In Hindu religion, Ganapati is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon, easily recognizable by his elephant head. More recently, it was chosen as a name for an international game studio. Founded in 2013 by a group of entrepreneurs from across the globe, the company has now multiple offices and development locations in the UK, Japan, USA, Malta, Estonia, Taiwan and last but not the least Curacao
Ganapati work with a strong team of professionals that bring a fresh and distinctive touch to the world of online slot games. They utilise the vast expertise of their global network with a mixed background ranging from music to animation and combine it with Japanese design and cutting-edge technology to supply the iGaming industry with compelling games. In essence, the usual slot games are getting a Japanese-style makeover, leading to a portfolio that is dominated by Asian themes, personas and culture.
The game studio made its first inroads as a smartphone app developer, producing content for social gaming and entertainment companies. Four years after their foundation, they decided to enter the real-money gaming market by initially transitioning some of their social media casino games to online slots. As expected, the designs lean heavily towards Japanese themes such as anime, sushi, samurai and ninjas. A global push saw them opening development offices across the globe to cater for the regional regulated markets. Appropriate licenses ensured they have the access to those markets.
A whole array of nominations and awards in 2017 and 2018 are proof of their hard work and include the award for Game Innovation of the Year at the 5 Star iGaming Media Starlet Awards in 2018 as well as various nominations for EGR B2B Awards in both years. This was followed-up with a range of online casinos adding Ganapati slots to their portfolio where Videoslots, Lucky Niki, Bethard and playOJO were seen leading the pack.
Expect a lot of action and features on Ganapati, which is very much in line with the Japanese passion for thrilling games. The themes range from anime to sumo ringers and fireworks. Some of their most popular games include Pikotaro’s Pineapple Pen, Sushicade, She Ninja Suzu and Wild Sumo.
Pikotaro’s Pineapple Pen is a 5×4 slot with 40 pay lines and bet sizes starting at 0.40 credits. Based on a YouTube hit from Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka that has amassed over 170 million hits. Landing wild symbols starts the respin feature with the aim to collect a pen, a pineapple, an apple and another pen symbol in the adjacent column. A pick-and-click bonus game is triggered once all four are collected in a respin sequence where players are awarded coin wins. Minimum three scatters will trigger the free spins where more wild symbols are added to the reels to provide more potential to complete the symbol collection and trigger the bonus game.