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Located in the heart of Sydney, Australia, not too far from the surfer’s paradise of Manley Beach, Big Wave Gaming are looking to make waves in the online, social and land-based casino markets with their range of slots that are compatible with most platforms. Although they claim to have been in business since 2007, they have definitely gone for quality over quantity and their range is still relatively small, with just a handful of slots in the portfolio.

But they all seem to be good ones, and many have been produced on behalf of the huge Novomatic games company, who choose their sub-contractors carefully as they have a big reputation to keep up and wouldn’t want to damage it by adding sub-standard games to their range. Another major client is Asian slots specialists XIN Gaming, who have exclusive distribution rights for some of the range. For such as small developer, they have done very well to get their range distributed by some very well-known companies, so clearly, they are taking the right strategy for their business.

Big Wave Gaming don’t seem to produce anything under their own branding, instead choosing to develop slots for others, and rather than developing their own systems, which can be an expensive process, they use proprietary software.

It’s a cautious approach which seems to have worked well for them and having their offices in such a beautiful location means they probably like to work at their own pace, maybe heading off to catch some waves after work. Seriously though, they are succeeding in a very competitive market, and have clearly worked hard to get their games played by as many punters as possible.

A look at a few of their slots reveals that they are all of a high standard and some of these are among the more popular games in the Novomatic and XIN Gaming ranges. Although the online, mobile and social gaming markets are becoming more and more important, the land-based casino business is still a huge market, and by incorporating their games into the Novomatic range, they can attract punters at bricks and mortar casinos, who will then perhaps go on to play their slots at online casinos as well.

Free to Play Big Wave Gaming Slot Machine Games

The Big Wave Gaming Range

Highroller is a jackpot slot that uses highly realistic images of sports cars, private jets and beautiful people across the 5 reels and 25 paylines. These images of wealth could all come true in a single spin when the Maxi jackpot symbol lands across the centre line, but even players who don’t land a huge jackpot can benefit from some big wild symbols payouts and scatter awards.

When the diamond scatter symbol lands, they can enjoy a free spins round during which extra wild symbols are in play. It’s a good-looking game that comes with a high return to player ratio, and like all Big Wave Gaming slots, it’s fully licensed to ensure fair play at all times.

Another of their big hits is 2012, which is themed around the Mayan calendar. According to this calendar the world was due to end in 2012, but we’re still here, so we get to enjoy this slot machine which has some colourful masks, Mayan icons and South American wildlife on the reels. Up to 25 free spins can be awarded and there’s multipliers that can reach 10x when players collect extra wild masks throughout them.

It’s a fun slot machine which plays out over 5 reels and 20 paylines, and comes with a unique way of collecting those extra wilds. 2012 is also a mobile optimised slot which has been produced in HTML5, so can be enjoyed across various devices powered by Apple, Windows or Android software, while still working on desktop PC’s.

Last but not least, we’ll take a look at the Dragon’s Deep video slot, which sticks to the hugely popular magic and mysticism theme, which slot machine developers and players alike seem to love. Viking warriors and their armour are ready for the fierce wild dragon symbol to appear, while the dragons’ egg is a scatter icon that launches the free spins games. Big Wave Gaming clearly like to make their bonus rounds a special treat, as this game sees all Vikings transformed into extra wild symbols, boosting the chances of landing some great wins before the feature is over.

Other Games from Big Wave Gaming

These are just a few examples, but there’s also slots themed around Ninjas, gangsters, colourful candies, classic fruit machines and attractive princesses. It’s not a massive collection, but as they are featured in the Novomatic range, which is found at many online casinos, their games are played by a huge number of punters.

XIN Gaming are another major player across Asia, but the Big Wave Gaming range seems to be mostly under the branding of just two companies, which is perhaps a risky strategy. Ivan Rungkat, CEO of Big Wave Gaming certainly seems to have impressed these developers with the range of slots from his company however, so they have business plan that’s worked well for them so far. By making their games exclusive to their clients, everyone within each business will benefit.

Big Wave Gaming concentrates solely on slot machines, so you won’t find any table or card games in their collection, as they have chosen to specialise in a range that has a number of common features which players are known to like. So all their slots have 5 reels, wild symbols, scatters that trigger free spins games and unique twists to these rounds that help to make them more rewarding.

Final Thoughts on Big Wave Gaming

This company has been around for over a decade and seem to follow their own path to success. Whereas some competitors try to release as many games as possible, to as many different developers as possible, the Big Wave Gaming range has remained relatively small and exclusive. By using off the shelf software packages, they have kept costs and complexity down, focusing on what they do well, without over-stretching themselves.

It means that they are competing against lots of other design and development studios and will be relying on their skills as artists to produce slots that stand out from the crowd and will need to keep adding little touches to make their games appeal to players.

But we really like what they have produced and hope to see more of their well-designed, rewarding slots in the near future.

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