Absolutely not! Not only are the A, K, Q, j, 10 and 9 symbols so profoundly dull so as to be cliché, in many (many!) instances, the milieu of poker outright clashes with the slot’s dominant theme. If mothering else the poker run symbols are evidence that that much less time was spent on on other aspects of game design.
And speaking of game design, another fundamental problem with these same old icons is that making these things look interesting apparently represents quite a challenge – in fact, many casino game software producers such as Aristocrat have taken to simply rerunning a brand-specific poker-run set, i.e. the A through 10 symbols in all their slots games are identical.
Okay, we’ll admit that a solution to the question “What will comprise the low-paying symbols?” can be sticky. And most players probably don’t want to have to remember the payout ranking order of 10 to 12 different symbols in the game. Fair enough.
But. A lot of slots games could’ve been helped aesthetically by a little more thought in the planning stages. Let’s say you have a China-themed game, for example: Why not use Chinese characters as the low-payers? Or in a tropical island-themed slot, how about good old fashioned fruit symbols – surely some folks remember fruit machine-style gaming. Or in a game themed on the ever-popular Ancient Egypt, why not use hieroglyphs for the purpose of filling out those lower ranks?
I mean, these ideas aren’t completely bonkers, are they…?