Kajot may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of software providers to the online gambling industry, but this development company from the Czech Republic has been supplying land-based and online solutions since 1996. As such, this makes the outfit a fairly old pair of hands in the rapidly evolving and changing e-gaming business.
However, Kajot have been able to keep up with the times to deliver their games via their very own free-to-play online portal. Here players can experience a variety of fun 5-reel and 3-reel slot machines that draw on popular themes as well as some themes that are a little bit out of the ordinary. The company even powers its own sports betting website under the name of Bet90 which specifically targets the Czech gambling market as well as its own restaurant, bowling and casino experience called Carbon.
Since 1996, this software company has been developing, creating and operating software for the land-based e-gaming sector. Based in the Czech Republic, Kajot hasn't exactly been able to penetrate into the global market, but it has established itself as one of the leading suppliers of games machines to casinos, gaming rooms, pubs and bars in its native country. Although, having said that, the company is evidently keen to extend the reach of its software brand having set up stall at the 2016 ICE Totally Gaming exhibition in London – one of the biggest gaming conferences in the calendar.
The games that Kajot develops are by no means the most mind-blowing or jaw-dropping. In fact, the majority of them are actually quite simple in theme, taking after classic slot machine designs with 2D fruit symbols. However, the good thing about the catalogue of slots is that there is a good balance between simple 3-reel games and 5-reel video themes – you might even come across a selection of 4 reel games, providing some new payline permeations to test out.
In the 3-reel category, Kajot offers a number of straight up vintage classics such as Kajot Lines and Classic Seven, both of which are fruit machines with 5 paylines. However, despite appearing to be basic in appearance, these games do incorporate some exciting and potentially rewarding bonus gameplay features such as the Double Win element for a full house of 9 matching symbols in Kajot Lines, or the three tiered bonus game in Classic Seven which offers a prize multiplier up to x7. Both of those fruit machines are somewhat dated when it comes to the visual aspect, but there is also some modern 3D style action in Big Apple, another 3-reel game but this time with 27 paylines and a special 9-reel bonus game.
Three-reel slot machines don't always have to adhere to traditional fruit machine themes, which is why Kajot lays out a collection of 3-reelers which have more unique personalities. Take Tropical 7, for example, which a simple slot machine with 5 paylines, Double Wins and multipliers up to 7x, much like Classic Seven. However, this slot machine substitutes the usual cherries, plums and watermelon icons for more exotic fruit fare with 3D symbols that depict pineapples, bananas and coconuts. Then there is Demon Master, a 3-reel slot with 27 paylines and a theme that draws from the occult with Dracula character symbols and satanic pentangles. Spin if you dare!
The same mixture of vintage and not-so-vintage can be found in the 4-reel slot machine collection. The perfect example of this would be a game called Joker Area, which has 11 paylines over its 4 reels and a series of ordinary fruit symbols. However, the game has a military edge with a combat camouflage background and a wild Joker symbol which is depicted by a novelty army soldier character. There are also some 4-reel slot machines such as Hot Factor, Joker 81 and Joker Star 81, all of which use traditional slot icons but with 81 paylines to combine them into winning combinations.
This 4-reel slot machine lobby also includes a few games which step into the video-slot territory with completely unique themes and designs. For example, there are some high-octane spins to rev up in Nitro 81, a game which takes after the exciting urban street racing of films like 'The Fast and the Furious'. If you'd rather enjoy something a bit more relaxing, then you could have a few spins of London Pub, complete with symbols that depict pints, drams and pipes to emulate the true British drinking experience.
The biggest range of slot machines on offer by Kajot is the 5-reel video selection and, again, this catalogue presents a decent balance between classically inclined games with minimal design features and novelty themed slots with unique graphics and bonus action. Among the classic range, there are 5 payline games like Ring of Fire XL, Joker Dream, Lucky Bar, Crazy Fruits, Multi Diamonds and Joker Strong – all of which incorporate a variety of generic features like wilds, scatters, bonus games and double or nothing gamble games. However, there is one vintage style 5-reel game with a twist, and it goes by the name of Hotlines 34. This slot machine has 34 paylines which pay from both the left and right hand side of the game screen. But the interesting thing about this game is that its 5 reels alternate in size. So, the first reel can hold 3 symbols while the second reel holds 4 and the third reel holds 3, and so on.
As for the rest, players will be able to spin up some novelty action with titles like Aztec's Empire, Submarine, Lucky Dragon and Lucky Pearl – all of which are reasonably well designed to present pleasing aesthetics without pushing the boat out. There are some video slots with impressive 3D animations such as Stone Age and Fly For Gold, the latter of which has its own special bonus game which invites spinners to take part in a flying race.
All of the Kajot slots mentioned above are available to play online through the Kajotfun.cz website, although the games won't work if you are using a mobile device to access the site. But the main aim for Kajot appears to be delivering such games to players via one of its many land-based games machines. There are actually 8 different games machines in total, each of which offer varying games catalogues with differing volatility levels. The Red Planet system, for example, provides a three level jackpot and high definition games while the Green Planet system offers high volatility for bigger wins at a lower frequency.
Kajot slot games may not be the most instantly recognisable name in the game making trade, unless of course you regularly frequent the bars, pubs and game rooms of the Czech Republic. Nonetheless, this development company can certainly hold their own when it comes to creating games with style and variety. But perhaps the best thing about the titles that this company has to offer is that they strike the perfect balance between classic and contemporary. As such, players of all tastes and spinning preferences will be able to enjoy something that suits their needs, whether it is a straight up classic 3-reeler, a 5-reel video slot with a grand theme and big bonus features, or a 4-reel fun-fest that combines elements of the two.