Sep 14

How slot machines work to spin out wins and losses to players.

How Slot Machines Work

All slot machines are not created equal. This we know. The oldest games were built with mechanical drums, while the newest models are nothing more than big cabinets, with tiny computer chips and fancy LED screens. How they determines wins, losses, and the value of payouts, cannot possibly be the same. But it’s not just a matter of technological advancement that alters they way different machines get the job done. There are actually five different methods in which a slot can determine the results of any spin. We’ll talk about each of these, and how you can tell the difference before you sit down to play.

How Slot Machines Work – In The Old Days…

The oldest slot machines were built with mechanical drums, displaying symbols on physical reels. They were built with a special mechanism that ensured each reel would stop on a random position. This was the earliest form of what we know today as a “random number generator”, or RNG.

Manufacturers knew the probability of a slot machine landing on any possible outcome, because it was a matter of simple math. Multiply the number of reels by the number of symbols to get the number of possible combinations. Multiply the number of reels by the number of a specific symbol to get the number of ways that specific combination can appear. Divide the first result by the second, and you get the probability of that combination appearing. Easy, peasy!

When Computers Took Over – Circa 1980s

About 40 years ago, mechanical slots were replaced by computers. They looked and acted the same on the surface, but a programmed microchip did all the work. Still, it wasn’t much different than the old days. Class III, electronic slots (the ones found in casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City) are still powered by an RNG; albeit a more sophisticated one.

These newer slots use a computer program to rotate the numbers in a very, very long algorithm. Those spins are constantly changing, with each nano-second that passes, whether the game is actually being played or not. The moment the spin button is pressed, the RNG halts. The result of that long algorithm tells the machine what symbols to place in each position, with the pay table determining the payout (if any).

Bingo Games that Look Like Slot Machines

Tribal casinos all over North America are famous for their “Class II” slot machines. They look just like the Class III variety at other casinos, the way they spin out results is completely different. You see, most tribal casinos are not legally able to offer “gambling” games, but they can offer “bingo” and “pull tabs”. So, their Class II slots are actually bingo games disguised as slots.

Every time you spin the reels on a Class II slot (a.k.a. Bingo Liner), you’re actually buying a randomized ticket in a bingo game. Once enough slots (bingo) players press spin (buy a ticket), the game automatically draws numbers. If your bingo ticket wins, the slot machine spins out a winning combination equal to the value of the bingo ticket.

Many players never even know that this is happening, because their game just looks like a slot machine. Some are even named and designed to be identical to their most famous Class III cousins. But a bingo liner will always have one distinguishable difference. Somewhere on the screen, usually in a corner, you’ll see your bingo card displayed; winning numbers highlighting as the real game takes place in the background.

Video Lottery Terminals – Spin to Scratch-n-Win

Video lottery terminals, or VLTs as they’re more widely known, are not real slot machines, either. Much like those Class II bingo slots, VLTs are the equivalent of scratch-off lottery tickets. Lottery operators from all over North America – and especially here in Canada (Tap Tix, anyone?) – developed these games to offer slot machines in jurisdictions where gambling is illegal.

Here’s how they work. The computer is packed with pre-programmed, virtual scratch tickets. Each ticket is a winner or loser, with preset prize values on the winners. When you insert your money and spin the reels on a VLT, you are essentially putting your hand in a hat and drawing out one of those tickets. Once scratched, that ticket is removed from the batch. Spin again to draw another ticket. When all tickets in the batch are depleted, a new batch is uploaded.

In this way, the lottery operator is able to control exactly how much money it takes in, and how much it pays out.

Historic Horse Racing Slots – Too Complex to Care?

Whoever came up with this idea was either a genius or a madman. It is the most complicated of all “not rely a slot machine” mechanics. Historical horse racing (HHR) games are a lot like the bingo liner slots described above, except that players essentially get to choose their own card.

So here’s how slot machines work with the historic horse racing variable. Three actual horse races from the past are randomly selected by the machine. Each race contains 10 horses, meaning there are 30 possible horses to choose from. Each race has a win, place and show, so there are 9 possible horses that can win prizes of varying amounts. As you choose horses, and the race plays out, it creates a 30-digit binary number that will look something like this: 101100010000111001001000010001

That binary number determines whether you win a prize, and if so, how much. As the player, you have the option of picking your horses in the race, or having the machine randomly pick for you. If the machine does all the picking, then spits out the results, the experience looks and feels identical to that of a slot machine.

What’s The Difference? Value to Player

On the surface, there’s not much difference at all. Underneath, however, there’s one very important thing that sets these games apart, and that’s the theoretical return to player, or RTP. The higher a game’s RTP, the more likely you are to win; (or more appropriately, the less likely you are to lose).

Land-based class III slot machines (the real ones) can carry an average RTP of anywhere from 88% to 92%, depending where you play. Their online counterparts average 96% RTP. VLTs only pay an average RTP of 88%. Class II bingo slots can pay out as low as 80%. HHRs are impossible to judge, since they’re based on pari-mutuel wagering, but the minimum is generally 80%.

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Sep 06

Bring On Fall: A quick review of cool autumn online slots games.

The leaves are changing. The air is cooling. There’s pumpkin spice products flooding every market! Summer is finally giving way to fall, and we’ve got some interesting ways to celebrate the change of season.

Of the tens of thousands of digital slot machines dominating the iGaming industry, only a few have incorporated the autumn theme. In fact, it’s one of the most scarce themes in the business – odd, since the season is beloved by so many. I’m convinced that the lack of autumn themed-slots has everything to do with the gross over-abundance of holidays themed games. There are more Halloween and Thanksgiving themed slots than I could possibly care to list on a single page; certainly not with reviews and stats.

Celebrate the Season with these Cool Autumn Online Slots

Today, we’ll take a look at what’s out there, who made it, and where you can play it. As I said, there aren’t too many fall slots for mobile. It is easily among the most overlooked themes in the business, especially when you consider just how many people absolutely adore the season (and the pumpkin spiced products it brings).

So without further ado, here my top 5 favorite autumn themed online slots. I’ve provided a very brief review and some basic details for each, like reels, paylines, and return to player (RTP).

Seasons by Yggdrasil

Seasons Autumn Online SlotsThis quirky little game features all four seasons. Each season represents its own game mode. Each game mode comes with its own wild features and free spins modes. The fall season features Random Walking Wilds. When a wild owl lands, it triggers free respins where the owl travels one reel to the right, along the top, middle or bottom. Respins continue until the owl leaves the screen. During free spins, the Random Walking Wilds are even more likely to appear. The other seasons are interesting too, but fall is my absolute favorite!

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 20 RTP: 96.10%
Where to Play: You can find the Seasons Slot at any Yggdrasil powered online casino, including LeoVegas Mobile.

Moonshine by Microgaming

Moonshine Autumn Online SlotsIt’s harvest time down on the farm, but this is no ordinary farm. Alongside the fields of pumpkins and cabbage, shotgun-toting granny and the rest of her backwoods bootlegging brood are making moonshine! Humor and profitability to go hand in hand with this 5-reel video slot. Granny is the wild, taking the place of all other standard symbol to line up wins. The sheriff is a scatter, awarding scatter pays. The moonshine bottle is the bonus, awarding free spins. Before you start, you’ll pick from a number of moons to collect extra free spins and increase the multiplier. The feature starts when the block labeled ‘Star Free Spins’ is chosen.

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 25 RTP: 96.02%
Where to Play: You can find the Moonshine Slot at most Microgaming powered online casinos, including Royal Vegas Casino.

Monster Mash Cash by Habanero

Monster Mash Cash Autumn Online SlotsGet your autumn groove on with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and all their ghoulish friends as they do The Mash, slot machine style! This fiendishly fun video slot comes with expanding Jekyl and Hyde wilds that double all prizes they help to line up. He only appears on the first reel in the base game, but virtually guarantees a win when he does. During free spins, the expanding wild can appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. The Dracula Bonus scatter pays out multipliers of the total bet for 2 or more, and awards 8, 20 or 30 free games when 3, 4 or 5 appear. Add in a catchy musical score, and it all comes together with Habanero’s bar-setting flare for the dramatic.

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 50 RTP: 96.00%
Where to Play: You can find the Monster Mash Cash Slot at all Habanero powered online casinos, including LeoVegas Mobile.

Sweet Harvest by Microgaming

Sweet Harvest Autumn Online SlotsHarvest time is the best time of year on the farm, but when the farmers happen to be super cute, it’s all the sweeter. The buxom beauty is the farmer’s daughter. The studly cowboy with the 6-pack abs is the ranch hand. They’re high paying symbols in the base game, but during free spins, they both become wilds that can stack on any reel. When the farmer’s daughter and ranch hand appear next to each other, they’ll pay out winnings with a 2x multiplier. To trigger those free spins, you need to see 3 or more barn house scatters land anywhere on the reels. If a scatter appears on reels 1 and 2, but nowhere else, those reels will hold in place for one respin of reels 3, 4 and 5, in hopes of trigger the feature.

Reels: 5×3 Paylines: 20 RTP: 96.29%
Where to Play: You can find the Monster Mash Cash Slot at all Microgaming powered online casinos, including Jackpot City and Royal Vegas.

Autumn Gold by Eyecon

Autumn Gold Online SlotsIf you like slots that are simple to understand and play, this one is a sure favorite. Autumn Gold, released by Eyecon in 2018, is a classic 3 reel game with the max number of 9 paylines. It’s packed with all the symbolic items of a beautiful fall day – from colorful leaves, pumpkins and acorns, to mushrooms, owls, and squirrels, to rain boots, umbrellas and homemade jam jars. Unlike most 3-reel classics, this one has features built in, too. The fall leaves are the scatter, awarding 8 free spins with triple payouts. You can even re-trigger the bonus up to 15 times. The umbrella is another scatter, activating the prize pick bonus for landing 3 anywhere on the reels. Prizes include instant credits wins of up to 111x the triggering bet per pick. Although the RTP on this one is a little below average, but Eyecon hit a bullseye with the cool autumn online slots theme.

Reels: 3×3 Paylines: 9 RTP: 95.41%
Where to Play: You can play the Autumn Gold Slot at all Eyecon powered online casinos, including 888 Casino.

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May 04

Pragmatic Play Floating Dragon Hold and Spin online slot review.

Pragmatic Play, one of the online gambling industry’s hottest digital slot machine platforms, is putting out a lot of new games lately. Part of the credit goes to there independent partner studios, like Reel Kingdom, who’s been churning out, on average, one new game every month. Among them is a unique Hold & Spin Slots series; the Hold & Spin referring to a special feature functioning within these games. To date, there are three of them, including the latest and greatest release of “Floating Dragon”.

Pragmatic Play’s Floating Dragon Hold and Spin Online Slot Review

This latest addition to the Pragmatic Play portfolio is an interesting new arrival, carrying with it a theme that’s proved incredibly popular among slots fans all over the world. I’m talking, of course, about Ancient Chinese culture, exhausted for its mystical charm and sibylline ability to bring good fortune to beholders. Whether you believe in prophetic lore or not, the game’s 96.71% RTP ensures a high chance of profitability.

Floating Dragon Hold and Spin Online Slot Review

Floating Dragon is the third edition in Reel Kingdom’s Hold & Spin series, following the release of 777 Ultra Hold & Spin in late August 2020, and Hot to Burn Hold & Spin in February of this year. The only difference between this latest version and its predecessors (aside from not being a ‘fruit machine’) is that the first were second-comings of an original online slot. 777 Ultra H&S is the sequel to the Ultra Burn Slot, while Hot to Burn H&S follows the original slot of the same name.

Floating Dragon H&S revolves around the culture’s vibrant Chinese dragon and the lovely Geisha Princess. It’s packed with exciting features, including re-triggers, free spins, multipliers and, of course, the Mystery Hold & Spin. We’ll talk more about these in a moment…

The game is a 5×3 reel affair with just 10 betways. It offers a wide betting range of $0.10 to $250. Its high volatility is best suited to veteran slots fans with a large enough bankroll to outlast potentially long swings without a strike. On the plus side, most of those wins will be worth waiting for, especially when the game’s features kick in.

Symbols, Bonus Games & Features

Reel Kingdom Adds to Hold & Spin Slots Series

Floating Dragon’s high paying symbols are kites, imaginatively designed to resemble colorful objects and creatures, like butterflies, peacocks, and koi fish. The Geisha is the wild, substituting for all standard symbols. The Chinese dragon is the scatter. When 3, 4 or 5 of these appear anywhere in a single spin, it triggers 10, 15 or 20 free spins, respectively.

Generally, free spins are a game’s most beloved feature, and while it can be very valuable, triggering Floating Dragon’s Hold & Spin feature can be far more exciting. It happens when the golden Coin symbol, which only appears on the middle reel, occupies all three of its positions. Those golden coins hold in place as all other reels fade to blank. You get three ReSpins to land another gold coin. Each time one or more coins lands, you re-spin meter resets to 3. In addition to gold coins, diamonds can also appear during this feature. When a diamond lands, it will display a multiplier on it, ranging anywhere from 100x to 4993x the triggering bet. Once no additional gold coins or diamonds appear in three consecutive spins, all current values are collected and paid out, and the bonus ends. You’re guaranteed to win a minimum of 20x your stake each time the Floating Dragon Hold & Spin online slot feature triggers.

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Apr 23

Canadians go wild for new wildlife slot machines at online casinos.

Of all the different genres of casino games, there’s nothing that quite compares to slot machines. They are the most popular of all games in the world, occupying vastly more floor-space than all other gambling amusements combined, despite the fact that a slot cabinet takes up far less space than any single blackjack, baccarat, craps or roulette table ever could. More importantly, slots are so unique that they are capable of being developed with limitless styles, themes and payout schedules. They are the only casino games available that can pay out millions of dollars for a single play, for a cost of nothing more than pocket change.

New Wildlife Slot Machines at Canada Online Casinos

Slot machines with a wilderness motif have long captured the hearts of Canadian gamblers. Not only do we love the outdoors, we have access to an abundant variety of nature’s finest; for many of us, right outside our doorstep. IGaming studios like IGT, the world’s largest creator of physical and digital slot machines, are catering to that distinct love with more new wildlife themed slots than ever.

Kodiak’s Roar Slot by WMS / IGT

Kodiak's Roar Slot

Kodiak’s Roar is a new 5×4 reel, 1024 ways video slot from the creative minds of WMS, subsidiary of IGT. It’s loaded with features, has a max payout potential of x2,500, and offers a medium-high volatility that any true slots fan can appreciate. Its 96.2% RTP is on point with today’s average for online slots.

Aesthetically speaking, Kodiak’s Roar has a lot to offer wildlife fans. It’s main symbol is, of course, the roaring Kodiak bear. A calmer, watchful Kodiak is the wild. Other nature-themed symbols include a moose, owl, red fox, and the bear’s favorite afternoon snack, salmon.

Safari Sam 2 by Betsoft

Safari Sam 2 Slot

If you prefer something a little more off the beaten path – or at least, farther from home – Betsoft’s new Safari Sam 2 might do the trick. Launched in April 2021, it’s a suped-up sequel to the original 2012 release. This 5×3-reel video slot takes players on an adventure into the wild plains of Africa. It comes with a medium volatility, max payout of x505, and an average RTP of 96.3%. All this can be yours for a bet range of $0.20 to $100 per spin.

The game’s 3D animated graphics are a big selling point, following the adventures of Safari Sam and his trusty female sidekick. It comes with two main features – Call of the Wild and Free Spins. Call of the Wild is random, filling up to 4 reels with all wilds. 3, 4 or 5 Acacia Tree Scatters award 7, 12 or 20 free games, during which Call of the Wild triggers on every spin.

Shimmering Woods Slot by Play’n Go

Shimmering Woods Slot

Step into the Shimmering Woods, where magical crystals grow, delighting the enchanted creatures of the forest. Released in March 2021 by Play’n Go, this traditional 5×3 reel slot comes with 243 ways to win, a medium-high variance, and a profit-potential of x25,000 the bet size. Unfortunately, the RTP comes in on the low side at just 94.2%.

The base game is all about the beauty of the forest and the radiant crystals that grow from its foliage. During free spins, the reels have the potential to split from 5×3 to 5×6, boosting the paylines to as high as 7,776 ways to win, multiplied by a Cascading Wins feature.

Buffalo Hold and Win by Booming Games

Buffalo Hold and Win Slot

Netxt up on our wily wildlife-themed slots list is Buffalo Hold and Win, an adventurous 5×3 reel, 25 payline video slot with the ability to pay up to x1,000 coins in a single play. This is a high volatility slot, so the wins don’t come often, but when they do, they tend to pay in large amounts. However, it does have a slightly below average RTP of 95.91%.

The buffalo theme is one the online slots industry has put through the ringer more times than just about any other theme. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand – players demand it, so developers keep on supplying it. This one’s packed with free spins, a hold and win bonus game, and a quick hit feature.

Jaguar Super Ways by Bad Dingo

Jaguar Super Ways Slot

Bad Dingo is a small, independent studio that teamed up with Yggdrasil to build interactive slot with the latter’s patented SuperWays slots feature. Jaguar Super Ways draws players deep into the jungle, where wild cats and exotic creatures rule the land. It’s default 5×3 reels can expand up to 9×9, increasing to as many as 387,420,489 ways to win. A relatively generous 96.25% RTP combines with a medium volatility to award a massive max win of x22,457 on a single spin, costing anywhere from $0.40 to $10 per play.

Jaguar Super Ways runs on the Cacading Wins mechanic, exploding all winning symbols to fill the reels with new ones, creating up to 15 simultaneous wins on a single spin. While that’s enjoyable to watch when luck befalls, this game really falls back on its Super Ways feature – by far the most prominent aspect of the game. Jaguar paws randomly appear across the reels to trigger the feature, highlighted by a 3×3 Mega Paw symbol and the ability to open up all 9×9 reels and max pay ways.

Jaguars Super Ways was launched exclusively at Unibet Casino on April 1, 2021, and makes its way to all Yggdrasil powered online casinos on May 21.

Mega Moolah (Safari) by Microgaming

Mega Moolah Jackpot Poised to Pay at least $12.7 Million

This last one’s not new. In fact, it’s one of the oldest surviving slots on the iGaming market today, released by Microgaming circa 2006. It’s the industry’s most celebrated, highest-paying, millionaire-making progressive. The Mega Moolah is the harbinger of safari-style wildlife slot machines at online casinos, responsible for paying more than $1 billion in progressive prizes to date.

You can learn more about Microgaming’s famous Mega Moolah and other progressive online slots here.

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Jan 21

Loony Blox Slot – Crazy high limit slot machine by Habanero.

Loony Blox Slot – A Crazy Fun High Limit Slot Machine from Habanero Systems

Habanero Systems is known for creating some wild and wacky online slots. Its graphics department is especially fond of creatingt the cartoon-style games. One of their latest releases, Loony Blox Online Slot, takes that concept to the max. Loony Blox features three anthropomorphic characters – a skateboarding rabbit, roller skating elephant, and a wolf with a real flare for fashion. The game’s features center around these characters as they traverse a desert map in search of delicious fruits and big wins. To top it off, Habanero’s Loony Blox is one of the highest limit online slot machines to launch in 2020.

Review of Loony Blox Slot from Habanero Systems

Released in February 2020, Loony Blox has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment, features, and profitability. It’s got amish-mash theme with cartoon style graphics and tropical music in an arid desert. Not the likeliest of combinations, but I suppose that’s what makes it so enjoyably whimsical. The game takes place on 5×3 reels with 243 ways to win and an RTP of 96.71%.

All of the characters – elephant, wolf and rabbit – are special symbols. They have standard payouts, like the others, but are also capable of triggering free spins. More on that in a moment…

The Wild cactus is, of course, the wild. High paying symbols include diamonds, the regular cactus, bars and bells. Low-end symbols are the various fruits – cherries, lemons, plums and watermelon.

During the base game, one of the three main characters will stand next to the reels. At random (but for no more than 250 spins each), the current character will exit and another will take its place. Whichever character is visible will determine which special character feature that is active.

Elephant Character Feature

When the elephant is standing by, any wild cactus that appears in a winning combination will expand to cover its entire rel, potentially creating more winning combinations before win lines are paid.

Wolf Character Feature

When the wolf character is standing by, all win lines will pay left to right, and right to left. This effectively doubles the win lines from 243 to 486. Suffice it to say, the game is twice as rewarding when the wolf is out.

Rabbit Character Feature

When the rabbit is standing by, his special feature can trigger randomly, linking 2-5 reels with the same symbols on each.

Map Feature

The Map Feature will trigger anytime one of the character symbols appears in a winning combination in the base game. The map screen will load, and that character’s car will move one dot on the map for each instance that character appeared in the triggering win. If two characters appeared, both of their cars will move on the map. When any character car lands on a green dot, it triggers 12 free games.

Loony Blox High Limit Slot Value

I mentioned above that Habanero’s Loony Blox Slot is one of the highest limit games released in the last year. Just how high and valuable is it? Well, for starters, a high roller can drop as much as 5k in a single spin. The game is equipped with a minimum/maximum bet range of 0.25 to 5,000, and a max payout of 4,864x. Do the math [5,000 * 4,864 = 24,320,000] and we find the profit potential here is over $24k in a single spin. Not too shabby, if you have that kind of cash to throw around.

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Apr 27

Microgaming and its partner studios introduce a staggering 11 new online slots games in April 2020.

More and more people are looking for ways to pass the time these days. The digital creators at Microgaming and each of its partner labs sure found a way, and they’re passing it on to the fans of their online slots games. When the month is out just a few days from now, they will have launched nearly one dozen new titles onto the menus of hundreds of Microgaming online casinos.

Microgaming Introduces 11 New Online Slots Games in April 2020

Microgaming’s New Online Slots Games for April 2020

Nine new titles have already been released in April 2020, with two more set for publication before the month is out. Their names, development studios and release dates are as follows:

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1X2gaming, 1 April)
  • Cheeky Fruits 5 (Gamevy, 2 April)
  • Arabian Spins (Booming Games, 2 April)
  • Anderthals (JFTW, April 7)
  • Hot Cross Bunnies Game Changer (Realistic Games, 9 April)
  • Diamond Force (Crazy Tooth Studio, April 14)
  • Arena of Gold (All41 Studios, April 21)
  • Spinosaurus (Booming Games, 23 April)
  • La Mina de Oro Plus (MGA, 27 April)
  • The Vault (Snowborn Games, April 28)
  • Psycho Candies (Gamevy, 30 April)

Cavemen, Gladiators, and Superheroes – Oh My!

Microgaming believes this month’s new releases are sure to be ‘reel’ crowd pleasers as they boast a wide array of themes, characters and features. From the charming cave-dwellers of Anderthals, to the proud gladiators of Arena of Gold; from the epic superheroes donning the reels of Diamond Force, to the enigmatic jewel thieves infiltrating The Vault; Microgaming’s online slots fans are experiencing a windfall of new games.

“April will see Microgaming strengthen its content portfolio with a variety of dynamic games from its network of independent studios and content partners,” says Microgaming Director of Global Operations, James Buchanan. “Rich in rewarding features, stunning visuals, a range of volatility levels, and diverse characters and styles, including striking gladiator and caveman themes, there is plenty of choice available for our customers this month.”

Psycho Candies Online Slot Coming Friday

The real treat – if you don’t mind the pun – will be the upcoming April 30th release from Gluck Games; one of Microgaming’s newest and most intriguing partners to date. They’re publishing what can only be described as a schizophrenic variant of the unforgettable Candy Crush saga. This emotive masterpiece of marsh-melodrama, appropriately titled Psycho Candies, is sure to draw a lot of interest come this weekend.

New Psycho Candies Online Slot by Gluck Games for Microgaming

It’s a 6×6 reel game with cluster pays, where a cluster of 7 or more matching symbols in any consecutively adjacent positions triggers a payout. Features abound as the colorful candies fill the reels. As with all cluster-pay games, cascading reels occur whenever a win results. The winning symbols explode, making room for others to fall into place and potentially create more wins. Each consecutive cascading win increases the payout multiplier by 1x.

There is also a Jelly Pick’Em bonus game that awards instant credits, and a Cluster Bomb that explodes all positions around the winning symbols to make a lot more space for new ones to drop in. Four or more clustered Free Spins symbols will award between 12 and 22 free games. These work like cascading wins with a 1x multiplier increase per win, except that the multiplier doesn’t reset after a losing spin.

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Apr 16

Four new online slots from Play’N Go in April 2020.

Two New Online Slots from Play’N Go, Two More Coming this Month

Not everyone is sitting home bored these days. The creative minds behind Play’N Go slot machines are busier than ever. We’ve already seen two new games from the creator in April, and you can expect to see two more before the month is out. These new slots and their respective release dates are as follows:

  • That’s Rich Slot – April 9, 2020
  • Ring of Odin Slot – April 16, 2020
  • Annihilator Slot – April 23, 2020
  • Rally 4 Riches Slot – April 27, 2020

Four New Online Slots from Play’N Go in April

Let’s take a brief look at the new games currently or soon-to-be gracing the slots menus of Play’N Go-powered online and mobile casinos.

That’s Rich Online Slot

That's Rich Online Slot from Play'n Go

That’s Rich is a game that embodies all things affluent, from extravagant mansions to luxurious yachts, and stacks of cash to pricey accessories. These and more spin the circumference of the reels as palm leaves sway and gentles waves crash upon the shore of a tropical background. It all takes place on a 5×3 reel, 10 line video slot with a high variance and a 94.3% RTP.

Without a progressive jackpot, the returns seems awfully low. There aren’t many features to spice it up, either. The supermodel is an expanding wild, and three golden trophy scatters unlock the Win Spins feature (free spins), wherein a winning combo is guaranteed to land with each spin.

Ring of Odin Online Slot

Ring of Odin Online Slot from Play'n Go

This new title is sure to attract the masses, both thematically and aesthetically. The Greek mythology motif is one of the most popular of all slots themes worldwide, and Play’N Go has done a fantastic job designing its dark and alluring graphics. It’s all rolled up into a 5×3 video slot with 20 pay lines and a high-volatility RTP of 94.2%.

Again, we’re seeing a game with a low return, but this time, the features just keep coming. The randomly (and frequently) triggered Odin’s Ring initiates a respin with mirrored symbols that increase win rate and offer a chance to trigger the much more lucrative Draupnir Respins. Triggering Foresight Free Spins awards 4 free games with the Odin’s Ring feature active for each.

Annihilator Online Slot

Annihilator Online Slot from Play'n Go

Canadians especially will enjoy this upcoming title from Play’N Go, themed around the 1980’s heavy metal thrash band. Featuring the vocals of John Bates and lead guitarist Jeff Waters, Annihilator is the highest selling Canadian thrash metal band in history. Now, they’ve been immortalized on the 5×3 reels of this epic video slot.

While the license-branded theme is sure to appeal to a niche market, the games features may draw less enthusiasm. Similar to the games above, the Annihilator Slot comes with 10 pay lines, a high variance, an RTP of 94.2%, and only two notable features – free spins and expanding wilds.

Rally 4 Riches Online Slot

Rally 4 Riches Online Slot from Play'n Go

This game remains a mystery in almost every way. The only clues we can gather information from are the name and the teaser graphic, both of which imply a racing theme. Sources indicate it will come in a standard 5×3 reel package, but even that hasn’t been officially confirmed.

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Mar 31

Three worst online casino game ideas that bombed.

What Were They Thinking? Worst Online Casino Game Ideas that Bombed

The online gambling industry is unique in many ways, one being that each internet casino presents limitless borders. An operator can pack in as many games as it wants and never run out of space. As such, virtual gaming floors are the perfect forum for testing out new game ideas.

In the last two decades, we’ve seen a lot of new games rise to ultimate glory. Microgaming’s 243 ways to win slots were a smashing success! Lottery-style sit-n-goes, first introduced by French operator Winamax in 2013, revolutionized internet poker. Live dealer casinos, debuted in 2003 by Playtech and perfected by Evolution Gaming in 2006, solved the lack of realism in RNG-based gambling.

Worst Online Casino Game Ideas that Bombed

Not every game created is an instant success. In fact, just like land-based table game inventions, the majority of them die on the virtual gaming floor – some faster than others.

7-Card Stud video poker was a perfect example. It made the games more complicated than they needed to be. Similarly, 7-reel slot machines failed to attract players, who found them to confusing to keep up with. Duplicate Poker turned players off by elimination the luck factor entirely. Yes, poker players love the skill element, but without the marginal influence of the luck of the draw, no one wanted to play anymore.

Those games were historically bad ideas, but none more so than the three games I’m about to tell you about. These titles died so quickly, today’s players may have completely missed their short-lived appearance.

#1 Showtime Hold’em Poker

Showtime Holdem Poker

Showtime Poker was an online poker variant introduced by PokerStars in May 2018. It was conceived under the premise that players believed it was “about time poker players show their folded cards”. At the end of a hand, all mucked cards would be revealed.

PokerStars wanted this game to take off like a rocket! They were so enthused about it that they contracted some of their most famous pros to build hype by streaming Showtime Poker tables on their live Twitch feeds.

There were two major problems with this format. Pro players hated it, because it forced them to give away their game play secrets. Amateurs hated it because they don’t give a crap about seeing mucked cards. End result – everyone hated it!

#2 Live Casino Slot Machines

In 2011, the creative minds at Evolution Gaming believed they’d had an epiphany. Live casinos are a perfect playground for table games, but they were unable to accommodate players of the most popular casino games on the planet – slot machines. Enter stage right, live dealer slots.

This bold introduction was meant to revolutionize the live casino industry. Evolution put a lot of thought and detail into its debut, going so far as to replace virtual reels with actual spinning wheels. A dealer would host the game, offering commentary and providing live chat interaction with players.

What went wrong? Well, slots players enjoy traditional slot games for a reason. They like the singularity. They like controlling the pace of the games. Turning slot machines into a social affair was unnecessary, uninvited, and unwelcome.

Of worthy mention, live dealer slot machines are attempting a comeback this year, although I don’t expect the results to be any different.

#3 Virtual Reality (VR) Gambling

VR Casino Gambling

This is one concept most of you will remember. It wasn’t long ago, around 2015-16, that the virtual reality movement made its push. The concept was spot on. Throw on a headset and enter a virtual casino world, where your real-life actions transfer into the virtual realm in the most realistic digital casino games ever imagined exist!

Yes, it was quite a concept, but it did not catch on, and for one very simple reason. The technology necessary, and availability of that technology, has not yet reached mainstream households. That’s not to say that VR gambling doesn’t still have a chance in years to come.

Microgaming was making mobile games back in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the first smartphones appeared. Who wanted to play slots on a flip phone? No one. Another five years would pass before the mobile gambling revolution actually gained a foothold, and now, it’s the number one way to play over the internet, and enjoy all the new online casino game ideas that developers are constantly spitting out – the good and the bad.

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Jan 21

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

For more than twenty-five years now, internet gambling has been growing, shifting, evolving into one of the world’s largest eCommerce industries. In that time, we’ve seen a massive explosion of casino games, the software companies that build them, and – of course – the number of players that log on to enjoy them.

Hundreds of digital games creators have entered this market in that time. Most of them didn’t survive, but more than enough have. Some thrive on quantity; others on quality. Then there are those who make a name for themselves by producing unique content – something outside the box – something that makes players stop and think, “Whoa… that’s different!”

Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

Today’s write up is dedicated to the online casino software developers that have changed the way we gamble online; not just ten or twenty years ago, but those that continue to do so in 2020. I’m talking about the ones that make iGaming the mega-sized entertainment industry that it is today. So without further ado, here are the top five digital game changers operating in the global online casino business.

#1 Microgaming

Microgaming Online Casino Games

I know what you’re thinking. Microgaming is old. Microgaming represents what the iGaming industry used to be. You’re not wrong, but there’s so much more to it than that. Yes, Microgaming laid the foundation for online casinos, with roots dating all the way back to 1994. This company had a hand in the development of the world’s very first genuine online casino in 1996. But Microgaming is no has-been. To this day, the Isle of Man-based company is producing – or at least commissioning the production of – world class gaming content.

Most of all, I have to commend them for their foray into exclusivity contracts. Microgaming has commissioned a throng of small companies (ones that could never thrive on their own) to develop games just for their Quickfire platform. Not only has it increased the production rate of Microgaming’s vast portfolio, it’s bringing fresh ideas and features to the iGaming community. And let’s not forget Microgaming’s ever-rewarding Mega Moolah online slot; the only online progressive to seed at $1,000,000.

#2 Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming Best Live Casino for Mobile

Evolution Gaming has brought about a true evolution in iGaming. After launching their first “live casino” product in 2006, this company has managed to produce live dealer games in beast-mode. They have the best software, the best hardware, the best game variety, and by far the most impressive trophy case of any casino software brand in the world. Evolution has been named the eGR Live Casino Supplier of the Year for 10 years running, and I have no doubt they’ll claim yet another this year.

#3 NetEnt

Gonzos Quest by NetEnt

For the last twenty years, NetEnt (formerly Net Entertainment) has delivered the full iGaming package, and then some. That extra effort has gone towards the fabrication of some of the most immersive 3D slot machines ever to hit the virtual shelves. They wowed us with Gonzo’s Quest in 2011, and teased us with Gonzo’s Quest VR, slated for release in 2020. They are responsible for the Starburst slot, which has, for seven years, popped in and out of the ‘most popular slot machine game’ position. At time of writing, it’s back at #1. Long story short their focus on 3D graphics and immersive game play is unparalleled.

#4 Habanero Systems

Habanero Systems Slot Machines

It was only a few years ago that Habanero Systems erupted onto the market. They were looking for a niche, and they found it in a unique concept – storytelling. Every slot machine they create comes with a complete backstory. Players who don’t skip the intro are drawn into the plot of each game, giving them more reason to play than winning or losing money. They combine this skill with HTML5 programming, impressive 3D visuals, and proven features.

#5 Playtech

Playtech has been making games almost as long as any of their competitors. Most of their games are on par with the industry standard, but there is one thing that sets them apart from all other casino software providers. Playtech has built some of the world’s most interesting license-branded slot machines. Sure, Microgaming has the Jurassic Park and Playboy Slots series, and NetEnt has Vikings and Guns N’ Roses, but I believe Playtech has the more impressive portfolio overall (and those other companies are already on this list, anyway).

DC Comics Slots from Playtech

Playtech brought us The Matrix, Rocky, Kong, Gladiator, Top Gun, American Dad, and a multitude of super-hero branded games, inlcuding a complete series of Superman titles, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, just to name a few.

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Jan 13

Genesis Slots – Immersive games that go beyond status quo.

Genesis Slots – Immersive Games that Go Beyond Status Quo

I’ve talked about a lot of big-brand online slots creators over the years. Anyone who gambles online knows of Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech. These are the leaders in the market, developing the largest portfolios with the most famous titles on the market. But there are other companies out there that deserve recognition.

One such company is Genesis Gaming. Please do not confuse Genesis Gaming with Genesis Gaming Solutions, as so many do. Genesis Gaming Solutions (www.genesisgaming.com) is a physical table games manufacturer with offices in Spring, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada. Genesis Gaming (www.genesis-games.com) is a software company specializing in some of the industry’s most immersive online slot machines. It is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with additional offices in Las Vegas, Nevada and Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

What’s So Great about Genesis Slots?

Since 2008, Genesis has been developing creative games for the online casino community. In all those years, their primary goal has been to develop outside the box. They aren’t looking to copy the most popular themes or features. They aren’t trying to mimic their rivals by drawing the same customers with the mirrored content. They’re goal is to go “beyond status quo”; to build something more unique, more interesting, and more rewarding for players.

By more rewarding, I don’t meant more people win on their games. Slot machines cannot possibly pay at or above 100% RTP. What casino would employ them? No, Genesis online slots pay an RTP on par with the industry standard. But games can be more rewarding in other ways. In particular, these are known for being wildly entertaining.

Take, for instance, one of Genesis Games’ fan-favorites, the Machine Gun Unicorn Slot. Now that’s a wild game if I ever saw one. I’m not entirely sure how best to describe it. Imagine if Quinton Tarantino made slot machines, without all the droll dialogue of his usual films.

Machine Gun Unicorn by Genesis Gaming – Surpassing the Norm at Mach Speed

Machine Gun Unicorn is a game about a fairytale place, where a majestic unicorn rules over a land of My Little Pony-looking horses. Then one day, all Hell breaks loose when their pony paradise is terrorized by zombie dragons. The fearless leader brandishes a machine gun in place of his unicorn horn and takes on the zombie hoarde, alongside his myriad-maned friends. The theme was so outrageously refreshing, Machine Gun Unicorn was named among the annual ICE expo’s top Games to Watch in 2015.

Not all of their games are so radical, of course, but it shows the approach Genesis Gaming’s designers take when building a new title. They look for something out of the ordinary, and make it extraordinary, whether it’s a new game’s theme, layout, or features, there’s always something exciting going on.

In the last few years, they’ve picked up the pace in fabrication, too. Since 2015, their portfolio has nearly doubled. There are now more than 200 games on the menu, with new titles coming to market once per month, on average. To close out 2019, they brought us Emperor’s Diamonds and Dragon Blast. Two days from now, on January 15, their latest addition – Year of the Rat – is slated for release at all Genesis Gaming powered online casinos.

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