Casinova.org briefly introduce the games here and describe my experiences when trying them out.
This time, several software manufacturers have thematically approached the Native Americans. There are also underwater slots and Asian slot machines. Microgaming has released a very unusual casino game that breaks new ground.
Coywolf Cash from Play’n GO
Coywolf is a slang term that describes a cross between coyote and gray wolf / timber wolf in America. The Coywolf Cash slot machine has 5 reels, 3 rows and 50 paylines. 5 numbers and letters serve as small symbols. There are higher payouts for a fox, an eagle, a lux, a coyote and a bear. The Coywolf serves as game and the highest symbol. A totem statue was chosen as the scatter that grants Prey Free Spins. Then there is a totem mask as a bonus symbol that activates a wild reel.
As soon as a totem mask appears, a horizontal wild reel is started over the slot. In the base game, the wild reel feature can generate up to 3 wild reels at the end of a spin.
3, 4 or 5 scatters grant 8, 11 or 15 free spins. The wild reel is also triggered in the free spins. In contrast to the base game, there is a 2-level feature. There you can get 2 or 4 additional spins as well as wild reels with 2, 4 or 7-fold multipliers.
You can bet between 10 cents and € 100 on the slot. According to the manufacturer, the maximum profit is € 400,000, which corresponds to 4,000 times the stake. The payout ratio is 96.31%.
I tested the slot for a long time. It is graphically very appealing and the Indian-American theme was implemented excellently. In addition, the game play is varied due to the wild reel.
Fortune Rangers from NetEnt
Fortune Rangers is basically a clone of Dazzle Me with other symbols. Chinese culture was used here. The slot machine has 5 reels, with 3-3-4-4-5 rows and 76 paylines. Fans, scrolls, medals of luck and golden boats serve as small symbols. A fighter serves as high symbols. As a game there is a golden dragon. As a scatter a ying yang symbol.
Lucky Wild Reels can be set at random in the base game. Between 1 and 5 reels can be equipped with the wilds.
3, 4 or 5 scatters trigger 8, 12 or 16 free spins. In the free spins there are 1 to 4 synchronized roles that show the same symbols. Roller 1 and 2 and roller 3 and 4 can only be connected to one another.
The slot can be used between 20 cents and € 200. The maximum win is € 152,000, which is 750 times the stake. The payout ratio is 96.9%.
It is a clone of Dazzle Me, but the presentation and design is much better. Nevertheless, the game principle is the same.
Rise of Maya by NetEnt
Rise of Maya is a new 5 reel slot with 3 rows and 10 paylines. 5 numbers and letters were chosen as small symbols. There are higher payouts for a wildcat mask, a snake, a bull, a horned god and a priest mask. A golden snake mask amulet serves as the scatter. The game looks very similar to the symbol, but has different colors and is labeled “game”.
The wilds can appear individually or as expanding symbols. In the latter case, they either expand to the entire reel or to another field (if they appear on the 1st or 3rd).
3, 4 or 5 scatter and / or wilds trigger 10, 15 or 20 free spins. The reels Wilds or Scatters land on become hot rolls. Wilds that land on the hot reels extend to the whole reel. Extensions can be obtained during the free spins.
There is a bonus bet. For a double bet you get a respin when 2 wilds or scatters appear on the field. However, it will then only be drawn whether additional scatters or wilds appear and the free spins can be started.
You can bet between 10 cents and € 150 on the slot. The maximum win is € 375,000 for a full screen with wilds, which is 2,500 times the maximum bet without bonus bet. The theoretical payout ratio is 96.12%.
The slot is nicely done. Nevertheless, I would prefer the classic NetEnt layout. In addition, the gameplay is not really varied.
Heroes’ gathering by Relax Gaming
Heroes’ Gathering is a slot machine board game. In the middle of the board game plan is a classic slot with 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 paylines. 3 bronze coins with emerald, amethysts and ruby were chosen as small symbols. Middle symbols represent daggers, magic books and a shield with a bear’s head. There are higher payouts for a goblin, a wizard and a knight. A magic ball serves as game, crossed axes with a sword serve as a bonus symbol.
The game board feature is triggered when the bonus symbol appears on reels 1, 3 and 5. During the bonus game, the reels spin until one of three amulets is filled with diamonds. The diamonds are obtained when you step on the corresponding symbol on the field. The rotations on the slot collect a jackpot for the different fans. Symbols are assigned to the amulets. If the symbols win, the double line win is added to the jackpot. The following symbols belong to the three followers:
- Gold: Goblin, wizard and knight (have a gold border).
- Silver: Medium symbols with a silver border.
- Bronze: The three bronze coins.
The board game is played every time a wheel of fortune lands on the 3rd reel. The wheel of fortune itself serves as game. A figure then moves 1 to 6 steps on the playing field. In the corners there are multipliers that increase the jackpots. If you make a full turn, all the diamonds collected will be removed. The free spins are extended and higher winnings are possible. If you land on the starting field, all prize jackpots are doubled. If you have collected 3 diamonds in a round from an amulet, the winnings from the free spins and the jackpot are paid out. The feature is then ended.
If only 2 bonus symbols land on the reels, a mini board game is started. You can see the same playing field and the same supporters. However, when you collect the first diamond, the amulet is the only one activated and all other characters on the field become the symbol of the amulet.
You can bet between 10 cents and 100 €. The maximum profit is estimated at 10,000 times. The payout ratio is 96.45%.
The winnings were limited, but you can at least see the gameplay in the video.
It is a varied slot with medium to high variance. There can be many death spins. The free spins also allow very high winnings. But these are difficult to achieve.
Release the Kraken from Pragmatic Play
Release the Kraken is an underwater slot from Pragmatic Play. The slot machine has 5 reels, 4 rows and 20 paylines. 4 letters were chosen as small symbols. There are higher payouts for a yellow fish, a blue fish, a turtle, a shark and an anchor that says “Release the Kraken”.
Air bubbles serve as game. As a bonus symbols there is a pirate sailing ship on reels 1 and 3. A wheel labeled “Free Spins” or a box labeled “Chest Bonus” may appear on reel 5.
3 tentacle arms may appear randomly during the base game. You choose one of the tentacles and get one of the following features:
- Sticky Octopus Wilds: There are special octopus wilds that stay sticky during the bonus. The reels spin, with a feature selected from three different chests. You can get more wilds, more spins, double wins or “collect” as an option.
- Colossal octopus wilds: a 3×4 wild symbol appears on the reels.
- Infected octopus wilds: An octopus wild lands on the field, which also turns the surrounding symbols into wilds.
- As soon as you get 3 Scatters, there is either the “Sunken Treasure Bonus” or the “Grazing Octopus Free Spins”. This depends on the third bonus symbol that appears.Sunken Treasure Bonus: You choose several cash prizes from 3 chests several times. The feature only ends when the word “Collect” appears.
- Grazing octopus free spins: First you select the number of free spins using treasure chests. There are +1, +2 or +3 free spins in the chests. You cannot get more than 12 free spins. There is a multiplier in the free spins. The multiplier increases as soon as a game appears. A multiplier up to 10 times is possible. The wilds remain on the field until the end of the free spins, but move with every spin. The free spins are played with 40 paylines.
You can bet between 20 cents and € 100 on the slot. The maximum profit is 10,000 times the bet according to the manufacturer. The theoretical payout ratio is 96.5%.
Overall, the game is not bad, although the variance is again relatively large. There are many death spins.
Conclusion: Many boring, but also some interesting slots
I have to admit that there are many boring slots for early February 2020. Microgaming and NetEnt in particular disappointed this time. When testing, I liked Coywolf Cash and Heroes’ Gathering relatively well. The rest were rather boring. How do you like the new games? Feel free to write it in the comments.
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