of the actor.
There are a variety of different win sizes for these four top-paying symbols, and they are all based on the total bet size of $1.00. If you play with a larger or smaller bet size, then they will scale up or down proportionately.
We aren't shy about completely and totally bashing a game developer when they are lazy about using the A, K, Q, J and 10 symbols. At first, the fact that all five of them look almost exactly alike in this game would seem like a juicy target for us, but the way they make the other symbols stand out, and the way they are tied into the main features of the game, makes us give them a pass. This is a very intelligent use of these lower-tier symbols.
Five of the A earns $1.20, and five of the K or Q will get players a win worth $0.80. A $0.60 payout is good for players who get five of a J or 10.
Bloopers and Free Spin Features
There are five blooper characters, and they can show up anywhere on the A-10 symbols at random. During the free spin feature, which is activated by three or more of the bonus star, not only do players get sticky wilds whenever an actor or actress shows up. The free spins continue until all three positions of one of the three center reels are covered by sticky wilds.
At least one of the five bloopers are guaranteed to show up when you start the free spins game. These bloopers give you expanding wilds, falling symbols, extra free spins, symbol shuffles or random wilds on the reels. They all give a solid amount of extra value, and it's cool that they're incorporated into the theme in the way they are.
Bloopers is a good example of a game making fun of how serious some slots take themselves, whether that was intentional or not. When you first start playing, you'll see this super-serious movie theme, and then you see these five goofy, animated blooper characters show up, and it immediately makes sense what they were going for. This interplay is the type of smart and creative use of themes in slots that we rarely see, and Elk Studios definitely gets bonus points for it. On top of that, the game also has great gameplay and a free spins feature that's end is determined in a very atypical way.