Classic pokies are often pushed aside in favour of the more modern, feature rich video pokies which often boast 20 paylines or more, some of them offering payways in the hundreds of thousands. Video Pokies also usually have wild symbols and other special symbols that trigger free spins or other kinds of bonus rounds. These types of games, despite being engaging, can also be complicated and confusing. On a small screen they can also be difficult to follow with too many details, lights and side games.
Classic pokies traditionally have a far simpler layout, featuring only 3 reels with minimal special features. Despite coming off as boring, these pokies really have a lot to offer. Firstly, a simple layout is preferred by many, not only are the bigger reels and symbols easier on the eyes, but so are the mechanics. Some of these games have been souped up to include modern features such as adjustable volatility and varied themes.
While many of the one arm bandit fruit machines are still alive and well, Pokie Place offers a great number of games that have a similar style yet a more modern interface. We’ve put together a couple examples of great pokies for that uncomplicated experience.
This classic 3 reel pokie developed by the masterminds at Quickspin, is set in the 50’s on a 3×3 grid with 5 paylines. Classic, simple and retro. Despite its initial simplicity, this pokie actually has 3 interactive, multi-level features which award multipliers of up to 10 times and instant cash prizes of up to 100 times your stake.
Tom Horn Gaming has recreated a classic pokie with 3 reels and minimal features. Featuring all the symbols from the old one armed bandits such as 7’s, cherries, grapes and lemons, players can expect a high volatility pokie with a high payout ratio of 97% making this one of Pokie Place’s top paying games.
Based on the very traditional setup, this rumble-in-the-jungle themed pokie has 3 reels and a single payline. This game is for those aim-and-shoot kinds of people who want to only focus on lining up 3 of a kind winning combinations. With a payout rate of 96% and a top jackpot of $80,000, there is more than enough reason to give this game a go. One of the big advantages is the over sized reels and symbols which make it not only a simple pokie, without complicated rules, but also it’s easy on the eyes.
Jack on Hold
The wild west is a very dangerous place and even more so with the likes of Jack, a skilled bandit, who may be up to sharing some of his loot. This classic style pokie is a based on the traditional 3×3 grid with 3 reels and 5 paylines. It also incorporates some of the modern features that have made pokies so popular such as a wild symbol and a respin bonus round for every time the wild symbol creates a winning combo.
Bars and 7’s
This classic pokie has simplified the simple and added a few modern touches. Boasting 8 paylines on a traditional 3 reel setup, this pokie only has 2 symbols, you guessed it, BARs and 7s! Payouts are based on lining up 3 matching symbols. There is no wild symbol, no scatter, no bonus round, nothing fancy. There is however a slightly higher than average payout rate of 96,4%, adjustable volatility and a great, giant design that’s easy on the eyes.
Another 3 reel, 8 payline pokie from Wazdan, based on ancient Chinese folklore, this game features once again only 2 symbols, including a couple of modern twists such as the ability to adjust the volatility of the game as well as a themed gamble feature.
Not all fruit slots
Classic pokies don’t always have to be single payline, fruit slots. Modern technology has made it possible to keep this simple style for those who prefer it and add some of the features that players have come to know and love.