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Casino News of the Week Feb, 17-23
This week was full of events: Microgaming is to release a huge amount of slots this month. Casinos steal your money! What is wrong to Play’N GO? Let’s figure it out.
New release from Crazy Tooth Studio
A Microgaming’s partner, Crazy Tooth Studio, released slot called Seven 7’s, on February 18, 2020. This provider is not afraid of producing exclusive and creative slots to surprise us. It looks similar to the old theatre of 19th-century. The game comes with a single giant reel to start with, but it expands up to 7 reels through the re-spin option.
The bet size varies from 20 p/c to £/€10 per spin and the RTP rating is 96.6%. During the game, you have to catch a 7 symbol. If it lands on the reel, another reel is added; if 7 or a 2x-icon land on the reels again, then the re-spins continue. You can get up to 7 Seven symbols using a maximum of 7 reels.
Well, Seven 7’s differs from the slots we get used to seeing on casino websites a lot. It looks unusual: there is just one reel, one symbol, and one pay line on the screen, but it will be impossible to pull you back.
Just For The Win in the Wonder Woods
Another Microgaming’s subsidiary, Just For The Win, offers to take a trip to the magical forest in Wonder Woods. Wonder Woods is a new game, released on the 20th of February, which is full of glowing trees and falling fruits. The Wonder Woods slot comes with 5×3 grid, 20 pay lines and you can get up to 400x per spin.
This is a slot with mystery symbols, sticky mystery symbols, wild symbols, and free spins. The slot has a huge potential, as these bonus features will help you to get big prizes.
Just For The Win created a beautiful and simple slot with a cartoonish design and bright layout. Play the slot and share your emotions!
Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah slot from Neon Valley Studios
February 25th is a release date of the Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah slot. Powered by Neon Valley Studios, the slot takes you to an undersea journey around the murky ruins of the old city.
Expanding Wild feature is the main one in the base game. It expands on the reel and triggers a re-spin.
In addition, there is a Progressive Jackpot Wheel Bonus. You have to collect pearls on reels 2, 3, and 4. However, no one knows how many pearls you need to trigger the bonus!
After getting the Mega Moolah Jackpot Wheel Bonus, you receive one of the following progressive jackpots:
Mega Jackpot starts at €1,000,000;
Major starts at €10,000;
Minor starts at €100;
Mini starts at €10.
The game provides medium volatility and low payouts in the base game (500x). RTP is 92.08%. It is significantly lower compared to the original Mega Moolah slot.
Space Enigma slot is another NetEnt’s clone powered by All41Studios
Space Enigma is a new upcoming slot powered by All41Studios. The developers decided to create a clone of Starburst, a very popular slot from NetEnt. It looks like a gemstone/space themed combo.
The grid consists of 5 reels and only 10 winning lines, paying both ways. Space Enigma has medium volatility and an RTP rating of 96.27%. Also, the game awards you a decent payout of up to $100,000 per spin (1,000x the stake).
Unfortunately, there are only 2 features:
- Expanding Star Wilds
There is not much to talk about the design. Playing the slot, you can see just a mix of gemstones that take different geometric shapes. Well, if you are tired of NetEnt’s game, Space Enigma slot looks like an alternative to Starburst. Play and enjoy it!
The Expendables Megaways Slot
Stakelogic is ready to introduce its new game featured with Megaways mechanics – the Expendables Megaways™. The slot is based on the Expendables film plot, where all the main action-movie stars are gathered: Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, and other famous actors; you will meet their characters on the reels.
The Expendables Megaways is a 6-reel slot; from 2 to 7 icons may land on a reel. Thanks to the Megaways mechanics from BTG, there are up to 117,649 ways to win!
The game is packed with different features, such as Bullet Bonus, Free Spins and substituting Wilds.
According to Stakelogic providers, The Expendables Megaways™ is the game for massive wins that provides unforgettable gambling experience. You will be able to try your luck in a couple of days, the slot is available since February, 20.
Beat the Beast: Kraken’s Lair from Thunderkick
Kraken’s Lair is one of the Thunderkick’s new ‘Beat the Beast’ slot series. The company is planning to launch a collection of five classic games in the series. According to the provider, ‘made for the brave’ titles will introduce you to different terrifying beasts; The mythical Kraken is the first one.
All these slots come with a standard 5*3 grid and 9 fixed pay lines. Kraken’s Lair is a classic game, offering amazing visuals: on the background, there are many sunken ships and all the icons in the game provide a high definition.
The most expensive icons are Krakens:
- The Gold Mid-Kraken awards 50x the stake for five-of-a-kind
- The big purple Kraken gives you 500x for five-of-a-kind
The golden Kraken Emblem is a wild and a scatter simultaneously. Also, it can trigger the Expanding Win feature, being a part of a winning combo.
A Free Spins bonus works as usual: 3 or more Kraken Scatters trigger the bonus game with 10 free spins. The bonus game can be retriggered an unlimited number of times.
The game is available for players since Feb. 19.
Play’n GO continues creating replicas
Play’n GO released Dawn of Egypt, which is the latest title of 52-game series that were planned. We have already reviewed Legacy of Dead slot, which turned out to be a replica of the Book of Ra game from Novomatic. Now, Play’n GO imitates its own title – Legacy of Egypt. The developers have just changed some characteristics, numbers, and symbols, pretending they have created a new title with a new idea.
As we all know, Play’n GO does its best when it goes about Egypt-themed slots. Dawn of Egypt is promoted as Legacy of Egypt’s sequel. To be honest, we become confused more and more every time, when the provider releases new Egyptian slots. Let’s describe the similarities and differences of these 2 slots.
Dawn of Egypt has a 5*3 grid with 10 active pay lines (in its turn, Legacy of Egypt offers 30 lines). In Dawn of Egypt bet size ranges between 10 p/c and £/€100; in Legacy of Egypt from €0.30 to €90. The Wild symbol in both slots is a scarab, which offers different awards (100x for 5 of them in Dawn of Egypt and only 16,6x in Legacy of Egypt).
The potential is the same – 5,000x your stake.
The main similarity appears when it comes to Free Spins. The free spins rounds start when 3 or more Pyramids land on the reels (both slots are extremely teasing ones, giving 2 scatters quite frequently). 3 scatters trigger the Wheel of the Gods, a spinning wheel, which determines how many Free Spins are awarded.
One difference has been created: in Legacy of Egypt slot, there are multipliers above the reels that are awarded randomly at each spin. In the Dawn of Egypt game, there are special symbols instead. Two Wild Scatter Symbols in both games trigger additional Pyramid Spins.
Therefore, we have to say again, that Play’n GO is a decent provider that offers a great number of exclusive games! However, they should stop stealing and creating slot replicas. They seem to become addicted, don’t you think so?
Unsuccessful release from Boomerang Games
Boomerang Games released their new title – Wild Joker Stacks, representing poor graphics and sluggish animation. Playing on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone, you will get freezing game process; so, you will have to possess yourself, if you want to try this one. It may be a bad attempt to imitate a retro style, who knows. Let us describe some slot features.
The icons are typical for classic slots: BARs, fruits, bells and Sevens. The game grid consists of 5 reels and 3, 4, or 5 rows, which can be changed at any time. In addition, players can change multipliers for x2, x3, or x4. It influences game volatility and RTP rating (from 95.6% to 97.78%). After all, different coin options are available; it is too complicated.
Ok, the only simple part about the slot is the Bonus Game. 3 Scatters trigger 9 Free Spins. Besides, they award you 100x for 5 of them on the reels. During the bonus game, all the multipliers are doubled, and free spins can be retriggered.
The game is already available. Well, share your opinion with us.
Vavada Casino steals your money
As it was revealed, Vavada casino operators changed the RTP in Book of Dead slot from Play’n GO. We all know that Book of Dead is the most popular slot of the provider, and taking advantage of this, Vavada Casino decided to make some money out of thin air! The casino operator built its advertising company around this slot machine. What’s the hitch?
Book of Dead is the most popular slot on Vavada Casino. The operator changed the RTP of the game reducing it to 84%, instead of 96,21% from the provider. Thus, it has become impossible to win playing Book of Dead slot on Vavada Casino!
Vavada Casino changed Book of Dead RTP rating for their own benefit. It is obvious. They were counting on the fact that no-one would check the RTP, and made their players look like idiots.
Onlinecasinopolice reminds you to be careful and play accredited casinos only!
UKGC limits Online Casino Stakes
UK Gambling Commission informs that the maximum allowed stake on online casino games would be £2. The final decision on the question is expected until next August. The decision is connected to their ongoing work to reduce the risks of gambling-related harm.
As we have already told several months ago, the UKGS limited land-based fixed-odds up to £2 in April 2019. Thus, British operators’ share prices fell.
The UK Gambling Commission also claims that the prohibition of gambling ads on television could help in battling gambling addiction in the country. The UKGC has started a partnership with Twitter. The two will create guidance that will help users to limit the amount of gambling content on Twitter.
ICE London 2020
World’s Gaming Innovation Showcase was held in London on 4-6 February 2020. ICE London brings together more than 35,000 professional game developers. Many casino games providers have also presented their new products in the wings of the event. We are telling you about the most exciting ones.
What’s new from Wazdan
Wazdan impressed the visitors with their new series of 9 stellar games. It is understood, that Wazdan is about to have an exciting and full of releases year ahead.
The upcoming games are:
- Black Horse Deluxe Slot is a classic slot about Wild West;
- Sonic Reels Slot is an old-school fruity slot;
- Reel Hero Slot is a futuristic game about outer space;
- Lucky 9 Slot is a pixel-like designed title;
- Telly Reels Slot offers to spin the wheel of fortune;
- Power of Gods Slot is an ancient Egypt-based game;
- Choco Reels Slot is a game about a chocolate monster;
- 9 Tigers Slot unites Fire and Water powers together;
- Sic Bo Dragons is a dice game.
The entire slots are planned to be released very soon.
What Can You Expect from Betsoft
2019 was quite a good year for the provider. In early 2020, Betsoft presents 2 games:
- Super Sweets;
- Total Overdrive.
As for the Austrian provider, Novomatic has prepared many surprises for their fans. Some of the upcoming releases that were represented on Novomatic stand:
- Diamond Link™ Jackpot game series
- Diamond Link™ Mighty
- Elephant Cash Connection™
- Charming Lady™
Pragmatic Play Stand
Pragmatic Play has also presented different kinds of casino content. They displayed a bunch of new releases that no one has seen before. One of these games is Money Mouse, a slot to celebrate Chinese New Year.
2020 – Microgaming’s year
Microgaming has presented a great number of products in cooperation with their independent Studious. More than 100 exclusive games and 240 partner games are to join its content aggregation platform.
9 independent studios demonstrated some of their forthcoming exclusive releases. Slingshot Studios announced Game of Thrones™ Power Stacks™ online slot, developed exclusively for the Microgaming platform.
New Slots Releases
|Slingshot Studios||Game of Thrones™ Power Stacks™|
|Triple Edge Studios||Sisters of Oz; Attack on Retro; Absolootly Mad™|
|Just For The Win Studio||Aurora Beast Hunter; Treasure Skyland™; Anderthals™|
|Fortune Factory Studios||Jewels of Opar; Tarzan|
|Stormcraft Studios||Fortunium Gold|
|Gameburger Studios||9 Pots of Gold; 11 Champions Golden Goal|