Time is flying and half of August is already in the past. For some reason, it feels like the clock is ticking faster during this period, although that might be due to our wishful thinking that the holidays should never end. What is indeed neverending though, is the constant stream of new slots. We have over 100 new titles for August and all are vying for a spot in the casino lobbies and players’ favourites list. The second half of August is rather dominated by new Megaways slots featuring the immensely popular game engine from Big Time Gaming that some consider a revolution in slot playing.
The Sydney-based developer seems to be on a mission for maximum impact after having just wrapped up their rebranding from Chance Interactive to ReelPlay. With new but experienced people at the helm, they are now releasing their first-ever Megaways slot. To start their journey with a bang they could not have chosen a better name than Hypernova, which is an immensely luminous stellar explosion that takes weeks or even months to fade into the infinity of deep space. The slot is currently exclusive at LeoVegas Casino but will go global at the end of the month.
The slot is built on the Megaways engine under licence from fellow Australian game studio Big Time Gaming and comes with six reels, up to 117,649 ways and a win potential of up to 8640 times your bet. Hypernova Megaways does not have your standard free spins round but four fixed jackpots that can be won in the Jackpot Respins feature. Land minimum six Hypernova scatters to trigger an initial three respins. All scatters landing will be locked in place and the counter reset to three. In the end, all money values and hit jackpots are added and paid. Up to 6,250x bet can be won.
If you are a fan of classic slot machines with a modern twist, then this is one game for you. Part of the Classic Series from this developer and built on a typical 3×3 game engine, it surprises with an unusual 17 pay lines. And there is more as Locked Reel Respins, Wild Win symbols and a free spins feature can lead to wins of up to 5,000 times your bet.
Lock Reel Respins are triggered when you land matching symbols on reel one and three. You’ll get three respins to land the missing symbol or a wild. Win symbols on the outer reels will activate a win multiplier of up to x10, providing the change to score up to 500x bet in a single spin. Hit three scatters to trigger the free spins with multipliers rising up to x10.
This slot is the perfect example of how a developer can keep a successful game title alive. It all started in 2012 with the original Luck O’ The Irish with 10 pay lines, followed by Luck O’ The Irish Fortune Spins in 2015 which increased the number of game windows to four in the bonus feature but still had only the 10 pay lines. While the original has all but disappeared into the abyss of forgotten online slots, the Fortune Spins version still ranks reasonably well on the playing lists, especially in the United Kingdom. It looks like that was enough reason for the developer to give it the Megaways treatment.
The game offers five reels and up to 16,807 ways to win with the entire focus on the Mystery symbols. All landing in view will reveal a common pay symbol. You can activate the Fortune Spins for a one-time bet of 20x your stake to play one spin on four game windows. All Mystery symbols landing will be cloned to all screens giving you ample chances to hit mega wins of up to 10,000x your bet.
Will you crack the code on your reel heist? There are eight safes waiting to be opened on this slot to reveal up to 20 free spins with unlimited multipliers. Throw in dynamic reels and mystery symbols and you could be making your getaway with loot worth up to 10,000 times your stake.
The slot offers standard Megaways action on six reels and up to 117,649 ways with Mystery symbols and a free spins round. Any Mystery symbols landing in view will reveal a common pay symbol. After triggering the bonus feature, the game leads to a second screen with eight safes. You can make one pick to win up to 20 free spins. During the feature, the progressive win multiplier will increase by x1 for each winning reaction.
The local game studio from Wolverhampton, UK, hardly known beyond the borders, is making heavy use of the newly acquired Megaways licence. After Magic Merlin Megaways, this is their second creation in as many months. Exclusively released at William Hill for a limited time before it goes global, it features the trademarked Electrocoin, Bar and OXO symbols for solid Megaways action that strongly resembles the mother of all Megaways slots, Bonanza. Question is only whether Blueprint or Storm GT had the idea for the slot first. That the founder of Storm GT is an ex-Blueprint executive might be one reason why they use the same theme and names.
With six reels and up to 117,649 ways, there are ample chances to score mega wins at any time, however, the main action will come from the free spins feature, which is triggered by landing four or more Mega Spins scatters. With an initial 10 free spins and unlimited retriggers, it will see the progressive win multiplier increase by x1 for each winning reaction. Max win potential peaks at 10,000 times your bet.
If you enjoyed the originally released in2018, Pirates’ Plenty: The Sunken Treasure, you will love the sequel. It kept the charm and suspenseful gameplay but comes with a different reel set, new features and high volatility. So set sail to open the hidden Wild Island row and increase the number of pay lines and your chances to score a win. Then prepare for battle in the free spins with intense cannon fire and a win potential of up to 5,000 times your bet.
The high sea can be treacherous at times but coming to your aid will be the Wild Monkey who can appear randomly on any spin in the base game. He will steal all low-paying symbols in view, allowing for new premium symbols to fall into place. Collecting map symbols in the base game will advance the ship on the map, unlocking the Wild Island Row once enough have been accumulated. At this point, the game adds multiplier wilds to all reels.
Get ready for an intense cannon fight in the Battle Spins as two ships manoeuvre into position. Land the bomb symbol to see the cannons fire to award extra spins or sticky standard and multiplier wilds. Captain Blackbeard might throw a bomb on to the reels too, awarding more sticky wilds.
And one more Megaways slot. After their attempt with the game engine on Flower Fortunes Megaways that features a highly unusual yet entertaining reel and play mechanic, Fantasma Games is whisking us to a lush oasis in the midst of a vast desert. A mysterious tent magically appears on moonless nights where a mystical medallion will grant three features for wins of up to 10,000 times your bet.
No doubt, the design team at Fantasma Games is not only highly creative and but also bold enough to come up with new feature instead of copying the tried and tested. Three feature stones at the bottom of the game window can be randomly activated or deactivated when the Medallion appears. It will spin once and grant Expanding Wilds with a random multiplier, Voice Respins with symbol removal and progressive multiplier and a free spins round with both of the former features active.
Well, that’s about it for August 2019. Other new games worth mentioning might be also Dork the Dragon Slayer and Gods Of Olympus Megaways from Blueprint Gaming as well as John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen from Pragmatic Play, all due for release on 25th August 2019. NetEnt will grace us with Butterfly Staxx 2 on 26th August 2019 while Microgaming will release The Incredible Balloon Machine on 29th August 2019.
Good luck and check back as we will take a closer look at the September releases in due time!
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