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GI Games Round-up: Featuring IGT, Spearhead Studios and Microgaming

3rd April 2020 10:38 am GMT

This week has seen new games released by the likes of IGT, Spearhead Studios, Lightning Box, Microgaming, OneTouch, Pragmatic Play and Booming Games.

IGT PlayDigital’s Cleopatra's Gold

International Game Technology’s digital arm IGT PlayDigital has expanded its portfolio with the release of Cleopatra Gold across its PlayRGS platform.

The game builds on IGT’s popular Cleopatra game, with Cleopatra Gold retaining many of the same game mechanics, sounds and graphics as the original. New mechanics include the Gold Spins feature that gives players a chance to earn multiple free respins as the game expands to two new reel windows.

“We’re excited to enhance our PlayRGS library with Cleopatra Gold, a seamless extension of the classic and much-loved Cleopatra game, combined with exceptional math, gameplay and graphics,” said IGT PlayDigital vice president global business development Ian Freeman.

“Cleopatra Gold’s game performance in land-based casinos and the praise that it continues to receive from players around the world further validate our confidence that the game will perform well for PlayDigital customers.”

Spearhead Studio’s Lara Jones is Cleopatra

EveryMatrix-owned Spearhead Studios is also heading to Ancient Egypt with its fourth slot release of the year, Lara Jones is Cleopatra.

Set inside the tomb of the famous Egyptian Queen, the game sees treasure explorer Lara Jones set out on a new quest to discover treasures hidden deep inside the tomb.

The 5x3 slot comes with ten pay lines and a maximum win approaching 17,000x, with a base game offering single-line wins of up to 3,000x and the Cleopatra Spin which, when triggered, sees all Queen, Jack and 10 symbols being replaced with the top-paying Cleopatra symbol, potentially generating wins in excess of 1,000x.

The appearance of three scatters in the base game transports players to deep inside Cleopatra’s tomb and grants them an initial ten free spins. During free spins, any wilds that land on the reels become Sticky Wilds for all subsequent free spins, including any retriggers.

“Our internal team has excelled, once again, in producing this game,” said Spearhead Studios game development director Kevin Corti. “The math model is highly engaging, the artwork and visual are stunning, and the audio effects close to a cinematic experience. I am very proud of everyone who worked on Lara Jones is Cleopatra and I am extremely confident that players will love it.”

Spearhead Studios managing director Mathias Larsson commented: “I am thrilled that we are bringing our lead character, from our top-performing game The Book of Souls into our latest title, Lara Jones is Cleopatra. She will continue to star in upcoming titles, along with many other entertaining characters which we plan to introduce in the forthcoming months.

“Lara Jones is Cleopatra is our 4th game release of 2020, demonstrating that we are truly delivering high-quality games in rapid succession. In Q2, we will maintain this momentum, releasing a minimum of 5 new titles”.

Lightning Box’s Blown Away

Lightning Box has embraced the elements with its latest title Blown Away, which has gone live exclusively with Sky Vegas for two weeks before general release.

Blown Away is set aboard a fishing ship which has been thrown off course. While the scurvy crew, led by the walrus, are trying to get them back on track, excitement builds when a tornado lands on the last reel. With a gust of wind, the lowest Royal symbol is removed and another re-spin awarded.

This can continue until no Royals are left on the reels. With the Walrus itself being the wild, the odds of winning a big prize are greatly increased. Three Boat symbols trigger free spins in which removed Royals remain removed for the duration of the spins.

“We’re hoping this newest title will blow players’ socks off, particularly with the tornado respin feature which could boost payouts by up to seven times,” said Lightning Box CEO Peter Causley. “We’re also looking forward to seeing how it does with Sky Vegas before going on general release elsewhere."

Microgaming’s The Vault and other titles

Microgaming has released its latest slot as part of an exclusive supply deal with Stockholm-based developer Snowborn Games.

The Vault brings the intriguing adventures of a devious burglar, Jewel, to life in the form of a five-reel, 20-payline slot, which is loaded with striking visuals and features, including respins, stacked wilds and free spins. Players can join Jewel on a trail of tremendous wins as she performs the ultimate heist to obtain the world’s largest diamond, The Pink Dawn, protected by a vault that is housed within an elegant art gallery in Paris.

Collecting two or more bonus symbols triggers the respin feature, where bonus symbols remain locked in place while the reels spin. On each respin, landing one or more bonus symbols will award further respins until no additional bonus symbols land or the Vault Bonus is triggered, awarding 10 free spins and a multiplier of 3x initially, with the potential of further free spins and multipliers to be added during the bonus round.

“Through Microgaming’s content aggregation platform, players will be able to enjoy our innovative games with leading operators in all major markets,” said Snowborn Games CEO Björn Zethraeus. “The Vault displays stunning 3D art and a beautiful visual setting in addition to elegant symbolism to enhance the game’s atmosphere.

“We are proud to team up with Microgaming and look forward to providing them with many more exclusive games in the coming months.”

Microgaming chief commercial officer Jean-Luc Ferriere said: “We are pleased to add Snowborn Games to our growing content partner network and look forward to working with the team, who are set to expand our diverse portfolio with unique and entertaining content, starting with their debut title, The Vault.”

In related news, Microgaming also announced the release of a range of new titles this month from its network of independent studios and content partners.

Developed by Just For The Win, creators of Treasure Skyland and Wonder Woods, Anderthals is a five-reel, 40-payline slot featuring a charming cave couple, Andy and Annie Anderthal. In the game, randomised feature spots are positioned directly above the reels and have the potential to trigger multipliers, expanding wilds, respins, free spins and more.

Noble gladiators fight for legendary treasures in Ancient Rome-themed game Arena of Gold, created by All41 Studios. The five-reel, 25-payline slot includes free spins with merged reels, and Golden Re-Spins, which trigger when six or more coin symbols land on the reels.

Four superheroes embark on a daring quest to protect their city in Diamond Force, a new slot game featuring game mechanics such as the Team-Up Feature and Team-Up Bonus Spins.  The five-reel, 1,024 ways slot is the third game developed by Crazy Tooth Studio this year, following the release of Seven 7’s and The Incredible Balloon Machine.

Microgaming will also expand its platform with new releases including 1X2gaming’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Gamevy’s Cheeky Fruits 5 and Psycho Candies, Booming Games’ Arabian Spins (see below) and Spinosaurus, Realistic Games’ Hot Cross Bunnies Game Changer, and MGA’s MGA La Mina de Oro Plus.

“April will see Microgaming strengthen its content portfolio with a variety of dynamic games from its network of independent studios and content partners,” said Microgaming director of global operations James Buchanan. “Rich in rewarding features, stunning visuals, a range of volatility levels, and diverse characters and styles, including striking gladiator and caveman themes, there is plenty of choice available for our customers this month.”

OneTouch’s Traveling Treasures Brazil

OneTouch is targeting the Latin America market with the release of its Brazilian-themed slot Traveling Treasures Brazil.

Featuring an abundance of vibrant Brazilian-themed symbols and cascading reels, the game invites players on a journey to the land of Samba to discover a treasure trove of free spins and multipliers that can lead to huge cash rewards.

Three or more scattered wilds offer players 10 free spins, while the multiplier increases successive wins by one and six during regular game play and three and eight in free games.

“We’ve challenged ourselves to significantly grow the OneTouch brand throughout LatAm and Traveling Treasures Brazil will appeal to a wide variety of players in this rapidly growing gaming market,” said OneTouch head of marketing Ollie Castleman.

“It’s crucial that we continue to add a wide range of innovative and highly engaging content to suit a host of player demographics and we’re confident players far and wide will enjoy this release.”

Pragmatic Play’s Fruit Rainbow

Pragmatic Play has released a new adventure-themed slot Fruit Rainbow.

A colourful take on the classic fruit machine game, it is a 5x4, 40 payline slot stacked with fruit symbols, while Wilds take the form of a rainbow.

The diamond acts as a Scatter symbol and if five land on the reels on any singular spin, players will receive a payout of 500x their stake. If the entire grid fills with the stacked rainbow Wilds, users will be awarded with 2000x their bet stake.

“Our portfolio offers a unique and diverse collection of games and Fruit Rainbow gives players a classic fruit machine experience with a thrilling twist,” said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield. “Its colourful gameplay and potential for extremely high wins thanks to the stacked rainbow Wilds will give Pragmatic Play fans another exciting product in our slot catalogue.”

Booming Games’ Arabian Spins

Booming Games has released its latest slot game Arabian Spins.

In the slot, players join the protagonist and his monkey sidekick as they endeavour to collect as much gold and diamonds as possible. By catching the magic carpet, players can multiply their wins sevenfold and they will trigger 10 retriggerable Two Way Pay spins by landing 3 Diamonds anywhere on the reels and any diamonds landed act as wilds.

If players land the Genie’s Lamp, 3 instances in a screen result will trigger 10 Free Spins, while at any time players can land a magic carpet on the 2nd reel, awarding a 7x multiplier on all wins.

“It’s time to dust off the old magic carpet, as Booming Games goes classic with the release of Arabian Spins”, said Booming Games director of product Shane Cotter. “This low volatility 3x3, 10 payline slot, showcases the best of old-school features, and is sure to be a firm favourite with your entire player base.”

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