This week sees new games released by Blueprint Gaming, Kalamba Games, Just For The Win and PokerStars Casino’s in-house development studio, with further launches for the likes of 1X2 Network, D-Tech and Pragmatic Play.

Blueprint Gaming’s Lightning Strike Megaways

Blueprint Gaming is leading players to experience the power of the gods in the mythical land of Asgard with its latest release Lightning Strike Megaways.

The game sees Thor wield his mighty war hammer Mjölnir across the reels, which expand into stacked wilds and activate the Lightning Strike respin mode.

The gameplay features a variety of symbols inspired by Norse mythology, including the mythical tree of Yggdrasil, which when visible reveals a mystery symbol and increases the chances of winning.

The Mega Spins Exchange feature sees players enter the pie wheel gamble with any win of 5x bet or higher, where they prey the gods have mercy to increase their cash winnings or exchange for Mega Spins featuring Mega enriched reels.

The Scandinavian mythology-themed game is the latest Blueprint title to feature the Megaways mechanic, which is under license from Big Time Gaming, winner of the Gaming Intelligence 2019 One to Watch Supplier Award. Blueprint Gaming was awarded the Game of the Year title.

“Our spectacular new release is set to provide huge wins for players who dare to take on the gods of Asgard and strike lucky,” said Blueprint Gaming director of marketing and relationships Jo Purvis, who was named in the Gaming Intelligence HOT 50 of 2019.

“With a popular theme to the game, accompanied with highly-engaging mechanics, we’re sure Lightning Strike Megaways will be an attractive proposition for players across Europe and beyond.”

PokerStars Casino’s Victory Tribes

PokerStars Casino has launched its latest in-house developed slot game, Victory Tribes.

Introducing multiple community features to a real-money slot experience, the tribal-themed slot allows players to customise their game by selecting their “tribe” and taking on opponents in the bonus game, Tournament Battles. Five times every hour, up to 50 players will battle each other for victory and big prizes.

The game features Super, Extra and Mega progressive shared jackpots and every jackpot that hits is shared among up to 50 qualified players. The Mega jackpot, which offers players the chance to win a share of over $60,000, is the largest of the three.

There are four different tribes to choose from: Kermora The Druid, Bjorg The Viking, Craig The Highlander and Toghon The Mongolian. Players can level up and down with five levels of multipliers, adding excitement and the chance to win bigger prizes.

“Victory Tribes is positioned to shake up the online casino industry with community features that are the first of their kind,” said Bo Wänghammar, managing director of PokerStars Casino. “We pride ourselves on continuing to produce exclusive, market-leading and game-changing slot games.”

Victory Tribes is the latest in-house developed slot game on PokerStars Casino, following other exclusive games such as Millionaires Island, Stars Mega Spin, Crystal Millions and Matchday Millions.

D-Tech’s Year of the Dog

Hong Kong-based independent games studio D-Tech has secured a deal to launch its content on Leander Games’ platform.

The agreement allows newly established D-Tech, which develops Asian-themed games, to roll out its Year of the Dog slot for Leander’s operator partners.

“We are very excited to sign this deal to build and distribute our games via Leander’s platform,” said D-Tech CEO Harmen Brenninkmeijer. “We incorporated D-Tech with an objective. To build localised games for Asian players around the world. Our Hong Kong-based team of experienced game designers and artists are creating amazing games and doing an incredible job for our partners and clients.

“We are thrilled to see Year of the Dog live across Leander’s network and look forward to releasing many more games in the future.”

Leander Games CEO Steven Matsell added: “Asian-themed games are popular around the globe and we have seen a particular surge in interest in Europe with dedicated tabs within the casino offering. Being based in Asia D-Tech offer a unique, localised feel to their games which players will feel and love. We are excited to be working with the D-Tech team and know their games will be successful.”

Wazdan / Oryx Gaming

Wazdan has agreed a deal to provide its games to Bragg Gaming Group’s Oryx Gaming.

Wazdan portfolio of 110 slot games will be available through Oryx Gaming's platform, including popular titles Magic Hot 4 Deluxe, Magic Stars 3, Wild Guns, Jumping Fruits, Magic Fruits Deluxe, Dracula’s Castle, Fenix Play Deluxe and BARs&7s.

The games will be integrated alongside Oryx Gaming’s proprietary games and third party content from the likes of Gamomat, Kalamba Games, Golden Hero and Givme Games.

“We are beyond thrilled to soon see Wazdan slot games officially available to Oryx Gaming customers,” said Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla. “The team are proud and humbled for the confidence Oryx has in our technology-packed games, and we look forward to delighting their customers and extending our reach.”

Kalamba Games’ Desert Gem

Kalamba Games has expanded its slot portfolio with the launch of Desert Gem, which will be exclusively distributed on Oryx Gaming’s platform.

The 4x5 video slot takes players on a treasure hunt for gold and gems that unlock bonus rounds, free spins and bonus jackpots. Set in a desert landscape, the game offers in-game features taking players on a quest for hidden gems, additional free spins and wild multipliers.

The game incorporates the popular HyperBet feature enabling players to adjust game volatility and win potential by setting the number of gold symbols in the reels. Selecting more gold symbols increases the probability of hitting bonus jackpots and increases pay line pay-outs.

Multi-layered symbol collection mechanics enable players to decide whether to play bonus rounds at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels for ever increasing win potential and match their play style with risk appetite.

“With volatile game play cloaked in a fun and funky treasure hunt theme, Desert Gem applies many proven engaging in-game mechanics that players have come to expect from Kalamba Games,” said Kalamba Games chief operating officer and co-founder Alex Cohen.

Kalamba Games / 1X2 Network

In related news, 1X2 Network has agreed a deal to add slots from Kalamba Games to its 3PI game aggregation platform.

Kalamba joins GameArt, Habanero, Playson and Oryx Gaming, whose games are offered alongside those from 1X2 Network’s in-house studios 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio.

The partnership allows operators using the 3PI platform to access games such as Machina, Age of Dragons and Monkey God.

“Our 3PI provides operators with access to unique and innovative slots, and we are thrilled to add Kalamba to the mix,” said 1X2 Network chief commercial officer Kevin Reid. “The developer’s bold, bright and brilliant slots line up alongside those from our other partners as well as our own proprietary content.

“This provides operators with a huge range of quality games that allow them to stand out from their rivals and offer their players something different.”

Oryx Gaming CEO Matevz Mazij said: “Kalamba Games are known for their outstanding monetization, engagement and retention features, which improve KPIs and increase acquisition. Results continue to go from strength-to-strength and gaining more exposure through 1X2 will only enhance that.”

Microgaming’s Shogun of Time

Microgaming is bringing Japan’s feudal past and cyberpunk future together in its latest exclusive slot title from game development studio Just For The Win.

Shogun of Time propels players across parallel realms in a four-reel, 81 ways online slot, featuring wilds, scatters, transformational free spins and the Reel Split Re-spin feature.

Joining a fearless time-travelling shogun, players will find themselves looking out onto a neon-tinged future Japanese city. The 4x3 reel grid gleams with beautifully rendered symbols depicting cherry blossoms and timeless artefacts, including samurai helmets, armour and antique coins. During the base game, wins are awarded when three matching symbols appear in succession from left to right.

Shogun of Time is the tenth game created by Just For The Win exclusively for Microgaming.

“Shogun of Time presents a winning combination of exciting gameplay mechanics and futuristic atmosphere,” said Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds. “Just For The Win have delivered another excellent title exclusive to Microgaming, complete with dazzling visuals and an atmospheric, ambient soundtrack, blending traditional Japanese music with pulsating electronica.

“The rich dynamic features add an extra dimension to the time-travelling slot, transforming the base game and ramping up potential rewards. Pulling an additional reel through the time portal, the game-changing Reel Split Re-spin gives players a great chance to make epic wins, while those chasing free spins will be treated to a trip to Japan’s past, seeing the game transform completely into a five-reel slot with an amazing 243 winning ways and a fixed wild reel.”

Pragmatic Play

Pragmatic Play has launched its full suite of games with Dialinvest International-owned online casino operators Omni Slots and Fruits4Real.

Players at both brands will now be able to access titles such as Wolf Gold, Da Vinci’s Treasure and Great Rhino, as well as the supplier’s jackpot, table and video poker games.

The partnership also includes Pragmatic Play’s live dealer games, which will be launched across both brands in the coming months.

Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer and Gaming Intelligence HOT 50 winner Melissa Summerfield commented: “We are delighted to have integrated our full suite of games with Omni Slots and Fruits4Real.

“Both sites are enjoyed by a large number of players who will now be able to access our innovative slots, jackpot, table, video poker and live casino games.”

Robert Peters, CEO of Dialinvest International, added: “Pragmatic Play develops some of the most exciting and thrilling online casino games, and we are excited to be able to offer them to players on our flagship brands.”

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