The slot machine market is venturing into all sorts of new and exciting technological territory, with new slots being released on a day by day basis for the online and mobile market. So prominent is the world of “e-gaming”, that it is sometimes easy to forget that the slot machine was once limited to more confined playing spaces.
It has been barely a decade since punters had to go to brick and mortar settings – casino floors, betting shops, pubs – to get some spinning action. One company who can take credit for making that a reality is Atronic International, a large-scale manufacturer of casino equipment.
There is a lot of history and success behind this company, resulting in a story that includes the firm's acquisition by one of the gambling industry's most formidable software corporations. However, while that may have spelt the end for the Atronic name and brand, the games still live on in arcade gaming machines around the world.
In 2008, the Austrian company formerly known as Atronic International was taken over by the American company now know as GTECH. This effectively put an end to the brand name and identity, as all of the company's employees and game titles were transferred over to one of the world's largest and most successful provider of gambling software products. Just to put it in perspective, GTECH also owns the immensely popular IGT slot machine development studio as well as Spielo and Lottomatica, a company that is based in Italy.
Before being bought out by this worldwide gambling corporation, Atronic was a subsidiary company of the German based Gauselmann Group. This company has a rich history within the German betting market which stretches back as far as 1934, providing sports betting, online gaming and financial services to the Central European betting sector.
Unlike many of the software companies which we profile, Atronic makes its games primarily for the land-based gaming sector, allowing punters to get a truly hands-on spinning experience. These games are presented on the software studio's self-manufactured arcade machines, complete with dual screen capability and ergonomically designed player control panel.
One of the defining aspects of many Atronic games machines is there size. That is because, instead of going big and bold, the betting portals are relatively small in dimension as oppose to the many modern slot machines which loom over the player which huge screens and imposing branding panels. This may mean that the overall gambling experience comes with less “wow” factor, but it does make for more comfortable spins.
As a creator of slot machines for the land-based market, this software company has released a wide number of different game themes with vary designs and gameplay potential. Although, having said that, the company has tended to go down the safe and generic road to appeal to as many players as possible. After all, brick and mortar casinos don't have the luxury of hosting hundreds of different games with weird and wacky concepts to appeal to a niche set of punters.
So, from a brief look at the gaming machines that have been produced by Atronic, spinners will discover some familiar sounding titles. There is the Spinx video slot, for example, which offers 5 reels and 5 paylines that are filled with timelessly iconic symbols from the history and culture of Ancient Egypt. However, far from just being any ordinary video slot, this game presents the riches and prosperity of its time with many golden icons that spin in 3D motion whenever a win is hit.
What's more, this slot machine comes complete with a bit of bonus action, allowing punters to explore the inside of an Ancient Egyptian tomb to find some really lucrative loot. If players like what they see with that slot machine, then they can also check out the upgraded version, Sphinx Ultimate Edition Cleora.
Some of the other games that have been manufactured by Atronic include Pirate's Cove and Mystic Pearls, two games which take players on exciting spinning adventures under and over the seas. Both games have 5 paylines, but Pirate's Cove overs the most chances to find a winning symbol with 30 paylines to Mystic Pearl's 5. Even so, players of the latter will be able to enjoy a round of 15 free spins if they happen to find three scatter symbols in any position on the reels, meaning that there will be plenty of chances to unlock the game's ultimate jackpot prize.
And if you fancy playing something that is set of dry land, then you can enjoy the Princess of the Amazon slot machine, featuring up to 20 free games with a 2x multiplier, not to mention some truly beautiful spinning action that revolves around a magnificent Inca queen.
Not every slot machine in the Atronic portfolio is predictable in its theme. In fact, there are few games that offer up some design styles that are very rarely done in the world of gambling, but which are still sure to attract a good number of punters. Take Mighty Miner, for example, another 5-reel video slot that takes players deep underground to find some dazzling gems in a pick 'em style bonus side game. Players of Mighty Miner can also pick up some free spins with a special wild symbol that appears on the fourth reel of every bonus spin.
Perhaps one of the most famous and well-known slot machine created by Atronic is Big Easy 100, a video slot that gives spinners the chance to discover the magical music of New Orleans. This game is not only a pleasure to the senses – showing a wide variety of mouth-watering foods and intoxicating drinks from the deep South of America along with a smooth jazz soundtrack – but it is also a pleasure to play thanks to its 25 paylines, gamble feature, wild symbol and free spin-triggering scatter icon. Punters can also relax in the jazz clubs with a rewarding bonus side game.
The game development team at Atronic aren't afraid to take their ideas from elsewhere, which is evident from the fact that the company boasts a couple of title which make reference to Gaston Leroux's novel, The Phantom of the Opera.
It would also appear that the company is keen to appeal to the masses through contemporary popular culture. That is because the studio has been responsible for a number of games which are branded after the popular TV game show, Deal or No Deal. This means that players can get stuck into some spinning gameplay with special bonus features which incorporate elements from the game show. What's more, Deal or No Deal games by Atronic feature progressive jackpots to make for some huge winning potential.
This company's gaming units are first and foremost intended for terra firma, but players are sure to scout out a couple of games online and on mobile devices. That is because there are a couple of games that have been attributed to the firm which are now advertised under the IGT software name.
One such game is The Big Easy 100, which tends to pop up from time to time at online casinos which host slot machines by IGT. Another game that began its life under the Atronic brand is Treasures of the Pyramids, an immensely popular game that is easily found at many casino websites on the internet.
Atronic International may no longer exist as a software company in its own right, but the games continue to live on under the internationally acclaimed technology firm GTECH.
As such, players will still be able to discover some interesting slot machines with interesting themes and rewarding bonus games whether they are in a brick and mortar betting environment or playing online with their desktop computer.