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If you've ever been to Australia and played a "pokie" (that's Australian for slot machines) you'll probably have slipped a few dollar coins into the slot of an Aristocrat machine.

Aristocrat have been around for decades, and while they've branched out into online slots and Vegas casinos of late, they will always be associated with the Aussie market.

Their portfolio is packed with interesting games, albeit titles that appeal to fans of classic-style slots mainly, and new games continue to come on the market.

About Aristocrat

Aristocrat began life making gaming machines for pubs around Australia during the 1950s. Len Ainsworth took full advantage of relaxed gambling laws in the country (slots were legalised in new South Wales in 1956) that allowed him to expand his machines around Oz.

The Clubman was released in 1956, a mechanical 'pokie' that shaped the way US slot machines would be produced.

Then, in 1964, Aristocrat entered the US market with machines in Nevada casinos and developed - a year later - the first video poker game with electronic parts.

Pokie machines are only a little part of the Sydney-based firm's output, however, with Aristocrat also producing industry-leading electronic roulette tables and network systems.

With the online casino boom beginning in earnest, Aristocrat moved into online slots, but by this point founder Len Ainsworth had departed the firm to start his own rival company - wait for it, Ainsworth.

In July 2014, the Aussie giant increased its already-impressive US machines output by acquiring Video Gaming Technologies for a reported $1.28 billion.

With the buy-out, the Sydney-based player tripled its business in that part of the world, with the firm's slot machines presence growing from 8,200 to 28,400 in North America alone.

It wasn't the firm's first foray into foreign investment, however, as a $180 million acquisition of Casino Data Systems in 2001 and moves into Japan and Russia followed. With the latest buyout, the world's second-biggest gaming manufacturer behind IGT got a little bit bigger.

Despite a fall in profits Down Under, Aristocrat continues to be the dominant force in Oz, accounting for half the number of pokie machines in the country.

Free to Play Aristocrat Slot Machine Games

Popular Aristocrat Slots

Aristocrat joined the clamouring hoards of casino developers in adapting some of their most popular land-based slots - sorry, pokies - for the Internet market. Through a partnership with big players like NextGen and GameAccount Network, players can enjoy real-money Aristocrat titles at the major online casinos.

Big Red features the famous Aussie kangaroo against a backdrop of red skies and deserts, and features a range of betting that would please any button-slamming pokies nut from Perth to Cairns.

Players can earn free spins by incorporating the kangaroo into any winning combination. Despite the game showing its age somewhat, Big Red is still a firm fave with pokies fans everywhere.

Queen of the Nile, meanwhile, is perhaps Aristocrat's best online game out at the moment, packed with Egyptian symbols familiar to anyone who's played Book of Ra, while 15 free spins can be won in the game. Queen of the Nile actually forms the backbone of the developer's recently-released Player's Choice gaming cabinet that features a host of big Aristocrat titles all under one (wooden) roof.

Meanwhile, 20 free spins can be won in the bonus round of the game's sequel, the niftily-titled Queen of the Nile II.

Finally, 5 Dragons is a top Oriental-themed slot from the developer that is available to play both online and in live casinos. The slot - part of the 'Reel Power' range of slots - features 243 ways to win to really bump up the action.

While fans of the old-school titles flock to Aristocrat-powered online casinos, it's the RTPs that really appeal. It's not uncommon to find Aristocrat games boasting a Return to Player percentage around the 96-97 percent mark.

Aristocrat has moved into mobile gaming recently, and launched in 2015 the 'Heart of Vegas' app for Android users. The app features free-play versions of the developer's most popular games.

Progressive Jackpot Games

It's not all 5-payline classics. Aristocrat also has developed some progressive jackpot titles with linked prizepools across casinos.

Cash Express is, on the face of it, a simple classic-style slot machine normally found in Australian and US casinos that features a 3x3 game screen and one simple payline across the centre. Line up three trains and the progressive kicks into gear, with a train hurtling across the top video screen adding money to the player's bankroll.

At a Glance

Developer: Aristocrat Leisure

Established: 1953

Website: http://www.aristocrat.com.au/Pages/Default.aspx

Known For: Pokie machines, online slots, electronic gaming machines, video terminal systems, mobile gaming, social slots

Top Games: Big Red, Queen of the Nile I/II, 50 Lions, 5 Dragons, Cash Express

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