As one of the biggest and most established poker machine developers in the world, especially in the land based world, Aristocrat is not only responsible for some of the biggest and best games ever made but also for a number of questions from players. We’ve selected the ones that we receive most often from our readers and also some that speak for themselves in order to bring our readers the best information on all of the top games, where to find them and how to play them. So, without further ado, let’s get your questions answered!
Where Can I Play Aristocrat Pokies?
We’re based in Australia, and so naturally much of our readership comes from the country. That said, we acknowledge that Aristocrat is no longer just Australia’s hidden gem in the gaming industry and has a massive presence around the world. They are the most highly rated developer among casino managers in the USA, for example, and their latest penchant for branded pokies has them at the forefront of the minds of players in the country.
Actually getting to play the games and where to do that actually varies from country to country. In Australia, it’s simply a case of heading to your local casino. While the likes of Ainsworth, Konami and IGT are responsible for some of the land based poker machines that occupy the gaming floors in these venues, Aristocrat is one that is never missed. A large percentage of all of the games offered in Aussie casinos come from Aristocrat and the bigger names, such as those operated by Crown and Jupiter, will always be the place to be for the very latest releases.
Even the older games are not hard to find, as Aristocrat is always keeping things fresh, with the current trend being for multi-game cabinets. From those that focus on a specific series, such as 5 Dragons Empire which crams in several versions of the same game from over the years, to Player’s Choice which crams in everything from Where’s the Gold to Big Red, just because a game is older doesn’t make it any more difficult to find.
Elsewhere, the latest Aristocrat releases such as Game of Thrones, Walking Dead and Britney Spears will be the stars of the show on any floor from Vegas to Atlantic City. The developer is a major player in Macau and it is only really in Europe and Africa that they are still looking to expand much further, so keep an eye on your local venue for new releases as they become available.
Can I Play Aristocrat Pokies Online?
It is fair to say that Aristocrat’s land based dominance doesn’t quite translate to its online presence. They do offer online versions of some of their most popular games, such as Queen of the Nile, Where’s the Gold and Choy Sun Doa, and these are often delivered in partnership with another name with a more specialist approach to online pokies, such as NextGen.
While these online versions of the various games are available in many different regions, Australia is one country where your access to Aristocrat action is limited strictly to land based venues. As of 2013, Aristocrat took the intentional decision of ensuring that their games would not be available online in Australia, presumably so as not to fall afoul of the government’s perceived dislike for online gambling in general. We cannot complain about a company protecting its reputation in this way and if you’re one of our non-Aussie readers, you can find the games mentioned above and several more at a number of reputable online casinos.
Does Aristocrat Offer Mobile Pokies?
This is actually a question that we get a lot, and the answer is something of a strange one. Given that the developer doesn’t seem to be in any major hurry to release online games all that quickly, their passion for social gaming is huge. They acquired a company called Product Madness back in 2012 with the specific goal of expanding the social side of gaming. The branding was retained, and their most famous products are Heart of Vegas, FaFaFa Slots and Emerald Empire Slots. These mobile games are essentially mobile casinos, but with no real money action. You can find mobile versions of all sorts of familiar titles, including Sky Rider, Choy Sun Doa, 50 Dragons, Lucky 88 and Buffalo. We’re not massive fans of social gaming, simply because part of the buzz of playing the pokies is to win as much as possible, but if you cannot resist some great Aristocrat action on your mobile, and in some cases even on a web based platform, then you can play a selection of titles with demo credits.
There are also standalone apps of some of the top games, which again are dedicated to demo credit play. However, that by no means entails there being no action at all for mobile players. We talk about our recommended gaming alternatives later in this FAQ and we ensure that whenever we recommend a game, we point out whether it can also be played on mobile devices as well as online.
The Game Selection is Huge! Where Do I Start?
If you’re brand new to the world of Aristocrat pokies, then we can sympathise with anyone that can’t wait to get started. We pride ourselves on covering the widest range of Aristocrat poker machines in the world and, as you’d expect from a leading developer, there are certainly plenty of them. Generally speaking, in answer to this question, we’d always suggest starting with one of the all-time classics. Our favourite game is probably Queen of the Nile 2, and it does an excellent job of demonstrating exactly what Aristocrat is all about. You’ll be able to get a great grasp of the traditional gameplay and features that the company has to offer, without having to get used to anything overly complex.
If you prefer something that is completely up to date, then any of the latest game releases are sure to take your breath away. They all remain land based exclusives, so you will need to head on over to your local casino to play, but these titles are well worth the time. From Batman to Tarzan and much more besides, you’ll be able to see exactly what makes Aristocrat a world leader in gaming thanks to advanced cabinet technology, amazing gameplay and all of the winning potential that any player could possibly look for.
Can Aristocrat Pokies Be Played for Free?
This question ties in with the one above about playing Aristocrat pokies online. In Australia, it is a no go as the blocks that prevent Aussie players from accessing the games apply to the games on a software level, regardless of whether money is involved or not. For those that do have access to the online versions of the games, there is every chance that they will be able to find free versions of the games. The selection isn’t huge – indeed it is exactly the same size as the range at the online casinos themselves – but it can be a great way to enjoy some great Aristocrat action without the need to get involved in social gaming.
Are There Similar Games to Aristocrat Pokies Out There?
If you’re looking to enjoy the Aristocrat style of action and are not dead set on playing an actual Aristocrat game then you’re in luck. Poker machine players benefit from the fact that no matter how innovative you are as a developer, there are certain elements to the pokies that simply will not change. They all involve reels and generally throw in some themed symbols and generally a bonus round too, with free spins being by far the most popular pick in the Aristocrat range.
There are literally dozens of different developers out there that all focus on making poker machines and many of them have nothing at all to lose by offering their games online in Australia. They take that basic formula and add in their own twists. It also helps that Aristocrat has done so well over the years that several developers are more than happy to take direct inspiration from them.
This is what allows us to bring our players the best Aristocrat alternatives as part of each and every review. We determine exactly what it is that makes the game in question special and then hunt through the game ranges of the biggest developers in the world, such as Microgaming and NetEnt, to find something that we feel is noticeably similar and well worth playing. It might be the same betting combination, a virtually identical feature, just the theme itself or a combination of a number of factors, but we’re confident that we’ve compiled the definitive list of Aristocrat alternatives for players in Australia and beyond.
Where Can I Play Aristocrat Alternatives?
You may well have noticed that we don’t actually review online casinos here at Aristocrat Pokies. Instead we focus purely on the games and then use our knowledge of playing the games themselves to point out exactly where we play them. When we recommend a game from Microgaming, NetEnt or any other developer involved in the process of bringing together our alternatives, we’ll also highlight the casinos that we play those very games at. They are all reputable and they are all right up there in the estimations of players – some are even dedicated to bringing the best gaming action to players in Australia above anyone else.