Microgaming Online Variety Games

Published on: November 10, 2012 

In its games menu, Microgaming offers a category Variety Games. It contains an assortment of games that do not fall into any of the standard categories. Most of these are scratch cards. There are variants of keno and arcade type games. This article reviews some of the more interesting Microgaming games from this category. These games can be played at online casinos like All Slots, Spin Palace and Roxy Palace.

Enchanted Woods is like a single hand video poker game played with symbols instead of playing cards. The background graphics and symbols are taken from the theme. The symbols include fairies, pixies, leprechauns, gnomes, goblins, trolls and toadstools. First five symbols appear on the reels. The player can hold any number. The remaining reels spin again to give a final set of symbols. There are no poker hand rankings. The payouts occur as in online slot games for three of a kind, four of a kind and five of a kind. But the symbols need not be aligned left to right and can appear anywhere. The winning symbols show animations as in slot games. The fairy queen is the wild symbol, which appears on reels 2 and 4. The toad is the bonus symbol. It pays when two or more appear on the reels. Three or more toad symbols offer a bonus feature.

Mumbai Magic is a fixed odds game that is set in the Indian film industry, where at one time every movie made was like a Hollywood musical. There are 8 symbols associated with the Indian film industry, which are hero, clapper board, heroine, sitar, villain, movie reels, dancer and award. Each has a payout associated with it ranging from 2 times the bet for the villain to 20,000 times the bet for the hero. The player sets the stake and clicks the Play button. Six symbols appear from a crystal ball and take their allotted place around the crystal ball. If all six symbols are different then the player does not receive any payout. But when two like symbols are released by the crystal ball the player receives the payout associated with that symbol.

Turtley Awesome is a similar game that has a different visual format. The screen shows 12 turtles surfing in the South Seas, bobbing up and down with the waves. The player has to pick 9 turtles. Each turtle that is picked executes a back flip and disappears under the ocean. A payout associated with the turtle gets posted on a board. In this online casino game if there are three matches in the payouts within the 9 picks, that payout is awarded to the player. The player can pick the turtles individually to his liking or can use the Reveal All button.

Whack-A-Jackpot is another interesting scratch card game with a twist. Gophers keep popping out of 12 holes. The player has to bop them on the head with a hammer. The gopher will reveal a payout up to 10,000 times the bet or a strike. The game can end when three identical payouts are revealed with the player winning that payout. But an interesting twist in this online casino game is that if three strikes are revealed first then the game ends without the player winning anything. Since the gophers keep disappearing into the holes they have to be hit when they are out. The player can select any from those visible. Or if he has a lucky hole he can wait for a gopher to come out from that.

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