As May comes to a close, casino software providers are now likely to shift their attention to summer-themed slots. However, before everybody starts enjoying a spot of fun in the sun (no doubt with the usual array of beach-themed slots), a few providers have dolled out a couple of final games to sign off the month.
What Went Live This Week?
Dead or Alive II
In the last few weeks, we have seen No Limit City’s Tombstone go live, and that has gone head to head with Net Entertainment’s much anticipated Dead or Alive II slot. However, a third party is joining the battle to win the crown of the best Wild West-themed slot in 2019. Enter 1×2 Gaming’s I Am the Law. Launched as a 5-reel, 25-line slot and one which has a top prize worth 160,000 coins, this game could be a force to be reckoned with. It comes with expanding wilds, free spins, and mad money multipliers to give both of its rival slots a run for their money.
Hall of Mountain King
Quickspin have also unveiled their own epic slot this week. Based on Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, the Hall of the Mountain King slot has already won plaudits for its gameplay. This 5-reel, 20-line slot doesn’t just have a catchy theme (which you will all know once it gets going) but also comes with multiplier meters, free spin bonus rounds, randomly dropped wilds, and symbols upgrades. Few will grumble at the array of goodies available in this game.
Pragmatic Play’s The Dog House also debuted recently. This game is more cute and cuddly than anything else, although that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t excitement and entertainment to be had. A slot which features just 20 lines, generic wilds and scatters becomes a lot more interesting in the free spin round, with a mini-game determining the number of spins available, and sticky wild multipliers boosting wins.
WMS Gaming almost always developers original engines for their new games, and that is the case with their new Elvis Lives slot. Launching this month, the game is played over 60 lines and features a wealth of Elvis-inspired bonuses. Wilds symbols, merging reels, free spins, wandering wilds, multipliers, and instant win rounds all add excitement to this somewhat complicated and extensive new slot game.
Not to be outdone by rival developers, Yggdrasil have also launched a new game this week. Curiously, though, the title of this slot has precious little to do with the game at all – apart from its backdrop. This game’s slot is more closely linked to classic imagery, such as those found on one-armed bandits. However, shake features can dish out coins which can be used in a mini-game of pachinko. Those can then trigger a host of special features, such as trailing wilds, free spins, re-spins with stacked icons and multipliers. Originality is certainly at an all-time high in this game, which could go on to be hugely popular with slot players seeking something different to play this month.
Ascot: Sporting Legends
Playtech isn’t about to sit back and let NetEnt nick their horse-racing themed slot rosette. Ascot: Sporting Legends is their latest release, and it follows their Frankie Dettori’s: Magic Seven, and Frankie Dettori: Sporting Legends slots in this genre. The game features three different types of wilds, each with its own features (such as multipliers and expanding capabilities), while a randomly triggered progressive jackpot adds spice to this release.
The Surprise Package
Gladiators Go Wild
This week’s surprise package is Gladiators Go Wild. Many assumed that the latest iSoftBet to launch would struggle to impress and compete against games such as Playtech’s might Gladiator themed slot. However, there is quite a lot to like about this new release. Costing as little as 10p a spin, this slot can deliver prizes worth up to 400x a bet. It features stacked symbols, re-spin bonuses, and ample wild symbols (as its title suggests). As well as giving Gladiator a run for its money, this game also makes a powerful impression against other “Go Wild slots”, such as Yggdrasil’s Vikings Go Wild, and Quickspin’s Dwarfs Go Wild.
While May is on its way out, June is right around the corner. More than a handful of top slots are set to be launched next month, and we’ve got an eye on a couple which could really impress.
WMS Gaming’s Raging Rhino may have offered more paylines than any other slot at the time of its release (over 6,000 of them), but that record has since been smashed with BTG’s MegaWays platform. WMS have decided to become the latest developer to get involved in the craze for these types of games, and Raging Rhino: MegaWays is set to be their first release in the genre next month. Expect the same gameplay as the original, although with far more lines and possibly even collapsing reels to boot.
Relic Seekers is set to be unveiled towards the end of next month. Microgaming are the latest provider to opt for the Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft theme, following on from Yggdrasil’s Jackpot Raiders release this month. The game features 5 reels and 25 lines, though players can expect wilds, Rolling Reels, free spins and upgradeable symbols in this new game.
Speaking of explorer-themed slots, Play ‘n Go are ready to unveil a new Rich Wilde sequel next month. Known as Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness, this release is set to feature an epic 96.59% RTP rate, as well as wild multipliers, cluster formations, extra wilds, collectable symbols and much more besides.
Other games to keep an eye out for next month include NextGen Gaming’s own sequel, Merlin’s Moneyburst, as well as a pair of Monopoly-themed slots, in Bally Tech’s Monopoly: Heights, and WMS Gaming’s Monopoly: Grand Hotel. May has been an excellent month for new slots, although with summer rapidly approaching, June looks as though it is going to be just a groovy, if not better for new slot games.