With only one month left in the calendar, 2015 is guaranteed to be a great year for online slots and November had its fair share of top titles being released by big providers. The themes even include the first Christmas slot of the season and there are some amazing games now available which have to be checked out.
With the cold season establishing its dominance outside, it is the perfect time to stay in and play some online slots. The major software providers are certainly doing their jobs in this regard and have released quite a few great new titles throughout the month of November. Brands like IGT, Microgaming, Play’n GO, Net Entertainment, Playtech and iSoftBet all have something to show for this month. A similar big wave of great games is also expected for December, while a good part of them should of course come with a Christmas theme. For now, we will take a look at the top slot machines which were released in November 2015.
NetEnt is always a great place to start and the latest creation coming from the leading casino software developer is simply superb. Koi Princess was released on November 24th across the platform of online casinos powered by Net Entertainment and it instantly became a huge hit.
As it was to be expected from the provider, the new slot machine was designed to look amazing from top to bottom and shows a great attention to detail. It has an Oriental theme with brightly colored elements and lucky charms, while traditional Japanese music playing in the background for a relaxing experience. The princess can be seen on the left side of the screen and she will cheer for big wins. She is also a symbol within the game and plays the role of the highest paying regular symbol.
What really makes the Koi Princess slot so impressive is the fact that it is packed with features. In addition to the wild symbols, there are four bonus symbols and a bonus game which will award one of four rewards. These can be coin wins or free spins with extra functions for bigger and more frequent winnings.
Continuing with another great looking slot machine released this month, Yggdrasil presents the Nirvana game. This was also released on the 24th of November and presents a theme that takes place in a magical land where players can claim big prizes alongside the three goddesses. There are also majestic creatures shown as symbols and everything is nicely designed to live up to the expectations of a new slot from the provider.
Getting back to the three goddesses we mentioned earlier, these will trigger the bonus game where the player must select one and win free spins. Each of them offers a special feature and it is possible to have all three of them active at the same time by re-triggering the feature a couple of times. A combination of Wild Seems, Nudge Reels and Mega Reels can prove to be incredibly rewarding.
With its great looking animations and graphics, it is safe to say that Nirvana is one of the best slot machines from Yggdrasil to be released this year and the CEO of the company agreed in a statement made with the release. According to him, the game required more money and time to design than any of the previous slots and this can certainly be seen with each spin of the reels.
Playtech is a new name on our monthly updates as the provider known for its iconic slot machines has not been releasing new games with the same frequency of its competitors. However, on the 10th of November, the developer launched Top Gun. Yes, it is based on the same Top Gun which became a blockbuster movie in the 80s and continues to be a very popular film. Sadly, Tom Cruise is not shown on the reels but that it is only because the player is put in the main role as Maverick and gets to show off his elite flying skills while spinning the reels and getting help from his wingman.
The game is action-packed as it takes place in the skies and has random features which can generate wilds on the screen when the fighter plane attacks. The dogfight gets even more intense during the free spins as the wilds are enhanced for more wins. Top Gun has 243 ways to win at all times and shows several characters from the movie as symbols, in addition to a few more items used by Maverick. A nice touch is done with the soundtrack, which will make the combat seem more real but also play the popular song Take My Breath Away when checking out the information on the game.
Rage to Riches
Rage to Riches is the first slot machine released by Play’n GO this November and it is certainly very fun. The theme shows three large creatures which are out to destroy the city, similar to King Kong or Godzilla but in a much more entertaining way for the player. Since the game is about destroying things, winning symbols will disappear after they award the win and this will make room for other symbols to fall in their place and maybe even create new wins in the process, causing these symbols to disappear again and so on. With each consecutive win on the same bet, the multiplier shown in the top right corner will increase and can reach x5. Once the spin is done and all wins have been added up, it is possible to gamble them for the chance to increase the amount even further.
Wild symbols are of course included in the game and a special feature is represented by the bonus game which requires a combination of the five card symbols in order on a line. This will show one of the big monsters and the player must choose which buildings to destroy for prizes before the army stops it. Wins can reach 100 times the total bet.
Three scatters will award 10 free spins and a win is guaranteed on every three spins, causing one of the beasts to show up and re-spin the reels if they don’t comply.
Microgaming made another slam dunk slot as it released the Basketball Star game on the 4th of November across the Quickfire platform. The game which is themed around the sport of basketball is very similar to the other games with sport themes from the developer, like Football Star and Hockey Star to name a few. This latest addition to the collection lives up to the hype and is sure to please fans of the popular sport. Furthermore, it takes the regular features and makes them more rewarding so it certainly deserves its spot on the top releases of the month.
Moving past the basketball theme shown with the background image, the symbols and completed with the soundtrack, Basketball Star has 243 ways to win and more than 40 wild symbols on the reels. Stacked wilds can appear on reels 3, 4 and 5 to help get those big combinations going and the Wild Shot feature can be randomly triggered on a spin to turn up to two reels completely wild while also offering a guaranteed win.
It wouldn’t be a Microgaming slot without free spins and three or more scatters are in charge of generating free spins. We should also mention that the slot has Rolling Reels, like the other titles in the group, and getting multiple wins on the same bet during the free spins will increase the multiplier, up to 10x.
Play’n GO was quick to release the first top slot with a Christmas theme this season. Xmas Joker was launched on the 19th of November and was actually the second title of the month from the provider, after Rage to Riches.
The Christmas theme is nicely designed but kept fairly clean in order to fit in better with the classic style of the game. Yes, the Xmas Joker slot is actually a classic slot as it has only three reels, three rows and a maximum of five paylines. This however doesn’t mean it is not fun to play and is great for a simple session where big prizes can still be easily obtained.
The joker is the scatter and will award ten free spins when three appear on the screen. A gift scatter will be made available for the duration of the free spins and while three will generate another ten rounds, two or more will also award a prize randomly between 1 and 100 times the total bet.
Sherlock Holmes – The Hunt For Blackwood is the latest slot machine launched by IGT. The game made its way to online casinos in late-November and it didn’t waste any time in becoming a huge hit. Of course, the fact that it is based on the 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. in the main role might have helped quite a lot for its popularity. Sherlock and Watson are off to a new adventure on the spinning reels and the main characters are shown as actual pictures from the film, something which fans are sure to appreciate.
IGT made sure to include some nice features that would further show off the theme and these include a mystery multiplier which can be triggered randomly and increase the win tenfold, a teamwork feature which will make the Sherlock symbols and the Watson symbols become one combined symbol of the two for a better chance at getting a combination and more.
The bonus symbol is also very mysterious and players can pick the symbols to get cash prizes, free spins or trigger the Blackwood wheel bonus where Sherlock and Blackwood go head to head for big prizes. The lovable detective is very nicely represented in this game from IGT.
Astro Magic HD
iSoftBet launched Astro Magic HD on the 26th of November and it is a visual masterpiece. The theme is created to match the twelve constellations of the zodiac and the graphics are in high definition to better show off the animations for each spin and especially for the bonus games. The five reels with three rows are filled with symbols that match the theme and when they form winning combinations, they will be highlighted by the zodiac circle.
We mentioned bonus games and this slot machine has two of them, triggered by three or more matching symbols, which can be of the sun or of the moon. The sun will offer an instant bonus round while the moon will trigger a galaxy bonus round. Free spins can be obtained from the first, along with multipliers of up to 50 times for the total bet. The galaxy bonus will award a random number of coins after it nicely shows off the skies with the different constellations and the wins can go up to 550 times the total bet, making for quite the nice win. There are also wild symbols which substitute for other images and scatters which pay big and don’t even have to be aligned on active paylines.