Deal or No Deal is an extraordinarily popular game show in many different countries, including Australia – which was the first nation to get a version of the game other than the original Dutch edition. The game is still on television today, and remains popular due in large part to its very simple premise. Players have the chance to win prizes ranging from a penny to $200,000, and slowly eliminate possible prizes as they move along in the game. The drama comes from “the banker,” who offers a buyout to the player at certain points in the game (usually a little less than the average amount of the remaining possible prizes). The player must then make a choice: take the deal, or risk winning less in the game itself.
The Deal or No Deal poker machine at Royal Vegas Casino captures much of the same excitement as the game show it’s based on. You’ll interact with the banker, have to make choices when given offers, and you’ll even have the chance to play bonus games that mirror the action in the TV show – complete with the potential for winning a huge progressive jackpot!
First though, let’s take a look at the basics of this game. Deal or No Deal is a five-reel, 20-line poker machine. Players may only bet one coin per line, but there is a choice between three different coin sizes.
Your goal when playing is to match as many of the same symbol as possible across your active paylines. Despite the famous game show that this pokie is based on, the normal symbols in the game are all based on classics from other pokies that you’ve seen on hundreds of machines in the past. Fruit symbols, sevens, and bars all make appearances. Surprisingly, the jacks, queens, kings and aces that are typically used as low-value symbols are the most valuable of all in Deal or No Deal. In fact, five aces in the row can earn you a prize of 10,000 credits!
While the basic gameplay features don’t have much to do with Deal or No Deal’s game show action, the bonus games are all about dealing with the banker and those famous cases.
On certain spins – typically ones with fairly big wins – you’ll hear a phone ring before you get to see the actual result of your spin. The banker will make you an offer of an instant prize, which you have the option of taking or rejecting. From our experiences in playing the game, there’s about an equal chance that the deal will be better or worse than the actual spin, so take your pick based on how much you’re willing to give up whatever the banker has offered you. After you make your choice, you’ll get to see what the result of the spin itself was, so that you can find out whether or not you made the right choice.
There are also two special symbols on the reels that can get you into a couple of different bonus games. The first of these is labelled ‘Bonus’, and also features three boxes with question marks on them. If you hit three of these symbols in a row on any payline, you’ll get to play the Mystery Bonus Round. In this game, you’ll be presented with 15 boxes, 11 of which hold cash prizes. The other four boxes contain either nothing, which ends the game immediately, or a “Win All,” which instantly wins you every prize on the board! You get to keep playing until you hit one of the empty boxes, at which point you win the total of all boxes opened until that point.
The other exciting bonus round is the Deal or No Deal Bonus, which is activated if you hit three of the appropriate bonus symbol on any spin in which you play all 20 lines. If you enter this game, you’ll get to play a special version of the Deal or No Deal game, choosing cases, eliminating prizes, and choosing whether or not to take the banker’s deals during the process. This game is also the only way to win the Deal or No Deal progressive jackpot – a prize that is worth as much as several hundred thousand dollars at the highest coin value.
So, what’s the final verdict on the Deal or No Deal pokie machine? Well, if you’re big on pokie machines with lots of flash and style, this isn’t the game for you. There aren’t any special animations and the layout of the machine is pretty basic, though very functional and easy to use.
On the other hand, this pokie really gets the Deal or No Deal feel absolutely right. All of the bonus games are well thought out and capture the drama from the television show, especially when you’re potentially chasing the game’s big progressive jackpot. If you’re a fan of Deal or No Deal, but enjoy pokies a little more than waiting to get on the game show, this is a perfect choice for you.