Elk Studios brings us a humorous tour around the movie industry and the people behind the films with Bloopers, their new 5×3 reel slot with 243 ways to win.
Upon hearing the name, you might expect this game to be full of funny outtakes from films, full of bloopers, but that is not the case. In this game, Bloopers are five cutesy characters that represent jobs typical of a film crew, jobs like stuntman, cutter (as in, film cutter), makeup artist, repairman, and sound tech.
These crew members have special bonus features to help you land some big wins throughout the game, so you’ll learn to appreciate the Bloopers a lot more than the film stars (a man and a woman, both seemingly fictitious) that feature on the reel symbols.
Elk Studios is a very interesting company, with less than four years of being founded. They have been making a mark for themselves in the industry, with some high quality games like Taco Brothers and The Lab.
Elk Studios has a “Mobile First” philosophy to their game development, meaning that their games are made thinking around the limitations and characteristics of mobile platforms. Their games have control layouts optimized for touchscreens, greatly decluttering their screens.
What We Love
The first thing we really like is how well-polished the visual design of this game is. The artwork is very good, the graphics are crisp, and the animations are well done. The contrast between the slickness of the reel symbols and the goofy design of the Bloopers is an excellent device to drive home the idea of the separateness of what goes on in front of the cameras and what goes on behind them. Those little touches are always welcome in game design.
This game isn’t all about pretty looks and subtle symbolism, it also has some fantastic features to keep you interested and invested. The five Bloopers are the big thing here, something that is highlighted on the game’s intro’s last sentence: “…it’s all about the stars… or is it?”. The Bloopers grant you many bonuses like multipliers, increasing the length of free spin rounds, giving you extra wilds, and so forth.
You’ll see the most of the Bloopers during free spin rounds. These are triggered in the usual manner, by landing three or more symbols on the reels, in this case, Bonus Star symbols (which look just like the stars on the Walk of Fame). Before starting a free spin game, one of the two stars will be selected, to become a sticky wild that can appear on reels 2, 3, and 4.
There is no fixed number of free spins, but instead they will end once the sticky wild fills up an entire reel. You’ll come to appreciate the Make-Up Blooper a lot, since she erases sticky wilds during free spin rounds to increase their length.
Bloopers, like other Elk Studios titles, lets you select betting strategies. These will automatically change you bet level according to the outcomes you’re having on your game, or according to your balance. This is a fantastic time saver, and an excellent way to play with some more smarts during auto play sessions.
What We Do Not Like
There’s not much to complain about here, in my opinion. The game is pretty solid, looks good, and play well. The only objection I could possibly have is that the Bloopers seem a bit too similar to the Minions, the annoying yellow pill-shaped things, from the Despicable Me movies. They are different enough to avoid looking like rip-offs, I should say.
Bloopers is definitely a very fun game, with great looks and awesome features. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat.