Sam on the Beach
ELK Studios’ Sam on the Beach slot is an invitation to kick back and relax with the ever-lovable character of Sam the troll. If you’ve come across Sam in other slots, like Electric Sam you’ll know that he’s a magical creature who just loves to rig up his own casinos in the great outdoors with a little help from his electrically talented hands. This time we’ve been transported to an idyllic beach spot for our slot play.
I don’t usually take my annual break with a family of trolls (unless I am playing the earlier Electric Sam slot of course); but here, there’s a bunch of very merry magical creatures, who know how to have some fun in the sun, all sharing my beach towel with me!
Well everything does look better on holiday and Sam on the Beach is no exception. The graphics of this slot are eye-wateringly good and full of sunshine, blues skies and the sea. It’s a Grade A cartoon slot that gives Foxin Wins and the Flintstones slot a run for their money.
Here the slots are set against a perfect beach scene straight out of a postcard collection with skies as far as the eye can see and palm trees framing our see-through reels.
I was transported into relaxation mode by the gentle soundtrack of the waves lapping the beach and occasionally clinking glasses and laughing, the calypso beat of the background music and the energetic electronic sound-effects of play.
Sam on the Beach is a 5 reel, 3 rows, 243 ways to win slot.
The high scoring icons of the game are the members of Sam’s family; the smiling face of Sam himself, his wife the charming Sandra, his toddler daughter – the mischievous Maggie, and Ted, a dreadlocked Troll wearing a Hawaiian shirt. This is high entertainment along the same level as the Turning Totems slot machine, except this cheerful family also bring additional feature with each of them, more of this later on.
The lower value icons are the colourful neon outlines of a crab, seahorse and starfish.
There are also 2 other icons to watch out for, the Wild is the icon of the words Sam on the Beach and the word Wild. Naturally they’re lit up on big electric bulbs and only appear on reel 2 and 4 and replace all symbols except for the Free Spins icon. The other is the Free Spins icon, the traditional fruit machine favourite, the golden bell.
No holiday would be complete without a few extras, especially if you’re taking a break with magical dudes.
This game offers some good time fun including free spins, Sticky Wilds, multipliers, a sticky multiplier, a Beach Memories Respin and betting strategies.
Spinning the good times
If lady luck is on your side then you’ll be able to land 3 or more of the golden bells icons and you can start on your free spins. 3,4 or 5 bells gets you 5,10 or 15 free spins respectively, each further bell gets you 1 more free spin- Cheers, just pass the sun cream!
This mode is where the fun really happens and the troll family come into their own. If you land Sam or one of his relatives in this mode then you go into the Electric Treat feature.
Get Sam 3 or more times on reels 2, 3, 4, or 5 in the free spins mode and he will use his electrical charge to turn a random icon into a Sticky Wild. If you land 3 more Sandra icons in free spins then she has some rather nice multipliers to share up to x8. Find 3 or more of our toddling friend Maggie and she fires her holiday harpoon on landed symbols to replace lower values on with new ones- upping the chances of a win. Our new friend Ted gets all holiday relaxed if you land 3 or more of him in this mode, and leaves his radio and a present of a sticky wild to enjoy!
There’s one more family gift to add to the party-if you land all the 4 family members you get a Beach Memories re-spin, this mean a free re-spin and any Wilds you’ve managed to catch staying right where they are!
Not just a pretty beach face
This game comes with brain as well as a beach body. If you want to, you can get involved in the Betting Strategies feature which helps you choose what bet to place on your next spin depending on how your last game went. This handy feature comes with 4 strategies to pick from including Optimizer, Booster, Leveller and Jumper.
I really enjoyed my surprising holiday with a bunch of trolls! As a family they bring some nice little additions to game play and the Betting Strategies added another exciting dimension to this good lookin’ addition to the Sam slots.