This week has seen new slots released by SG Digital, Yggdrasil, Pariplay, Wazdan, and Red Rake Gaming, as well as integrations for 1X2 Network and Helio Gaming.
Scientific Games’ SG Digital division has launched three new games including an online version of one of its leading land-based blackjack games.
Developed by the company’s Barcrest studio, King’s Honour is the supplier’s latest Colossal Reels game and features free spins, pot multipliers, stacked wild symbols, and other Colossal Reel bonuses.
SG Digital has also released Lucky Link Beats and Blackjack Blazing 7s. Lucky Link brings a new land-based feature to the online slot experience, and Blackjack Blazing 7s combines the thrill of a casino style table game with the iconic Bally Blazing 7s aesthetic.
“These three releases mark a fantastic week for SG Digital, our operators, and players,” said Tom Wood, chief creative officer at SG Digital. “We launched a medieval themed colossal reels title in King’s Honour, the online release of a leading land-based Blackjack game in Blackjack Blazing 7s, and an electric dance themed slot game with Lucky Link Beats. It’s a great week to be a slot player.”
Games development studio Yggdrasil is challenging players to become a martial arts master with its latest slot game Hanzo’s Dojo.
The game transports players to the home of martial arts, as players use two kinds of free spins and Expanding Wild’s to impress the Dojo’s sensei, Hattori Hanzo, and prove they are worthy of being called the greatest warrior alive.
Along their journey players can hit the bonus feature, Hanzo’s Dojo Rooftop slot, which offers even more wild reels and free spins. Players are accompanied by a series of trusty sidekicks including Samurai, Ninja, Sumo and Fan Fighter, complete with all the weapons they need to fight off any foes that cross their path.
“Besides the stylish artwork, the coolest part of the game is Hanzo’s unique mini-slot that offers players a host of bonuses including wild reels and mini games plus extra features and free spins,” said Yggdrasil head of slots Jonas Strandman. “This adds an extra layer of fun and can turn dead spins into profitable ones in the blink of an eye. We’re sure this will be a game mechanic that will get people coming back for more.”
Casino games provider 1X2 Network has integrated its portfolio of games with UK-licensed platform provider Groove Gaming.
Operators powered by the Groove Gaming platform will gain access to a wide range of titles from the supplier’s 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio subsidiaries, including Rainbow Wilds and Blood Queen, together with content from strategic partner Leap Gaming.
“This is a great deal for 1X2 Network and allows us to strengthen our position as one of the leading game developers and suppliers in regulated markets around the world,” said 1X2 Network chief commercial officer Kevin Reid.
“Our titles will now sit in the Groove Gaming portfolio alongside those from some of the largest and most established studios, which is testament to the quality and popularity of our games among players and operators.”
Groove Gaming operations manager Yahale Meltzer added: “Having recently been granted a licence by the UK Gambling Commission, we wanted to add more games to our portfolio from a big-name UK supplier, and 1X2 Network very much fits the bill.
“Their slots, table games and virtuals look great, have crisp sound and feature some of the most compelling game play we have seen for a long time. We believe they will be a huge hit with our operators and their players.”
1x2 Network’s Iron Dog Studio has also this week launched its latest 7x7 slot release. Moirai Blaze follows a fantasy tale of Diwali and the festival of lights as Lakshmi the goddess of wealth shares her riches with players.
In the game, symbols tumble with the slot featuring match wins which let players build streaks to secure high paying wins. Building a streak of tumbling wins see a special symbol unlocked, which when released can lead to huge prizes.
iGaming software provider Pariplay has launched a new Chinese mythology-themed slot game Bai She Zhuan.
Inspired by the Legend of the White Snake, the online slot has 5 reels and 25 lines and features two protagonists, Bai Suzhen (the lady) and Fa Hai (a Buddhist monk), who are imprisoned in the concrete sculptures.
Releasing a character will trigger a corresponding special feature, whether it is Bai Suzhen's Free Spins or Fa Hai’s Bonus Game. Each has the potential to be retriggered and help players increase their winnings. Other special features include Bai Suzhen’s Snake Wild Symbol and Fa Hai’s Turtle Wild Symbol.
“Bai She Zhuan offers an epic gameplay experience that will engage players through rewarding bonus features, which are unlocked by achieving optimal symbol combinations as well as by helping Bai Suzhen and Fa Hai escape their concrete prisons,” said Richard Mintz, commercial and marketing director at Pariplay. “We’re very excited to share the Legend of the White Snake with our partners and players.”
Malta-based games developer Wazdan is transporting players to the lost ancient culture of the Mayans with its latest release Mayan Ritual.
Set in deep and dense jungle, the 5x4 reel game is steeped in silver and gold, obsidian, jade, and the quetzal feathers used to decorate the elaborate costumes of Maya nobility used in ceremonies and warfare.
The game offers the supplier’s unique features, which include Volatility Levels, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode and Unique Gamble Feature that brings players to two temple doors, one of which sprays gold Mayan coins.
“This is a late summer release that no casino operator will want to miss out on, we have put a huge amount of research and historical detail into Mayan Ritual and it's paying off in terms of the kind of feedback we are already getting,” said Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla. “Designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of players, Mayan Ritual adds a tantalising theme to our popular portfolio. We are delighted to be adding another game that immerses players in a unique world.”
Wazdan also secured a deal this week to provide its full portfolio of slots to operator GoWild Gaming.
The GoWild platform currently features over 1,500 games from more than twenty software providers including Microgaming, NetEnt, Evolution, Scientific Games, Yggdrasil, iSoftBet, Play'n GO, and now Wazdan.
"With best-of-breed content from all the leading providers on our platform, we feel the fit with Wazdan is excellent,” explained Anthony Berningham, director of gaming content at GoWild. “Their world-class technology and games help to expand the gaming experience further which is why we wanted to bring them on-board. It's our desire to provide our players with the best gaming experience possible with deals like this one."
Wazdan’s Hyla added: “Our games bring a new dimension to casinos as they seek to deepen player experience and to unlock the potential of added-value built-in to technology tools like the Unique Wazdan Features. We are absolutely delighted to be joining GoWild's platform and supporting GoWild's ambition to provide access to the best gaming content on one platform."
Red Rake Gaming
Valencia-based casino games developer Red Rake Gaming has released a new car racing-themed slot Speed Heroes.
The 5x3 reel video slot features fast-paced music to take players back to the races of the 70s and 80s. During the game, the drivers appear in reels 1 and 5, triggering the SpeedRun feature which starts a thrilling five-car race as the cars leave Wilds along the way.
Players can also benefit from a roulette wheel that appears after collecting several piston symbols and gives prizes on every lap. Another main feature is the game’s free spins bonus in which Nitro multipliers can be collected, increasing as the side bar climbs with each rewarded spin.
Lottery supplier Helio Gaming has agreed to integrate its full suite of games, including its flagship Lotto Hero product, with Malta-based platform provider Game Interaction.
Helio said that its games boost acquisition and retention, and enhance an operator’s ability to cross-sell to both casino and sportsbook players by offering high-frequency, life-changing prizes.
“We are very proud of Lotto Hero and our new suite of lottery games and happy that Game Interaction have signed up to utilise them,” said Helio Gaming CEO Richard Mifsud. “The games are designed to attract new and existing players and will appeal to a wide-range of demographics. We are confident this partnership will be very beneficial for both parties.”
Game Interaction CEO Francesco Arena added: “Acquisition and retention has never been more crucial, so taking on Helio Gaming’s portfolio, including Lotto Hero, will provide a welcome boost for our operators.
“We are always looking to stay one step ahead of our competitors and these truly interactive lottery products are sure to excite players and help our partners achieve that goal.”
Isle of Man-based supplier Microgaming has announced that its Mega Moolah progressive slot jackpot has now reached 12m, with the winning amount paid out in the currency in which the winner has played the game.
Rising daily, the jackpot is nearing the company’s record-breaking payout of £13.2m in October 2015 to a UK player on Betway.
“Mega Moolah is a Microgaming classic,” said Microgaming chief executive John Coleman. “It’s a millionaire maker, a record-breaker and has been awarding life-changing wins since its release in 2006. We are proud to host the largest and most exciting progressive jackpot network in the industry, and this is a particularly exciting time for our operators and their players. The jackpot is growing daily and it is only a matter of time before the mega jackpot is hit.”
To date, Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network has paid out over €903m. Recent wins on the network include a €4.9m win on Mega Moolah at Jackpot City in June, and the £1.5m jackpot hit on Major Millions 5 Reel this week by a Red Kings player.