July Update – A Hot Month With Hot New Slots

By Peter Adams | 10th of August 2015
July Update – A Hot Month With Hot New Slots

Several new titles made their way to online casinos in July and the best of the list can be found right here. There are games from big providers and they can be found at leading gaming websites, for free and for real money bets.

The month of July is now over and looking back, it is safe to say that the temperatures were very high. And we are not just talking about the weather outside but also about the action at leading online casinos, with several known developers launching great new slot machines. From Microgaming to Net Entertainment and from iSoftBet to IGT, the collections of games got bigger this month.

Hot as Hades

We start the update list with the title that made the biggest waves. Microgaming launched Hot as Hades on 8th July and the game didn’t take long to become a top hit. As the name suggests, the theme is based on the ancient Greek god of the underworld but it is a lot more amusing than it sounds. The animated graphics and characters portray the cheeky mischief-maker as being funny and entertaining.

The game has five reels and three rows and Hades is not the only creature from the Greek mythology which can be found as a symbol. However, a nice touch that makes it more amusing is the fact that Hades and its hair made of fire can be found alongside the reels, doing different things as the action takes place in the underworld. He is also the highest paying regular symbol and will generate some nice wins when combinations are formed.

Hot as Hades slot machine has wild symbols and scatters. The latter trigger the Quest of the Crystal Helm bonus game where the player must go on an adventure in order to find the precious item, while navigating around various dangers across the four levels to reach Zeus’ Chamber. There is also a Super Mode which can trigger randomly and award five free spins with at least three wilds. Overall, with wins that go up to 500,000 coins, Hot as Hades is a must-play this summer.

Sparks

Net Entertainment launched Sparks on 23rd July on both desktop and mobile platform. The game continues with the same high quality graphics we saw from the developer with other modern games as the colorful theme is based on different lights and patterns. While the five reels with three rows show a calm environment, the action can get pretty heated when it comes to the features.

The unique function is the fact that players can choose between Pay One Way and Pay Both Ways. This doesn’t just change the background colors but will also enable players to get winning combinations from left to right and from right to left on the 20 lines which are always active. For more wins, the Expanding Cloning Wilds are a great addition to the features. While they can only appear on reels 2 and 4, these special wilds can expand to take up the entire roller and then copy the symbols on the reel to the left to the one on the right, in order to ensure at least one combination. If both of the reels appear at the same time, they will copy the first reel for the other two, making for some pretty big wins.

An additional wild symbol is included in the gameplay and the colorful symbols show nice animations as they generate prizes.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

While this title may already be familiar to some, Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters was recently added to the iSoftBet collection after being removed a few months ago. It was joined by an official launch and is live at online casinos. The theme for this slot machine is based on the movie with the same name and certainly has a dark theme that is in contrast to the other games on the list.

Its screen with five reels and three rows has 10 bet lines which are always active and the symbols show different creatures and witches. The features to help increase the winnings include wild symbols who can replace other icons in the game, while also expanding to take up an entire reel, and scatters that pay regardless of their position on the lines. The scatters are also used to award free spins as at least three are needed for 15 rounds without having to place any bets and where all extended wilds will become sticky for the remaining free spins.

Firehouse Hounds

IGT has been launching more and more of its iconic slots in online versions due to player demand and the trend continued in July with the new Firehouse Hounds online slot machine. The title was already one of the most popular games in the IGT casino collection and is now looking to do same on the internet with its funny theme. The style of the game has been created around dogs that are actually firefighters and have to respond to emergencies in order to put out the fires.

Five reels and three rows make up the gameplay screen and in front of them, the theme shows two of the firefighters. The symbols show five different types of images of the number 7 and various equipment items used on the job. There is also a wild symbol that can substitute for all regular icons and a bonus symbol that can award free spins. The Wild Fire feature is activated for an extra bet and it can turn reel 1, reel 5 or both of them completely into wild symbols.

Fans of IGT slots will definitely have fun with this iconic slot at their favorite online casinos powered by the known software provider and it is a great way to sit back and cool down on a hot day with large prizes with every spin.

Conga Party

Conga Party made its way on the Quickfire platform from Microgaming on 8th July. The game was actually developed by Bluberi but is featured at online casinos that are powered by the popular software provider, including Mr Green Casino. The title has been available in brick and mortar casinos for a while now and the online launch was just the next logical step given its popularity.

The action takes place on a remote island, where a tribe of natives are throwing a big party while wearing traditional ceremonial masks. There are three rows for the five symbols so the screen is quite standard for online slots, with players having 30 fixed lines on which they can align three or more symbols from the leftmost reel to the right of the screen. While the gameplay is kept quite simple, the Conga Party slot machine does have scatter symbols which will pay when three or more appear on the screen, without taking into the account their actual positions on the lines, and wild symbols.

Getting three scatter symbols will award free spins where conga dancers appear on top of the reels and they can jump down in order to trigger special features, like wild reels and cash prizes. There is also a bonus game that has prizes of up to 200 times the total bet.

Tycoon Towers

Rival launched Tycoon Towers on 27th July. This is a new slot machine that doesn’t take long to stand out due to its bright colors. The action takes place in a luxurious hotel as a very special guest comes to stay for a while. The standard 5x3 screen makes it a familiar game for most slots players and they are given the option to activate up to 50 lines in increments of 5. The hotel theme is carried out with the actual symbols and while they are joined by six card icons, the style does appear to be rather bright.

As for the features, the little old man is a Sticky Wild and this means that in addition to substituting for any regular symbol in the game, getting one on the screen will trigger a re-spin while it maintains it position. Additional wilds will award more spins for free and all of them will stay on the screen until the round is over. 

Other than that, the gameplay is very straightforward and there are short animations which light up the screen even more when winning combinations appear on the lines.

Lolly Land

Lolly Land was created by Chance Interactive and launched on the NYX platform last month. This is one of the sweetest games on the internet since it takes place in a magical world of candies. In addition to the mouthwatering theme, the game also has some nice features and these include and expanding wild represented by the jelly bear, free spins with a multiplier, re-spins and a bonus game.

Getting three jelly bear symbols will trigger three re-spins and one reel will expand to take up the entire positions on the roller to help create more wins. Free spins are awarded by getting the scattered logo symbols in three or more positions, with the obtained wins being multiplied by two. The Taste Me bonus feature can award a prize of up to 100 times the total bet as the player is given the chance to select a Lolly in order to reveal the wins.

Weekend in Vegas

Betsoft Gaming has added a new 3D slot to its collection and it is one that many might find familiar. Weekend in Vegas was launched on 10th July and the theme is about three friends who go to Las Vegas and get into all sorts of trouble. The characters are actually quite similar to the ones in the popular movie The Hangover.

Each of the three main symbols can take up entire reels and if the same one appears on 2-4 reels, an instant re-spin will be played. The game will award free spins if three or more scatter symbols of the cop car appear on the screen. Once the free spins are completed, the player is taken to the Money Wheel and is given a free turn for free. This is made out of three wheels and getting a green arrow will move the action to the next wheel, which has better prizes on it. 

The double mini game included in the slots is standard and players can choose to enter the winnings in a coin toss for the chance to double the amount or lose it all, depending on the result.

NetEnt Removes 23 Games

We also have to mention that Net Entertainment has made the decision to remove 23 games from its portfolio as of 28th of July. These will no longer be supported on the platform and thus be eliminated from the casinos powered by the provider. Most of them were outdated and out of the 23 games, two of them were video slots (Mystery and Hot City) and the other where classic slots, mini games and scratch cards.