Thanks to Skunk Software for the review code
Title: Skunky B’s Super Slots Saga #1
System: Wii U (eShop)
Release Date: 09/01/2016
Using the slot machine system from Pharaoh’s Riches, the game itself looks rather plain, with the slot machines being the only thing you really see outside of a cluttered level select. The backgrounds slightly change with each stage, but not enough to keep things interesting for long.
Music and Sound
Somehow being even more minimalistic than before, Skunky B Slots only contains a few sound clips, with generic music tracks and a win sound effect that sounds as if it was ripped straight from My Nintendo.
If you’ve played Pharaoh’s Riches somehow, then you’ve pretty much played the majority of this game. Outside of the coin flip (which is now gone for some reason) the main goal is executed using the same gambling system from that slot game. This time, however the main goal is a bit more complicated, with you now being required to spend a certain amount of gold on the slots in order to “Level Up” and subsequently unlock the next stage. It thankfully helps to give things an actual purpose this time instead of mindless gambling like the last game, although if you get too greedy, the game will not like that one bit.
Go bankrupt and your save file is erased. I repeat, you LOSE YOUR SAVE FILE if you go bankrupt. While this may sound like an amusing way to teach players to never go overboard while gambling, considering the amount of stages you need to unlock it can be really irritating to simply lose all your progress due to bad luck. Still a rather bold move for the game to make.
In conclusion, Skunky B’s Overly Long Named Game That Will Probably Never Get a Sequel is a minor improvement over the developer’s previous gambling games. With an actual goal to aim for this time around and the slot mechanics working OK at best, this could be an interesting if not cruel simulation of how not to gamble. Unfortunately, in order to buy this game you’d have to take a real world gamble by spending a whopping $14.95! Sure, there are a lot of levels to play, but when they’re all so similar and one wrong move could erase your save file, why bother getting this instead of picking up Vegas Stakes on the Virtual Console? I give Skunky B’s Super Slots Saga #1 a 3 out of 10, and I can only recommend this if it ever goes on a heavy sale solely due to it at least serving more of a purpose than prior games I’ve reviewed such as Jackpot 777 or 6 Hand Video Poker.