Aristocrat Gaming Slot Machines
Aristocrat Australian Style Slot Games
While it dominates the market down under, it has made forays into the American and European markets, as well. If you've been playing slots your whole life, you've probably playing on an Aristocrat machine.
The Early History of Aristocrat
The company started in 1953, producing an early classic in the slots market, The Clubman. Though the manufacturer didn't take the name "Aristocrat" until 1955, it early on prospered in the economic boom of the 1950s.
In 1960, the company started selling to the European market. It made its first inroads in the United States in 1964, though it would be decades before Aristocrat decided to compete with American giants like IGT and Bally Gaming.
This did not keep Aristocrat from becoming a giant of the industry. In 1989, AG became a corporation, and investors started publicly trading its stocks on the Australian Stock Exchange. This influx of cash allowed Aristocrat to contemplate larger export sales.
Aristocrat Comes to America
2000 was the year that Aristocrat Gaming was fully licensed to sell to the United States. Their designs had long been influenced by Vegas and, in fact, Aristocrat had a Las Vegas office as early as 1965. But legal hurdles had to be cleared, which made it difficult and unprofitable to sell American machines until late in the game.
Part of the next initiative was to place machines in Japan, too. 2000 marked the year that Aristocrat began selling machines in that land.
What Else Does Aristocrat Sell?
Mostly, Aristocrat sells gaming machines.
AG owns a large part of the Australian pokies market. "Pokies" is the Australian slang term for video poker.
Aristocrat Slot Machines List
When you sell 90% of the machines on a continent, it is natural to assume a company has a large index of machine types. Aristocrat has a large selection, ranging from the most familiar to the most obscure games in Australia.
Queen of the Nile
Queen of the Nile is the most popular slot machine in Australia. "Queen" offers a bonus round, where players receive 15 bonus spins. The money won on these bonus rounds is tripled.
Because of the popularity of Queen of the Nile, many of the machines are influenced by this payout structure. Aristocrat offers a variant of this game named King of the Nile.
Dolphin Treasure is one of those games heavily influenced by Queen of the Nile. I guess it isn't stealing, when you steal from yourself, and Aristocrat decided that they should collect some of the customers who liked Queen, but wanted to try something a little different.
The big twist with Dolphin's Treasure is that it offers a bonus jackpot of 150,000 coins. Of course, this means the low end payouts are smaller.
This is an innovative game which Aristocrat hopes will be much imitated. Instead of buying extra pay lines, you can "buy" reels.
When a bonus symbol comes up on this particular reel, it multiplies the payout bonus.
Like Reel Power, the name of this slot is a pun on the payout structure. This machine allows you to enable fifty pay lines, which follows the worldwide trend towards more payout lines.
This machine has four bonus games. Whenever you hit the bonus, you get to choose which of the games to play. This is considered a "bonus back game".
Other examples of this type of slot machine are Zorro, Lucky Devil and Mr. Cashman.
As the name implies, this machine pays out when you hit the bonus penguin. It does not have the bonus game structure Queen of the Nile that many other Aristocrat Gaming slots have. Superbucks III is similar in pay structure to Penguin Pays, though the artwork is much different.
Other Games By Aristocrat
Enchanted Forest, Cash Express and Dollar Storm are three more Aristocrat slots. These machines are big news in Australia, but can be found in venues on other continents, too. Other Aristocrat machines are L'il Lucy, Foxworthy Slots and MKVI.
Many Aristocrat slots have a tiered system of jackpots. When you play a bonus game, you try to accumulate as many bonus points as possible. These qualify you for a four-tiered jackpot, so the more bonus points you gain, the better jackpot you can win.
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