Germans have a bit of a reputation for creating things that, well, just work. Think of all of the efficient car engines and ruthlessly good football teams to have come out of the European country in the past few decades.
Now, it would seem that the German knack for technology and engineering has permeated into the e-gaming sector as we have discovered after looking at the work of Bally Wulff – a Berlin based company which leads the way in developing, making and selling gaming machines to the German market.
The company isn't settled on creating arcade gaming machines however, because it also has stakes in other endeavours related to the leisure sector at large. Most notably, the firm has expanded its brand to become a household name within the fitness equipment market as well as the venue management industry.
However, far from forgetting its roots, the company is also looking to expand its reach by transporting its games online to tap into a whole new sphere of gambling entertainment.
If you were to trace the history of Bally Wulff, then you would have to go all the way back to 1950 when the company was first established itself as a small scale manufacturer of gaming and entertainment machines. However, it was not until 1972 when the original Günter Wulff company was bought out by Bally Manufacturing Company – an American company with an ambition to create its own worldwide distribution network.
After that, the company went on to achieve many impressive milestones such as the sale of 10,000 Rototron game machine units, the first ever production of a laser beam games for SEGA and the introduction of “Magic Jackpot” - the first ever jackpot system to appear in the German betting market.
More recently, the company has undergone another change of ownership and, as of 2007, Bally Wulff belongs to the SCHMIDT Group - one of Germany's largest suppliers of products in the IT services, fitness and real estate sectors. What's more, the company has been bolstered by expansion outside of the German market after moving into the Italian and Spanish gambling sectors.
One of the most endearing aspects of this game-maker is that is aims to put forward a very personable style of business. So, even though it may be a German corporation that makes efficient machines, there is still a human side to the company. This is embodied no better than in the Bally Wulff Capital Club, a programme that organises intra-industry get-togethers and seminars to allow an exchange between the company with other companies and customers. Therefore, everyone involved can do a better job at making sure gamblers get the best entertainment product possible.
Not content to just create entertainment products for gamblers, Bally Wulff has set itself on a mission to ensure that people of all ages and from all walks of life can enjoy themselves. This is no more evident than from the invaluable work achieved by the Bally Wulff Foundation which supports children and young people from the Neukölln neighbourhood of Berlin where the firm is headquartered. The work done by the charity includes providing foosball tables, bicycles and laptops to under-funded social clubs and schools in the district.
Before we get stuck into the slot machines themselves, we'd better give you a brief overview of the game machines that this software manufacturer has to offer. Because, after all, this company is first and foremost a maker land-based games. In terms of hardware, the firm has developed a wide range of game portals to fit every possible specification requirement of the casino and player alike.
There are widescreen slanted machines with additional top screens, slim-line game machines, and wall mounted widescreen machines with a multi-screen set up. As for the software, each physical game machine can be programmed to feature a variety of games packages, each of which contains different game catalogues with special gameplay capabilities such as quick spin and auto start features.
Even though Bally Wulff are proud to be one of the leading manufacturer of game machines for brick and mortar gaming halls and catering establishments, they recognise the need to adapt their services to demands of a changing market. That is why the company has recently rolled out a range of slot machine titles at some very respectable online casinos.
In fact, most recently, the company announced that it would be distributing its games across the SkillOnNet Casino network, which includes some top regulated gambling websites such as Casino Red Kings, EU Casino and SlotsMagic.
All of those casinos are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission as well as the Malta Gaming Authority, meaning that they have a wide international reach. However, there a some casino websites where you will find Bally Wulff games which have a more German focus, such as DrueckGlueck, Stake7 and Blue Lions Casino.
As for the games themselves, players will be able to enjoy a small yet varied offering of themed video slots and classically inclined 5-reel games. Those retro style games include titles like Fruit Mania, Fancy Fruits and Sticky Diamonds and they range from straightforward 5-payline slots with no bonus features to 10 payline games with free spins and wild symbols which hold in place for more frequent winning potential.
Then there is Explodiac, a 5-reel game with 10 paylines and a cocktail of fruit symbols such as cherries, lemons, plums, oranges, grapes and watermelons. The most exciting thing about this game however is the fact that it features an exploding bomb icon that will turn up to 9 adjacent reel positions into wild icons.
As for the video slots, spinners can expect to find all of the usual suspects when it comes down to the themes with games which explore fantasy and magic as well as history. There are some novelty slot games such as Magic Book and Crystal Ball, both of which incorporate elements of the mystical world with wizards, spells, enchantments and a few magical bonus features too.
The historical epochs visited by Bally Wulff include Ancient Rome in Roman Legion, Medieval Arabia in 40 Thieves, and Hellenistic Egypt in Ramses Book. Each of these slot machines will transport players across the world and back in time with some detailed design work as well as using exotic music and sound effects. Plus, the games come with some conventional, yet potentially rewarding bonus features such as wilds and free spins.
All of the games offered by Bally Wulff throw up plenty of winning opportunities, whether that comes in the form of straight up vintage spinning action or novelty bonus rewards. However, players can take matters into their own hands when it comes to the size of their winning prizes thanks the standard gamble games that appear in each slot machine.
There are two gamble games to choose from: a 50/50 card based gamble which will double your wins and a unique prize ladder which allows punters to increase their winnings without losing it all if the gamble doesn't pay off.
Bally Wulff is a software company that boasts an outstanding level of experience in the entertainment business. Throughout the company's five decade long history in the industry they have dabbled in all sorts of ventures, from fitness machines to laser based gaming technologies. They've even given something back to the community with a charity campaign.
However, the primary focus has always been on creating bespoke gaming units for players to unwind with, and hopefully win some money on. Now, those games are slowly but surely making the transition from land-based markets to the internet gaming sphere, meaning that players all over the world can start to enjoy what this game-studio has to offer.