Based and operated from Derby in the Midlands of the UK, Games Warehouse is a software development company which makes games primarily for a core UK customer base. The company specialises in creating land based entertainment machines for pubs and bars, keeping punters happy in brick and mortar establishments up and down the UK with a SWP (skill with prize) games machine called Paragon. But in-keeping with the demands of an ever changing industry, this company also provides game content for online and mobile markets to an impressive range of casino operators and platform providers, including a small selection of slot machines.
Games Warehouse was founded in 2002 in Derby and it has quickly shot to success, becoming on of the UK's major players in the pay-to-play gaming market. As a matter of fact, it only took this game manufacturing company five years before it reached the milestone of selling 10,000 of its Paragon game terminals. That is quite an impressive feat for a company which has little more than 30 people working behind the scenes – a small number compared to some of the development companies in the trade.
Of course, size isn't everything in the software industry, and often you will find that the small-knit outfits are perfectly adept at creating innovative slot machines with a truly idiosyncratic edge. That said, Games Warehouse is poised to provide its products on the global stage since it is part of the Philadelphia based AMI Entertainment Network which provides music and interactive TV solutions for bars and restaurants.
If you've ever stepped foot in a British pub or bar, then the chances are that you've played on a Paragon game machine as developed and supplied by Games Warehouse. There are more than 10,000 of these units installed across the UK, providing great entertainment to pub-goers with low-stakes and moderate cash prizes. But the great thing about these games is the fact that your fate is in your own hands since prizes reward the skill and knowledge of the players through a variety of trivia based games. Another bonus for players and pub landlords alike is that these games don't need a gambling license to be operated since they revolve entirely around the skill of the player rather than the element of chance.
Even if you haven't had a cheeky punt on one of these land based quiz machines, you will no doubt be familiar with some of the games in question. That is because many of the SWP games which Paragon offers are branded after popular television game shows such as Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Pointless, all of which belong to the Endemol TV production company. Games Warehouse also has a partnership with BBC Worldwide, allowing it to use the Match of the Day brand to create some football based quiz action.
A variety of games on the Paragon platform have top jackpot prizes capped at £50 for a typical pay-in of 50p.
Of course, it is great to be rewarded for your skill and knowledge but nothing quite beats the thrill of placing your stakes in the hands of lady luck and having a spin or two on a slot machine. Luckily for you slot machine fans, Games Warehouse also develop a range of luck based games which are available to play on land based game machines as well as on desktop computers and mobile devices.
Naturally, placing the outcome of a player's betting investment on random chance requires the game maker to provide some sort of reassurance when it comes to fairness and legal matters. Thankfully, this is all taken care of due to the fact that Games Warehouse is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission – two formidable legal authorities which will protect the interest of players based in the UK and abroad.
And just to add that extra level of reassurance, the company has also be tested for fairness and verified by NMi Metrology & Gaming limited while also working closely with responsible gambling organisations such as GamCare and GambleAware.
When it comes to the games themselves, punters can expect to find a limited selection of 5-reel slot machines which are available to be played online and on mobile devices. The general gist of these slots is centred on big bonus action to bring a “leftfield” approach to a mixture of generic themes as well as some less tried and tested game genres.
Starting with the themes that lean towards the tried and tested classification, spinners will come across titles such as Gold Strike and Egyptian Gold. The former of these games follows the exploits of a happy go lucky gold prospector and his trusty mule as they search for gold in the cut-throat world of Wild West America while the latter is yet another slot machine based on the mystic ruins of Ancient Egyptian pyramids. Both of these games don't boast any particularly amazing graphics, but they offer some exciting bonus features. Gold Strike, for example, will lock winning symbols into place and then spin the remaining reels for free, giving players some very golden prospects. And that's not to mention that fact that the game has a 3-level bonus feature and a gamble feature that offers wins up to £300,000 smackers.
There are also some big bonus prizes to be won on the TV game-show themed slot machine, Spinner Takes All. This 5-reel video slot has 30 paylines and a comically designed 3D host called Buzz Goodwin who will guide players through a series of bonus games such as a special prize reel, free spins, a pick-em style box bonus and a special prize board.
As well as covering the thematic bases with some generically designed games, Games Warehouse also provides some slot machines from more unique sources of inspiration. One of these games in Birdz, a superbly designed game featuring a cast of the 3Dfeathered characters sitting upon three horizontal telephone wires. This 5-reel game might just help your betting balance soar higher than ever before with a special cascade gameplay element, meaning that one spin could result in multiple wins.
What's more, the game also incorporates a number of random features to help shake up the gameplay such as Cracking Wilds, an electrifying Zap feature, and an explosive Shotgun feature.
Other games with top notch graphics and unique themes include the futuristic junk yard slot machine that is Robo Buck's Garage, the 1920s film noir game Lucky's Empire and the mad scientist style spins of Dr. Frantic: Monster Spins.
Games Warehouse works closely with a number of online casino clients and platform providers to ensure that its slot machines can be accessed by players in the UK and beyond. For example, spinners will find games designed by the company such as Reel Buddies and Wok Star available to play via the Odobo platform on websites such as Mr. Green and LeoVegas. Some of the other high profile partners working with this software company including Bet365, GalaBingo, Paddy Powers and William Hill.
Games Warehouse is a fully licensed and respectable game maker which specialises in creating skill based games to be hosted in the UK catering industry. With over 10,000 SWP games dotted around the nation, it's quite probable that many of you punters have tested your general knowledge on the likes of Million Pound Drop, Pointless and Match of the Day while enjoying some drinks with your friends.
But besides making games which make you scratch your head, this software company also develops slot machines which will scratch that spinning itch. Admittedly, the catalogue is not as extensive as that of other game makers, nor is it very diverse since there are no 3-reel classic games available. However, the slot machines that Games Warehouse do offer are sure to satisfy with big bonus features and some great 3D graphics.