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Thematic Scratch Cards from Rival Gaming

February 24, 2009

Scratch cards are the simplest of online casino games. Traditionally they have been the most boring as well. They do not require any skill from the player, as do games like blackjack and video poker. Not do they have the glamour associated with games like roulette and craps. In order to promote scratch cards online casinos have begun to package the games in the more interesting manner. Each scratch card game now comes with a theme and with audio and visuals that complement the theme. This has led to an interest in scratch cards. Rival Gaming offers three interesting scratch card games in all the online casinos that use its software. These games are listed as Scratch and Win games under Specialty Games.

The first game is Gunslinger's Gold. As the game loads fast tempo music is played in background and this continues throughout the game. The background to the scratch card depicts a horse and a cowboy next to fence. Both the horse and the cowboy are animated figures. The horse blinks its eyes periodically while the cowboy chews on a stalk of grass. The New Card button that activates the game is a Sheriff's medal. The blank card resembles the kind of parchment used in treasure maps and depicts three comic cowboys carrying guns. The symbols are the multipliers 1X, 2X, 5X, 10X, 20X and 50X. As a symbol is revealed the silhouette of one of the cowboys appears next to the symbol in the first column. When a symbol is revealed for the second time the silhouette of the second cowboy appears in the second column. If the third of the same symbol is revealed then there is a payout. The third cowboy appears in the third column. There is a rattle of gunfire and bullet holes appear next to the multiplier. The same time the silhouettes of the cowboys change to colored animated figures.

Penguin Payday takes players to the Antarctic. The scratch card is set in the background of a snow waste land with purple mountains in the distance. Two penguins with blinking eyes hold up the scratch card. The audio is of a stiff breeze blowing. The blank scratch card has images of fish deep in the sea. The whole atmosphere is chilly. The symbols are again the multipliers. When a symbol is revealed for the first time a fat penguin appears next to it in the first column. When a symbol is revealed for the second time a different penguin appears next to it in the second column. In case of a third of the same symbol appearing a third penguin is displayed in the third column and all three penguins start jumping up and down.

The third scratch card offered at Rival Gaming online casinos is Tiki Treasure. The background audio is that of tribal drum beats. The scratch card is framed in bamboo and set in the background of exotic flowers. In this scratch card the scores are kept by wooden masks of different colors. The symbols are the multipliers as is the practice in Rival Gaming scratch cards. If three identical symbols are revealed there is a ringing sound and the masks get animated.

Though the scratch cards at Rival Gaming online casinos have been made interesting because of the themes and the accompanying audio visuals, they are lacking in one respect. The symbols are still the multipliers. Some online gaming software developers have started using symbols that are in consonance with the theme and depict the multiplier value of the symbol through a separate pay table.

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