Think back to when you were a kid. Can you remember all of the nursery rhymes that you were taught? Interestingly, the rhymes told to children are often geographically based. While an American child might have heard Jack and Jill, they might not have been told Georgie Porgie like their counterparts in the United Kingdom.
While they are still as popular today as ever, it wasn’t until the mid-seventeen hundreds that nursery rhymes came into use. What were children told before then? Perhaps some of the terrifying fairy tales conjured up by parents to try and keep their offspring on the straight and narrow. Regardless, the term Mother Goose Rhymes was coined around seventeen fifty and is still often used to this day.
Some of the rhymes and children’s songs came in the form of lullabies. These were used to try and help children get to sleep. The origins of the word are speculated to be “lu, lu” or “la, la” being the sound that mothers would make to try and coax a baby to sleep and “bye, bye” obviously being goodbye. It’s actually quite interesting that so many of these have survived over the last five hundred years as very few of them were ever written down until the printing press came into the picture. Tommy Thumb’s Song Book was one of the first published and many of the rhymes in it will be familiar to a rather large audience.
It is with these childhood memories in mind that Microgaming created the Rhyming Reels series of online casino slot games. Roughly based on some of the most popular nursery rhymes, they often take a satirical approach on the classic stories.
Jack and Jill Are Just the Start
We’ll take a look at three of the most popular Rhyming Reels slots and their original nursery rhymes to get a feel for what this series is all about. First on the list is Jack and Jill. Dating back to the seventeen hundreds, this classic is about two young children’s ill-fated journey to get some water.
Traditionally, it goes like this: Jack and Jill went up the hill, To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. Not the cheeriest rhyme, but that didn’t stop Microgaming from lightening things up. In this version of events, Jack and Jill are a bit older. This five reel and twenty payline slot includes elements of the story, such as the well, the pail of water and adds a few of their own, such as a bit of a love affair at the top of a hill as well as a first aid kit. This slot also has free spins bonus features as well as a wild.
The next rhyme to get the Rhyming Reels treatment is good old Georgie Porgie. The original rhyme went something like this: Georgie Porgie, Puddin’ and Pie, Kissed the girls and made them cry, When the boys came out to play, Georgie Porgie ran away. In Microgaming’s fifteen payline, five reel slot; Georgie is an awkward, red-headed college guy with a propensity for kissing random girls at parties. Unfortunately for him, the frat guys don’t seem too keen on his antics and he’s forced to hightail it. The bonus feature on this slot includes free spins.
There are additional Rhyming Reels slots as well, such as Hearts and Tarts. This is a slot with stacked queen wild and free spins bonus feature and, you guessed it, lots of tarts.
So are you ready to reimagine some of the stories from your childhood? Rhyming reels might be just the thing!