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Graphics and Sound (9)
The slot games offered by Rival have excellent graphics and sound. The graphics clarity is sharp and colors are bright. The I-slots feature video clips that run smoothly. The animations in the slot games are innovative. Some of the slot games have full screen and 3-D animations. The sound effects are also enjoyable. Both the background music and the wins sounds are of high quality. The graphics and sound are also in tune with the theme of the slot games. The graphics and sound are not of the same level in table games and video poker, but that is understandable.
Game Variety (7)
Rival offers considerably fewer games than its competitors. This is understandable because it is a later entrant, but from a player’s point of view the disadvantage is apparent. In slot games Rival offers sufficient variety in slot games to keep players interested, particularly in view of its I-slots. However it is found wanting in other games. The required variety in blackjack and video poker is just not there.
Game Updates (9)
Rival regularly provides new games, particularly in its series of I-slots. The additions, though not as frequent as in the case of some other software providers, are commensurate with its game strength. One important aspect about Rival is that it periodically revamps existing games on the basis of newer technology developed.
This is another area where Rival is behind its competition. The number of progressive slots is understandably less because of the smaller games size. The quality of the progressives is not an issue. The problem is with the payouts. There are no million dollar paying progressive slot games that have become a must in the suite of any software provider. Most of the progressives are in the 10,000s range, which is less than what many fixed jackpots pay today.
Download Version (10)
The greatest advantage of the download software is that it is compatible with Mac. This will be loved by the many Mac users, especially in the United States. The software is multi lingual and comes in a number of European languages. It also carries out transactions in major currencies. The download process is simple and does not take much time. Some of the I-slots take a few minutes to load because of the large number of files, but most games load in less than a minute. Another commendable feature of the download version is that it checks for updates every time it is started. Therefore players are assured that they have the latest features.
Instant Play Version (9)
Not all Rival powered online casinos offer the Instant Play version. This is because when Rival was first launched it did not start with the Instant Play version, which is a later addition. All the popular games are offered on the Instant Play versions so players will not have anything to lose on that score. But if the Internet connection speed is not adequate, then players may experience lack of smoothness. Players will need to create an account with the online casino to use the Instant Play version as well.