I was actually surprised to find out that Leander Games have only been around since 2008. Their polished slots and wide range of innovative themes feel like they have been around for a lot longer than that. This software house is based in Buenos Aries, Argentina and has already formed business partnerships with many of the major casinos and development teams in the industry. Their titles do not require a download, using both browser technology and downloadable options. This has enabled many of the large gambling sites to add their games to existing portfolios – bringing these titles to a wider audience. At the moment, these titles are not available to USA players.
Almost all of these slots have bonus rounds and interesting in-reel features link expanding wilds and scatters. True innovations come in the form of their games that are based on other gambling games. For example, Reely Poker gives you a poker game side-bet, along with cards on the reels – and also has a bonus feature that can keep going for a long time if you continue to hit good cards. Reely Roulette takes the idea further, combining slot play with a roulette game. This has now been extended to Bingo. There are smaller innovations, like the ‘nuclear zombie’ in-reel feature on the Zombie Rush game. Here a wild above certain features can cause all the symbols of that type to become wild – massively increasing your winning possibilities.
These games are high quality, making choosing a selection to recommend a tough choice. If you are new to this software house, here is a cross section of the games which will give you a flavour of what is on offer.
First, I recommend playing Dragons. This is worth seeing just for the graphics, which were created by the famous fantasy illustrator Ciruelo. The yellow dragon expands and comes to life and the bonus game is amazing too. This will give you an introduction to what this software provider is capable of as far as design is concerned.
Zombie Rush also has beautiful design, though it is the game-play that makes this a highlight within the entire portfolio of games by this provider. There is a progressive pick-em game where you try to avoid brain-eating zombies, a stacked symbol rich free spins round and some amazing in-reel functionality too.
I also recommend you take Reely Poker for a spin. The poker side-bet and bonus rounds are the main attraction here. This company actually has a patent pending on the side bets technology, so we can expect a lot more of this kind of thing in the future.
Rather than progressive jackpot titles - many slot machines have the potential for big standard-play pay-outs, often via the feature rounds.
Dolly is a very pink and very light-hearted game; you’ll get to enjoy a lot of tunes from the country legend. For me, it is a little too pink, though it is worth seeing (even if you are not a fan) just for the amazing production and gameplay.
Megadeth is another type of game entirely, with guitar riffs and the band members on the reels; it will take you back to the heyday for these LA rockers. Again, it would be easy to use the name and create a generic product – which hasn't been done, instead making a very polished game with a lot of different features.
There is not too much history so far, though if these games keep improving at the rate that they have recently, I am sure that they will be around for a long time to come. Based in Buenos Aires, they were formed in 1998. They have innovated in the social space, as well as with their ‘normal’ real money online slots.
More recently this company was awarded the ‘Social Gaming supplier of the year’ award at the prestigious eGR awards in 2013; they also picked up nominations for other areas of their business.
You can already find their masterpieces at some of the biggest gambling sites online. I fully expect to see their coverage increase as more people discover their titles moving forward.
In terms of quality, the most recent titles are up there with the best of the bigger online slots makers like PlayTech and NetEnt. Some of the earlier games are a little more basic, though the improvement in terms of design and playability has been rapid recently.
There are a handful of ‘must see’ titles already available in my opinion. Adding a progressive (even pooled) jackpot would take these games to a level where they could be compared to those of their bigger rivals.
I’m a big fan of Leander slots – and expect to see great things from them in the future.