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Microgaming turns Nursery Rhymes into Online Slots Games

9 February 2011 by admin

Originally announced back in January, Microgaming launched what they are hoping is going to be the first in a new online slots series, one that is based on nursery rhymes. Yes, nursery rhymes. Now before you go turning your nose up the idea as it being too childish for an adult gambling game of chance, think about how much we like to reminisce about the things we miss from our childhood. So really the idea that Microgaming is thinking about doing a new online slots series based on nursery rhymes is not too far-fetched or too outlandish.

The first of this potential new online slots series is called Queen of Hearts. This one is based on the rhyme, not the character from Lewis Carroll’s exceptionally well-known Wonderland stories. The rhyme itself goes like this:

The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts all on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts he stole the tars and took them clean away.
The King of Hearts called for the tarts and beat the Knave full sore.
The Knave of Hearts brought back the tarts and vowed he’d steal no more.

And that is the premise behind the Queen of Hearts online slots game. Naturally players will find all three members of the royalty present on the reels—the Queen, King and Knave. Added to the reels is also some baking paraphernalia: Oven Mitts, Serving Maids and the Tarts themselves. While Queen of Hearts does offer players the chance to trigger up to ten free spins by landing three, four or five of the Queen’s Crown, there is no bonus game to trigger.

And this I think of as a sad thing. Not because I am greedy and want a bonus game for the sake of winning a bonus games, but just because the theme offers some fun options that I imagine would normally be found in a bonus game for an online slots game. For the Queen of Hearts, if I were a software developer on this game, I would have created a bonus game in which the player took the place of the knave and had to steal tarts—the more tarts stolen the larger the bonus prize. Or maybe put the king under the player’s control, and to earn their bonus prize, the player has to punish the knave for his theft.

I also hope that Microgaming goes on to develop more online slots games from nursery rhymes and does indeed turn this into a new series. I can see ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ as an online slots game—plates, spoons, cats and fiddles for symbols. And perhaps a bonus game of getting the cow to leap over the moon. Just an idea anyway.

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