Trick or treat?! Software providers welcome trick-or-treaters and offer great new slot machines for their costumes. The month of October was filled with great releases and they are now available for free on the website, or for real money at featured online casinos.
October was certainly a very busy month when it came to online casino games and it saw the major software providers release new slot machines that look amazing. And some of them weren’t even limited to one release and actually launched a couple of new games to their respective collections to offer more options to customers. On the list we find of course names like Microgaming, Net Entertainment, Play’n GO, IGT and Yggdrasil.
Titans of the Sun Hyperion / Theia
The first entry on the list is actually a double release from Microgaming. The software provider took its inspiration from Greek mythology with the new slot machines for this month and presented two games with similar themes and features.
Titans of the Sun Hyperion and Titans of the Sun Theia are now live at Microgaming online casinos and they look spectacular. Along with their colorful themes which look pretty much the same, each of the two games features the respective titan on its five reels as the most valuable regular symbol. The game logo is also the wild symbol and it can be very useful given the fact that it can substitute for other symbols. A great feature found in both games is the Stacked Mystery Symbols which will transform in any regular symbol in the base game randomly and it can include wilds for the free spins.
Yes, the games offer free spins modes for 15 rounds whenever three or more scatters appear on the screen. This is also where one of the major differences between the two can be found as Theia has all wins multiplied by two during the free spins and Hyperion doesn’t. The pays for some of the symbols are also different to help make up for this.
Eye of the Kraken
Play’n GO has certainly been picking up momentum lately and it released two new slot machines in October. The first was actually launched on October 1st and it is a very fun game called Eye of the Kraken. As the name would suggest, this slot is based on the legendary sea monster and it is seen from the perspective of a crew on a submarine in search for treasures.
One of the key features which make the game special is the fact that it has three rows of three symbols. The square screen is a welcomed change from all the 5x3 slots available online and it also makes room for more great functions. This includes the 8 paylines which can cover the three rows from left to right and the three reels from top to bottom. Furthermore, there are two extra patterns and getting four matching symbols in the four corners will result in a pay 10 times the bet, while getting four in the center of the sides pays 5x.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg as cool animations and graphics make room to a collecting feature where torpedo symbols are collected every time they appear on the screen and will start the bonus game when 50 are used for a battle with the Kraken. Free spins take place in the Dive Mode and wild symbols can be obtained when the monster attacks randomly.
The second Play’n GO game for this month is a slot machine with a Halloween theme, making it the perfect choice. Happy Halloween quickly became a popular slot machine and is featured at online casinos as part of special promotions to help celebrate the holiday.
The game design is very crowded as there are a lot of details in each symbol and a screen that will show four rows and five reels every time. The Halloween theme is represented by a background image with a house and various spooky decorations, top symbols of characters in their Halloween costumes and lower symbols with candies which fit the overall style. 50 lines help get winning combinations and three scatter symbols will start the free spin feature. A nice touch to this mode is the fact that on each spin, two additional wild symbols will appear stacked on two rows for four reels, rather than the usual reel stacks.
With wins that can reach one million coins, there are certainly plenty of treats in the Happy Halloween slot and the great attention to detail for the symbols really makes it an entertaining choice for this time of the year.
Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania 2
Even IGT launched two slot machines in October and the first of the two is called Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania 2. The provider continues its goal to extend online with releases which saw more than just a bit of success in land-based casinos. This sequel is certainly an anticipated choice since it comes with a funny theme based around the lovable character and better graphics than its predecessor.
The game also has three progressive jackpots which make spinning the reels more exciting since it can only take a bit of luck to claim one of the big prizes. Jackpot scatters can appear on top of any symbol apart for the free spins scatter and five are needed for the big Mother Lode jackpot, while 4 or 3 will award the corresponding smaller one. As for regular play, there are five reels and four rows with 40 lines and a bonus feature which can be activated for a bigger bet and include an additional wild symbol. Both wilds are represented by the game logo, although the colors are different and so are the prizes for five on a line.
Symbols of boats and lighthouses show the nautical theme in true IGT style and a multiplier feature can appear on the symbols, increasing the win by 5x or 3x. When three scatters show up, players can choose between a bonus game or a free spins mode in order to win more prizes.
Yggdrasil Gaming did not miss out on the double-release month of October and came out with two hot new slot machines which are recommended. The first is Cazino Zeppelin and the theme the provider went for here is a somewhat steam punk casino with several characters shown as the main symbols playing cards, dice and counting their winnings. The background layout is actually quite simple and meant to resemble a luxurious casino.
There are 20 lines for the 5x3 screen and when winning combinations are obtained, the lines are highlighted in a nice fashion. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fun slot machine without some rewarding features to go along with the modern design and Cazino Zeppelin has a free spins mode that initially requires at least three scatter symbols to start. For the duration of the spins, wild symbols will be sticky so once they appear on the screen, they will remain in their position for the duration of the mode. Getting at least one wild on each of the five reels will add an additional five free spins to the counter.
Also, as a small note, the wild symbols are different images of the colorful girl for every reel so the game really has a nice attention to detail.
The second slot machine in the double release this month from Yggdrasil is actually called Doubles and it is quite different from the game we talked about a bit earlier. This one was not designed to have detailed symbols and complicated animations and is actually more at the other side of the spectrum with its classic slots symbols and graphics which look old-school.
There are however bright colors and fans of traditional slot machines will surely enjoy the Doubles game since it also adds some modern features without making the gameplay complicated. The screen has 243 ways to win so every spin is played to its full potential.
While the symbols showing fruits, stars and the number 7 are always nice, having two of them in one position is even better. Each symbol can appear in a double form and thus combinations can be obtained of up to 10 symbols on one line, also giving the game its name. Free spins can be triggered by getting three or more scatters and before the mode starts, players will be able to choose a symbol which will only appear in its double form. Since some appear more often and others pay more, users can select if they want more small prizes or go for bigger prizes less often.
Pyramid: Quest for Immortality
Net Entertainment only launched one slot machine in October and it is called Pyramid: Quest for Immortality. The game is certainly impressive and a bit different than what we are used to from NetEnt, but in a good way. The title made its way to online casinos on the 22nd and it is already a top choice.
The pyramid design and theme based on Ancient Egypt make the screen stand out right away. Rather than the usual layout, the symbols are arranged in a 3-4-5-4-3 style and are shown as blocks which drop, rather than reels with spinning images. Every winning combination from the leftmost reel to the right is covered on each spin and the symbols that form them will disappear after they award the win in order to make room for an avalanche effect on one bet. Multipliers are added for consecutive wins.
Wild symbols are generated from a special feature. If a symbol on top of reels 2, 3 or 4 is part of a winning combination, it will turn into a wild symbol for the next avalanche and this helps make it easier to get other wins and benefit from the multiplier.
IGT’s Hexbreaker 2 is a perfect match for Halloween with its dark theme for the base game and it can easily be very entertaining due to its features. In fact, big wins take place quite often and 720 ways to win make sure that each spin has a great chance to generate at least one winning combination for the diamond screen.
The game was launched on October 29th and the theme is based around bad luck, and things which are believed to bring it; like black cats, crows, broken mirrors and the number 13. However, a nice touch will completely change the theme during the free spins since the hex is broken when the mode starts. As a result, the darker theme becomes pink and more colorful, with the symbols changing to images of a white cat, a four-leaf clover and the number 7. There are also stacked wilds which can appear on the center three reels and make it even easier to get combinations. Some of the payouts will change during the free spins.
Scatter symbols will pay regardless of their position on the screen by multiplying the total bet, up to 100 times for five such images at the same time.