With so many new studios out there and the legacy brands working overtime to compete for player spins, each week sees well over a dozen new game releases. Today’s players simply have to click on a title at one of their favorite gaming portals to be the first in their circle to try a new game.
In the not-too-distant past, each and every online casino was simply an extension of the game developer with one site carrying Microgaming titles exclusively and others that carried only Playtech, Realtime Gaming, or Cryptologic games, etc. – there were no multi-software online casinos and in order to download a new game at a Microgaming site, players had to completely reinstall the Viper download client and every element of each game. Thanks to innovations such as instant play via HTML5 those days are long behind us now.
Today’s games can be built with pre-existing modules on Remote Game Servers (RGS) and deployed as soon as they are certified. In some jurisdictions such as in Spain, after winning a supplier license, a developer like Play’n GO can self-certify each new game in that market and release it across its entire network of games without the need for regulator by regulator approvals.
Raft of New Games to Play
Today we’ll look at a few fresh releases from BGaming, Gamzix, Lady Luck, Playson, Red Rake Gaming, and Wazdan.
BGaming – Alien Fruits
Look for groundbreaking AI-generated graphics in this game with refilling reels and a chance to win up to 15,000x. You’ll come along with fruit characters as they hunt down jelly letters in this intergalactic thriller for energy.
The game launched across the SOFTSWISS network and other operators carrying BGaming titles. Alien Fruits features a maximum win of €180,000 at full-tilt betting.
Yulia Aliakseyeva, co-CPO at BGaming, said: “As a leading slots provider, we are delighted to add Alien Fruits to our portfolio of more than 100 creative titles. We are especially excited to introduce AI-generated graphics – just one example of BGaming’s innovative approach to slots development.”
Land four or more Scatter symbols (spaceships) to trigger the free spins bonus and the fruits will traverse galaxies to carry you into the free games.
Players will in most markets also have access to the Bonus Buy feature to cut to the front of the line (for a price) and play the bonus game whenever they feel like taking a chance.
Random multipliers ranging from 2x to 100x take the game to new heights.
Gamzix – Wolf Story
Wolf Story is set up as a 5-reel, 3-row slot with 25 fixed paylines. Game icons depict members of the animal kingdom and symbols like Scatter and Moon provide more: Scatter symbols trigger Free Spins and Moons are a portal into the Bonus Game using the Gamzix Hold the Spin mechanics.
There are four jackpots available and you’ll need to collect 15 Moon symbols to have a crack at the Grand Jackpot.
Wolf Story has a fairly high RTP at 96% and a max win over 5000x.
Alexandr Kosohov, CEO of Gamzix commented: “Every slot is a combination of visual representation and a perfect mix of available features. It has to catch attention from the first sight and leave a player intrigued until the very last spin. This is what we were focused on while creating Wolf Story. You’ll see a lot of animated elements, changing backgrounds and features, like Mystery Coin, that reveal the final result only when time comes. Wild and mysterious, isn’t it?”
Lady Luck Games – Popeye
This highly anticipated release from Lady Luck Games is officially scheduled for its global launch on April 20, 2023 – however, word has it that it could be released into select regional markets before rolling out over the Lady Luck distribution network.
Popeye was created in collaboration with King Features Syndicate (Hearst Communications), a comics content company and animation studio first launched in 1914 and the home of iconic characters such as Flash Gordon, Beatle Baily, Hagar the Horrible, and of course, Popeye.
Some of the regional releases include The exclusive regional releases include partnerships with Danske Spil for players in Denmark, Novibet which caters to Greek players, Tipobet365 active in scattered markets globally, Betsson, and White Hat Gaming for players in the UK.
“We are excited to bring our captivating and immersive Popeye slot game to a global audience through these exclusive regional launches with leading brands in the industry. We believe that our engaging gaming experience, combined with the strong market presence of these leading platforms, will be a winning combination for players worldwide,” said Mads Jørgensen, Co-Founder, and CEO of Lady Luck Games.
Global Release date: April 20, 2023
RTP: 94.0% | 96.1% | 88.0% depending on the market
Hit frequency: 29.8% | 29.7% | 30.4%
Max win: 5100x bet | 5500x bet | 5300x bet
Min/max bet: €0.10/€100.00
Languages: EN, RU, TR, ES, IT, DA, ZH-CN, TH, KO, DE, EL, NL, RO, SV, KA
Playson – Giza Nights: Hold and Win
This game is feature-rich with semi-complicated mechanics that will keep new players enthralled with mystery and discovery as well as bring back seasoned players for years to come. Set up as a 5×3 slot with 25 paylines, it promises to take players on a journey to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and set off to find treasure in the mysterious ancient town of Giza.
The Boost feature collects the value of accumulated moon symbols and awards them to players instantly. It can also award one of three jackpots if the proper symbols land on the reels on the same spin.
The bonus game is powered by Playson’s popular Hold and Win mechanic which resets the number of available respins to 3 with each new Bonus, Boost, or Mystery symbol that appears in the feature. The bonus game plays until the player runs out of chances or fills the 5×3 grid with bonus symbols which will award the Grand jackpot worth 5,000x your bet.
The Mystery symbol can also change into a Mini, Minor, or Major Jackpot symbol during the bonus game. These will appear after a Boost symbol is landed or they will be revealed one at a time when the respin bonus is completed.
Land three scatters to trigger or retrigger 8 free games with only top-paying Bonus, Boost, Scatter, and Wild symbols being collected.
Tamas Kusztos, Chief Commercial Officer at Playson, said: “Giza Nights: Hold and Win is a great addition to our library, adding the allure of Giza to our Egyptian-themed series of games.
“The Hold and Win mechanic is a player favorite and with the Boost feature integrated, they’re sure to have a thrilling time when they explore our bespoke gameplay offering.”
Red Rake Gaming – Ramses Legacy
There must be dozens if not tens of tens of Egyptian-themed slots out there but it remains a popular genre as developers add their own twists to the highly visited theme. Red Rake is no exception. First launched in 2011 the studio plied its trade in the social game realm before taking on the more serious role of becoming a BMM-certified real money game provider.
Ramsey’s Legacy is a huge slot in many ways – the first way that jumps out is the One Million Ways to Win feature, but the minigame and free spins also loom large for players who enjoy total game immersion when they play.
Go to the doors of Ramses’ pyramid and watch a wall raise with each win and reveal more rows of symbols. When a pyramid appears on the reels it will be added to the progress meter which triggers the minigame when it gets filled.
In addition to the minigame, there is a free spins bonus round with 8, 12, or 16 free games for 3, 4, and 5 scatters respectively. The game screen starts out with 4 rows on the reels and with every win 2 more rows are opened up.
The game was released across the Playson network on April 13.
Wazdan – Hot Slot™: 777 Cash Out
Wazdan had added its eighth game to its top-performing Hot Slot series with Hot Slot™: 777 Cash Out.
Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan: “We are delighted to share the latest addition to our Hot Slot™ series, bolstered through immersive new mechanics that provide endless entertainment and massive win potential.
“As the first game of a new quarter, we wanted to release something for our partners to be excited about while building on the momentum of our ever-popular series.”
Like all games in the Hot Slot series, this game melds a classic retro theme with Wazdan’s innovative modern mechanics.
However, this game introduces a new feature with the Cash Out symbol. Players can use it to collect prizes including jackpots through Wazdan’s player-engagement engine.
Cover all of the reel positions with jackpot symbols to win up to 1,500x your bet when you win the Grand Jackpot.
Players can double up their bets to enable the new Chance Level mechanic which increases the chance of landing jackpot symbols.
Wazdan prides itself on catering to individual players’ wants and needs through its Freedom of Choice™ Suite which allows players to customize their game experience in various ways, providing a sense of ownership and increasing player retention and loyalty.
Source: Embark On Space Odyssey With Bgaming’S Alien Fruits, European Gaming News, April 13, 2023