It is going to be a happy October for slot enthusiasts as top-tier software developers are releasing a new smattering of machines. Each of these October offerings will soon be available on the numerous virtual casinos peppering the internet. This is a review of five of these new casino slot submissions from some of the best developers in online gaming.
Big Win 777 – Play’n GO
Play’n Go is appreciating the classics with Big Win 777. This is a Vegas-style old school slotter with 5 reels and 15 paylines stretched over a 5×3 grid. The symbols are classic slot fare and the machine comes loaded with the usual suspects in terms of features. There are wilds, scatters, and free spins. On the whole Big Win is not that special. It has a 90K max jackpot, betting range of 0.15 to 90, and 96.50% RTP. However, Big Win 777 does feature something classic slots do not. It has a bonus wheel mini-game players can activate. The bonus wheel contains game enhancements and cash bonuses for players to vie for. It is a nice breath of fresh air in what is overall a standard offering. Gameplay and graphics are the quality players expect from Play’n Go.
East Sea Dragon King – NetEnt
NetEnt is entering October with a Chinese-themed slot called East Sea Dragon King. The gameplay is adequate and the graphics are top rate. The grid is 5×3 and set against an underwater backdrop. Symbols are basic Chinese fare used in numerous other Chinese-infused slot machines. What sets East Sea apart is that it does not have typical paylines but is rather a clusterplay. It also pays over a million as its max bonus. Players bear the possibility of a 6000x multiplier or max jackpot of $1,200,000. East Sea also offer re-spins and an expanding wild that takes over its entire reel. The wild symbol is none other than the Dragon King.
9 Masks of Fire – Microgaming
9 Masks of Fire is an African-themed slot serving as Microgaming’s October contribution. 9 Masks bears the usual features of a typical slot. It has 5 reels complete with 20 paylines, a 95.24% RTP, a wager range between 0.20 and 60, and special features including wilds, scatters, and multipliers. Multipliers increase stakes by 2x or 3x. The scatters are where 9 Masks has a little fun. The first scatter symbol is a mask and it functions as a load-up for the jackpot meter. So this can provide players a nice payout. The shield scatter symbol grants free spins. Players that activate this symbol can get anywhere between 10 to 30 free spins. As usual Microgaming infused the slot with its usual top-level graphics and gameplay.
Fruit Snap – Red Tiger Gaming
Red Tiger Gaming’s Fruit snap is a clusterplay and cascading slot that requires a little grinding from its players. The grid is nothing special. A simple 8×8 affair set against a tile backdrop. The symbols are members of an overturned fruit bowl. However, Fruit Snap offers players a great special feature in the form of metered symbols. There are eight of them atop each reel and loading them up leads to bonuses. It also requires players to match a lot of the corresponding symbols. Once a meter is full the fruit removal feature takes it off the grid and provides a bonus. For high-end symbols this constitutes a double win bonus. Fruit snap also has a randomly triggered meter bonus, 70,000 max jackpot, wager range for 0.10 to 20, and RTP of 95.75%.
Voodoo Gold – ELK
ELK‘s Voodoo Gold is an October slotter with a more Halloween feel. Set in the swamplands of Louisiana, the 6×4 grid offers wilds, scatters, and exploding bombs combined with a wager range of 0.20 to 100, a 96.10% RTP, and a max jackpot of 500,000. Voodoo Gold’s key feature is an avalanche which expands the grid to a whopping 6×8. This is significant because Voodoo Gold starts with over 4000 paylines and steadily increases to 262,144 paylines. Definitely helpful in expanding player edge as well.