Ancient, honest and unique are the words that spring to mind when I think of Slotland. At first glance, it reminds me of a gaming console rather than an online casino, which is not altogether a bad thing, being the games addict that I am! Slotland lacks all of the usual flashy bits, rich imagery and salesy hype that characterize most online casinos and instead focuses on the games, giving the impression that this must be the place for those hard core slots fans out there. Add to that the fact that Slotland is the only casino who links multiple games to one Progressive Jackpot (it starts at 50 000 when it´s reset and has been over 200 000) and I was more than intrigued to find out what this Slotland casino was all about!
Usually I would download the Slotland casino and play, but this time I was presented with a 100% sign up bonus with “no download required” (current bonus today may differ. So please click the “bonus” tab for the updated bonus info!) and upon further inspection of the site, was also surprised to see that they cater for Slotland players using WebTV. This is great if you use it! But seen as though I'm neither a Mobile games fan as yet and don't really use WebTV, I opted for the Slotland instant play option. I was a bit disappointed to see that Slotland doesn´t offer a “play for fun” option as I like to test out all the Slotland games before signing up, but I decided to go ahead anyway, signed up for an account and deposited $100. My Slotland account was automatically credited with a $100 registration bonus and I happily headed off to check out what Slotland has on offer.
As eager as I was to play, before commencing game play I quickly scanned all the Slotland terms and conditions and found this, which is a really important to note:
“Please note that all games share the same mechanism which determines the jackpot win. Thus, with card games, the probability of hitting the jackpot combination is not natural but controlled by this shared random mechanism in the same way as slot machines' wins…”
Slotland games are based on its own independent proprietary software which means you won't find these games anywhere else, giving it a great sense of exclusivity. And while the graphics of the games are not as outstanding as those at other casinos, they are sufficient enough to ensure that you can still have a good time and enjoy your play, albeit without sound!
Update: All new games plus a few of the older ones have now a flash version with much better full screen graphics and sound
I had decided from the start that I would try the 10 games on offer and began with the one I'd hear the most about from other players…Heavy Metal!
Games offered at Slotland
Known for being the slot that makes you think, you really have to strategize with this one and I found myself carefully considering my next move after every spin. You see, you can win from four paylines, but are only required to place a bet on one line, all the others are optional. This Slotland game is divided into lines A, B and C which are vertical paylines and the game keeps track of the last three spins made in each column, so you really need to keep looking at these so that you can establish whether or not to place a bet. I was really getting into this game when another feature came into play…the option of holding symbols in line 1, now that made things interesting and I even earned a couple of free spins…BONUS! After more time than I should have spent on this game I decided to move on to their newest game Golden 8.
Quite a contrast to Heavy Metal, Golden 8 is the typical “spin and hope to win” slot, but true to it's name is possibly a golden game with many ways to win. It is comprised of a classic 3 by 3 grid of slots with payouts on 8 different lines. Free bonus spins are available after collecting 6 diamonds (which is easier said than done in my experience) and there is of course, always the opportunity to get your hands on the progressive jackpot with 3 red bars. This one didn't hold my attention for too long and I soon moved on to the other Slotland offerings.
The name just intrigued me and I had to see what it was all about and soon found out why it's not featured on the Slotland homepage! This game has an adult theme, includes some nudity and features a choice of 2 sets of babes, couples, teens or lesbian pics (I bet that caught your attention!) which may be offensive depending on your sensitivity. So with an open mind I proceeded…the game offers a cross grid of 3 horizontal and 3 vertical lines which translates into two ways of winning, which unfortunately I didn't do this time around. I was however able to match up the faces of one of the girls across the grid, and in addition to winning was given a peek at a fully nude picture of her. This is definitely a man's game, sure to provide hours of entertainment!
On to something a little more wholesome…Treasure Box was the next game I gravitated towards. Characterized by the option of holding certain slots to see if you can get the right combination on the next spin, this game is a highly entertaining 4 line slot with a twist. Highly enjoyable but time for some magic!
This game is yet another multi payline slot which offers 5 ways to win. In this game, results of spins are displayed in three rows of five columns, after completing the spin you will notice that one symbol in each row changes from color to monochrome. If five of these symbols synchronize across a standard payline you will earn a letter of the word MAGIC. After quite some time in play, I eventually spelled out the entire word and was rewarded with a free spin which ended up paying out 50 times my bet. I'm impressed!
On to the last slot on offer, not only does Booster look unique, but the structure of the game is also rather unusual for a single payline machine – this game stores your bets and you can collect 10 % of them at anytime or you stand the chance to win all of your money back by qualifying for the Win/Lose Spin. I really like the fact that you get 10% cash back…makes me feel like a winner!
Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better is a classic video poker game and one of my favorites to play. At Slotland it is pretty straight forward to play and enjoy as there are no complicated rules to qualify for the progressive jackpot. As with most Video poker games, all you have to do is sit back, relax, bet and hope that you are dealt good hands. If like me this time round you're not as lucky as you would have hoped, you can discard cards and of course a pair of Jacks or Better wins!
Wild Heart is yet another of Slotland's Video Poker offerings but is a three line joker poker game in which you are dealt 3 hands, I made sure that I kept an eye out for the Wild card which can be used as anything but didn't have much luck on this either and even after discarding cards and getting dealt a newer hand which I hoped would prove to be a winning one, I didn't end up winning anything. Although, I persevered and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this game.
After my last two Video Poker disasters I hope that I would strike it lucky on Striking 7's which is a variety of the Deuces Wild poker games where 7's are wild. Finally I had some luck and won but then was presented with a dilemma – do I collect the winnings immediately or opt to try and double my win? In this feature the aim is to draw a better card than the card drawn first by the dealer…if you manage to do this your win is doubled, if you don't, you lose the hand. Throwing caution to the wind I doubled and was ecstatic to finally break my losing streak…yeah!
Finally I headed on to Spacejack and discovered a very interesting way to play blackjack and to my surprise it pays 3 to 1, once I saw that I was definitely sold! But as I played I realized that this was no ordinary blackjack as it offers no split, surrender or insurance options and you have to play 3 hands where if you elect to “hit” or “stand” this option is applied to all hands at once.
In order to win the progressive jackpot, you must bet on all three hands and get blackjack on all three hands…which is near impossible if you ask me, but then again, there's nowhere else that you stand the chance to win such huge amounts of cash in a game of blackjack. This is probably not a game I'd play as often as the others, but definitely a lot of fun!
Something interesting to note about the games at Slotland is that each machine you play is your own virtual machine and is left in the same state as it was when you last played it which means you can build up bonus spins and be assured that they will be waiting for you the next time you decide to play.
Now that I've had my fun, on to test the support…Slotland has been around since 1998 and has an excellent reputation when it comes to their support, which is available 24/7 via e-mail and live chat. I thought I'd put it to the test myself with a couple of queries regarding their promotions and payment options. I was more than pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got a response to my mail, the quality and accuracy of information I was provided with as well as the general friendly tone that it was written in, making me feel relaxed and secure in my dealings with the casino.
Apparently, by playing at Slotland you will be eligible for a number of promotions including a Monthly Mystery Bonus, Weekly Draw Bonus, Free $100 for each $1000 you deposit, a Referral Bonus if you send your friends and there is also a VIP club! Which probably mean I'll be back soon.
Update: There´s a new variety of bonuses available which can be seen in the “Promotions” section of their site
Also, there are a variety of payment options available to you, although they only support the US Dollar currency, which does limit players from other regions to a certain extent. Deposit options include Credit/ Debit Card, Neteller, MoneyBookers, Bank Wire, InstaDebit and Check21.
All in all, you can have a lot of fun playing at Slotland. Although the games are pretty old and may not exactly be what you're used to…after all sound and modern graphics do add to the enjoyment of the game and are lacking here, but they do make up for it through their excellent support, customer service and promotional offerings.
It really comes down to personal preference and if you don't mind the lack of aesthetics, the functionality and fun is definitely still there!
Pleas note – many people do not realise this and do not read all the rules and odds of the games – so I am quoting a section from their site:
Please note that all games share the same mechanism which determines the jackpot win. Thus, with card games, the probability of hitting the jackpot combination is not natural but controlled by this shared random mechanism in the same way as slot machines' wins..