This week has seen new games released by Yggdrasil, Blueprint Gaming, iSoftBet, Lightning Box, 2BY2 Gaming, Betsoft Gaming, OneTouch, and Microgaming, alongside integrations for IWG, High 5 Games, Patagonia Entertainment, Vermantia and Bitville Gaming.

Yggdrasil’s Baron Samedi and Time Travel Tigers

Yggdrasil has released a new voodoo-themed game, Baron Samedi, the third in a trio of dark-themed games from the supplier.

Following the recently launched Wolf Hunters and Dark Vortex games, Baron Samedi sees players invited to enter the mystical world of the all-mighty spirit lord Baron Samedi.

The 3x5, 25 payline slot features a host of other-worldly symbols and collectible features, with the game’s most engaging feature a deck of 36 collectible tarot cards. Each of these represent a specific feature of either super stacked symbols, added wilds or mystery symbols, guaranteed win lines or win multipliers.

Whenever the cards appear, they bestow their features to the player, as well as fill their corresponding collections. Cards always appear three at a time and are dealt as soon as a player gets at least two scatters or fills a collection.

Hitting two scatters gives players one Voodoo Respin with three random cards dealt, while hitting three or more gives players a coin win and seven to 15 Free Spins with three feature cards dealt every spin. Filling any of the 36 collections also rewards players with three respins.

“The intricately designed slot is a beautiful testament to the detail our development teams include in every one of our games,” said Yggdrasil head of slots Jonas Strandman. “Thirty-six collections might sound overwhelming at first, but as players begin their journey, they will find a well-balanced, action-packed game where powerful feature combinations can be activated with every spin, with the added anticipation of almost-guaranteed big wins when they finish a collection.

“We are very proud of Baron Samedi and are confident that its amazing gameplay experience will raise an army of loyal followers.”

Yggdrasil has also unveiled its newest slot, Time Travel Tigers, which has been designed exclusively for leading operator GVC and is expected to launch later this month.

The 5-reel, 25 payline slot introduces players to Dr Tigerstein, a scientific genius who has invented a time machine that takes players on a series of unique journeys. Players will be transported to the Prehistoric era, Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, and even the far future in one of the game’s dynamic free spins modes.

Each time period features a different selection of free spins, win multipliers and wild patterns, with guaranteed wilds on every spin.

“We are delighted to have created this innovative game with GVC in an exclusive white label partnership," Strandman said. "Time Travel Tiger’s offers an exciting and unique take on a themed slot, with a consistently transitioning setting.

“Being able to design highly creative games in a universe of our choosing is always great fun for the development team, and the work put in to create multiple worlds has been a fascinating challenge. We can’t wait to see how the game is received by GVC players across various brands.”

Blueprint Gaming’s Primal Megaways

Gauselmann Group’s UK-based games studio Blueprint Gaming has launched a new prehistoric-themed slot, Primal Megaways.

Set in the Stone Age, the latest release sees players battle with a variety of prehistoric animals in order to trigger big wins and unlock free spins. It is the sixth Blueprint game to feature the popular Megaways mechanic licensed from Big Time Gaming, this time with up to 46,656 ways to win.

Three or more bonus symbols activate the Primal Bonus free spins round, where players can enter with up to 30 free spins and win more during the bonus game.

Win multipliers are gained per spin in this primordial adventure, with the opportunity of landing numerous multipliers on each spin. In the Primal Bonus, the fire symbols transform into any other symbol for the chance to create even more winning combinations.

The innovative Replay Guarantee feature is activated when players win less than 10x stake in free spins, with winnings carried over and the free spins replayed.

“We’ve travelled to a time where the beasts of the wild ruled the world and players will need to have their primal instincts about them in order to win big,” said Blueprint Gaming director of marketing and relationships Jo Purvis. “It’s the sixth instalment to incorporate the hugely successful Megaways mechanic and along with the guaranteed replay tool, we are sure this latest release will appeal to a wide-range of slot fans.”

iSoftBet’s Pearl of the Orient

iSoftBet is taking players back in time to the mystical Far East in its latest slot release, Pearl of the Orient.

Flanked and guarded by two golden dragons, Pearl of the Orient takes place within a classic pagoda setting and invites players to search for a priceless pearl among a host of spiritual Asian symbols.

The five-reel slot delivers wins across 10 lines and includes a number of engaging features, including Free Spins, Expanding Wilds and a symbol upgrade feature during Free Spins which can produce some epic wins.

Chinese money wallets and lanterns pay up to 20 times players’ stakes, while coins, frogs and bowls offer rewards of up to 25, 30 or 40 times players’ stake per payline.

Pearl of the Orient is the penultimate release of 2018 for iSoftBet and follows on from the successful launch of Hot Spin and Super Fast Hot Hot Respin, as well as latest release The Dalai Panda.

“Pearl of the Orient is packed full of classic Asian symbols and fantastic features that will take players on a thrilling journey across Asia,” said iSoftBet chief commercial officer Michael Probert. “The symbol upgrades during Free Spins can produce some stunning wins and the incredibly compelling gameplay will keep slot fans coming back time and again.”

IWG / Bede Gaming

Online instant win games developer IWG has signed a content distribution deal with platform provider Bede Gaming.

The deal sees IWG’s portfolio of games, including the popular Cash Buster series, integrated onto the Bede PLAY platform.

“We’re very pleased to be taking our entire portfolio of games live with Bede Gaming,” said IWG chief executive Rhydian Fisher. “IWG’s experience in the North American Lottery market combined with Bede’s platform deal with OLG presents a great opportunity to really push the boundaries and we are confident the combination will prove popular.”

Bede Gaming commercial director Ross Haselhurst said: “We’re always looking to enhance our platform with great games, and IWG’s portfolio of high-quality titles is a perfect fit for Bede PLAY.

“IWG’s consistent, high-quality delivery immediately stood out, so we’re excited about the potential of this partnership.”

Microgaming’s Crystal Rift and Astro Legends: Lyra and Erion

Isle of Man-based supplier Microgaming has launched two new exclusive games on its platform from game development studios Rabcat and Foxium.

Crystal Rift is a five by three reel, 25 payline online slot developed by Rabcat, the creators of Castle Builder II, and lures players into a dark and mysterious cavern to uncover hidden treasures.

Featuring Bonus Falls combined with powerful Wild Grids, the game contains 20 different grid patterns which have been divided into four classes of strength: basic, super, mega and insane. The Wild Grid feature transforms all enclosed symbols into Wild Symbols after three consecutive line wins.

“Merging cascading reels, engaging game mechanics and a treasure-trove of features, Crystal Rift slot takes players on an underground expedition to unearth precious crystals and big wins,” explained Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds. “With its unique Wild Grid feature, which adds mystery to every spin, complemented by Bonus Falls, Rabcat has created a thrilling gaming experience, presented in a sleek, modern style.”

Rabcat CEO Gerhard Seiler commented: “Set in the depths of a gemstone-rich cavern, Crystal Rift delivers a truly unique player experience packed with win-boosting features and stunning visuals. We are proud to once again provide content exclusively to Microgaming.”

Estonian developer Foxium has also launched a new exclusive game on Microgaming’s Quickfire platform this week.

In Astro Legends: Lyra and Erion, players embark on a stardust-studded intergalactic tour in a cluster type of game that centres on the two titular characters, Lyra and Erion.

The game features multiplier wilds, a high-stakes respins round, and a pick bonus game that rewards players for successfully completing multiple levels. Players have the chance to win rewards of up to 15,000 times their total bet with the Sonic Respin feature, which is randomly activated by landing any cluster win with identical symbols, and includes Wild Multipliers that can appear at random to add between 2x and 5x prizes to total wins.

"Astro Legends has fantastic real-time 3D rendering for animated characters combined with a gripping soundtrack, which together helps to create a highly entertaining and immersive experience,” said Microgaming’s Reynolds. “The innovative reel design aids the exciting chase a player will feel during the Sonic Re-spin where the max win is very high. The bonus round is triggered through an engaging collection mechanic which will aid player retention, making it a perfect game to add to Microgaming’s diverse content offering.”

Foxium chief executive Åke André added: “We are delighted to release Astro Legends: Lyra and Erion exclusive to Microgaming which features fantastic graphics with a story-driven and exhilarating gameplay.

“Astro Legends: Lyra and Erion’s richly textured design, graphics and atmospheric music will engage, excite and thrill, and we are certain it will be a big hit amongst experienced players and novices. We are looking forward to further games going live with Microgaming in the coming months.”

Lightning Box’s Stellar Jackpots Silver Lion

Sydney-based specialist slot developer Lightning Box has added to its suite of Jackpot Bonus games with the launch of Stellar Jackpots Silver Lion.

The 4x5 reel 1024 ways slot pairs its successful Silver Lion game with the Stellar Jackpots Bonus.

In the realm of the majestic Silver Lion, players can achieve stacked Lions, and wilds lead to high win multipliers in the bonus feature. As well as containing wild and scatter symbols, players can trigger the in game Stellar Jackpot bonus game.

This feature is an arcade-style bonus game, randomly triggered, which asks players to battle through six levels without losing three lives.

“We’re delighted to be releasing Stellar Jackpots Silver Lion, with its regal African plains feel and immersive gameplay,” said Lightning Box managing director and co-founder Peter Causley. “Here we have combined our two most popular mechanics together into one game, and we look forward to our latest offering being a successful component of our client’s portfolios.”

Patagonia Entertainment / Join Games

Latin American gaming supplier Patagonia Entertainment has signed a deal to integrate its video bingo games with Swedish platform provider Join Games.

Titles being integrated onto the Join Games platform include Patagonia’s Pachinko 3D, Farm Bingo, Candy Bingo and Goal Bingo games.

As part of the deal, Join Games will also integrate several of its top-performing casino titles with the Patagonia platform.

“Join Games share our vision in creating innovative and exceptional casino content,” said Patagonia Entertainment global business development manager Victor Arias. “We are delighted to start our content relationship as we continue to expand our business operations.”

Join Games CEO Magnus Kolaas added: “Join Games is eager to start a hopefully long and fruitful cooperation distributing all of Patagonia's high-class games to our customers.”

Bitville Gaming / Betradar

Betradar has expanded its lottery betting product portfolio through a partnership with fixed odds B2B specialist Bitville Gaming.

Bitville will launch an all-new Numbers Betting Online solution to complement Betradar’s existing retail solution, which was first launched in 2015.

“All our clients are looking for speed, an excellent level of coverage and reliability when it comes to lotteries betting,” said Betradar product development manager betting Ales Kecman. “Bitville has fully leveraged this opportunity and, through the partnership with them, we’re able to provide these three key pillars in the one solution.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to be supporting Bitville's lottery betting platform with our unrivalled Numbers Betting service. Our teams have been working very closely together over the past few months and our aim is to continue to deliver the best in the class, cutting edge and most comprehensive lotteries betting online solution for our domestic and international clients.”

Bitville CEO Andrew von Hoesslin added: “This is a ground-breaking partnership for Bitville Gaming in what is a very exciting time for us with the launch of the revamped Numbers Betting Online Solution.

“Betradar are global leaders in their field and share our enthusiasm and passion for lottery betting and gaming. Their extensive data coverage, integrity and security will offer crucial support in our efforts to promote the best and unrivalled lottery betting service in the market, whilst providing enthusiasts worldwide with a truly enjoyable and credible lottery betting experience.”

OneTouch’s Juicy 7

Isle of Man-based supplier OneTouch is preparing to launch its first slot game, Juicy 7.

Set to launch next month, the game features classic fruit, diamond and lucky number seven symbols. Juicy 7 is a ‘ways’ game, with players winning by matching any three symbols in any combination on all three reels, with the number 7 the most valuable symbol.

The diamond symbols draw on the ‘gold coin’ concept where each diamond carries a value and players win the total amount assigned to each diamond. The more diamonds the player spins, the more they win, with the possibility of spinning up to nine diamonds for a Super Mega win.

“Juicy 7 breathes new life into classic slots and takes people on a nostalgia-packed journey back to a time where titles were simple, but seriously fun,” said Matthew Rochman, head of OneTouch. “We put a lot of effort into ensuring the classic elements of a slot or table game remain when giving them a modern-day twist, and that’s exactly what we have achieved with Juicy 7.

“Our table games have performed exceptionally over the last few years, and we have received huge demand from our operator partners for OneTouch designed slots. Juicy 7 is the ideal jump off point and includes all the elements of what makes a great, classic slot game, but for a modern mobile-first audience.”

Betsoft Gaming’s ChilliPop

Betsoft Gaming is inviting players to cook up a storm with ChilliPop, its new Mexican cuisine-themed slot game.

Set in an historic Mexican town, ChilliPop sees players participate in a cook-off, with the entire community gathering to watch the best chefs put their own spin on the classic salsa. Players are immersed in timeless Mexican culture: a Mariachi strums his guitar in the shadow of a mission bell, cacti stud the streets, and classic ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, and onions join potent chilli pepper symbols to create tasty cluster combinations.

Players will also be on the hunt for brightly-coloured piñatas; breaking open a single one will add a 1X multiplier, with further piñatas adding stacked multipliers to create maximum flavour from a single spin.

Played initially on a 5x3 grid, ChilliPop features the Free Falls feature, triggered by players finding three or more smiling sombrero-sporting mules, which transforms the playing space to an 8x8 grid.

“Our goal with ChilliPop was to create a game with something for everyone, blending a lively, captivating theme with Betsoft’s trademark mechanical and audio-visual excellence,” said Annamaria Anastasi, marketing director for Betsoft. “Like the in-game crowds that gather to watch a master chef at work, we know casino players have an appetite for high-quality games that do not sacrifice win potential for accessibility.

“Everything about ChilliPop is designed to leave even the most seasoned slots player satisfied: from the tang of the combined cluster pays and stacked multipliers of the base game, to the transformative win potential of the expanding Free Falls feature, we are confident that all kinds of players will find Chillipop to their tastes.”

Vermantia / FortuneBets

Vermantia’s greyhound channel has gone live in Nigeria with retail betting operator FortuneBets.

The launch of the supplier’s Ultimate Live Greyhound Channel provides FortuneBets’ retail customers with access to extensive racing coverage from more than 40,000 races per year from countries including the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

“We are very glad to be live with FortuneBets and we believe the channel’s exciting and fast-paced live betting content, with quality pictures and full data, will prove popular for their customers,” said Vermantia regional director Spyros Stavropoulos. “We worked hard to make this a true plug-and-play solution allowing FortuneBets to continue focusing on their retail and digital networks, and their end users.”

FortuneBets chief executive Prince Greatness Osode added: “We are proud to be the first operator in Nigeria to have launched with Vermantia. It is a fantastic deal for us and we can’t wait to see what our customers think of the high-quality content that it brings. We strongly believe that this partnership will lead us to further success, as Vermantia is a highly-regarded supplier with the best live racing channels that the market has to offer.”

High 5 Games / Pariplay

Pariplay is expanding its iGaming platform through a new content partnership with High 5 Games (H5G).

H5G’s portfolio of more than 300 slot games will be integrated with Pariplay’s FUSION platform, including popular titles Da Vinci Diamonds, Cats, Noah's Ark, and Secrets of the Forest.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Pariplay as we embark on a new mission to become the top casino content provider for all regulated online markets,” said Anthony Singer, founder and CEO of High 5 Games. “Pariplay gaming clients and operators will now enjoy access to the largest content library of proven land-based slot hits for many years to come.”

Pariplay commercial and marketing director Richard Mintz commented: “We are excited to add High 5 Games to the esteemed list of vendors with whom we work, ensuring the continued growth and strengthening of the Pariplay FUSION system and its content portfolio.

“Our partnership with High 5 Games, an established presence in the land-based sector with a reputation of delivering top-quality games, reflects our tireless commitment to becoming the world’s biggest provider of premium quality content.”

2BY2 Gaming’s Medusa’s Golden Gaze

Chicago-based game developer 2BY2 Gaming is preparing to launch a new Greek mythology-themed video slot next month.

Medusa’s Golden Gaze is a 5x3 reel, 25 pay-line slot that offers a free spins feature which is triggered when three, four or five Bonus Symbols land on any payline and award a minimum of five and a maximum of 200 free games.

The Reel Copy Feature triggers when reel 1 contains a full stack of the same symbol on any spin. The same full stack can be copied to 1,2,3 or all 4 remaining reels. All wins are evaluated after the Reel Copy feature is completed, with the feature occuring in both the Base Game and Free Spins.

Medusa’s Golden Gaze will be officially launched on December 4th and made available to operators in the UK, Germany and Nordic region. The game is initially expected to launch with operators including the likes of Vera&John, Betsson, LeoVegas, Betclic and BetVictor, as well as platform operators Quickfire, EveryMatrix and White Hat Gaming.

“Medusa’s Golden Gaze combines stunning graphics with smart game mechanics and a great math model to deliver an exciting and engaging player experience,” said Bob Schuijt, founder of MB Consulting International and the exclusive online distributor of 2BY2 Gaming content.

“We have combined the popular Greek mythology theme with a high volatility math model to offer players more anticipation, excitement and big win potentials than ever before, including the chance to win up to 200 free spins.”

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