Thursday, December 8, 2022
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Blue Guru, Armadillo & Wizard Games: on the spin

The CasinoBeats team have filtered through an abundance of slot titles that have hit our inbox in this past week to showcase some of our favourite picks. Switch off from the never-ending political problems as we guide you through Blue Guru Games’ frightening foray, Relax Gaming’s literary pig party, Armadillo Studios’ Asian celebration and much more. 

Blue Guru Games – Spring Heeled Jack

Take a terrifying trip back to Victorian England with Blue Guru Games’ serial killer slot title. As a 5×3 reel slot, this game offers players up to 243 ways to win as they evade a murderer’s deathly grasp with high volatility and an RTP of 95.99 per cent. 

Kristian Hassall, Commercial Manager at Blue Guru, stated: “We love the stories about Spring Heeled Jack and it’s perfect for a game. It’s a really atmospheric slot with some great features that really carry the narrative while delivering a really-exciting level of volatility.”

Mystery mist symbols can drop into play, filling out entire reels. These mystery symbols will transform to match the symbols on the reel preceding them, including scatters. Tower clock scatters are also available. Landing three, four of five of these scatters will award 10, 12 or 15 free spins respectively. 

During the free spins, up to three mystery symbol stacks can be added to reels two, three and four to turn into symbols that are present on the reels and increase the win potential of the free turns. 

Simon Hammon, Chief Product Officer at Relax Gaming, added: “Spring Heeled Jack is the perfect addition to our game library, offering an exciting narrative and highly engaging special features. In the face of endless options, creativity is the key to a truly successful slot game. 

“Blue Guru Games always brings that extra something special, and they hit the ball out of the park once again with this latest release.”

In the base game, symbols can appear with multipliers of x2, x3 or x5, applying it to any payouts that are formed using that symbol. If two symbols are part of a winning combination with separate multiplier values then these values will multiply together to enhance the payout. 

Relax Gaming – The Great Pigsby Megaways

Relax Gaming has orchestrated the return of its oinking literary legend with a megaways twist in its latest slot release. This game uses high volatility and an RTP of 96.08 per cent to offer players a maximum win of up to x20,000 their stake on a 5×3 reel set with 117,649 ways to win. 

Simon Hammon, CEO of Relax Gaming, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome The Great Pigsby back to our screens! He continues to be a fan favourite and we’re confident players will enjoy this release thanks to the impressive Megaways mechanic and lucrative bonus features.

“We always strive to give players exactly what they want, and I believe The Great Pigsby’s return showcases exactly that. We can’t wait to see what players think of this latest iteration of Pigsby.”

Each wild that lands on the reels is attributed to a piggy bank at the top of the reels. When this piggy bank fills up, it has the chance of triggering one of three features. Each wild lands with a displayed value that shows how many wilds will be attributed to this piggy bank.

One feature is the Pigsby respin, which gives one free spin while placing guaranteed high-paying Pigsby symbols on the board. Wild respin is also available, awarding a free spin with two to five reels becoming wild to increase the win potential.

Free spins can also be awarded, starting with 10 initial spins. A scatter is introduced in these free spins, giving two additional free spins when they land on the board. Landing scatters also causes one of the low-paying card royals to deactivate on the subsequent spins, making way for higher-paying symbols. 

Armadillo Studios – Fortune Dragon Queen Exotic Wilds

Armadillo Studios’ latest release implements combining wilds to offer players a chance to win a grand jackpot prize of x1,000. With 5×3 reels, this title has 243 ways to win as dragon wilds and queen wilds come together in a medium volatility slot with an RTP between 88 and 96 per cent. 

David Stoveld, COO of Armadillo Studios, stated: “Fortune Dragon Queen Exotic Wilds is a jack-of-all-trades, with amazing graphics and sound, great math, and the free spins flexibility makes for engaging and exciting gameplay, all of these on top of a beautiful Asian theme.”

The queen wild can offer a multiplier between x3 and x7, whereas the dragon can offer between x2 and x5. If both a dragon and woman wild land on the same reels, then they will combine when expanding and offer a multiplier value between x5 and x50. 

When three or more free spins symbols land on the reels, players are presented with the choice of three game modes with varying volatility levels. The first option is multiplier boost, which has a medium volatility. 

In this game mode, players are awarded 12 free spins as a special arrow symbol is introduced. Landing this arrow symbol will award an additional free spin while increasing the multiplier values of the wilds by a value of one to three. 

The next option is extra exotic, which offers 10 free spins with a high volatility. During this feature, chinese fans and dragon eggs symbols are introduced. Fan symbols that drop into play will be attributed to a meter above the reels and landing a certain amount will cause medium value symbols to turn into queen wilds. 

Once enough medium value symbols have been upgraded to wilds, players can land further fan symbols to cause higher-paying symbols to upgrade to queen wilds. Landing dragon egg symbols will do the same but symbols upgrade to dragon wilds instead. Another three scatters landing on the reels will award an additional 10 spins. 

The final option is extreme XXX, with a very high volatility level. This game mode offers eight free spins as the wild multipliers increase significantly in value, with dragon wilds offering between x10 and x50, queen wilds providing between x10 and x100 and dragon queen combined wilds giving between x100 and x500. 

Wizard Games – Awww, So Cute!

While the market has seen a plethora of Halloween titles, Wizard Games has gone against the grain to comfort players with a collection of cute kittens. Using a medium-low volatility and an RTP of 96.45 per cent, this game is played on a 5×3 reel set with 25-paylines and offers players enhanced payouts through a pick and click game mode. 

Joey Hurtado, Managing Director at Wizard Games, said: “We are big fans of all things cute here at Wizard Games and this new release has a cute-o-meter rating that is off the scale. As well as offering a thoroughly cuddly experience through its immaculate presentation, this game has a feature set that provides plenty of excitement.

“We believe it is a title that will appeal to players in markets worldwide, as we continue to roll out new styles of games that appeal to a wide demographic.”

The scatter is represented by a text symbol depicting the title of the game, Aww, So Cute! Landing three, four or five scatters awards seven, 10 or 15 free spins respectively. Before playing out the free spins, the pick and click game mode is activated. 

With pick and click, players are presented with fifteen kennels to choose from, with hidden bonuses behind them. Up to 14 bonuses are available, as one of the cells holds a sad kitten behind it that triggers the end of the feature and takes players to the free spins feature. 

Bonuses on offer include plus one, two or three free spins symbols. These additional free spins are only added to the overall total if a tuna can symbol is also revealed afterwards. These tuna can symbols collect all plus free spins symbols on the board and implement them to the total. 

Multiplier value kittens can also be revealed, adding themselves to a multiplier value at the top of the reels. This multiplier value then attributes itself to random wilds that are guaranteed to drop at some point in the free spins. These symbols do not need a tuna can to be collected. 

Stakelogic – Devil’s Trap

Bringing us back to the spooky season theme is Stakelogic’s latest release that uses nudging wilds and bonus reels to enhance a 5×3 reel set with 20-paylines. This game has a medium-high volatility with an RTP of 96.26 per cent. 

Olga Bajela, CCO at Stakelogic, commented: “Devil’s Trap is not a game for the faint-hearted and promises players the fright of their lives as well as lots of big win potential for those brave enough to spin its spooky reels.

“This is the perfect slot for operators looking to mark the Halloween season but be warned, players may never be the same again after experiencing the terrors of the Devil’s Trap.”

When activated, the bonus reel sits over reels one and two. This bonus reel then spins to reveal one of many different prizes to be awarded to the player. 

Prizes available on the bonus reel include instant wins of x2, x5, x10, x20, x50, x100 or x200. Players can also win a respin where between three and 10 random wilds are placed on the board. 

Furthermore, players can also be awarded 10, 15 or 20 free spins from the bonus reel. Scatters can appear during the free spins to award another bonus reel feature. 

During the free spins, a multiplier reel to the side of the board selects a new value to multiply any wins from each free turn. This multiplier value ranges from no multiplier to x100 the player’s stake. 

Nudging wilds can also appear in the free spins, appearing in stacks of two or three symbols. These wilds nudge down to cover the entire reel that they land on. 

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