This week has seen new game released by the likes of SG Digital, Yggdrasil Gaming, Pragmatic Play, Play’n GO and Betsoft Gaming, together with integrations for High 5 Games, Wazdan, Habanero and Realistic Games.
Scientific Games’ SG Digital division has launched two new titles, Soldier of Rome and DJ Wild Stud Poker.
From SG Digital’s Barcrest studio, Soldier of Rome showcases the combination of two game mechanics, Mighty Reels and Money Burst, wrapped in an epic Roman-themed slot.
DJ Wild Stud Poker, developed by the supplier’s Shuffle Master studio, pits players against the dealer. Deuces and the Joker are wild, while side bet options and classic poker play provide something for all table games players.
“These titles represent the broad capabilities of our business to reach a wide audience,” said Tom Wood, chief creative officer at SG Digital. “Soldier of Rome captures a great theme and pairs it with two high performing mechanics, creating something totally new and exciting.
“DJ Wild Stud Poker reflects the fun and suspense of a casino’s table gaming environment and brings a true Shuffle Master experience to the online space. We’re thrilled to have launched these great titles this week.”
Casino games developer Yggdrasil Gaming is taking players to the Penguin City with its latest slot.
In the game, players help to free the friendly penguins from the clutches of the evil Emperor, who is keeping his underlings as slaves in his fiendish food emporium.
The slot’s main feature is the Penguin Escape Mode, which occurs when a Wild appears on the second or fourth reel on a winning spin. This Wild remains for the entirety of the Escape mode, which respins until a winless spin.
While in Escape mode, penguins can gift players additional Sticky Wilds on the second and fourth reels, as well as the possibility of a winning symbol on the third reel. Players can also hit an Emperor Stacked Wild, which guarantees wins on every spin until the emperor has left the reels.
As soon as Penguin Escape Mode is activated, one penguin will make his bid for freedom on each spin until players hits a winless spin.
“Penguin City has been a great opportunity for our development team to produce a really fun, light-hearted game packed full of features and a rich user experience,” said Yggdrasil head of slots Jonas Strandman.
“We had great fun creating it, and we are sure the players will have fun playing it, as in addition to the quirky characters and relaxed atmosphere we’ve also created a game mechanic perfect for more casual players – a low variance game that can also pay out big wins, if the sticky wilds land right and take you on a long winning streak.”
High 5 Games
New York-based supplier High 5 Games has delivered a selection of its titles to operator bet365 via integration with SG Digital.
The company has been working to grow its mobile games portfolio through its' High 5 VAULT remote game server, adapting a number of land-based video slot titles from the likes of IGT and Bally for European online operators.
This includes games such as Hoot Loot, Golden Knight, Valkyrie Queen, Jaguar Princess, Gypsy, CHICAGO The Musical, and Thundering Buffalo.
"Our partnership with bet365 is the perfect marriage of a premium operator seeking to deliver the most authentic and engaging slot experiences through proven one of a kind content,” said High 5 Games CEO Anthony Singer.
“High 5 Games will continue to expand the selection of slot titles from our diverse High 5 VAULT portfolio for bet365 to ensure our top-performing games are accessible to their players on any platform.”
Swedish games developer Play’n GO is getting players in the summer mood with the launch of its Sizzling Spins slot game.
“Everyone loves a barbecue, and not only for the burnt sausages,” said Play’n GO game producer Daniel Wright. “It’s about the good feelings that come with it – sunshine, loud music and friends. We tried to recreate that feeling in Sizzling Spins in many ways.
“Firstly, the gameplay is focused on fire and heat, to evoke feelings of a hot summer’s day. We also created an immersive soundtrack that gives players a feel-good atmosphere, which means everyone can enjoy a bit of 70’s/80’s classic rock while flipping a burger.
Play’n GO chief executive Johan Törnqvist added: “Players will feel more of a connection with a game that speaks to how they feel, reflects their interests and what they are doing. Sizzling Spins is a huge amount of fun and we know people are going to enjoy it, the concept and relevance just adds that little bit extra for the players, and that’s what it’s all about.
“While Hugo Goal appealed massively to people in the throes of the World Cup, this game is going to speak to people who love the idea of revelling in the sunshine, lighting the barbecue and appreciating some quality time and good food…and who doesn’t like that?”
Casino games developer Genesis Gaming has launched its first card game by bringing Scientific Games’ successful table game Zombie Blackjack online.
Already live with Genesis’ partners in Asia, Zombie Blackjack is a blackjack variant by the game inventor Geoff Hall, who also invented the Blackjack Switch and Free Bet Blackjack games that are played on casino floors.
The twist to the new game is that depending on the dealer's up-card, players have the chance to bring busted hands back to life. Similar to Hall's other blackjack games, the Push 22 rule is used where if the player does not bust or have blackjack, their wagers are returned to them.
"Genesis' interpretation of Zombie Blackjack game-play is spot on,” said Hall. “Particularly, the game's digital visual and audio effects add a thrill and excitement dimension that we simply cannot do in the land-based version of the game.”
Wazdan / EveryMatrix
Malta-based game development studio Wazdan has integrated its content with EveryMatrix's CasinoEngine platform.
Wazdan’s portfolio of more than 100 slots is now available to EveryMatrix’s network of operators, including popular titles Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns, as well as newly launched Highway to Hell Deluxe, Fruits Go Bananas and Spectrum.
“EveryMatrix is one of the leading iGaming companies and signing a deal to integrate Wazdan’s growing portfolio demonstrates our position as a leading games and technology developer,” said Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla. “We look forward to seeing their operator results with Wazdan's burgeoning suite of games.”
Everymatrix CasinoEngine CEO and co-founder Stian Hornsletten added: “With more than 5,000 casino games, over 120 providers, and plenty of RNG and live dealer options, CasinoEngine brings along a wealth of country specific content which permits operators to choose what works best for their online player base.
“CasinoEngine is designed for those operators that want to differentiate through spectacular architecture, increased customer options and a world-class product offering. It's great that we now have Wazdan's technology which is designed for players on the go, and especially the world's first Volatility Levels which is a feature we've been wanting to add ever since it came out.”
Sydney-based slot developer Lightning Box has launched its new Lightning-Horseman game with operator Betsson.
The 3x5 reel slot is set in the depths of a dark wood where headless highwaymen roam and mythical creatures protect the riches that lie in wait. When the lightning bolt appears six times or more, the lightning respin is triggered and big jackpots are up for grabs.
The game has gone live initially with Betsson on an exclusive basis before general release to all Lightning Box operator partners on the NYX OGS platform on August 8th.
“Lightning-Horseman is another great addition to our ever-growing portfolio and we are really excited to see how it goes down with players,” said Lightning Box managing director and co-founder Peter Causley. “We hope this to be the first in a long line of a series of Lightning games, followed up by Lightning-Leopard early in 2019."
“There are plenty of chances to make sparks fly if you can match up the lightning bolts and the more voltage they produce, the greater the jackpot,” added Betsson head of games Paul Malt. “We’re very excited about the launch of Lightning-Horseman and I’m sure our players will enjoy playing it. Lightning Box’s games are great performers and we’re delighted to be able to offer this latest one on an exclusive basis.”
Malta-based Pragmatic Play has unveiled its latest slot with the release of Jade Butterfly.
Set against a calming backdrop featuring waterfalls, floating lanterns and cherry blossoms, the 4x5 game features symbols taking the form of royal signs and blooming petals, as well as the titular Jade Butterfly.
If a player lands a combination of symbols, there will be the option to re-spin any of the reels. Each reel has its own re-spin cost, dynamically adjusted to reflect the current win potential.
“We are thrilled to roll out our new video slot Jade Butterfly,” said Melissa Summerfield, chief commercial officer at Pragmatic Play. “With intuitive features and innovative, strategy-centric reels, we are eager to introduce the game to our partners.
“Designed for extended, compelling play sessions, Jade Butterfly adds a unique twist to the Pragmatic Play portfolio as we move forward, committed to pushing the boundaries of slot gameplay through innovation and expertly-modelled mathematics.”
Online casino operator Videoslots.com has agreed a deal to integrate Habanero’s full portfolio of slot games.
Football-themed game Knockout Football has been made available to the operator, alongside recent releases Fortune Dogs, London Hunter, Four Divine Beasts and Presto!
“We are always looking to integrate high-quality slots and that’s exactly what we have done here with Habanero,” said William Ahlberg, head of games at Videoslots.com. “The effort that is put into Habanero games from start to finish is clear for everybody to see and we are sure our players are going to love checking out their wide-range of offerings.”
Habanero head of business development for Europe, Arcangelo Lonoce, added: “Videoslots.com hosts titles from some of the best providers in the industry so it’s great to see our full portfolio of offerings made available. Our diverse collection is designed to offer something to suit every taste and we look forward to seeing players’ reactions and are confident of a healthy partnership.”
Betsoft Gaming is harnessing the power of the four seas in its newest Chinese mythology-themed slot Dragon Kings.
Dragon Kings features tiered progressive jackpots where all four dragons are wild, substituting for any other non-dragon symbol, each with its own unique power.
Legend also tells of a fifth dragon, whose power was so potent that he ruled over even the protectors of the seas. In-game, the Dragon King appears as a golden, full-height animated character who presides over the centre reel, doubles the payout from winning lines and controls the player’s path to the slot’s tiered jackpots.
When the King appears alongside one or more other dragons, their combined powers can multiply the player’s total line bet by 2,000X, and will call the game’s sixth reel into play – a single-symbol reel that acts as the resting place for the Dragon King’s Magical Pearl.
Depicted as a glowing pearl clutched in the King’s golden claw, the Magical Pearl is the final puzzle piece needed to open the floodgates to one of four progressive jackpots: bronze, silver, gold, or diamond. The combination of a single dragon plus the King and the Pearl will trigger the bronze jackpot, while all four dragons plus the King and Pearl will award the upper-tier diamond jackpot.
“Our goal with Dragon Kings was to bring a classic Chinese legend to life in a whole new way: with cutting-edge features, and a blend of artwork and music that appeals to the tastes of today’s Asian and international markets,” explained Betsoft head of product development Dan Cooper.
“From the dragons themselves, who have strong visual identities and cool powers, to the creative jackpots, we believe Dragon Kings contains the best of modern slot game design: a unique aesthetic, a strong storyline, audiovisual excellence, and a suite of features that are both deep and accessible.”
Realistic Games / Hero Gaming
Reading-based games developer Realistic Games has launched its content with Hero Gaming brands including Casino Heroes, Betser and Speedy Casino.
This includes recent slot releases such as Clockwork Mice, Slot It In!, and Black Ice, alongside popular titles Super Graphics Upside Down and Pentagram.
Realistic’s Roulette and Blackjack games have also been made available to the operator, with further slot releases scheduled during 2018.
“Hero Gaming operate a number of trusted online casino brands, and we are very pleased to be able to partner with them,” said Realistic Games commercial director Robert Lee. “Our games are available on all devices, and we are certain they will prove to be popular with their players as they have been throughout the regulated markets in which we operate.”
Hero Gaming chief commercial officer Steve Wells added: “We are excited to have partnered with Realistic Games and we are looking forward to working closely with them in the future to ensure we deliver entertainment of the highest quality to our players.”