Our #1 pick for online scratchies games: King Johnnie
Scratchies offer lots of different styles and themes. Many themes are based on other popular forms of entertainment. Such variations include scratch cards based on other casino games, different sports, movies, television shows, and historical legends.
The range of themes for scratchies is always getting wider, especially as technology improves. Listed below are some of the themes we would like to see, so scratch card designers, we hope you’re paying attention.
Scratchies that simulate other kinds of casino games have become almost commonplace, so why not jazz it up? Imagine a poker game themed scratch card where the winning card comes from a cheater’s sleeve. In the case of online scratchies, you can program “scratchable” surfaces in hidden places so that they function like Easter eggs. Perhaps one can get a bonus win by doing so, adding a new dimension to scratch card play.
Speaking of new dimensions, let’s see some creativity in scratch card designs. M. C. Escher and H. R. Geiger offer many different designs that stretch the logic of the physical world. One famous Escher art work shows two hands drawing each other, which was a kind of joke regarding a common art school exercise of drawing or painting one’s hand. How about two M. C. Esher hands that are able to scratch off the latex surfaces to reveal new dimensions of wealth to players?
Another way to jazz up scratchies is to use three dimensional graphics for online scratchies where you can allow the scratch-off surfaces to be functions of the three dimensional depth. One interesting geometric figure that scratchies of the virtual type may model themselves after is the fractal. A fractal encircles an infinitely repeating pattern within a finite space. One early activity with computers was to zoom repeatedly “into” the fractal. A virtual scratch card that you can repeatedly zoom deeper into if you hit the correct combinations initially would be one of the most dynamic games to play.
With the growing popularity of super hero team movies such as Marvel’s The Avengers and X-Men, a type of scratch card we would like to see is one where you need to complete the team in order to win. A scratch off might reveal Iron Man and Thor, but not Captain America or the rest, so it doesn’t win. Perhaps a winning card can feature three or four Avengers with different winning combinations and number of team members collected yielding different bonuses.
Another variation on scratchies is to take advantage on what the scratchies can reveal in the case of online scratchies. Each card can reveal an animated sequence that tells part of a story. You can choose the direction of the story by scratching off some parts of the virtual card rather than others. The game in this case becomes a choose your own adventure.
Similar to pokies in this respect, playing scratchies can often remain a solitary activity. Many online casinos that offer scratchies try to make them a more social experience by offering scratchie tournaments. Although this is great for the online version of scratchies, that may not be nearly as practical for scratchies from the physical world.
Nevertheless, no one wants players who enjoy scratchies with the physical scratch cards to feel left out. So, allow me to submit for your approval…the scratchie game.
The scratchie game can be played with any number of players and a stopwatch, watch or clock, and AU$25 for each player (or whatever stakes each player will agree upon). Each player buys all the scratchies they can with the money allotted. Every winning card can be used to buy more cards, unless you win big, in which case, you may not win the scratchie game. But you have won a huge jack pot, so we’re sure you’ll get over it.
Whoever is able to continuously play the scratch cards until all the money and all the scratchies have been played is the winner, the last person standing. This is a game we would like to see–one that also allows people to get together, play and compete against each other.
While many of these themes and games we would like to see may never happen, designers are constantly pushing the envelope further on what you can do with scratchies, particularly those in online virtual environments where you can do so many innovative ideas to life through computer animation.