We’ve commented on the size of real cash slots in the past, especially when they appear on the large size, but Sam on the Beach isn’t just about size of variance, it’s about physical size also. The grid is huge: it takes up the whole screen, and there doesn’t seem to be any means of reducing it down. Even though we’re not fans of this setup, there’s one thing for sure and that’s that you’ll never miss a symbol when you’re dealing with dimensions like that.
But what’s going on with these big reels, what do we see? We’re given a bright set of images, mainly of the family Sam belongs to, though we can’t work out if he’s a friend of the family or the father, as Ted throws off the entire dynamic. Then you have neon seaside symbols, like seahorses and starfish, continuing on this sense of energetic holiday fun.
Thanks for the Memories
There’s several bonuses you can unlock when you’re playing, one of which is a quick blast from the immediate past in the form of the Beach Memories Respin. This isn’t the same as the free games round, but a sweet little extra that occurs when you get all four family members in one place. Once you’ve managed that, you’ll get one single spin where four of the wilds are stuck in place for the duration. It’s a short-lived experience, but we like it. It adds something extra to the mechanics of the title, which make it more entertaining when you play.
Ring My Bell
Despite the fact that most of the symbols are in-keeping and relate to the game, there’s a few that don’t, one of which is the bell. Usually this would irk us, but we’re having to put aside our annoyance for this is the free spins icon of the game. Get between three and five of these and you’re onto a winner.
The amount you get out of this feature depends on how many you match to begin with, and so if you only get the min amount of three in a combo, you’ll only get five free spins. That being said, while you won’t be showered with indefinite rounds, you can retrigger them by finding more bell icons during this time, which helps to make the waves last longer.
What’s Your Strategy?
When playing Sam on the Beach, we came across a feature we’ve never seen before, and it has nothing to do with the paytable, in fact, it’s to do with betting: there’s betting strategies. What this means, very simply, is that you can leave the system to play in its traditional format, or you can select one of the unique approaches in a bid to up your chances of winning. In our opinion, this is aimed more at those experienced in slot machines than those of a casual disposition, however anyone can try the options listed.
Day at the Beach
Elk Studio have done a good job with this, bringing together equal measures of predictability and new features, resulting in a high quality contemporary slot machine. We’d definitely come back and have another round or two, and so we’d have to give this game four out of five stars. If you’ve enjoyed your experience, try out more titles from the brand, they’re sure to have something for everyone.