Best New Slots Round-Up | 25 January 2019

Welcome to our latest newsletter, where we look at the best new slots to be released in the coming weeks. Will they be hits that will have the gaming community buzzing or just lame ducks that won’t see players lifting as much as an eyebrow? Time to take a closer look at the latest creations from Red Rake Gaming, Kalamba Games, NextGen Gaming, and NetEnt.

With the Tiger and Dragon slot, Red Rake Gaming is presenting an alternative to the Megaways games with a giant 6×10 reel set and up to 1 million ways to win. Yes, you read that right! In turn, Kalamba Games made use of the Megaways engine to present us with Machina, its first foray into this type of slots that features a win potential of up to 26,000 times your bet.

NextGen Gaming has finally released an updated version of its hit slot 300 Shields, making it available for play on mobile devices. Plus they added a feature buy option to the game, which will take players directly to the free spins round. NetEnt has been on a cloning quest again, presenting us with Mercy of the Gods a copy of its hugely popular Divine Fortune Progressive Jackpot slot.

Tiger and Dragon | Red Rake Gaming

Immerse yourself deep into Chinese mythology and culture as you embark on a high-volatility roller coaster on the Tiger and Dragon slot. Play on a huge 6×10 game window with symbol blockers, cascading symbols, a feature win guarantee, a roulette-type bonus game, and a free spins round with retriggers and increasing win multipliers. The maximum win potential peaks at a staggering 20,000x your stake.

Play from 0.20 credits with a potential of up to 1 million ways to win. The game has cascading symbols with winning combinations exploding to make room for new symbols to drop into place. This continues as long as new wins land on a fresh cascade.

A number of blockers are reeled in on every spin to determine the number of ways for the current round. The actual number of blockers contributes to the roulette mini-game pot that will be triggered once the progress bar on the left of the game window reaches 100%. A wheel appears with four segments each for the tiger and dragon. Guess on whose segment the wheel will stop to win multipliers. The wheel can be spun up to 100 times, and the round ends once it stops on the wrong segment. The total collected multiplier is then applied to the accumulated bonus game pot.

Triggering the free spins is another new twist as the word “BONUS” must be lit up completely in a single spin sequence that can include multiple cascades. Extra free spins are awarded when the numbers are lighting up in the same sequence. Every win within the sequence will light up one letter of the word and scatters landing on a winning spin will do the same. Triggering the bonus round will award ten initial free spins with a progressive multiplier. Any winning combo will increase it by x1 while having minimum four consecutive winning combos in one spin sequence will award additional free spins.

Had a poor payout in the free spins, possibly below 10x your stake? Rest easy, as the game comes with a feature guarantee that will trigger five extra free spins for a chance to hit more wins when the total amount from the initial round did not exceed 10x the bet.

Machina Megaways | Kalamba Games

You thought you’d seen it all when it comes to Megaways slots? Think again as the next developer who signed a licensing agreement with Big Time Gaming to use the patented engine has just presented its first creation. Machina Megaways will take you into a distant future where cyborgs and androids reign over the world. It also has a crazy Hyper Bonus buy option where players can stake up to 337x their bet for access to the free spins round with the maximum amount of free spins. And no, that is not a typo.

The game is played from 0.60 coins and will have up to 46,656 ways to win on a 6×6 reel set, randomly determined on every spin. It is all about the free spins and the personal progressive jackpots on this slot with a win potential of up to 26,000x your stake.

The three progressive jackpots have a seed value of 20x, 50x, and 1,000x the bet and are unique to each player. A percentage of 3% from each bet will contribute to the value of the jackpots. The Silver, Gold, and Platinum jackpots are won when 10, 12, or 16 Machina cyborg symbols land in view on a spin. Jackpot wins are added to any potential line wins, after which they will be reset to their default value.

The Hyper Bonus bet is an opportunity to trigger the free spins round for a fixed multiple of the current bet size. A total of 52x, 90x, 183x, and 337x will get you 10, 12, 15, and 18 free spins. The free spins are triggered organically when a minimum three scatters land on a spin in the base game.

During the feature, the symbol collection will be activated that will gradually turn the four human icons into the Machina cyborg symbol. Collecting a total of 4, 8, 13, and 18 circuit board symbols will transform the pink female, the blue male, the turquoise female, and the purple male warriors into the top-paying symbol. Two extra free spins are awarded at each level.

300 Shields Extreme | NextGen Gaming

The much-awaited sequel to the highly popular 300 Shields slot from NextGen has finally arrived. The game studio actually didn’t change much on the pay mechanics and win potential of up to 17,700x the stake on every single spin at the highest level in the free spins. However, they converted the game to HTML5 format and included a feature buy option.

The hyper-volatile slot can be played from 0.25 coins on a 5×3 game window with 25 pay lines. The main attractions on 300 Shield Extreme are the free spins with progressive multipliers. Hitting a minimum three shield scatters will award five free spins with an x2 multiplier. During those spins, players need to collect two shields to reach Level 2 with an x5 multiplier and another five free spins. Collecting a total of 8 and 12 shields will advance the round to Level 3 with an x25 multiplier and Level 4 with an insane x300 multiplier. However, only wins with the wild warrior symbol are multiplied. On the final level, every free spin can pay up 17,700x bet.

New on 300 Shields Extreme is the Buy Pass, where players can stake 60x their bet in one amount to gain direct access to the free spins round. Certainly, this is an option when pressed for time or when it takes too long to trigger the feature organically. However, the free spin rounds are just as volatile as the base game and thus can often return less than the staked amount. Some caution is certainly recommended when using the option.

Mercy of the Gods | NetEnt

NetEnt is adding a second title to its localized progressive jackpot series that started two years ago with the release of Divine Fortune. The slot proved so popular that the developer is now releasing an Egyptian-themed clone with the same jackpot triggers, reel set and pay mechanics.

Play Mercy of the Gods from 0.20 coins on a 5×3 game window with 20 fixed pay lines. It comes with Gift of Life Respins, the Gift of Double Wilds, Eye of Horus Free Spins, and the Gift of Wealth Jackpot bonus game.

A wild landing on the reels will trigger the Gift of Life Respins, where the wild will move down by one row on each respin until it disappears. A wild landing behind the triggering wild on a respin will activate the Gift of Double Wilds. The symbol will expand to cover the entire reel and the move downwards by one row on each respin. The feature ends when no more wilds are in view.

Three or more scatters will award the Eye of Horus free spins. Any wild landing on a free spin will now instantly trigger the Gift of Double Wilds Respins.

The main attractions, though, are the two fixed jackpots – Minor at 20x bet and Major at 100x bet – and the progressive Mega jackpot. On Divine Fortune, it pays out regularly low six-figure sums, which should be the same region on this slot. The jackpot bonus game is triggered when a minimum three bonus symbols are collected in one spin or respin sequence in the base game or free spins. All regular symbols are removed and the triggering bonus symbols placed on random reel positions. Three initial spins are awarded to land more bonus symbols with each being locked in place and the spin counter reset to three. Each bonus symbol will award a coin win from 10x to 200x the total bet. The aim is to complete one, two, or all three rows to win the Minor, Major and Mega jackpot respectively.

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