GI Games Round-up: Microgaming, Greentube, Evolution and more

31st January 2020 11:06 am GMT

This week sees new games released by the likes of Microgaming, Pragmatic Play, Greentube, Blueprint Gaming, Evolution Gaming, Stakelogic, Booming Games, Red Rake Gaming, Evoplay Entertainment and Scientific Games.

Microgaming’s Wheel of Wishes

Microgaming has released the first slot from Alchemy Gaming, which features the newly revamped progressive jackpot WowPot.

Wheel of Wishes is a five-reel, ten-payline slot set in the Arabian Desert, where genie lamps and other mystical symbols guide players towards a cave of riches.

Stacked wilds race along the reels as players search for two or more wheel scatter symbols to unlock the coveted Power Spin, which transforms reels one and five into identical high-paying stacked symbols. A single giant symbol then forms across the centre reels, giving players the chance to land a full matching reel-set with huge win potential.

“We are delighted to present Alchemy Gaming’s debut title, and the first in a new wave of games to join Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network this year,” said Microgaming director of global operations James Buchanan.

“The addition of Wheel of Wishes with its revamped WowPot jackpot is sure to set new records, while the introduction of the Power Spins and Power Mode make for a fantastic gameplay experience.”

Alchemy Gaming head Rory Harpur said: “Wheel of Wishes combines superb graphics with intuitive game mechanics. The title’s Power Mode feature transforms the reels into a permanent Power Spin, creating an enhanced opportunity to enter the Jackpot Bonus Wheel and ultimately claim the WowPot jackpot.

“We are incredibly excited for the wider launch of our debut game with Microgaming and can’t wait for players to take a spin on Wheel of Wishes.”

Pragmatic Play's Release the Kraken

Pragmatic Play has launched a new feature-filled slot, Release the Kraken.

The 4x5 title is set in the depths of the ocean where players are pitted in a battle against the horrifying creature of the deep, the Kraken.

The Sunken Treasure Bonus will trigger a sum of multipliers, while the Roaming Kraken Free Spins brings up 10 items among which free spins are hidden.

All the revealed free spins will be added up as the player discovers them. The Kraken modifier features include Infectious Kraken Wilds, Colossal Kraken Wilds and Kraken Locking Wilds, resulting in different sorts of win combinations.

“Release the Kraken is the fourth game we’ve launched this month, representing yet another precious addition to the Pragmatic Play slot portfolio," said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield.

“With its immersive setting, thrilling gameplay and giant win potential, we are sure players will be battling the fearsome Kraken in search of its treasure.”

Blueprint Gaming’s Viz

Blueprint Gaming has launched a new revamped version of its Viz-branded slot game with leading operator Paddy Power Betfair.

Based on the popular adult comic magazine, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, the revamped version of the game includes iconic characters Roger Mellie and Johnny Fartpants and features the supplier’s Jackpot King Deluxe system.

In the 5x3 20-line slot, three Showtime Bonus symbols gain entry to the Big Deal round where players eliminate TVs for a free spins offer worth up to 50 spins.

Paddy Power Betfair is the first to go live with the newly enhanced slot, which will soon be made available across the supplier’s network.

“To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the UK’s much-loved adult comic magazine, we’ve put a fresh twist on the game we first launched in the online market some 10 years ago,” said Blueprint Gaming director of marketing and relationships Jo Purvis. “Adding Jackpot King to the gameplay makes perfect sense, providing fans of the original release with an even greater thrill.”

Paddy Power Gaming commercial director Mike Phelan said: “We are delighted to be the first operator to launch the new Viz slot on its 40thanniversary.

“With the addition of the Jackpot King and after last year’s £4m winner on Paddy Power, we know how popular these games are with customers. This year, we’re hoping to add another lucky customer into the Punting Hall of Fame and what better game to do it on than this branded slot.”

Greentube’s Cash Connection - Charming Lady

Greentube has expanded its Home of Games slot portfolio with the addition of latest release Cash Connection- Charming Lady.

A new spin on the supplier’s Lucky Lady’s Charm series of games, the slot challenges players to impress the beautiful Lady and hunt for four jackpots across the reels.

The slot has 5 reels and 10 win lines, with four jackpot levels. Collecting at least 6 sphere symbols on the reels triggers the Lock and Spin Feature, where the journey to winning the Mini, Minor, Major or Grand jackpot begins.

Red Rake Gaming’s Gustav Minebuster

Red Rake Gaming has released its latest slot Gustav Minebuster which sees players venture into a magical and mysterious mine.

In the 8x8 slot, players can find valuable treasure with the help of Gustav, the intrepid miner who also acts as a Wild symbol, replacing all other symbols and participating in more than one win.

Players must beware the dynamite symbol which can be activated randomly after a spin or respin, causing the current symbols to change into new gem symbols of the same type.

When players line up 5 or more Respins, they enter the free spins feature where they will find three Gustav symbols that will remain throughout the entire feature.

Stakelogic’s Flappers

Stakelogic is taking players back to the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s with its latest online slot release Flappers.

The game is set in a bustling nightclub and is themed around the iconic Flapper girls of the era who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair and danced to jazz music.

The game boasts several features including Fabulous Free Spins which are unlocked when three security guard Scatter Symbols land anywhere on the reels. When they do, the security guards part the stage curtains and activate up to 80 free spins.

During free spins, if the Flapper girls begin to dance the Charleston they become Wild to increase the chance of landing even bigger wins. In addition, if a golden microphone symbol lands, an additional free spin is awarded with no limit on the number of golden microphone symbols that can land during the feature.

“The 1920s was a time of decadence and frivolity and we have captured the spirit of the era with Flappers,” said Stakelogic CEO Stephan van den Oetelaar. “Not only is the slot visually striking, but it also delivers plenty of big win potential thanks to the various bonus features we have built into the game.

“We believe Flappers will entertain and excite in equal measure and will prove to be hugely popular with players in markets around the world.”

Evoplay Entertainment’s Legend of Kaan

Evoplay Entertainment is sending players on a magical quest for undiscovered riches with its latest slot Legend of Kaan.

Set in the heart of the jungle before the days of the conquistadors, the slot features snakes, totems and the Great Kaan awarding a treasure trove of prizes.

In the game, the single reel spiral slot totals 91 symbols and takes the shape of a serpent, the size of which is increased in line with the number of win symbols unlocked.

As players spin the reels, winning combinations are achieved by lining up four symbols horizontally or diagonally with respins granted when new symbols are unlocked to build excitement for the next big win.

“Perfect for players with a taste for adventure, Legend of Kaan combines stunning visuals with immersive symbols to create an authentic Aztec experience,” said Evoplay Entertainment product owner Roman Sadovskyi.

“Jam-packed with free spins, inviting characters such as the Great Kaan and a unique spiralling reel, this is a title sure to keep customers coming back for more.”

Evolution Gaming’s Lightning Baccarat

Evolution Gaming has expanded its portfolio with the launch of Lightning Baccarat.

The Lightning Baccarat game combines live play with high-payout RNG multipliers. As in standard live baccarat, players try to predict whose hand, player or banker, will win by having the value closest to 9.

Unlike traditional baccarat, however, after betting time has expired a Lightning Round begins and a lightning effect strikes between one and five random Lightning Cards. Each of these cards is instantly given a random multiplier.

Players must match one of their cards in a winning hand to a Lightning Card to win one of the base level 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 8x multiplier payouts. The more Lightning Cards in the winning hand, the more the multiplier payouts are increased, with up to 512x on Player and Banker bets and up to 262,144x on the Tie bet.

Lightning Baccarat is the third game in Evolution’s Lightning family following the release of Lightning Roulette and Lightning Dice.

“Two years ago we launched the multi award-winning Lightning Roulette, which has become one of the biggest games in company history,” said Evolution chief product officer Todd Haushalter. “We followed this up with Lightning Dice, which has also been immensely popular.

“Adding multipliers and our Lightning theme on top of the most traditional game yet, Baccarat, was a natural next step in our Lightning family. Baccarat players love volatility and we are giving them all they can handle with Lightning Baccarat.”

Booming Games’ Hooked

Booming Games has released its latest slot game, Hooked.

The medium-high volatility slot offers players up to 1000x their bet and sees them experience the thrill of high-stakes fishing if they can hit the Fish On Feature. This sees the Hooked crew net one of three types of fish per round, while up to 15 Free Spins can also be awarded to players.

“The fishing theme has always proved to be a hit both in the land-based casinos of Vegas and in the online space; and Hooked is set to continue this success,” said Booming Games director of product Shane Cotter. “This medium-high volatility slot should be an instant hit with any sports-fishing fans out there, not to mention your regular to high stakes players. So let’s push out the boat and reel in those winnings.”

Scientific Games’ Ultra Hot Mega Link

Scientific Games has launched its newest land-based slot game Ultra Hot Mega Link at an exclusive player event at Station Casino’s Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino in Nevada.

Ultra Hot Mega Link has launched with two themes, Amazon and India, and showcased on the TwinStar Wave XL and TwinStar J43 cabinets. Two more themes, Rome and Egypt, will join the series later this year.

“We are excited to host the global launch of Ultra Hot Mega Link,” said Vincent Barile, president and general manager of Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino. “Throughout Station Casinos, player experience is our priority.

“With its player-favorite bonus features, and a form factor specifically designed to immerse the player in the excitement, we think the Ultra Hot Mega Link games will be a huge hit.”

As a follow-up to the supplier’s Ultimate Fire Link series, the new game has an Ultra Hot Mega Link Feature where Fireball symbols lock in place and award free spins.

During the free spins, Fireballs locks in place to unlock a new row. As rows unlock, credit values and jackpot levels increase. The excitement really fires up when one or more Ultra Hot Fireball symbol lands on the reels adding credits, or even a Mini Jackpot, to up to five other unlocked Fireballs around it, ultimately blowing up the size of the feature win.

“We have been eagerly anticipating the official launch of Ultra Hot Mega Link since its debut at G2E, and we are thrilled to have partnered with Green Valley Ranch for its introduction to players,” said Cathryn Lai, senior vice president of product management and marketing for Scientific Games.

“The original Ultimate Fire Link is one of our most popular game series and we think this spin-off will fire up the excitement even more with players throughout casinos everywhere.”

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