Hot new slot machines can now be found at your favorite online casinos and to make it easier for all players, we took a look at the biggest titles dropped throughout May and quickly presented their themes, features and other details.
With May now in the past, it is time to look at the hottest video slots to be released at online casinos and there are quite a few to stand out. Major providers like Microgaming, Net Entertainment, Yggdrasil, IGT and Rabcat have all had reasons to celebrated this past month and the players made sure to the bring the best titles to the top of the featured lists at the leading casinos on the internet.
Ariana goes live
After quite a bit of anticipation, Microgaming has finally released its Ariana slot machine. We first talked about this game back in March so we won’t get too much into detail. The release was made on May 6th for both mobile and desktop versions on the Quickfire platform and at online casinos using the Microgaming software directly.
The game is very easy to play and has a nice theme set in the magical world under the oceans. Its main features are represented by the expanding symbols which appear on the first reel and then expand all other similar symbols on the screen, made even better during the free spins mode when the same function applies to wilds. The five reels are ready to generate some nice prizes and with 25 fixed lines, the bets can be quite affordable while still making sure winnings happen very often.
When the main protagonist herself takes up an entire reel, the symbols change in order to better show Ariana in all her glory and of course, make sure to grant nice prizes.
Stickers brings a lot of color
Net Entertainment is ready for the summer seasons with a simple slot machine with bright colors and an easy gameplay. Stickers was launched on May 21st for desktop gaming and on the mobile Touch platform and it is a game that every player should check out for its potential to generate large prizes with ease.
The game has five reels and three rows, with 20 betting lines being fixed with every spin. The name Stickers comes from its main features, represented by the Sticky Wilds and Sticky Spins. When a wild appears on the screen, it will be stuck in its position while the reels spin one more time for free. This can be repeated on the same bet if one or more wilds appear on the re-spin and it is even possible to fill the entire screen with sticky wilds for a max win of 80,000 coins.
With that being said, the slot machine Stickers is pretty straightforward and its symbols are based on the classic fruits often times seen in old-school slots. Of course, the developer has added its own touch to the style and this is what makes it a modern slot. After the Dracula slot was released last month with all sorts of features and amazing graphics, Net Entertainment brings a change of pace with this latest launch and it is already very well received.
River of Riches is set to impress
Rabcat continued with its string of great releases and launched the River of Riches slot machine in early May. Rumors of the game first reached the surface back in 2013 so the software developer has certainly spent quite a bit of time in polishing the details of this game. Overall, it is safe to say that the result was worth it and, similar to the other recent Rabcat releases, River of Riches can be found on the Quickfire platform from Microgaming.
The theme is quick to stand out as it is based around a brave adventurer looking to unlock an ancient Egyptian secret known as the RIVER OF RICHES, which is fully made out of liquid gold. The five reels can provide clues as well as other treasures for those who wish to go on this journey. The graphics are very impressive and there are various small details that really make the theme pop.
Scatter symbols will trigger free spins in addition to paying regardless of their position and as the spins are played out, 1-4 fixed wilds are guaranteed on every spin. Compared to Forsaken Gods and even Dragon’s Myth we covered in the previous months, River of Riches is certainly up there but maybe not as good when it comes to visual features. It is however very fun to play and rewarding, especially for fans of the adventure genre with the main character being very similar to Indiana Jones.
Big Chef will make your mouth water
Microgaming also released Big Chef on May 6th and the game perfectly combines a fun theme with great features for all players to enjoy. As the name would suggest, the style is based around a known chef in a fancy restaurant so one can expect to find various delicious foods on the five reels representing most of the symbols. These are joined by the characters who help make the magic happen. We have of course the chef, the assistant, the waiter and the dish boy.
15 fixed lines may not cover that many ways to get winning combinations on every spin but it does mean that the size of the bet is pretty small and that players can enjoy it for longer periods of time.
The game comes with a special feature known as Rising Wilds that takes place during the free spins. This allows a wild symbol that appears on the lower rows to move up with every spin, leaving a trail of wilds that can of course cover entire reels. Furthermore, there are two ways to get free spins; one is by getting three or more scatters and the other is by landing the special symbol on the fifth reel. Wild symbols also appear during the base game and wins can go up to 375,000.
Apollo Rising goes beyond the Moon
IGT presented a new online slot machine on the 21st of May and similar to a big part of the major titles from the provider, this game is not like the regular slots on the internet. Apollo Rising certainly takes some hints from previous styles with its retro design but the thing that makes it special is the much larger screen than the usual used for modern video slots. This game has eight rows of symbols for its five reels and in order to make the most out of them, some symbols can take up two or even three positions.
100 fixed lines should provide more than enough winning options on the screen and for the special features, an expanding wild that can take up an entire reel, or 8 total positions, should be more than enough to get players excited about this space journey. To make it even better, when the wild symbols are transformed and expand, they also trigger a free re-spin, while keeping the wild symbols in their place. Additional wilds mean more spins on the same bet and it is quite common to get two or three wild reels in one round.
The theme features two young and brave characters in spacesuits as they explore around the station. They are also joined by a couple of bets, represented by a dog and a monkey, while the other symbols keep with the retro theme and show card values with colorful neon lights.
Cyrus the Virus takes things to a microscopic level
Yggdrasil has established itself as a software provider with great games and nice attention to detail and it added a new title to its collection on May 27th called Cyrus the Virus. As the name would suggest, this game is actually themed after viruses and parasites and shows various microscopic cells as its symbols. These have been given a somewhat human touch so they look more menacing. The good part is that they can’t do any harm while on the five reels and can provide great ways for players to cash in on some nice prizes.
A nice rewarding touch while keeping the gameplay simple is that the symbols often times appear stacked and this can go very well with the wild reel that can only take place on the center roller and will stick around for an additional spin for free.
While there are only five lines available, these pay both ways so the game actually features 10 active lines fixed on every spin. The animations really help make the theme easier to swallow as there are some nice details represented by the critters from the holes representing the lines which will jump out when winning combinations are formed.
All in all, Cyrus the Virus is quite unique and not your average slot machine but it is sure to find fans among the many players at leading online casinos where it is available, these of course include Mr. Green Casino.
Hidden Valley tells a great story
Quickspin launched Hidden Valley on May 22nd and it is a game based on the Shangri-La story. The fictional place is described in the Lost Horizon novel written by James Hilton and published in 1933. In this location there are various riches to be found and players will not have to try very hard to get some of them from the five reels.
The 40 lines available come combined with special features, like free spins with extra wilds, bonus wheel rewards and stacked multiplier wild symbols. The latter generates a random multiplier for the wins on every spin and a bigger bet will offer a larger range for the multiplier.
Hidden Valley uses a slightly different screen as reels 1 and 5 have three rows but reels 2, 3 and 4 have four. When the free spins are triggered, the wheel of fortune will not just determine the number of rounds to be played without any additional bets but it can also turn any of the five main symbols into additional wilds for the entire duration of the mode. Even more wild symbols can be unlocked during the free spins, while the feature can be re-triggered to just keep the action going in the Hidden Valley filled with riches.
Glow lights up the sky
Net Entertainment launches games with various styles and Glow is a perfect example of how much the software provider can bring across its collection as far as variety goes. This slot machine with five reels has been designed to keep a very calm gameplay and will certainly make players feel relaxed while the reels spin and generate prizes.
Themed after the nature and the traditions found in the Northern countries, Glow actually refers to the amazing aurora lights which can be seen in the northern hemisphere close to the magnetic pole. These bright colors that light up the night sky are famous around the world and they are nicely represented in the slot with modern graphics and nice animations. What makes it even better is that the background image of the sky actually changes a bit during the free spins and shows the Aurora Borealis glowing even brighter.
Since we mentioned the free spins, these are triggered by the main symbols in the game when they create winning combinations and the game also comes with wilds that add multipliers to the winnings they help create.
More Slots Releases
A few honorable mentions go out to other slot releases which found their ways to online casinos in the month of May. These include the highly anticipated NextGen Gaming slot Psycho which we covered last month, the new Super Monopoly Money slot that takes the known board game to the modern world of online slots with the help of WMS, Champions Goal and Bingo Billions.