Cricket Star vs Isis

“Life is a competition and I must win” – said literally every Android Native pokies player to his or her iPhone Native pokies-playing rival at some point in time. And vice versa. Hey, we’re not here to judge. Comparison may have made a bad name for itself with the overprotective parents out there, but frankly, we think it’s indispensable. Healthy, even. Reviews like the one you’re reading right now are based on comparison, in fact. And they have one goal in mind: to help you get the most out of your pokies play and deliver an honest overview of what it’s like to play certain games on certain devices. Let’s cosy up to Cricket Star on iPhone Native and see how it fares when put alongside Isis on Android Native, shall we?

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Cricket Star on iPhone Native

If you’re batting for an easy win, then Microgaming’s Cricket Star is ready to bowl you over with some pretty decent opportunities – and we’re not just saying that for the sake of clever wordplay either. With its 5 reels, 243 ways-to-win mechanic, 105 000 jackpot, as well as a Free-Spin-triggering Scatter, Rolling Reels and Wild Wickets, it’s one of the most unique iPhone Native pokies in NZ – plus, locals will be happy to know that it features a crowd of Black Cap supporters in the background too.

Because there are always two sides to every story, we have to bring up a gripe or two concerning Cricket Star (remember our promise of an honest overview earlier). Graphically, other iPhone Native pokies in NZ do a far better job of impressing, and we weren’t too crazy about this pokies’ value or gameplay compared to others we’ve seen. As much as Cricket Star impresses with its bonus features. So, can we call it the best iPhone Native pokies out there? Not quite, but it does rank among the best to be sure, and that’s more than good enough for us.

Isis on Android Native

On the other side of the fence, we have another Microgaming creation called Isis – a 5-reel, 25-payline Android Native pokies that NZ can’t seem to get enough of, despite its slightly outmoded age. We have to say that the graphics instantly outshone many other pokies we’ve come across lately. With its Egyptian theme and max 300 000 jackpot payout potential, it also fares decently in terms of gameplay and value.

One thing we have to warn you about is that Isis was undoubtedly designed with expert pokies players in mind, so if you’re new to Android Native pokies in NZ, play with caution – otherwise you might be limping off with a defeated bankroll and a bruised ego. That being said, if you have mastered the art of working cleverly with your bets, sticking around and taking the blows will result in rewards beyond your wildest imagination – up to 30 Free Spins with a 6x Multiplier? Come on, not even Graeme Hart would be able to offer you that!

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Fine, fine – Android Native pokies players, you have our permission to gloat a little. But don’t get too comfortable, because there’s no saying when another review will change the ratings in favour the other side. Cricket Star may not have shortlisted as the best iPhone Native pokies out there this time, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth your time – or that it won’t come out tops in another review. At the end of the day, we’re just here to give comparison a good name again, and get you exposed to more games, more devices and more opinions. Do with them as you please, and remember to always take everything you read with a pinch of salt – then get playing, and stack up a list of your own personally tried and tested favourites. Happy gaming!

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