Are you stuck in the same old routine and eager to add some extra fun and excitement to your life? Decisions, decisions.
You love NJ online slots, but either you’ve grown tired of playing the same games over and over again or your luck has gone south, or both. So you’re more than ready to try something different.
One approach is to pick a brand new game, but that, too, can be hit or miss. Starmania isn’t new (it’s been around since 2015), but the fact that you’re reading this column tells me that so far this “out of this world slot” has eluded you.
You can remedy that oversight right now. Starmania is this week’s Barb’s Best Bet.
Which NJ online casinos have Starmania?
You can play Starmania either on your desktop or mobile device, whichever you find more convenient.
As of this writing, all of the following gambling sites offer it:
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Mohegan Sun
- Ocean Online
What makes Starmania a Barb’s Best Bet?
No need to travel if you don’t feel like it or spend large sums of money. If you have access to New Jersey online casinos, all you have to do is log onto your favorite one. Then choose from up to hundreds of slot games and see where your next adventurous ride takes you.
But assuming you’re just as serious about having an excellent chance to win as having a great time, why pick any random slot?
Here’s what makes Starmania one of Barb’s Best Bets.
Think about the various online slots you enjoy playing the most. In all probability, they each have a readily identifiable theme. Even when you’re about to explore what for you is new territory, you prefer to be able to relate to the game and its symbols in some meaningful way.
In this case, the theme is the stars that light up the nighttime sky. Whether you’re already an astronomy buff or not, playing the slot game Starmania will give you a whole new appreciation for stargazing. Especially when you discover that this activity, besides being a lot of fun, can also be extremely rewarding.
From the second you open this game on your desktop or mobile device, there’s no doubt in your mind that Starmania is no ordinary slot game. You’re immediately greeted by the loud blast of a flashing laser.
Then, without further ado, except for a quick preview of the multiple ways you can win, the scene shifts to the screen where you’ll be playing. You can tell right away that you’re in outer space by the twinkling stars in the background and by the fact that all of the regular symbols on the reels are also stars.
Hit-and-miss soundtrack but the messages are clear
The one aspect of the game I thought could be livelier was its less than rousing soundtrack.
But just in case the overly relaxing music makes you feel like drifting off, simply look at the messages, like the ones below, alternating on the bottom of the screen, and you will be jolted back into action in no time.
“Is your future in the stars?”
“Will the stars align to make your lucky day?”
“Starlight, star bright, lucky stars I see tonight.”
“Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars.”
Many other NJ online slots also have an outer space theme, so obviously, it takes more than just that to make Starmania a Barb’sBest Bet. One feature that makes Starmania stand out from the pack is the unique way it seamlessly combines the simplicity of slots back in the day with 21st-century online slot technology.
When you first see that this game only has 10 paylines, you might mistakenly assume that it will quickly become boring. But nothing could be further than the truth.
Starmania doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of some recently released slots. For example, there is only one bonus round. Nor is the game tied to a big celebrity or superhero, and there is no progressive jackpot either.
Instead, the dazzling array of brightly colored symbols that light up the screen with winning combinations are the true stars of the show.
As such, every win in this game, from the smallest to the biggest, gets star-worthy treatment. Whenever you spin a winning combination, the winning symbols start spinning as a shooting star moves across the screen, bouncing off each winning symbol.
Many ways to win
Then add on a few special features like the ability to form paying combinations not just from left to right, but also from right to left, and a lucrative free spins bonus game with extra expanding wild symbols. That’s how Starmania gets transformed into a slot game like no other.
Except maybe the NetEnt game Starburst, as the two slots do have many features in common. Suffice to say, if you’re already a fan of Starburst, you will love Starmania.
Besides, with all those extra ways to win, and the frequency of those wins, and a maximum payout of $18,400, who needs a progressive jackpot? There’s even an optional gamble feature that gives you a chance to double or quadruple your win after every winning spin.
Wide betting range
The minimum bet per spin is only 20 cents, and the maximum is $40. While the top bet falls a little short of what some high rollers like to wager, the range is certainly wide enough to accommodate most bettors.
Outstanding return to player
All of the above features are consistent with what I look for in an online slot to help me decide if it might be worthy of Barb’s Best Bet status. But one additional criterion is also a must — a superior return to player.
After all, it won’t even matter how action-packed and entertaining a game is if its return to player (RTP) is mediocre. By that, I mean insufficient to be likely to keep a player in the game for a reasonable length of time without the risk of depleting one’s bankroll.
Of course, anyone can get lucky in the short run even on a relatively low returning slot. Conversely, playing a high returning slot does not guarantee that you will win by any means. But you will definitely fare better in the long run if you stick to slots that are in the upper echelon with regard to their theoretical rate of return.
That is why the minimum RTP for me to consider a slot as a Best Bet is usually 96%.
The majority of NJ online slots have a lower RTP. In fact, many have an RTP of about 94% or even lower. While you could win playing those slots, why chance it when you can give yourself a better chance to win playing a slot with a higher RTP?
You might not think that a difference of one or two percentage points in either direction is significant, but it is. That’s why when I played Starmania in demo mode in three separate sessions and quit a winner all three times, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.
The published RTP for Starmania of 97.87% is so far above the norm that it is out of this world!
More about Starmania
Developed by NextGen Gaming
Starmania is a video slot by NextGen Gaming consisting of five reels, three rows, and 10 fixed paylines. NextGen Gaming is a subsidiary of NYX Gaming. The company dates all the way back to 1999, so it has a long, impressive history in the slot development business.
NextGen Gaming currently makes online slots for markets all over the world and is a significant contributor to NJ online slots.
Loaded with special features
It would seem that a slot machine with only 10 paylines would not create as many winning combinations as you might get from a machine with a lot of paylines. Actually, having fewer paylines means less likelihood for a given spin to come up empty. But that’s not the only reason Starmania pays out as frequently as it does.
On the overwhelming majority of slots, winning combinations are formed in only one way — with three or more matching symbols from left to right. But Starmania also pays you when three matching symbols line up from right to left. This feature alone greatly increases the number of winning combinations.
Other features (described in more detail below) which give you even more opportunities to win include the following:
- Wild symbol (frequently appearing as stacked wilds)
- Scatter symbol, three or more of which activate the Free Spins bonus round with extra wild symbols added
- Gamble feature
Exceptionally high RTP combined with low medium volatility
Granted, many of the payouts are small, but you can count on enough big ones, too, for a very good chance to win. Meanwhile, the smaller payouts serve a purpose, too, especially for bettors on limited bankrolls. They help ensure, even when you’re not winning, that you never fall very far behind.
Besides having an RTP that is one of the highest of any NJ online slots, Starmania is a game with low medium volatility. Together, it’s the perfect combo for a winning slot game.
As mentioned above, all of the regular symbols are stars. While their payouts vary, what a welcome relief not to see any distracting low paying playing card symbols added to the mix as an afterthought.
The lower paying symbols are plain stars of a single color, while the higher paying symbols are stars set with gold jewels. But you’ll really thank your lucky stars when you land a winning combination of bejeweled stars that are red and yellow combined, as those are the highest paying regular symbols.
Three or more matching symbols on a payline either from left to right starting with reel 1 or from right to left starting with reel 5 will form a winning combination. Here are the payouts for five of a kind:
- Plain purple, blue, or green stars: 50 coins
- Bejeweled blue or green stars: 75 coins
- Bejeweled purple stars: 100 coins
- Bejeweled red and yellow stars: 500 coins
The wild symbol is simply a big gold square with the word WILD on it. It can appear either alone or stacked, but on reels 2, 3, and 4 only. The wild symbol is capable of substituting for all other symbols except the scatter symbol to help form or add to winning combinations.
Its increased presence in the free spins bonus game is a big contributor to the large amount of money you can win at that time.
Bonus scatter symbol
The bonus scatter symbol is equally easy to identify since it has the word “BONUS” written on it. One or more of these symbols can appear anywhere on the reels on any spin. But in order for good things to happen, you need three or more to show up at once.
The amount of time it will take for that to happen can vary from the first few spins to many spins. As in many other slot games, two scatter symbols will show up simultaneously quite often, at which point the soundtrack builds up to a loud crescendo in anticipation of the needed third symbol.
Much more often than not, it’s all for naught. But sooner or later, you will get the result you want and you’re in business.
Starmania bonus features
Even though getting three or more scatter symbols to land on the reels simultaneously might be a long time in coming, it’s worth the wait. That’s because this valuable symbol then becomes capable of performing double duty. First, it serves as a win multiplier. But that’s not all. Even if that spin is not itself a winner, you earn a minimum of 10 free spins, where you will definitely win.
For starters, if the spin is otherwise a winner, the scatter symbol will multiply the amount of your winning line bet as follows:
- Three scatter symbols: 20x
- Four scatter symbols: 100x
- Five scatter symbols: 200x
Free Spins bonus round
But wait — the best bonus is yet to come. Three or more scatter symbols automatically activate the Free Spins bonus round where, at the very least, you’re awarded 10 free spins. However, if you’re lucky enough to have three or more scatter symbols land again during the free spins, you can retrigger this feature one more time and receive another 10 free spins.
Not every free spin will be a winner. But this is the point in the game when your winnings can mount big time. That’s because, on every free spin, an extra wild symbol is added.
So altogether, with 10 free spins, you get to play with 30 extra wilds, or with 20 free spins, 60 extra wilds. Expect to get lots of stacked wilds on your free spins, too, which will further increase your winnings.
Upon completion of the free spins, the screen will display the total amount you have won. Then you will be returned to the base game to continue playing as before and maybe activate the free spins bonus feature again.
Starmania also comes with a gamble feature. This option becomes available to you immediately after any winning spin. You will find the gamble feature just above the Spin button. It’s tempting because it gives you the chance, with the correct guess, either to double or quadruple your winnings.
Here’s how it works. You can either guess just the color of the next playing card or the suit of the next playing card. If you guess the correct color (red or black), you double the amount you just won. If you guess the correct suit (clubs, spades, hearts, or diamonds), you quadruple the amount you just won.
The catch, of course, is if you guess wrong, you lose your winnings entirely!
If you win your first gamble feature bet, if you wish, you can press your luck and try again up to five times. But keep in mind you would be taking a big gamble. One wrong guess in the sequence, and you wipe out your entire win. The gambling feature might be fun to try once in a while, but don’t make a habit of it.
How I fared playing Starmania
Before deciding to call any slot game a Best Bet, I need to try it out for myself, and Starmania was no exception. I played the game in demo mode, in three separate sessions, betting a hypothetical $5 per spin each time. As mentioned earlier, in all three instances I concluded the playing session a winner.
What helped me get over the hump each time more than anything else were the 10 free spins. However, as soon as I completed them, rather than return to the base game, I ended the session.
The first time I managed to activate the bonus round on only my third spin. However, my win from the free spins was only $37.50. The second and third time it took a lot longer before the three scatter symbols finally showed up, so I needed a bigger win to get back in the plus column. No problem. My second go-around at the free spins gave me a $181 win and my third gave me a $191 win. Not bad at all for a bet of $5.
In addition, just for the fun of it, I decided to gamble one of my larger wins of $36 in the base game. I correctly picked red as the color of the next card and doubled my winnings from that $5 spin to $72.
Time to give Starmania online slot a try
Starmania is a great option for anyone looking for a superior NJ online slot game. Far from just another slot game you may decide to try once or twice before moving on to something else, Starmania will have you so hooked on its spectacular features that you’ll want to return again and again.
But there’s nothing wrong with all that because this game can be as rewarding as it is entertaining.
Are you ready to reach for the stars?
- Five reels / 10 fixed paylines
- Bets: 20 cents to $40
- RTP: 97.87 percent
- Outer space theme
- Wild and scatter symbols
- Free Spins bonus feature
On Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28, the North Beach area of the Atlantic City Boardwalk was Party Central as both Ocean Casino Resort and Hard Rock Atlantic City celebrated their first anniversary.
Along with countless other people, many of who traveled long distances, I stopped by to enjoy the festivities, including ribbon cuttings, free or bargain-priced food, free entertainment, and a dazzling fireworks display.
But more importantly, I wanted to use this opportunity to look around and see for myself the many exciting additions and improvements these facilities now have to offer.
Two days of big celebrations with many more exciting days to come
Both casinos made Atlantic City history a year ago by debuting on exactly the same day, June 27, 2018. However, this time, rather than competing for attention, each casino resort decided to hold the major part of its celebration on different days. Ocean Casino was first, on Thursday, June 27, followed by Hard Rock, on Friday, June 28.
However, if you didn’t get a chance to attend those two celebrations, but are reading this post on Saturday or Sunday, no problem. It’s not too late to take advantage of the special offers continuing all weekend long and enjoy some great entertainment, too.
Also, make no mistake about it. The summer of 2019 is just getting started. Both of these resorts are more than ready anytime you are to give you a great time all summer long!
First Year Anniversary Celebration at Ocean Casino Resort, AC
Debut of two new elevators for quick, easy transport between the lobby and casino
The June 27 party at Ocean Casino Resort started early and ended late. At 11 a.m. a big crowd gathered round the new elevators located on the casino floor near Wahlburger’s. The ribbon cutting ceremony for that long awaited addition to the Ocean Casino dining options took place on Friday, June 21. But this time the ribbon cutting–and complimentary champagne toast–was for the debut of two spacious elevators especially designed for the added convenience of hotel guests.
No need anymore for those staying overnight or longer at the hotel to crowd themselves into the same elevator with those only wishing to get to the casino from the Boardwalk level or vice versa. Instead, the new casino floor elevators will whisk hotel guests quickly and comfortably directly from the hotel level to the casino level and from the casino level back to the hotel level later when they wish to return to their rooms.
1927 Lounge & Speakeasy
No time for dallying. Revelers who wanted to keep up with the energetic guides had to walk fast, full glass of champagne in hand, or otherwise miss the rest of the ribbon cuttings and free handouts.
The next stop on the tour was the brand new 1927 Lounge & Speakeasy. Royal Jelly is out, and this new 1920s themed lounge replaces it. On Sunday – Thursday evenings, you can relax in the lounge and enjoy easy on the ears live entertainment. On Friday and Saturday nights, the energy level kicks up a notch with a live variety show in the Speakeasy Club.
Admission to the 1927 Lounge & Speakeasy is free. However, you need to be 21 or older.
Lounge & Speakeasy entertainment
I returned to the lounge at 7 p.m. to hear the band Sweet Talkers perform. The two sets I heard included a variety of familiar older pop tunes like Summer of 69, Umbrella, Jessie’s Girl, and Say My Name.
I was surprised to see only a handful of people there for the debut lounge show. I hope the 1927 Lounge catches on because after a hectic day, the comfortable seating and pleasant music make it a very nice place to unwind. And you can’t beat the price–free!. However, the drink prices (i.e., $11 for a screwdriver) seemed rather steep.
I sat on a sofa near the stage. However, if you prefer, other seating options include chairs at a high table or at the bar. You can even play slots and video poker close enough to the lounge to hear all of the entertainment.
1927 Lounge & Speakeasy hours
The hours when the 1927 Lounge and Speakeasy are open are as follows:
- Sunday – Thursday: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Friday and Saturday: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Speakeasy Afterhours (starting in July)
- Same two nights: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Pit Boss BBQ & Fish Fry
Following the ribbon cutting for the 1927 & Speakeasy, we headed to the new eatery called Pit Boss BBQ and Fish Fry for another ribbon cutting ceremony.
Anytime you’re hungry but looking for a place where you can dig your teeth into some mouthwatering food quickly and cheaply, Pit Boss BBQ & Fish Fry certainly fits the bill. For example, you can get a pulled pork or chicken, fried fish, Texas brisket, or crab cake sandwich for only $11-$15.
Fish fries served with pickles and slaw come in a choice of fried shrimp ($16), calamari, ($13), crab cakes ($17) or fish & chips ($14). Or order a platter including all four for $27.
Baby back ribs are on the menu, too. A half-rack will set you back $24.
And of course, you need a beverage to accompany all this tasty food. Water, soda, or lemonade costs $4, while domestic beer is available for $6 and imported beer for $7.
However, my June 28 Pit Boss stop cost me nothing. Everyone who stopped by for the ribbon cutting ceremony got a free crab cake slider!
Pit Boss BBQ & Fish Fry Hours
Pitt Boss BBQ & Fish Fry is closed Monday and Tuesday, but open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
You can eat right there on the premises. Or if you prefer, order your food to go. Then take it with you to enjoy while watching the game you bet on at the William Hill Sportsbook or the evening entertainment in the 1927 Lounge & Speakeasy.
Shops at the Row
The final stop on the Ocean Casino ribbon cutting tour was at the Shops at the Row. Your choices there, including several newly opened shops, are so eclectic and impressive, it called for free cake for everyone!
The Shops at the Row really do offer something for everyone–yourself, the other adults in your party, your kids, and don’t forget gifts for friends and family.
If you forgot to take along any essentials or items for the beach, no problem. Several of the Shops at the Row carry them. Or maybe you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special event of your own. Or during the course of your stay, you hit a big jackpot. This calls for splurging on a nice bottle of wine or a sparkling piece of jewelry. Once again, look no further than the Shops at the Row.
List and hours for all of the Shops at the Row
Here, in alphabetical order, is a complete list of all of the Shops at the Row along with the hours they are open.
However, keep in mind that this information is accurate of June 27, 2019. Quite possibly, additional shops will debut at a later date.
Bangz Salon & Blow Dry
- Tues. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bergio: Fine jewelry
- Sun. – Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Core Departure (also on the Lobby level): Beachwear, sundries, souvenirs, and snacks
- Daily 8 a.m. to midnight; the shop on the Lobby level is open 24/7.
Flying Reef & Surf Shop
- Daily 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hooligan’s: Kids’ clothing and accessories (Note: This shop is moving in July to a larger space nearby where it will expand its offerings to include items for older children, too.)
- Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
O-Man: Men’s clothing and accessories
- Daily 10 a.m. to midnight
Ocean Wine & Spirits
- Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Renee: Women’s clothing and accessories
- Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rocket Fizz: Old fashioned candy and soda shop
- Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Time After Time: Jewelry, especially watches. This store also changes batteries while you wait and does watch repair.
- Sun. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. to midnight.
Rocket Fizz: A unique candy store for kids and kids at heart of all ages
Don’t get me wrong. The area of Ocean Casino Resort called Shops at the Row is not a mega-size mall designed for shopaholics to shop till they drop. But that’s probably not what you want anyway. It is a place where you can take a break from the casino and readily find both items you need and items you don’t, but are too irresistible to pass up.
Strictly in the latter category is one shop I had to single out, not only because its undeniable appeal drew me in, but also because I don’t believe another place in Atlantic City exists like it. Even the name of the place will have you and your kids flying inside. Get ready to experience Rocket Fizz!
Every type of candy you could possibly long for, and more
Whatever your age, Rocket Fizz is guaranteed to make you feel like a kid in a candy store. But not just any candy store, but one that will actually take you back to your childhood.
Think back to some of your favorite candies when you were a youngster, but haven’t had in years because none of the stores you frequent carries them. But this one does!
Does a Moon Pie, Mallo Cup, or Whatchamacallit bring back nostalgic memories? Those are just few possibilities in the enormous assortment of candies you’ll find here, many of which you probably thought no longer existed. This candy shop offers many varieties of taffy and licorice, too.
Rocket Fizz is the epitome of exactly what you would expect an old fashioned candy store to be, but with 2019 prices. No five cent candy bars in this place! Small candy bars cost over a dollar, and loose candy you bag yourself is $10.99 for a small bag or $12.99 for a large bag. Or if you would like a nostalgic memento to take home, show biz photos from back in the day (maybe long before you were born) are $7.99 each and tin signs are $19.99 each.
Every flavor of soda pop you never imagined existed
Rocket Fizz is also where you’ll find shelf after shelf of bottled soda. The store is called Rocket Fizz because that’s one of the of soda brands you can buy there, along with many others. At $2.29 a bottle, surely you will be tempted to buy one or two. The only hard part will be choosing from the incredible assortment of flavors. Forget the mundane choices in your local supermarket or convenience store. I’m talking about flavors like Key Lime Pie, Coffee Cake, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Havana Banana, Orange Creamsicle, and Cotton Candy! And that’s only a tiny sampling.
The June 27 celebration ended with fireworks
The only fitting end to what was a spectacular day of celebration was the fireworks show that got underway at 9:30 p.m. The Ocean Casino Sky Garden provided an unsurpassed view of the spectacular display.
Keep celebrating at Ocean Casino Resort
For the benefit of those who couldn’t make it to the Thursday, June 27 first year anniversary events, as well as those who had such a good time they can’t wait to come back, here are few things you can do to keep the celebration going.
Both Sat. and Sun.
- 15% off sale at the Flying Surf Shop
- $1 hot dog at the William Hill Sportsbook (starting 4 p.m.)
- Free evening entertainment at the 1927 Lounge & Speakeasy
Monday, July 1 (and every Monday thereafter, weather permitting)
- Music Row Mondays free entertainment on the Boardwalk 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
First Year Anniversary Celebration at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AC
On Friday, June 28, I returned to Atlantic City for the first year anniversary celebration at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
$200,000 donation to charity
The festivities kicked off on a high note with the announcement by Hard Rock executives that the casino hotel would donate a total of $200,000, to be equally divided among the following five local charities:
- Atlantic City Rescue Mission
- Atlantic City Police Foundation
- Turning Point Day Center
- Covenant House
Initially, Hard Rock was going to give each recipient a gift of $20,000. But at the last minute, Hard Rock Chairman and CEO Jim Allen announced to the thrilled crowd that he and the property’s owners–Joseph and Michael Jingoli and Jack Morris–had jointly decided to double the contribution.
Hard Rock’s wish to give back to the community after a very successful first year
As Allen told the huge throng that gathered for this event,
“I think it truly demonstrates that not just Hard Rock, but us, as individuals, truly care and want to give back to the community.”
According to Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Atlantic City, since its official opening on June 27, 2018, this facility has generated more than $320 million in gambling revenue. It also ranks fourth in the market in overall casino revenue and second in table game revenue.
Lupo further indicated that to date, 3.6 million people have visited the casino, 1.2 million have stayed as hotel guests, and nearly a half million have attended concerts there.
That, he said, all adds up to having “a very successful first year.”
However, he also made the following point:
“As successful as we have been from a gambling revenue standpoint, what’s even more important is creating a new brand, a new energy in Atlantic City”
Mayor Gilliam proclaimed June 28 Hard Rock Day in Atlantic City
Then Mayor Frank Gilliam came to the podium and presented the Atlantic City property with a special proclamation on behalf of the city. June 28 will be recognized hereafter as “Hard Rock Day” in Atlantic City.
The party was just getting started
At 4 p.m. the Hard Rock Anniversary parade got underway on the Boardwalk. Participants included local bands, dancers, and cheerleaders. In addition, various celebrities and New Jersey notables appeared on floats or in classic cars. Newly crowned Miss New Jersey, who will go on to participate in the Miss America competition, was among them.
Many guests also took advantage of the these special Hard Rock Anniversary Day special offers:
- $10 brunch at Fresh Harvest Buffet
- 10x free play for slot players
Keep celebrating at Hard Rock Atlantic City
At Hard Rock, as at Ocean Casino Resort, all of you who want to celebrate some more are in luck. Here are a few suggestions for more fun things to do the rest of this weekend and beyond.
- Jersey Boys: performing at Sound Waves on Sunday June 30 at 8 p.m. and on selected dates thereafter through July 21.
- Music Row Mondays: free musical entertainment on the Boardwalk from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, July 1 and every Monday thereafter, weather permitting.
- Play your favorite casino games to earn entries all summer long for the September 1 prize drawing where one super lucky player will become an instant millionaire!
NJ online casino slots cover every theme under the sun. But what if you have a pressing need to get as far away from the everyday mundane as possible and escape to a whole new world of sheer fantasy with your favorite NJ gambling websites?
Even if you know it’s just a fairy tale. Does any such online slot actually exist? Of course, and one of them–Aladdin’s Legacy–is this week’s Barb’s Best Bet!
A Legacy based on the famous Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
The timeless story of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is familiar to and loved by every generation of not only children, but also adults.
Whether you read the book or see one of the many TV, musical theater, or movie adaptations, and whether it’s for the first time or for the umpteenth time, the experience is utterly captivating.
In fact, during the weekend of May 24, 2019, Disney released a brand new live action version of the 1992 animated film. But for all of you who want to enjoy even more of the Aladdin experience, why stop there?
You can recreate the fantasy at home or wherever in New Jersey you happen to be any time you wish playing the Aladdin’s Legacy slot game on your computer or smartphone.
Best of all, each time you play, it’s not just the same old story because you have no idea what new treasures you’re about to unlock. Aladdin’s Legacy is unique because it lets you step into a whole new world of enchantment, magic, and exotic treasures.
All sorts of special features and surprises could be in store for you, including a wild and scatter symbol and three lucrative bonus games with the potential to boost your online bankroll big time. Ride the magic carpet to big bonuses and see where it takes you.
Why Aladdin’s Legacy qualifies as Barb’s Best Bet
When selecting which of the hundreds of slot games that players on NJ gambling websites can choose from to single out as “Best Bets,” I use a variety of criteria.
For starters, I try to find slots with an identifiable theme that I think will appeal to a large cross section of players. The game should be fun and exciting and sufficiently different from other games so that frequent players won’t quickly become bored.
Outstanding graphics, sound, and animations are a must, along with a variety of special features to make the game more entertaining and offer additional ways to win. In addition, the game must be available in a wide enough range of bet sizes to appeal to low, mid-range, and big bettors alike.
Lastly, and most importantly, no game meets my high standards for Best Bet without a superior return to player (RTP).
While no slot can assure you of a winning outcome every time you play, a higher RTP not only increases the likelihood of winning, but also your ability to withstand the inevitable dry spells without their making a major dent in your bankroll.
It’s all about being able to stay in the game, which is critical for any slot player.
Of course, the proof is in the playing, which is why prior to recommending any slot game in my Best Bets column on this website, I play the game myself in demo mode.
Aladdin’s Legacy basics
Aladdin’s Legacy is an online video slot by NYX Gaming consisting of 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 fixed paylines.
If you have watched Aladdin on TV, or performed live on Broadway or anywhere else, or the 1992 or 2019 version of the film, you won’t be too surprised to see that the Aladdin’s Legacy slot game has a desert oasis setting as well. Palm trees and minarets in the distance add a realistic touch, while the reels themselves are set in a gold ornamental frame.
The minimum bet is only 20 cents per spin, while the maximum is $100 per spin. So as you can see, this is a game that will appeal to a very wide range of players.
Aladdin’s Legacy does not offer a progressive jackpot, but it doesn’t need one because the maximum payout of 2,500 coins in the base game and 11,500 coins in the Treasure Room bonus provide more than enough incentive. While a super size win of the magnitude of the game’s top payout is, of course, highly improbable, frequent small payouts will keep you in the game for as long as you want to play.
RTP of 95 percent
Ordinarily, I insist on slot games with an RTP of 96 percent or higher. Aladdin’s Legacy has a published RTP of 95 percent, which falls a little shy of my usual minimum, but it is still above average for NJ online slots. Furthermore, when I played the game in demo mode, betting a hypothetical $5 per spin, I had great results from the get-go.
The first time, on just the second spin, I activated the free spins bonus round. The second time it took five spins. Each time I received 10 free spins, during which my wins kept mounting. On the first set of free spins, I won over $200, while the second time, the amount was a little less but still well over $100. Not bad at all for just one $5 bet. When the free spins finally came to an end, the screen lit up with the message “Big Win!”
The manufacturer also lists Aladdin’s Legacy as having low volatility. In other words, even during a playing session when you’re not having good luck, huge negative swings are highly unlikely.
This is a particularly important feature for anyone whose bankroll for online slot play is limited. You can play with no worries and the reasonable assurance that whatever happens, you’ll have plenty of betting money left to try again whenever you want.
Where in New Jersey can you play Aladdin’s Legacy?
You can play Aladdin’s Legacy on the following NJ gambling websites:
Aladdin’s Legacy symbols
An important part of what makes playing Aladdin’s Legacy so thoroughly enjoyable is the great attention to detail that the maker of this NJ online slot, NYX, has demonstrated in every aspect of the game.
- The rich, warm, earthy colors against which the reels are set are consistent with what you would expect a desert oasis to look like, while the decorative border of the reels themselves includes elaborate golden scrollwork.
- All of the symbols, even the lowest paying ones, have golden embellishments, while the higher paying symbols also reflect the theme of the story.
Meanwhile, a soundtrack of upbeat Arabic music sets the mood.
The higher paying regular symbols, in increasing order of their payouts, are as follows:
- Red and white awning over an Arabian market stall
- Clay pot filled with parchment scrolls
- The princess who marries Aladdin
- Desert oasis
- Aladdin, himself, clad in purple, with face partially veiled
All of these symbols become animated whenever they contribute to a winning payline.
The lower paying regular symbols are the playing cards J through A.
Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner, with like symbols appearing in adjacent reels going from left to right, starting with the reel farthest to the left. However, instead of needing a minimum of three like symbols, as is usually the case, just two will suffice. Of course, the payoffs for two like symbols are quite small, but they’re a winner nonetheless.
The highest paying regular symbol, Aladdin, pays 2x, 50x, 100x, or 200x your line bet for 2, 3, 4, or 5 of them across a payline, respectively.
By the way, whenever your spin forms a winning combination, any unused symbols darken. This makes it very easy to see at a glance exactly what your winning combination is.
Aladdin seated on top of his magic carpet serves as the game’s wild symbol. As such, it is capable of substituting for all other symbols except the scatter symbol to help form or add to winning combinations.
The wild symbol can appear on any of the reels. Therefore, whenever two or more of them appear adjacently on a payline, starting with the reel farthest to the left, that’s another way wild symbols can add to your winnings. The greater the number of adjacent wild symbols there are on the same payline, the greater the payout. Two or more adjacent wild symbols pay more than the same number of any of the regular symbols: 10x, 100x, 500x, or 2,500x your line bet, respectively.
The scatter symbol is Aladdin’s golden lamp. However, two of those symbols won’t do you any good. You need at least three to land simultaneously anywhere on the reels in order to activate the Free Spins bonus round.
Depending on how many scatter symbols show up–3, 4, or 5–you will receive 10, 15, or 20 free spins, respectively.
It is possible to win a lot of money during the free spins, and if you’re really lucky, move on to the next bonus feature, where you’ll be rewarded with even bigger wins. However, during the free spins, the symbols on the reels are different. There are no scatter symbols on the reels, so the free spins cannot be retriggered.
In addition to the base game, Aladdin’s Legacy offers three separate bonus features. In other words, even though they’re all part of the same slot, playing Aladdin’s Legacy is like playing four games in one!
Free Spins bonus feature
As mentioned, you need to have 3, 4, or 5 Aladdin’s magic lamp scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels simultaneously to be awarded the Free Spins bonus feature. This is the easiest of the three bonus features to trigger.
During the free spins, the symbols on the reels are not the same ones that appeared during the base game, but gems of varying shapes and colors. Winning combinations are formed in the same manner as before. However, the one new symbol you really want to see is the Into the Cave symbol on reel 5. If you do, you will have triggered the second of three possible bonus features: the Into the Cave bonus game.
Into the Cave bonus feature
The object of the Into the Cave bonus game is to unlock the cave door. You will be asked to pick three gems, each of which will award a cash prize. If you pick the right three, you will also trigger the third and potentially biggest paying bonus feature of all–the Treasure Room bonus game. Otherwise, you will be returned to the Free Spins bonus game to complete the remaining free spins.
Treasure Room bonus feature
The Treasure Room bonus feature is hard to trigger, but if you make it that far, a new challenge awaits you. Aladdin’s treasures would not have been obtainable without the help of his magic lamp. Likewise, your task is to pick the right path that will lead you to your own pot of gold. And is it ever–11,500 coins!
If you pick the wrong path, better luck next time. Meanwhile, you will have to settle for a much smaller prize.
Aladdin’s Legacy summary
Some slot games, progressive jackpot slots especially, have as their big draw the lure of a huge jackpot. But the flip side is the reduced frequency of smaller payouts. Aladdin’s Legacy is the opposite. Winning combinations that produce small payouts occur very frequently. In many instances, they don’t even equal the bet size.
On the other hand, even though many of the wins in the base game are small, they occur often enough to make you feel like you’re winning. If you’re not winning, the good news is you’re probably not losing by much.
Lots of small wins add up
The biggest payouts in this game will almost certainly take place during the bonus rounds rather than in the base game. However, even in the base game, interspersed among all the small payouts, there will be some fairly large ones. Even without the additional contribution of the bonus rounds, those could be enough to give you a winning session.
The base game could get a little boring if you don’t trigger the Free Spins bonus feature early. However, I wouldn’t know because that didn’t happen when I played.
State-of-the-art graphics, sounds, and animations
Superior graphics, sound, and animations further enhance the slot play experience. Whether you play NJ online slots regularly or only occasionally, you cannot help but be impressed by what this game has to offer. From a technology standpoint, Aladdin’s Legacy offers everything that players on NJ gambling websites want from an online slot.
The bottom line
Aladdin’s Legacy is a fun and potentially rewarding slot that you will want to come back to play again and again. The high RTP and low volatility ensure that you will be able to do so often.
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- Five reels / 20 fixed paylines
- Bets: 20 cents to $100
- RTP: 95.00 percent
- Aladdin fairy tale theme
- Wild and scatter symbols
- Free Spins bonus feature
- Into the Cave bonus feature
- Treasure Room bonus feature
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