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Microgaming AWP Instant Play Slots Online

By: Fabian Rictor, Wednesday August 15th 2012
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AWP stands for Amusement with Prizes. This is another name for the fruit machine online slots that were found in English pubs. In order to bypass the laws that did not allow customers to gamble at the pubs, the fruit machines offered prizes in kind and hence the name Amusement with Prizes. The leading software provider Microgaming is developing its portfolio of instant play games. It has included a large number of AWP online slots in its instant play portfolio that are not available in its download portfolio. There are certain common characteristics of AWP slots. All of them are three reel slots with nudge and hold features. Nudge allows players to turn the reel by one symbol and this is extremely helpful in forming a winning combination. Hold allows the player to keep a reel fixed and spin the remaining. But beyond these common features there is a great variety in the Microgaming AWP online slots. This article describes some of these slots machines.

Six Bomb is an explosive AWP slot game. The Six Bomb logo is the jackpot symbol and the lady, who is a bombshell herself, is the wild symbol. The slot game is played on two sets of reels. The first set of reels is a single payline game. Any win on this game goes to the cash pot. Players can collect the cash pot or wager it on the second set of reels, which offer five paylines and therefore more winning opportunities. In this set of reels players can choose enhanced multipliers, but the cash pot amount will be suitably reduced.

Gold Mine also offers an interesting feature. There are two different games and players can choose which one to play depending on their risk taking propensity. The more conservative payout table is set inside a saloon. The jackpot payout is 200x but the remaining payouts are 40x or less. Also the reels offer only one payline. The second set of reels is set in the open desert area. There are five paylines. The top payout is 200x but the remaining payouts range from 20x to 120x. Microgaming has structured the AWP slot machine so that the average return on both games is the same. In the second game players will win larger amounts but less frequently.

Microgaming has two fantastic video slots based on Thor the Norse god, Thunderstruck and Thunderstruck II. The AWP fruit machine Thor Blimey takes a comic look at Thor. The lower paying symbols are taken from classic slots, but the higher paying symbols are from the Thor theme. They include beer, hammer, lightning, longships, Viking lady and Thor. Thor offers a jackpot payout of 2,000x. Players can collect or gamble their payouts. If they win the gamble they can collect a feature.

Umpire Strikes Back is perhaps the only cricket themed online slot. The thematic symbols in this AWP are the 4 and 6 placards, pads, helmets, cricket bats and the umpire. The umpire offers the jackpot payout. The feature is triggered in a most interesting manner. Some of the symbols depict small cricket balls along side. If all three symbols on the payline have cricket balls then the feature is triggered. The feature in Umpire Strikes Back consists of Hi Lo games that award cash payouts, nudges and other benefits.

Almost all Microgaming online casinos offer instant play software and all these AWP slots can be played there. CasinoAdvisor recommends All Slots and Royal Vegas.

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