If you’ve tried the slot machines at a Playtech casino site before, you’ve probably noticed the line of Top Trumps games. These games usually feature a number of famous faces, such as the football-themed games that feature players of today and yesteryear on the reels.
Now, Playtech has launched a new Top Trumps game with a slightly different set of characters: celebrities.
About The Slot
In Top Trumps Celebs, players are tasked with matching some of the best-known celebrities in the world on the reels. In this five-reel, 20 payline slot machine, you’ll see a number of different celebrities, from Owen Wilson and Colin Farrell to Sean Connery and 50 Cent. There’s even a Johnny Depp symbol that acts as the game’s wild substitute! You’ll even have the option of playing with the icons and swapping in other celebrities for a change of pace. Of course, for smaller prizes, you can always match the poker rank symbols, which range from tens up through aces.
There are a number of exciting bonus games that help make Top Trumps Celebs more than just a way to look at a few pictures of the rich and famous. First, there’s the free spins game, which is triggered if you should happen to hit three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. When this occurs, you’ll be rewarded with ten free spins – each of which comes with a 4x multiplier on all of your winnings.
There’s also a bonus game known as the Red Carpet Bonus. If you should hit bonus symbols on both the first and fifth reels on the same spin, you’ll be presented with a wall containing pictures of 16 different celebrities. Choose three that are to your liking, and you’ll be awarded with some instant prizes as a result.
Meanwhile, Playtech also made a decision regarding one of their most controversial slot machines. The Lakshmi Gold slot machine has been withdrawn from circulation after calls from Hindu leaders who said that the game was offensive to their religion. In the slot machine, two prominent Hindu deities – Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity and beauty, and Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles and Lord of Beginnings – are used as symbols on the reels. The use of such revered deities in a machine used for gambling was considered inappropriate by many Hindus.
Initially, at least one Hindu leader – Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism – had asked Playtech to immediately discontinue the slot machine and issue an apology for their decision. While the machine has since been removed, Playtech hasn’t made any statements related to the machine, apparently hoping that the situation will simply go away now that the machine is gone.
The Lakshmi Gold incident gained a lot of press attention, and plenty of prominent names in the gambling industry commented on the situation. For instance, Bodog founder Calvin Ayre noted that it was unlikely Playtech would have used themes or symbols from Christian, Jewish or Islamic faiths, and that they should have used the same discretion with Hinduism.
He also pointed out that while many slots do use icons of Greek and Norse gods, these are based on religions that are no longer active – a far cry from Hinduism, which has around one billion followers around the world.