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Video GameLuck Be A Landlord Review
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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GrowingUpGamers, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Luck Be a Landlord is a simulation game where you collect symbols to build the ultimate slot machine, win lots of money, and defeat capitalism. You choose the tokens like deck building games, then have repeated attempts to win money like a rogue-like game. It stands out for all sorts of reason, the combination of genres, the bright visuals, but mostly for how it's a slot machine game that gives enjoyment rather than takes money.

Play starts a few days before your rent is due with a mostly empty slot machine that only pays out a few coins per spin. But unlike a traditional slot machine, here you you feed the machine symbols that then appear on the reels and determine what you can win. The trick is working out which symbol combinations to choose to maximise your chances. As you progress it's a scramble to obtain the valuable symbols (or symbols combinations) so you have a chance of earning enough money to keep the landlord at bay another day.

Some symbols have an obvious value, they give more money per spin. Others rely on synergy and don’t pay much unless they land next to each other on a spin. Many of these bonus payouts result in at least one of the symbols getting removed from your collection, which means you are always trying to build and maintain a pool of symbols that work well together, and adapting to what is available adds another layer of strategy to the game.

The result is a game that appears to be about gambling but is actually about the increasing pressure of paying the rent. But every time you pay, the landlord increases it. Even with a strong strategy to match these increases with profits, eventually the cost overtakes you and you are evicted.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Trampoline Tales (@TrampolineTales)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 2 hours and 16 hours to play a round of this game. A round of this game can be very short if you can't pay your rent with the first five spins. Making it to the goal of moving up to the next floor can take 2-4 hours, depending on how long you take reading and making your decisions.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

CostsCosts

Luck Be A Landlord usually costs £8.50.
 

Luck Be A Landlord

Steam Store PC £8.50
Steam Store Mac £8.50
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Luck Be A Landlord Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
Reading isn't strictly required to play the game, but fully understanding what all they symbols do and how they combine with each other and executing an effective strategy will likely require reading (or learning the symbols in assisted play before playing alone).

Most interactive objects are large, but there are small icons in the reminder boxes and throughout some parts of the game that could prove challenging.

The screen doesn't exactly shake and the background is empty, but the spinning in the center and the large array bright varied symbols mat create an effect similar to a shaking screen and busy background for those who are sensitive to it.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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