|Online Slot Machine||Fortune Jump|
|Slot Provider||Playtech Casino Software|
This will be one of the hardest slot reviews to do for us. Fortune Jump is the brand new slot from Playtech and it’s going to be very hard not to be too negative about it. We were hoping to be able to put up a video for it but it seems Playtech either couldn’t be bothered making one or they were too ashamed of it to promote it themselves. It’s poor. And dull. And uninspired.
Yawn….. Ok let’s give you some facts.
Fortune Jump Return to Player
The theoretical percentage return to player (RTP) in the game is 89.16% when playing with the minimum number of active pay-lines and 96.11% when playing with the maximum number of active pay-lines.
Fortune Jump is a 5-reel 40-line slot
We could talk about the feature bonus. But it’s a poor pick a few wins kind of bonus. You probably won’t expect to see huge wins from it either.
The graphics, animations and game-play? Well it’s something out of 1995 not 2015. Yawn.
The auto-play function only allows 25 spins in a row so you can’t even leave it spinning and potter off to make a cup of tea. Not that you would want to anyway. This isn’t a tactical autoplay slot. There’s not much strategy wise to even bother pretending with.
It’s just bad. Plain terrible. Playtech have put less effort into this slot than I have done writing this review. That’s how bad it is. Ok, there’s only one way I can salvage this slot review, and that’s by writing a friendly letter to Playtech:
Your recent slot releases have been poor to say the least. Graphically and gameplay wise your two latest slots Archer and Fortune Jump are years behind ALL the competition. Your Return to Player percentages are on average behind your competitors with White King being almost criminally low.
The Playtech Marvel Jackpots brand was a market leader for a long time and many of those slots still stand up against the rest even today (though again on a handful of them the low RTP means the wise players avoid them and stick to the higher paying slots). However no new Marvel Jackpot releases have come in the past few years, with Iron Man 3 slot being the latest as well as one of the weaker offerings. Have you lost your Marvel license? The Marvel movie universe has released a good number of movies that haven’t been developed into slots by your good selves. What a missed opportunity. You could have cashed in and made the Marvel Progressive Jackpot brand something special and regained your spot at the top of the slot tree.
It is time you woke up to what the market wants. Net Entertainment are releasing brand new slots every week, all of which feature top end graphics and animations and often the gameplay is highly innovative. NetEnt are reinventing the online slot. What’s more, the RTP of their slots are all usually in the 96-97% range.
Have you had your best programmers and developers poached by other companies? Are there no promising young techies out there to hire? Well have a look around at the young up and coming slot development studios. I’m talking about Yggdrasil, Odobo, Thunderkick, Endorphina and RWG. The financial muscle Playtech still enjoys could easily see you buy out one or two of these young upstarts. Most start-up software companies owners would jump at the chance of getting bought out nice and early. And you inherit hugely inventive designers and programmers as well as a very different and exciting back catalog of online slots ready to be pumped into your casinos. Williams Interactive have the right idea swallowing up teams like Bally, Barcrest, etc. If they can do it, so can you. Get in quick before one of the United States friendly slot makers makes their move (Slots Guide has already been advising representatives from Rival and RTG about the idea).
The online casino game has moved on in the past few years and continues to evolve whilst Playtech is going backwards. Soon the gulf will be too big to claw back.
Yours sincerely (sincerely concerned),
The Slots-Guide.eu team.
UPDATE: We have turned this letter into a full article: Playtech: Fixing what’s broken