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GI Games Round-up: Golden Rock Studios, Yggdrasil and more

13th March 2020 8:52 am GMT

This week has seen new games released by the likes of Golden Rock Studios, Green Jade Games, FunFair Technologies, Evoplay Entertainment, Pragmatic Play, Blueprint Gaming and Yggdrasil.

Golden Rock Studios’ Roulette x2

Golden Rock Studios has released its latest table game, Roulette x2, which awards players with double pay-outs for free.

The feature works by giving players a dice roll after each winning round; if all four dice numbers match, the player’s win is multiplied x2.

This gives the fast-paced game improved odds of 70-1, compared with standard roulette games which have odds of 35-1.

“Golden Rock Studios Roulette X2 has been built with pure gamblers in mind,” said Golden Rock Studios CEO James Curwen. “It’s exceptional UI and UX means you can place chips faster and smoother than any other roulette on the market with the added benefit of our USP dice feature that can award the customer double payouts for free every winning spin.

“This game has been developed with over 30 years of industry experience in table games both in land based and online, with better odds for the customer for the first time ever and with stunning gameplay I don’t know why anyone would play anything else.”

Playtech

Playtech has launched an exclusive Frankie Dettori-themed live blackjack table with GVC’s Ladbrokes Coral brand.

Based on the supplier’s popular Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven slot, Frankie Dettori's Magic Seven All Bets Blackjack includes numerous side bet options.

These includes Dealer Goes Bust, where players can score a wide range of potential wins from a 2:1 win for three or four cards to 2000:1 win for the ultimate combination of eight cards plus player blackjack, and Lucky Lucky, where the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s first form a combination.

Other side bet options include 21 + 3, where the player’s first cards and the dealer’s first form a hand; Top 3, where the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s first form a hand; and Perfect Pairs, where the player’s or dealer’s cards form a pair, with wins for mixed, colour and matching pairs.

“Sports-themed Live tables have proved highly popular with operators and players alike, which we’re further enhancing with the Sporting Legends series,” said Playtech live casino CEO Edo Haitin. “With the addition of the dedicated area to stream the races throughout the event and ability to place bets from this exclusive table, it offers major cross-sell opportunities to keep players engaged and entertained.”

Pragmatic Play’s The WIld Machine

Pragmatic Play has expanded its portfolio with the release of its latest slot The Wild Machine.

The slot features a 5x5 grid with four unique wild machines at four points of the reels, which can randomly expand into wilds either across or down the board, creating massive win potential.

The game’s bonus feature takes the form of a ‘Wonder Wheel’, where players can be awarded a cash value or trigger the free spins mode. With two modes, the Gold Foundry or Diamond Forge spins, players are given an option to pick their chosen method. The Wild Machine’s bonus rounds give players a huge opportunity to win life-changing amounts.

“The Wild Machine is an exhilarating new addition to the Pragmatic Play portfolio,” said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield. “With its quirky theme and fun gameplay, combined with random-trigger features and a lucrative bonus round, The Wild Machine will be manufacturing fantastic Pragmatic Play slot experiences for fans worldwide.”

Blueprint Gaming’s Wonder of Ages

Blueprint Gaming has unveiled the latest addition to its popular Jackpot King Deluxe series of games with the launch of Wonder of Ages.

The 20 line slot gives players a chance to enter Blueprint’s Jackpot King Deluxe progressive pot system off any spin and stake.

During the base gameplay, players can land the game’s five main characters on a winline for a win multiplier of x200. Three or more Wonder of Ages scatter symbols in view triggers access to the bonus picker, where players need to match three coins to be awarded entry to one of four free spins rounds based around the great powers.

At the end of each free spins round, players are again presented with the chance to secure access to another free games round through the bonus picker.

“Our latest game is a wonder to behold as we unite legends of a bygone era to award big wins through this immersive new slot,” said Blueprint Gaming director of marketing Jo Purvis. “With four bonus rounds available and the inclusion of the Jackpot King Deluxe pot adding an extra layer of excitement to every spin, Wonder of Ages is set to become a stellar addition to our ever-expanding portfolio of games.”

Yggdrasil’s All Star Knockout

Yggdrasil has released the latest slot from its YG Masters initiative All Star Knockout, developed by Northern Lights.

The 5x4 reel slot features 20 paylines and an Award Board, which activates the All Star Knockout Bonus.

The Award Board has five boxes with spots for eight stars to collect as they randomly land on the reels. When a player starts a game session, 12 bonus stars are randomly awarded and populate the board. If one or more boxes are filled with stars, the bonus round is triggered.

During the bonus feature, players are given an initial five free spins, with an additional two free spins awarded for every box of the board that is filled during the round. When the feature is triggered, a multiplier is selected and applies to all wins.

“All Star Knockout is our latest creation via the YG Masters initiative and offers a colourful and exciting take on classic fruit machine symbols,” said Northern Lights CEO Andrew Goodale. “With an innovative award board bonusing system, players can easily track their progress as they strive to land the lucrative free spins feature.

“Our partnership with Yggdrasil has been hugely beneficial for us and assisted us in further growing our business. We are very excited about what the future holds.

Yggdrasil head of partner strategy and sourcing Stuart McCarthy commented: “All Star Knockout is an excellent addition to our the YG Masters games portfolio and another testament to the success of this element of our business which gives us fresh and innovative content from the world’s best independent studios.

“Our YG Masters programme continues to go from strength-to-strength and the launch of our Publishing division will only cement its status as one of the leading development platforms in the industry.”

Green Jade Games’ Cotton Eye Joe - Moonshine K.O

Green Jade Games has agreed a deal to develop a new slot game based on Cotton Eye Joe, the hit song from Swedish group Rednex which became a massive hit in the 1990s.

Developed in partnership with Edenberg Design and Rednex, the slot is the first from the new Knockout Series of games from Green Jade Games. 

These are slot games which allow the customer to change spin results to align loot chests and trigger bonus features. The game is under development with Green Jade’s San Francisco-based partner studio and is scheduled to be launched this summer.

“We see Green Jade as an upcoming, fresh inventive gaming company that really understands the Rednex brand,” said Edenberg Design CEO Peter Edenberg. “Of course, we are thrilled to have closed this agreement and are looking forward to seeing the end result in the big casino operators line-up.”

Green Jade Games creative director Jesper Kärrbrink added: “We’re delighted to have struck a deal with Rednex Ltd and Edenberg Design AB. Our team is fired up and we are looking forward to making Cotton Eye Joe - Moonshine K.O a blockbuster hit.”

FunFair Technologies’ Five Fruits

FunFair Technologies has released its latest slot game through its partnership with games developer Big Wave Gaming.

Five Fruits is a five reel, 10 line slot that pays both ways on the reels, with wins running both from left to right or right to left. It marks the first time the feature has been introduced on FunFair’s platform.

If players land five “7” symbols on the reels, this triggers free games, where all the “7” symbols turn wild and substitute for any other symbol.

“Big Wave have again delivered a first-class game ideal for our growing base of players,” said FunFair Technologies chief product officer Fred Kessler. “It’s been nicely localised using Japanese style graphics which suits our markets well. 

“Five Fruits also has the winning combination of simplicity and high wins, coupled with Funfair’s Guaranteed Fair technology promise, we’re thrilled to integrate it into our ever-growing games portfolio.”

Big Wave Gaming managing director Ivan Rungkat said “This second FunFair game release further exposes our content to a brand new younger, crypto savvy audience.

“Like our first release, Cho Han, Five Fruits has a strong foundation in Japanese culture and we’re excited to see players enjoying the game through FunFair’s blockchain platform.”

Evoplay Entertainment’s Rise of Horus

Evoplay Entertainment is taking players on an epic quest for age-old riches in its newest slot Rise of Horus.

The game is set in the sand dunes of Ancient Egypt, where The Temple of Horus rises above the desert, hiding a fortune for players lucky enough to find it.

The 3x5 title includes features such as a Horus Gift bonus replacing three low paying symbols on the second, third and fourth reels with Wild symbols.

The game also boasts a Respin Feature adding extra rows, as well as a Free Spins round where paylines rise to 16807 when one of nine regular symbols appear as a stack of three.

“Take a trip with us across the dunes of the Ancient Egyptian desert where a fortune awaits intrepid travellers,” said Evoplay Entertainment CEO Ivan Kravchuk. “Loaded with Free Spins, exciting events and an immersive theme, players looking for a wealth of riches beyond their wildest imagination are welcome to join our voyage to the Temple of Horus.”

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