Have some extra time on your hands? You know what sounds good? A round of slots complete with high stakes, all in tension, realistic presentation, and the option to add another cohort from the line for dual-spinning fun. If that sounds familiar—or even just appetizing—Chiffre, by developer Acclamatix, has everything you need to get the dials rolling.
If you have ever seen a slot machine played—that’d be Pokies for all you Aussies, mates—then you know exactly what Chiffre has to offer. At the heart of the game are three rotating dials which present an image on each side of their faces. Match up two of them (or three if you can) and you win a big payout. For each pull you’ll be charged the stake, which can be changed, and if at first you don’t succeed, the dials can be held or nudged for another round of play.
Players can choose to go all in and bet their whole budget. However, the game doesn’t end if you lose it all, which I found a bit odd. But who can argue with free play time? No matter how you slice it, Chiffre is everything you’d expect from a good slots simulator, and it’s every bit as enticing as you’d like it to be.
The only fault I could find with the app is its somewhat lukewarm features. Chiffre is a wonderful slots machine simulator for the iPhone, but that’s the depth the app has to offer. There are no other play-modes, just plain spin and shoot. This isn’t a bad thing, of course. But unless you’re a raging gamble-holic, you’ll likely be bored with Chiffre after about fifty spins. That being said, the ability to play against—or with, if you’re a glass half-full kind of person—a mate via the second set of controls is a nice addition.
The overall presentation of the app is pleasant, with a generic casino background and tantalizing gold chips in the front. The user can also change the theme of the slot machine, which is a nice touch. However, changing themes does not alter gameplay, which might have been just the adrenaline infusion the app needs. Landing a set of aces, for instance (if it were to yield more than a pair of clubs) might keep the gambler gambling for longer.
It’s hard to rib any app that’s as good at what it does as Chiffre is, especially when that app is free. You heard it: The app is one hundred percent free. So though it may not yield long durations of attention warranted play, Chiffre has everything a slots addict—or just a casual gambler looking for a quick diversion—needs. The game is strictly bring-your-own-casino, though.
Chiffre iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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