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The mysterious sands of old Arabia have proved to be fertile ground for slots developers over the years, and Barcrest have contributed to the genre with their Sheik Yer Money slot. As with many of their games, Barcrest give you the chance to win some larger prizes with their Big Bet feature. There are also some other intriguing bonuses to explore in this game.
So read this Sheik Yer Money slot review to find out whether this game is worthy of an oil baron’s palace, or is just another desert vagabond wandering among the Bedouin of the dunes.
|Sheik Yer Money Details|
|House Edge: 1.80%||Return to player: 98.20%|
|Autospin: Yes||Softwares: Windows download, no download - instant play, mobile, Mac|
|Released: January 20, 2016||Min Bet: 0.1|
|Max Bet: 500||Scatters: Yes|
|Gamble: No||Max Coins: 10|
|Reels: 5||Paylines: 10|
|Spins: Yes||Bonus Rounds: No|
|Wild: Yes||Software: Barcrest|
|Sheik Yer Money comparison|
|Sheik Yer Money||AVG|
|House Edge:||1.80 %||4.02 %|
|Return to player:||98.20 %||95.98 %|
The Sheik Yer Money slot is played on a grid with 5 reels and 3 rows. There are 10 fixed paylines. You can see the number of active paylines displayed in a shield by the side of the reels. The minimum bet for UK players is 10p and the maximum is £100. This might vary occasionally depending upon which casino you are playing at, though, but the variation is likely to be minimal.
The slot uses HTML5 technology, which means that it can be played on a wide range of mobile devices. It was released in January 2016, so has been on the market for just over 4 years at the time of writing. There is an autoplay button that you can use if you want to watch the action on the reels rather than take an active part in things.
Sheik Yer Money has an RTP of 96.2%, though this can change when you use the Big Bet feature. If you pay to use the Big Bet feature, the game’s potential RTP increases to 98.20%. This is a pretty typical RTP for a slot of this type. Barcrest slots do tend to vary quite considerably when it comes to their RTP, though. Moon Shadow, for example, has an RTP that varies between 96.08% and 98.00%. Snow Leopards is a slot with an RTP that varies between 94% and 97.75%.
The game is medium variance slot, so your chances of picking up infrequent large wins are about the same as the chances of smaller wins coming along at regular intervals. The lack of features affects the game’s variance, but that’s something we’ll tell you all about later on in this review.
The reels in the Sheik Yer Money slot hang in an ornate golden frame. This frame stands in front of an Arabian desert scene with white towers and golden sands. A deep blue sky at the top of the screen completes an appealing and immersive look to the game. As with a lot of Barcrest games, there is a slightly retro feel to the graphics. We think that this is quite appealing, and reflects the fact that Barcrest has developed plenty of games for cabinet-based slots in the past. It can feel a touch clunky but we liked it. Maybe it’s our age!
That retro vibe extends to the game’s sound effects too. An Arabian flavoured tune plays while you spin the reels. It is not bad, especially when compared to some of the rubbish that passes for music in other slots we’ve reviewed. It helps to create an immersive atmosphere, though you may feel a need to use the mute button after a while during a long session of play.
The symbols used on the reels in this game are pretty basic. The lower value symbols are the number 10, as well as the letters J, Q, K and A. The higher value symbols are gemstones – rubies, emeralds, diamonds and sapphires. If you don’t spin the reels for a while, a cheeky Arabian chap appears at the side of the screen to give you a little bit of hurry up. He looks at his watch, and will scuttle away once the action starts up again. That kind of touch is something that we appreciate here, and it certainly adds some charisma to the game.
The only additional symbol on the reels is the genie’s lamp. It can appear stacked, and it changes into matching symbols wherever it lands. This means that there is no free spins feature in the game, and no real bonus feature in the truest sense at all. There are still additional extras that can create wins for you, and we’ll look at those in the next section of this Sheik Yer Money slot review.
While we enjoyed the appearance and sounds of the Sheik Yer Money slot, we were very disappointed with the range of bonus features on offer. There are basically two features, but you have to pay extra to access one of them.
There are some good things about this game that we enjoyed. We liked the retro feel to the graphics and sound effects. We were disappointed that there were no real bonus features to enjoy beyond the Big Bet feature, though. This left us with a feeling that this game was lacking something, as though it had not fulfilled its entire potential and had been finished off in a hurry.
So this Sheik Yer Money slot review has to conclude on a slightly negative note, and say that you should probably look elsewhere if you want an exciting Arabian themed slot. You might want to try Arabian Nights from Net Ent, or possibly Aladdin’s Wishes from RTG.