Games News

This week has seen new games released by Playtech, Scientific Games, Greentube, Pariplay, Evolution Gaming, Microgaming, OneTouch, Habanero, Red Rake Gaming and Endorphina, as well as platform integrations for Wazdan, 1X2 Network and Fazi.

Playtech’s Bowling Frenzy

Playtech has launched a 1950s Americana-style slot game through a cross-studio collaboration between its Vikings and SUNFOX studios.

Bowling Frenzy evokes the spirit of the era of rock ‘n’ roll, drive-ins and diners, and features immersive 3D graphics, 10-Pin Respins with stacked wilds, two different Free Games features and the interactive King Pin Cash bonus round.

In the main game, players collecting 10 bowling pins above a reel will trigger free 10-Pin Respins with stacked wilds on cascading reels. When three or more Scatter symbols land on the reels, players can choose one of three features – Multiplier Free Games, King Pin Cash Bonus or High Wins Free Games. The 10-Pin Respins feature can also be triggered during Free Games to enhance the excitement.

“The great value of Playtech’s multiple studio format is that each studio brings their own distinct strengths to the table,” said Playtech casino director James Frendo. “We’re very excited that two of those studios have worked together to create a graphically innovative title with compelling gameplay and a classic retro appeal.

“With an attractive entry-level spin price, we’re confident that Bowling Frenzy will appeal to a wide range of players, as well as operators looking to broaden their reach and expand their portfolios.”

Scientific Games’ Prism Blast and Lucky Lanes

Scientific Games is bringing its Mega Drop Jackpot mechanic to two new titles this week, Prism Blast and Lucky Lanes games.

Prism Blast is a 5x3 reel slot with flashy neon symbols and iconic old-Vegas style imagery, with the Mega Drop Jackpot mechanic boosting the experience even more with huge win potential.

Lucky Lanes is a one-of-a-kind slot experience that turns tradition on its head. Instead of classic reel arrays and familiar symbols, the 3x3 reelset comprises three lanes of cars that drive down a highway once a player presses the spin button. The cars stop along scenic routes that can randomly trigger features to enhance win opportunities.

“Prism Blast and Lucky Lanes are both testaments to the future-thinking nature of our industry,” said SG Digital chief marketing officer Huw Thomas. “Prism Blast injects a sleek, modern feel into a classic slot experience while Lucky Lanes is a completely new take on how slot games can look, feel, and play. These games are representative of the industry’s innovative spirit, and I’m excited to see how players and partners enjoy them.”

Greentube’s Jinxy Match 3

Greentube has launched the latest game in its Home of Games portfolio with the release of Jinxy Match 3.

The game is a Match 3 slot which combines a number of features with innovative gameplay.

There are no ordinary win lines or reels to spin in the slot, with players having to make their own luck by dragging and dropping magical symbols around a grid to try to line up three or more matching symbols to make them disappear.

In the game, players can look out for three special symbols, with the Cross, Bomb and Bell symbols exploding or transforming regular symbols to increase winning chances.

Inspired Entertainment’s Book of the Irish

Inspired Entertainment has launched its latest slot game, Book of the Irish.

Available through Inspired’s Virgo Remote Gaming Server, Book of the Irish centres on an entertaining leprechaun, with traditional Irish folk music and a free spins feature where players are offered a chance to either increase winnings or gain up to 20 free spins.

If a player triggers the free spins bonus, they start with the turning pages of the Book of the Irish, unveiling the player’s expanding bonus symbol. For the duration of the bonus, the player’s expanding bonus symbol will grow when enough bonus symbols are present for a win.

“Book of the Irish combines a popular theme with high-performing game mechanics that have been enhanced to increase the entertainment level for players,” said Inspired vice president of interactive Claire Osborne. “The fun graphics and game play create a unique and engaging experience that we are confident will make an impact with players.”

Inspired chief product officer Steven Collett added: “Our talented team has worked hard to perfect the player experience for Book of the Irish.

“This is a dynamic game that has been crafted to bring excitement to the players and complement the many vibrant titles found in the Inspired portfolio of interactive slot games. We are sure it will quickly become a player favorite.”

Evolution Gaming’s Free Bet Blackjack and 2 Hand Casino Hold’em

Evolution Gaming has expanded its live casino portfolio with the launch of two new games, Free Bet Blackjack and 2 Hand Casino Hold’em.

Free Bet Blackjack is the next game in Evolution’s ‘Infinite’ family of live blackjack games, offering unlimited seats for players at a single table, while adding automatic Free Bets on selected Double Down and Split bets.

As in Infinite Blackjack, a single hand is dealt to all players. Once the initial two cards have been dealt, each player is free to play their hand as they wish and make their own betting decisions.

During each game round Free Double Down bets on two-card hard 9, 10, 11 totals and Free Split bets on all pairs except 10s are automatically offered to the player whenever their hand qualifies. The game also includes four optional side bets - Any Pair, 21+3, Hot 3 and Bust It - and the Six Card Charlie rule.

2 Hand Casino Hold’em is Evolution’s latest poker variant, in which a virtually unlimited number of players play against the house and are dealt two separate hands. As well as giving players the choice of playing one or two hands, and an optional AA Bonus bet, 2 Hand Casino Hold’em also results in more game rounds for players to enjoy.

“Our Free Bet Blackjack is based on one of the most popular modern varieties of Blackjack played in land-based casinos, so we are confident it will be a big hit with players,” said Evolution chief product officer Todd Haushalter. “In 2 Hand Casino Hold’em, meanwhile, two hands for every player means a doubly entertaining experience with increased fun, betting options and chances to win.

“If the player loses their hand in standard poker then the game is over. With two hands, however, the fun and the suspense keep on coming.”

Microgaming’s Dragon Shard

Microgaming has released its latest fantasy-themed slot game, Dragon Shard, which has been developed exclusively by Stormcraft Studios.

Developed by the creative team behind hit titles Agent Jane Blonde Returns and Fortunium, Dragon Shard is a five by five reel, 40-payline slot optimised for a portrait gameplay experience on mobile.

Battling to claim the arcane powers of the Dragon Shard, the Fire Queen and Ice King can appear throughout the game as high value stacked symbols, while all other shimmering icons, including the King and Queen’s fearsome dragons, are double stacked.

The potential rewards escalate when super stacked Mystery Symbols roll in to join the fray, revealing a wild or any low or high symbol, and giving players the chance to fill the reels with five-of-a-kind wins.

Unleashing the strength of the Win Booster causes Mystery Symbols to transform into only wilds and high-paying symbols, and empowers all winning lines to pay both ways.

“Dragon Shard is another exceptional addition to Microgaming’s innovative slot portfolio from the talented team at Stormcraft Studios,” said Microgaming head of games Jagoda Barber. “They have realised a visually and aurally immersive world of sword and sorcery, which particularly shines in portrait mode on mobile.

“The game’s feature set is just as deep and rich as its presentation, with the Win Booster further enhancing the power of Mystery Symbols and Mystery Reels in free spins, which offers excellent win potential for any player lucky enough to land five scatters entering the bonus, particularly if the Win Booster is enabled.”

Stormcraft Studios executive producer Terence Igesund added: “Crafting the magical world of Dragon Shard has been an immensely exciting endeavour for us at Stormcraft Studios. We carefully integrated successful and inventive game mechanics with a relatable fantasy theme, completing it with beautifully rendered visuals and an epic soundtrack.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming players into the magical realm of the Fire Queen and Ice King, and providing them with a thoroughly entertaining gaming experience.”

OneTouch’s In Between Poker

OneTouch has launched a new mobile-first rapid-fire poker game, In Between Poker.

The game invites players to bet on the outcome of the ‘in between’ card dealt. Once a bet is placed the card is subtly revealed using a squeeze-style movement familiar with Baccarat, with player retention increased by inviting bettors to also get involved in a side bet to potentially produce a perfect five-card hand.

“We’re delighted with the fantastic feedback we’ve had from our customers for this game,” said OneTouch marketing manager Ollie Castleman. “In Between Poker is a simple but highly effective and hugely popular game that we’ve elevated to a unique mobile experience. It’s a great product to have in our growing portfolio of world-class mobile table and slot games.

“We are passionate about offering a truly mobile-first gaming experience across all our products and making gaming more accessible and enjoyable than ever. We’ve recently launched a stream of new and exciting content and are committed to developing and distributing more innovative games in the months to come.”

1X2 Network / Pragmatic Solutions

Pragmatic Solutions has expanded its casino platform through an agreement with 1X2 Network.

The integration with Pragmatic Solutions’ PAM platform comprises content from 1X2 Network’s 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio subsidiaries, including slot titles such as Viking Wilds, Rainbow Wilds, I am the Law and Faerie Nights, as well as the supplier’s 3D Roulette table game.

“This is another important deal for 1X2 Network as it allows us to make our games available to more operators in more markets via a trusted and established platform provider,” said 1X2 Network chief commercial officer Kevin Reid. “Our games offer something different and we believe they will help Pragmatic Solution’s partners stand out from the crowd in what is a fiercely competitive sector.”

Pragmatic Solutions business development director Mark Woollard said: “One of the main reasons why our operator partners choose us to power their sites is the portfolio of quality content that we provide. In that regard, integrating games from 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio was an easy decision to make.

“Titles such as Viking Wilds and Rainbow Wilds have been big hits with players in regulated markets all over the world, so we are thrilled to be able to offer them to our partners.”

Pariplay’s Lucky Vegas

Pariplay has launched a new Las Vegas-themed slot game, Lucky Vegas.

Lucky Vegas offers 10 paylines featuring classic symbols such as, fruits, sevens, bars and diamonds, and includes a gamble option, a buy bonus feature and an innovative triple bonus jackpot wheel.

After each winning spin, players trigger a gamble option that allows them to either collect their winnings or wager them for a chance to multiply their prize up to 4x. Players also have the flexibility of activating the triple bonus wheel feature at any point in the game by selecting the ‘buy bonus’ button.

With the triple bonus wheel, players can win up to 1000x. There are three separate progressive rotations, with each wheel featuring more lucrative prizes than the last. After the final spin, players collect prizes earned from the wheels and can opt to secure their total winnings or play the gamble option.

“Anyone who enjoys a classic Vegas-style casino adventure will be as thrilled as we are about the Lucky Vegas slot, which replicates the fun and exhilaration of being on the casino floors along the Las Vegas Strip,” said Pariplay commercial and marketing director Richard Mintz. “Lucky Vegas is the very first game in our portfolio to be developed with both a gamble and a bonus-buy feature and we are super excited to see the positive impact we are sure this will have on gameplay.”

Pariplay also secured a deal this week to provide its portfolio of games to Swedish operator Svenska Spel Sport & Casino, including newest slot Lucky Vegas.

“We’re thrilled by our new partnership with Pariplay and what it will mean for all of Svenska Spel Sport & Casino players,” said Svenska Spel Sport & Casino vice president of casino Jonas Nygren. “Having already enjoyed success across many other regulated markets, we feel that Pariplay’s diverse collection of games will complement our existing product offering and give Sweden’s players even more exciting gaming experiences.”

Pariplay’s Mintz added: “Partnering with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino, Sweden’s largest gaming operator, cements our presence in the region and highlights our drive for forward-thinking innovation.

“This aligns with our strategic goals for 2019, which are focused on Pariplay continuing to collaborate with the leading operators in the industry’s biggest regulated markets.”

Habanero’s Lucky Lucky

Habanero has launched a new Japanese-themed slot game, Lucky Lucky.

Set on a pagoda with a backdrop of crashing waterfalls and Japanese cherry blossoms, Lucky Lucky features symbols including golden bonsai trees and lucky red money bags.

The game is played across just one win line, but features golden pot wilds to enhance potential winnings.

“Lucky Lucky is a reminder that slots can be uncomplicated, fast and simple, while still being fun and engaging,” said Habanero head of corporate communications Toni Karapetrov. “Featuring just one payline, the game couldn’t be easier to play and aptly-themed symbols, top-of-the-range graphics, and immersive sounds means players are sure to love its appeal.”

Wazdan

Wazdan has gone live in Belgium after securing a deal to supply GAMING1’s Circus.be and Casino777.be brands with its content.

The supplier’s Sizzling 777 Deluxe game was the first game to go live, with further game releases including Magic Target Deluxe, Mystery Jack, Fruit Mania, Great Book Of Magic, Magic Fruits Deluxe, Highway to Hell Deluxe, Magic Stars 3, Black Hawk Deluxe and Magic of The Ring.

“We are delighted to bolster our leading range of casino games with some exciting offerings from Wazdan,” said GAMING1 Malta managing director Sabri Tekaya. “We were hugely impressed by the quality of the graphics, gameplay and interfaces that Wazdan has delivered across its dynamic suite of games.

“It’s in the DNA of our group to provide the best casino content to our players. Adding Wazdan’s gaming content to our portfolio is perfectly aligned with this strategy. We believe these games will be extremely popular with our players and we are excited that they have joined our platform.”

Wazdan head of sales Andrzej Hyla commented: “We are extremely proud to bring our much-loved games to the flourishing Belgian online gaming market. “We have been busy creating a huge range of new titles this year and we are excited to share them with players in Belgium.

“Our international footprint is constantly expanding and we are confident that our industry leading games will become player favourites in many more markets around the world in the months and years ahead.”

Red Rake Gaming’s Super 12 Stars

Red Rake Gaming has launched the latest in its Super saga series of slot games, Super 12 Stars.
Following the rollout of its Super 5, Super 7 and Super 10 games, the new 5x3 slot has 30 winning lines which brings together the best of the previous editions of the game.

The slot also includes the Lucky Stars feature, which includes three types of jackpot and instant wins. The symbol is converted into three stars which remain fixed and offers three free spins to players going back to start the counter again with each additional star. Throughout this feature, players also have the possibility to accumulate wins in the “Minor, Major and Grand” jackpots.

The Super 10 symbol activates the Super 10 Mini-Slot, which delivers wins as well as instant free spins, multipliers or the Roulette Frenzy win. The Super 7 stars symbol appears on the central reel and expands, remaining fixed and launching a Respin of the other reels. The Super 5 stars symbols multiplies the bet x200 and features a Roulette Bonus.

Fazi / Digitain

Digitain has agreed a deal to expand its casino portfolio with content from Serbian gaming supplier Fazi.

The integration will see Fazi, predominantly a manufacturer of electronic roulette games, provide a range of its online slots and table games to Digitain.

“We have been working hard to forge fresh casino alliances recently and are aiming to equip ourselves with progressive products from the best suppliers in the business,” said Digitain chief commercial officer Suren Khachatryan. “Like us, Fazi have been very successful in their expansion over the past 12 months and together we present a compelling platform and content solution for operators. It’s fantastic to have them on board.”

Fazi CEO Bojan Mitic added: “We’re very pleased to have teamed up with Digitain, who share our core values and passion, to strengthen our position in a highly competitive space. We are thrilled to see our games delivered via one of the most sophisticated gaming platforms around, and we can’t wait to see how those games perform across territories which, in many cases, represent new markets for us.

“We have launched some fantastic content over the last year, with a wide variety of themes, features, and virtual models, and we hope they’ll quickly become firm favourites with operators and players alike.”

Endorphina’s Almighty Sparta

Endorphina is taking players back to Ancient Sparta with its latest slot release, Almighty Sparta.

The 10-line, 5-reel, 3-row online slot game sees players step inside the world Sparta, with symbols featuring glorious battles, as well as Spartan shields and weapons on the reels.

The game also features the main characters of The Battle of Thermopylae - Spartan King Leonidas, Persia’s King Xerxes, Ephialtes and Oracle. A symbol with Leonidas represents the Wild symbol which substitutes for all symbols except for the Scatter symbol.

The slot offers free games with a battle atmosphere when players get at least three scatter symbols. If three or more Scatter symbols land on the reels, the player can win 20 free games that can be retriggered.

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