Many slots players are yet to hear about 1x2. They have a small and growing range of 5 reel video slot games which you can play in your browser window. The company behind these titles was formed back in 2003, and is based in Brighton in the UK. Their main specialism is virtual sports games. These allow you to bet on the outcome of virtual football matches and other instant-win and fixed-odds type gambling. After creating Flash and HTML5 based casino games, slots were a natural next step for this company.
1x2 slots are not the most complex games, in terms of fancy break out bonuses or innovations. Instead they rely on a good dose of humour, and solid lower-variance game play. The fact that browser games can be licensed to big online casinos as an addition to the old download casino games is bound to increase the reach of these games.
In terms of slot play, there really are no innovations above and beyond what is already out there from other software houses. Instead of cascading wins, expanding wilds and multiple break-out bonuses, you’ll get a free spins round and sometimes a pick-em feature.
Think solid slots rather than big innovations.
If there is one thing which spans most of the range, it is a sense of humour built into the game. This is most obvious in the ‘Star Bars’ slot, which is very deliberately ‘not’ about Star Wars in any way. The Irish themed ‘The Craic’ also has a funny take on the luck of the Irish theme. In this case it is tied in with river-dancing potatoes.
Other hallmarks would really concern the absence of things like Jackpots and fancy on-reel behaviour. These are definitely slots which will appeal to those who like solid games that don’t interrupt you every few minutes.
There are a few slots which rule themselves out for me, being very basic games with plain graphics. The ones I have chosen all combine the simple game-play with a big dose of humour; this leaves a fair few to choose from – though the 3 below really stand out for me.
#1 Piggy Bank: Pig bank robbers, pig police and a piggy bank to fill up with the loot – this game is all about the pigs. Again, a simple slot (only a free spins feature to keep you entertained), however one that immediately puts a smile on your face, thanks to the amusing graphics. This slot would make a great introduction to the kind of thing which 1x2 is capable of producing.
#2 Star Bars: The funny thing about this slot is how hard it tries to deny being based on Star Wars, while so obviously being based on this. Symbols are ‘not Darth Vader’, ‘not Luke Skywalker’ and so on. The game even starts with a ‘galaxy far far away’ scrolling text message. Instead of a free spins bonus game, this slot has a pick-em bonus round. This is based on the characters from a film (obviously not Star wars) dancing at a colourful disco.
#3 The Craic: Slots themed on Ireland and the traditional lucky symbols like Leprechauns and 4-leaf clovers are nothing new. This crazy slot has a brand new take on the concept, and has genuinely funny game-play and visuals. River dance potatoes and a blind Leprechaun who breaks pictures with his stick are just two of the ‘treats’ which await you when you play this game.
This company has been around since 2003, and is based in the tech-park in the UK’s Brighton known as ‘silicon beach’. They produce a lot of different games, with virtual sports being the stand-out product. Instant-win games are another area that 1x2 specialize in, with casino games also offered. While this company is not as well-known as rivals like PlayTech or MicroGaming – they already have licensing deals with some household name casinos to carry their slots and virtual sports products.
You would not necessarily choose 1x2 slots for the latest innovations, fancy graphics or big money bonus rounds. Instead, the emphasis is very much on entertainment. It can be hard to successfully pull off humour in an online slot (aside from those based on TV or movies). Somehow the quirky and light-hearted themes work just fine for 1x2, and keep you smiling while you enjoy their games.
With the virtual sports already ahead of the slots in terms of design and function, it will be interesting to see whether 1x2 put more resources and focus into their slot titles. In the meantime, Star Bars and ‘The Craic’ will give you a great introduction as to what kind of thing you can expect.