It has been an exciting year in the world of video slots. Here we look back at some titles and trends that made news in 2017 and remain worth playing in 2018.
So what’s happened in this past year? As expected, graphics have become even slicker and smoother – now that we can more or less take fast internet connections for granted, it’s time that developers go wild and deliver the best multi-media experience they can. But it’s not just about the graphics – we’re also seeing some imaginative, achievement-based bonus games with new scenes that break up the base game with multipliers and free spins are also becoming a standard.
And it also looks like slot series are gaining popularity. In addition to the launch of a couple of highly anticipated slot sequels, Playtech’s Age of the Gods slot series has taken the gaming world by storm.
Virtual Reality is something developers have been working on for a while under wraps. In February, NetEnt showcased a demo of Gonzo’s Quest VR at the ICE convention. While VR slots haven’t taken off at a large scale in 2017, we are expecting more on this front in 2018 as the technology becomes more affordable.
Without further ado, here the Top 7 Slots of 2017!
1 – Age of the Gods – God of Storms
Greek mythology is the theme of this 5-reel, 25-payline video slot and various mythical deities take their places as symbols on the reels. It’s rich in bonus features, with a progressive jackpot that often surpasses the million mark, this title has become a player favourite. Age of the Gods is actually a series from Playtech – other games from the series include Age of the Gods – Furious Four, and Age of the Gods – King of Olympus.
2 – Jurassic World
No list would be complete without Microgaming’s Jurassic World. A much anticipated to the Jurassic Park movie and slot, Jurassic World features plenty of wilds and scatters. Although not a progressive game, this 243 ways-to-win slot has drew in a record-breaking audience for Microgaming.
3 – Sakura Fortune
Sakura Fortune, the most popular Quickspin title launch in 2017, is a 5-reel, 40-line video slot celebrating a princess in Japan who takes on a bunch of evil emperors. This slot was the first to feature the studio’s Achievements Engine, which gives players a selection of games and tasks to earn tokens and gain access to bonus features.
4 – Wild Toro
It seems that slots with a high number of paylines are becoming a thing. Wild Toro by Elk Gaming is a 5 reel, 178 payline game, with a bullfighting theme, as you might guess. A charming Matador and expanding wilds are signature to this slot. It’s spiked with 3 bonus games and players can win up to 2,250x their bet.
5 – Time is Money
It’s about time! The theme of this Realistic Games title is that timing is everything, so you better well measure it. This 5-reel, 20-line slot features artistic renderings of watches, clocks and other timepieces. Even though it’s not a progressive with potential prizes in the millions, lucky players can take home a hefty 250x jackpot in this attractive, feature-rich game.
6 – Castle Builder II
Rabcat released Castle Builder 2 the sequel to its popular Castle Builder in Summer 2017. It’s a refined version of the original game, featuring medieval construction as a theme. In this 5 reel, 15 payline slot, your mission is to build the most valuable castle for the princess by using the most expensive materials. If you do, and find her a worthy spouse, you will get rewarded in gold beyond measure.
7 – Gonzo’s Quest VR
Not everyone will be ready for this, but this is the future. Virtual Reality headsets are all the rage, and NetEnt chose its wildly popular Gonzo’s Quest for its latest three-dimensional adaption for the world of wearables. Immerse yourself in a lush colourful jungle as you join a Spanish conquistador and a chatty parrot in search of gold in the lost city of El Dorado. Spinning reels will never feel the same again. Definitely more of this in the year to come!
So there you have it. 2017 was a great year for slots. As slot gaming catches up with modern technology we are seeing big changes in graphics, in-game play and indeed how we play.
2018 should bring even more great titles and we should see an increase in the amount of VR based slots.
I am already looking forward to doing a round-up at the end of the 2018