Play Studios have, once more, expanded the MyVegas family of apps and games, and added POP Slots, a new mobile game.
As with their last offering – Konami, they seem to be inching away from the MyVegas Loyalty Points.
In this game, they offer you the sense of walking around the Las Vegas MGM Resort Casinos… choosing which game you would like to play, and at what machine. They have even made virtual versions of the casino carpet and decor.
Like the other apps, it is available for both Apple and Android devices, and… (it is VERY important to note, and complete) …your Loyalty Point total is linked, synced (and kept safe) by connecting your profile through Facebook. (So… DO IT, IMMEDIATELY!)
When you load the app, you only have access to the MGM Grand Casino. As you progress, you gain access to the Mirage (and presumably the Excalibur next, as they add properties to the Game.)
As always, you can buy Chips, but they are given free every two hours, in increasing amounts as you progress through the levels… and every 24 hours, you also get a Daily Bonus of Chips.
The games in the casino are similar to the slot games in other MyVegas offerings. For the MGM Grand Casino, the available games are: MGM Grand Mega Star, Frontier Fortune, Emerald 7’s, Around The World In 80 Plays and Race To Oz.
In the Mirage Casino, the available games are: Mirage, Welcome To Fabulous Betrock, Forbidden 7’s, Jack And The Beanstalk, with Wall Of Khan coming soon.
The ‘feel’ of this game is quite similar to walking around a casino… sitting down… interacting a bit with players around you (through an ’emoji’ interface). For me, the critical difference was that playing doesn’t necessarily gain you MyVegas Loyalty Points.
When you choose a game to play, you are given a bank of 8 machines that will be partially filled with other players. They indicate to you the available machines, and the “hottest” machine.
Once you choose a machine, there is a kind of split screen… where you can see the slot machine you are playing, as well as an overview of the bank of four machines you are sitting at, and the players immediately around you.
To begin, you choose the amount of your bet… (it is initially kept small to maximize play, but increases as you advance through levels.)
There is also an Auto button, that will allow you to spin, and bet and never have to look at the game.
The only way to get MyVegas Loyalty Points (Gold Coins) is to pay attention, because at random intervals, you and the players around you will inflate a purple BONUS “POP” balloon, (see image below) which rises from the bank of machines you are “sitting at”… and if you don’t touch the screen to “pop” the balloon… it just drifts away. Sometimes the Bonus will be XP Points, sometimes Chips, and sometimes Loyalty Points.
These POP Bonus balloons seem to be the ONLY way that this game adds to your Loyalty Point total.
There was a PlayStudios questionnaire a few months back, and one of the questions was “Would you play MyVegas, even if there was no loyalty incentive program.” From the increasingly incrementally smaller awards of Loyalty Points, and the fact that you can play this latest game, and (if you aren’t paying attention) not collect ANY Loyalty Points… I’m guessing enough people said “yes”.
The OTHER feature of POP Slots, and one that seems to be evolving, is interacting with, and getting benefits from, those players at the machines “around you”. You are able to “greet”, “congratulate” and “thank” the players sitting in your bank of machines, when they arrive, when they do well, and when they hit a shared bonus… by tapping on the emojis that appear at the bottom left of the screen.
The shared portion of the Bonus Round starts when any player in your bank of four machines gets 3 ‘FREE SPIN’ icons on their slot machine game screen. The options that follow are different, depending on the Casino, and the Game being played… but all the active players in your bank of four machines, benefit and play the same Bonus Round. (It should be noted, that just “sitting” at a machine doesn’t make you eligible for the Bonus Rewards, and that the amount you are betting, determines the amount of your Bonus Reward.)
The POP Slots game is fun, as it has a completely different feel… and more of a “Casino” atmosphere… (as much as you can in the virtual world). As long as you are aware of how the game works, it is a fun time!
If you are ONLY playing for Loyalty Points, and don’t have time to pay attention to the games… this one might not be for you.
NB: As always, I make no claim to owning the rights to any of these images… they are screen-caps of my game play, and I use them simply to promote the MyVegas (in this case, Konami) brand. And I run this Blog with their inferred approval. (Inasmuch as they haven’t said not to.) And, it should be said, (other than the benefits available to ALL MyVegas players), I receive no special deals, offers or bonuses from the folks at MyVegas, Konami or PlayStudios.