|Article by Wraggster|
Date: Monday, November 07 - 2016
In the history of video games, there is a period considered by many the 'Golden Age'. This was the time when legends like Centipede, Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Space Invaders were born, starting their lives as coin-op gaming machines, and moving on to eternal life on personal computers. As you might expect, these classic video game formats have inspired countless designers to build sequels, remakes, and epigones based on them. Some were better, others worse - and some were destined to failure from the start. Not the games below, though, that are unique in their simplicity. All of them are games of chance, and most of them can be found among the hundreds of Euro Palace Casino pokies you can play free today.
Max Damage: Space Invaders with a twist
Space Invaders was many people's favorite. The chance to fight an invading alien species must have seemed appealing to many - it was the second most successful arcade game ever created. No wonder it served as an inspiration for so many other games through history. One of them, called Max Damage, is a unique take on the format: it ties shooting aliens with winning cash.
The game, available for desktop and browser play at the Euro Palace Casino, looks like a standard "space invaders" style game. That until you learn that shooting each alien ship represents a bet, and the numbers revealed when they explode are the amount you've just won. Otherwise, Max Damage is a good Space Invaders clone, complete with power-ups, bosses, and level progression. It was such a great success that the Euro Palace has decided to turn it into a pokie. Max Damage and the Alien Attack is a unique game: it's inspired by a game inspired by another game. That has to be a first...
Cosmic Fortune: the best of several worlds
Cosmic Fortune looks like a tribute to the classic arcade version of Space Invaders. It starts with the scene of "pixel art" alien ships invading Earth, until - of course - an unlikely hero is found to protect the planet. The game itself is a "reactor"-style pokie, with winning symbols disappearing from the screen, and others falling into their place. This until the bonus round is triggered when it turns into something completely different.
When three or more Scatter symbols land on the screen, the game's Free Falls feature starts, allowing the players to collect wins and marbles at the same time. When the Free Falls are over, the player moves on to defeat the Boss in a game of pachinko (the Japanese's take on slot machines), using up all the marbles to destroy the alien fleet - and possibly win a jackpot in the process.