“ Brand: DRW / Age: 6 Years+ „
My son was given this electronic slot machine, by my friend, who's son had outgrown it. I didn't want to be ungrateful, but it is not something I would have gone out of my way to get for my son. It really is so authentic, with all characteristics that you would find on a normal slot machine.
The toy itself, suprised me as it is quite large and heavy. Although my five year old can manouvere it, it is with some difficulty. The toy itself is made of platic and appears to be very durable and hardwearing. It certainly has taken a bit of a bashing of my son. This is impressive as the toy looks as good as new.
What first struck me about this toy, is it's blatent encouragement of gambling. Although you do not gamble with real money when playing with this toy. I don't really agree with the moral implications of this toy, as it is introducing children to the world of fruit machines and one armed bandits. With this toy, you are supposed to place plastic penny's (which are included) into the machine. This in turn will trigger the machine off and lights will start flashing and a really annoying and grating tune will start playing. This tune is repeated until the game is finishesd and this can become really infuriating. There is a button which can mute the sound, but my son insists on having the sound on. I must admit, with the sound playing, it really does make the machine appear more authentic.
The bar on the side of the machine can be activated by pulling towards you. I was impressed with the pressure that you have to use in order to use this. My son, was able to pull the lever with ease, which was quite a novelty at first. However this soon wore off.
The three turning pictures on the front of the machine will spin when the money is placed in the machine. You then have an opportunity to use your red buttons to nudge and stick the machines. I have noticed that sometimes our machine gets a mind of it's own and will do the total opposite of what you have requested. When you have won the jackpot, the machine becomes alive with the music and lights flashing. The plastic coins will then drop out of the slot at the front of the machine. My son loves this part of the toy.
This is a good novelty toy. However, I would not have bought it. I am not a goody two shoes, I just don't like this sort of toy that encourages children to become accustomed in bad habits. I believe there will be time enough for my son to discover the one arm bandits. I don't think it even has the role play element, as my son had no idea what one of these machines was, so had no clue how to incorporate role play using this toy.
My daughter is ten, Now she was far more impressed with this toy. It seemed to really capture her imagination. I also got the impression that she thought it was a really cool game to play. It certainly managed to keep her occupied for a while. I think this toy is much more suited to an older age group. I feel this game is lost on the little ones.
It is worth noting, that this toy takes up a lot of battery power which can prove expensive. The machine itself takes large batteries and I was finding that they weren't lasting very long at all. In the end, this machine was condemned to the attic as the cost of batteries to run this machine was becoming too expensive.
So, in conclusion I would say that it certainly has a comedy and novelty value surrounding it. I think one of these machines would be great fun to have in the office. Certainly a conversation opener. However, I didn't and still don't think it is a particularly good choice of toy for children. I suppose in my eyes it's like having a role play pub bar for children. It just doesn't bode well with my conciousness.
I received this as a Christmas present from a friend and ill tell you what, it looks the part.
It was to help me give up gambling (my new years resolution) did it work? No lol but it was quite a fun and amusing novelty but theres something not quite the same as winning plastics coins then the real thing :D.
It's a nice item to have though and looks nice on my bedside table. It requires to batteries which insert in the bottom of this toy.
If you have a short fuse I shall warn you now, this will annoy the hell out of you with its constantly repeating annoying sound and its flashing lights, but there is an option to turn these of.
You then have to put your plastic money in the coin slot at the top, pull the handle and away they spin. You get the choice whether you want to hold the reels or spin all three. Any money you win comes out of the bottom.
Great little novelty for any gambling enthusiast.
The Mini Electronic slot machine will, at the pull of the arm, light up, play and work like a traditional slot machine. Re-live that fairground feeling in the comfort of your own home! Simply use the plastic coin supplied, or use your own 1p coins.