In years gone by August used to be a very quiet month for new slot releases, simply because many of the major studios are headquartered in Scandinavian countries where August is the main holiday period for the entire region. Not anymore as the unprecedented growth in online gaming requires a constant stream of new games hitting the casino lobbies to feed the insatiable hunger of players who are looking for entertaining slotting sessions.
Hence, it comes as no surprise that we have approximately 100 new slots to look forward in the next four weeks. Although a good part of the creations are hardly worth mentioning as they are pretty mediocre, it still makes it rather tough to single out just a handful that stands out from the crowd for their interesting pay mechanics, suspenseful features with unseen twists or maybe just outstanding graphics and animations.
Lately, the Swedish powerhouse has cranked up the volume of titles per month to mostly three to four, quite an increase from just a few years ago. Their first release for August is taking us to Camelot Castle for yet another reenactment of the Arthurian legend. And it is bound to be a highly volatile reel adventure in a 5×3 format with 20 pay lines and a win potential of 10,000 times your bet.
King Arthur, Lancelot, Lady Guinevere and Merlin are your reel hosts for your visit to Camelot Castle where everything will evolve around wild multipliers of up to x100, and that in the base game and free spins. Beautifully designed with an authentic medieval castle chamber in the background, you will be looking out for the Holy Grail to make an appearance in a winning combo. In the base game, it can randomly activate the multiplier ladder on top of the reels, at which point the suspense will heat up as to whether it will advance to the maximum x100 wild multiplier. A full pay line with five wilds would pay a massive 5,000x your bet.
It becomes even more suspenseful when you hit at least three Sword scatters in one spin which will trigger the multi-level bonus round. The game will award an initial five free spins with an x2 wild multiplier during which you will need to collect sufficient scatters to advance to the next stage where the multipliers will increase successively to x5, x10 and ultimately to x100. Each stage will have five free spins, for a maximum of 20 free spins. Once on level four, hold your breath and hope the multiplier wild will turn up in a winning combo as it will almost guarantee a mega win.
You thought that barbaric Vikings and serene Polynesian culture could not possibly go together? Think again as on Tiki Vikings they are seen on their return from a Hawaiian holiday, fittingly dressed in floral shirts wearing flip-flops and sandals. JFTW created a hilarious fusion slot in a 5×3 format with 20 pay lines and a leisurely win potential of just 300x bet in a single spin.
Unfortunately, while JFTW created a visual spectacle, they lost the momentum when it came to the math model and features for the slot. Well, technically there are no features such as free spins or a bonus game other than two spin mechanics that will jump into action when you hit a win with one of the Vikings or the slot logo.
The Symbol Lock Respin will hold the winning symbols while all other positions spin again. Landing more matching symbols will award another respin until you either fill the screen or no new symbols land. It gets a little more interesting when you manage multiple respins in a row as each will light up a section of the tiki pole on the left. Fill up the pole and the locked symbol is upgraded to the next higher-paying symbol, up to the slot logo. A full screen will pay a rather mediocre 300 times your bet. However, the slot is fun to play, hence why we decided to feature it in this newsletter.
All game providers grace us once in a while with a classic 3-reel slot, some even make an entire series which indicates that there are still many old-school players or maybe even new fans of the early format of simple slot machines. Pragmatic Play is bringing us an Asian take on a classic 3×3 reeler with 9 pay lines and a win potential of up to 888 times your bet.
There is little to report as the slot has no features and only a range of multipliers that will make it possible to hit the maximum win on this slot. Other then that prepare for fast-paced reel action with medium to high volatility.
The gang of outlaws is back, meaner and bolder than ever. Quickspin implemented some new features and turned up the volatility on the sequel to the original Sticky Bandits slot. Join the three protagonists as they ransack the town saloon on a 5×4 reel set with 40 pay lines and a win potential of up to 1,145 times your bet.
Prepare for some spectacular animations when the three bandits appear as 2×2 or 3×3 mega symbols to provide explosive win potential. They will turn sticky in the Lucky Shot Free Spins when they are hit by your shot. And that’s not all yet as Quickspin added an in-game feature in the base game called Quick Slot Bonus. Hit a slot machine symbol on reel five to activate an old-type fruit machine with cherries, bars, horseshoes and 7s where you can win up to 500 times your bet.
At this point, we have to correct the announcement from our last newsletter as it stated the wrong release date for the latest Megaways slot from Big Time Gaming. We received confirmation that Kingmaker Megaways will be launched exclusively at Casumo on 14th August 2019 and will go global on 28th August 2019.
That’s it for the first half of August 2019. Make sure to get a good data plan if you are heading to a sunny holiday destination as you might want to give these and other new games a spin on your mobile while sitting at the pool bar and sipping a cocktail. Come back later in the month as we will present then the highlights for the second part of August.
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