If I asked you: “What are the Swedes famous for?”, you might think of yummy meatballs, or mega pop stars dressed up in silver Dancing Queen catsuits. Maybe you’re starting to get stressed out by the thought of assembling a flat-packed bunk bed with one screw missing and a booklet of instructions with what looks like Greg from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid with a load of question marks in speech bubbles.
But you should also be thinking about slot games, as this Scandinavian country is home to some of the cleverest slots designers on the planet! Ja!
Some of their other creations include the Kaiju slot machine (awesome), Taco Brothers (awesome) and Electric Sam (pretty awesome).
And the name of this design studio? Well, it’s in Stockholm and it’s called ELK Studios. Other games they make include the DJ Wild slot, Wild Toro and Sam on the Beach.
So when we hear about a new game being cooked up by those Elkies, we sit up and take notice.
Hong Kong Phooey
The new slot from Elk which launched April 2017, is Hong Kong Towers, which happens to be one of our favourite cities in the world. I love that town! Hong Kong has some of the most expensive real estate in the world (we’ll have to get those characters from the Prime Property slot onto it).
We are one wired Wombat, buzzing with excitement. Bring it on!
You can’t play slots in Hong Kong – but that doesn’t stop the locals betting over HK$1 billion every time the horses come out to race (there are 83 race days in a year and Hongkongers bet around HK$109 billion in a year. Phew). And if you do fancy a flutter on the slots, then you’re well covered anyway, because Macau is less than an hour away from Central Pier in Hong Kong. Just jump on a jet-foil and head over the Pearl River Delta- there are plenty of casinos there.
Hong Kong Tower slot.
ELK Studio’s website says: “We Build Great Casino Games”. I’d agree with that! Short and sweet, there’s nothing much else to add, is there? Very Swedish. The graphics on this game are super high quality- comparable to the likes of the Hansel and Gretel slot and Wild Toro. Stunning!
The sky is the limit on this slot- they already have some excellent games under their belt that have been inspired by Mexico (Taco Brothers), Spain (Wild Toro) and Hollywood (Bloopers)- this game sees them heading east with a colourful game showcasing Hong Kong’s amazing harbour (forget Sydney and New York at New Year, try watching the fireworks over Hong Kong harbour from Kowloon side).
They know their Yin from their Yang too- this slot has all its energy in balance and can serve up some big red Lai See packets- you’ll think Chinese New Year has come early.
99 Ways to Win
The Hong Kong Tower slot is a 99 Ways to Win game with plenty of Mystery features- watch out for the Hong Kong Tower logo which shape shifts into other symbols for extra wins. There are 3 bonus symbols that set off a Yin yang bonus raffle, (nice wins on this feature) with a unique leveling factor. This 5 reel slot comes with an epic soundtrack so turn the volume up! You can win up over 300,000 coins on this game.
In Sweden, it seems like everyone’s got the latest mobile phone and they’re all connected at a bazillion terabits per nano second. So they build their games with mobiles in mind first, which is why they look so great on modern phones and tablets.
Hong Kong light show
The world’s largest light and sound show with laser beam, searchlights and music is now online! You’ll see it on Hong Kong Tower.
Wheels of Fortune
Take the lift up to the roof for the Wheels of Fortune (Three Wheels of the Sky) for more chances to win over three levels.
The 3 Wheels of the Sky sit on top of the Hong Kong Tower. These are bonus fortune wheels with increasing win amounts. There is a guaranteed win on each hit- and bagging a level up arrow moves the action to the next wheel.
You will need a blue Mystery Bonus symbol or three or
more red Bonus symbols on any reel positions to trigger the Wheels of the Sky.
Pearl of the Orient
Hong Kong has many nicknames- Fragrant Harbour is one (a literal translation of the Cantonese word: 香港 or Hong Kong. Another is “Pearl of the Orient” which also doubles up as the name of another feature in the game.
Another classic from ELK Studios. This slots towers above the rest!
“Chuk Nei Hou Wan!”, as they say in Hong Kong. That’s good luck (祝你好運！) – I bet you didn’t know I took a First in Oriental Studies at Cambridge!
My mandarin is better than my Cantonese though, although the latter is better for swearing- you can be saying “you look lovely in that dress” and it’ll still seem like you are cussing and cursing at your mother in law.