Here goes with my first review, as Nige’s better half, he suggested I tried this game, and I’m sure much to his annoyance I love it. As an iphone games network widow it means that while he’s making updates to the site or recording his latest views I can borrow his phone and spend hours trying to better my last score.
This is exactly the type of game that appeals to me, I can just pick it up, get the little grey cells working and know, that for once, I will beat Nige at a game especially when it comes to mental arithmetic!
The objective of each round is to clear the board and open the casino vault to gain points and move on the next round. This is achieved by removing chips from the each vault in groups of 11 until the door is finally uncovered. A wild chip and rotating chips help clear the board.
This game is brought to the iphone by Megatouch, who have spent the last 30 years developing games for touch screen technology seen in pubs and bars across the world. It translates really well and its intuitive game play proves they know their stuff.
So how does it play… Creating a combination of chips to add up to eleven is simple and easy is to use, got me hooked right away. With the added pressure of an alarm when your mind goes blank and can’t remember if 8+3 is 11. The trick is also not to rely on the extra chips or the wild chip in the first round as you run out of both to quickly and know going into the next round its almost impossible to reach 175,000 points and therefore the bonus round. There’s no titling, shaking, just tapping and it delivers quick addictive fun. I personally would like to have seen more options, with the ability take the points and keep going in a marathon style game. Or, changing the total you’re working towards ie lucky 12 or 14. The total scores are also only local currently and would be great to see an online score board.
Presentation & Graphics:
Simply clean graphics with clear functionality on button behaviour and interaction.
The alarm sound when time is running out, adds to the mounting pressure of trying to clear the board. Nice touch.
Rather than a cup of coffee, why not pick up Lucky 11’s and give your brain a workout. Good caffeine free fun.
A three minute of mental workout. (or hours in my case)
So whilst Nige is recording the next podcast with the boys, for your entertainment you can be certain I’ll be enjoying a not so quick game of Lucky 11’s and making sure I’m top of the leaderboard in our house!