Slot machines have an oddly addictive quality. At any given time, you want to see just one more spin -- to know where it will land. The problem, of course, is that video slots are also immensely complex and the cost can add up fast. So an iPad version that doesn't cost real money to play is a perfect solution. Slotomania does a great job of translating that addictive quality to the small screen, but is it enough to warrant a download?
You start the game with 200 coins. These coins are then bet in each game on however many lines you want. When you start the game, there is only one machine available with a maximum of nine lines, so you can only ever bet nine coins at a time. There are, however, nearly 50 other machines available in the current version and more being added regularly. These machines don't cost real world money to unlock -- you simply need to level up your account -- but the coins you use to play and level up do cost real world money. You only get 100 more every four hours from the "bonus" button, so if you want to play a lot it will cost you. In terms of raw features, this game is loaded to the gills. The interface is decent for a casino game app -- most others are cluttered to the point of being incomprehensible -- but it still takes some time, especially if you are not used to slot interfaces.
The game is free to play and inherently addictive, but if you want to really unlock the full range of content offered, you'll need to either play a lot, gather Facebook friends and exchange gifts, or spend real world money to maximize your bets every time. This is a per-user issue, but something to keep in mind before downloading.