Best Pokies for 2013

Now that we’re into a new year, we thought it was a good time to take a look back at some of the best pokies of 2013.

Of course the best pokies is always going to be a subjective topic and it’s really down to personal preference, but from the player feedback we’ve received (through Facebook and emails) these were voted the top 3 online pokies at Jackpot City for 2013.

So without further a do, here are your top three online pokies….



 Secret Santa – #3Secret Santa Pokie

This was a real latecomer to the pokie lineup, hitting our screens in late November 2013 but it certainly made a huge impact on pokie players.

Up until now most of the Christmas themed pokies were a bit tired and cheesy but Secret Santa proved that good things do come to those who wait!

As expected, the sounds and graphics are the best yet for any of the pokies in Jackpot City.

With animated reels that re-spin independently, the 1024 ways-to-pay schedule (popular with many Aristocrat pokies fans) and SEVEN, yes you read correct, SEVEN unique bonus features! It was no wonder players voted it up so fast.

Secret Santa Pokies

The Secret Santa logo is the Scatter and Wild!


Even if you’ve only got a few bucks to play, Secret Santa pays out VERY often and a LOT! Who knows, perhaps in some way it’s the pokie gods offering you a little Christmas gift for all those times you didn’t win this year!

It sounds cliched, but every person who plays this game cannot believe how often it pays out and how frequently those five-of-a-kinds come up.

You can play Secret Santa for FREE in our Free Pokies section, then you should claim the $25 Free Bonus and play it for real!



Playboy – #2 Playboy Pokies

Probably one of the most iconic symbols that spans generations, the Playboy bunny is recognised around the globe as a sign of high quality and guaranteed good times all round!

The Playboy pokie arrived in the middle of the year and seasoned pokie players took quite a shine to it.

Using the familar 243 ways-to-pay structure that Aristocrat pokies fans love so much, the Playboy pokie plays out much like other similar formatted games such as Thunderstruck II. Being a medium volatility game, the Playboy pokie will deliver a medium amount of wins usually with a medium amount of payouts. It’s not going to spill it’s guts right away, but patience is rewarded.

Even 3 of a kind pays pretty well on the Playboy pokie but it’s really the progressive player reward system that sets this game apart.

A progressive reward system means that the more you play, the more it pays. As you continue to wager, you move across a progress bar to unlock further bonus features that aren’t available when you first start playing – it’s quite addictive!


Once the main feature is triggered (by spinning up 3 or more Playboy Magazines) you enter the Playboy Club bonus round with 4 different levels of free spins (10x, 15x, 20x ,25x with varying multipliers) all represented by a sexy lady.

While this game is more suited for a dedicated player rather than a first-timer, the fun factor alone is worth throwing a few bucks at it and you’ll see what we mean.

Click here to play the Playboy pokie for free and then claim the $25 Free Bonus to play for real!



The Dark Knight Rises – #1 Dark Kight Rises Pokie

The Dark Knight Rises is the second Batman themed pokie which was released in October 2013 (the first one being The Dark Knight) .

With such a high profile franchise theme, the designers have spared no expense and poured every bit of sizzle into this game with super high def graphics, fantastic stereo sounds and movie quality animations that push the boundaries of your screen.

It’s common knowledge that movie themed pokies are expensive to license so players often think the games are programmed tighter to recoup that cost, but this is certainly not the case with The Dark Knight Rises.

Clocking in at just over 96% RTP (return to player) this is a highly volatile game that will keep you playing for hours even on a modest budget.

There are 3 main features in this game:

  • Free Spins Accumulator
  • Expanding Wilds
  • Symbol Scramble
The free spins accumulator adds more free spins to the ‘free spins bank’ on either the Batman or the Bane side. Every now and then Batman and Bane will interrupt your game in the middle of your screen and fight each other!

As they kick and punch, more free spins are added to each others spin bank totals.

The Dark Knight Rises Screenshots

When Batman and Bane fight, you know all about it


Once you hit 3 x Grenades, you’ll be able to choose your character (Batman or Bane) and the free spins with multiplier will be awarded to you – but only if your character wins the fight!

Expanding Wilds is pretty self explanatory, if a Wild appears on reel three sometimes it will expand to cover the length of the reel.

Symbol Scramble is simply a jumble up of the reel symbols and you hope they fall in better combinations. This is a random feature that comes up a LOT.


Video Preview

Check out the promotional video released by Microgaming:


Even if you’re not a fan of the Batman movies, you should definitely give The Dark Knight Rises a few dollars to experience the thrills for yourself.

Play The Dark Knight Rises for free and then claim the $25 Free Bonus and play for real!


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