The top eight slots releases of the month cover various themes and styles, with the likes of Net Entertainment, Microgaming, Yggdrasil, NextGen Gaming and IGT launching games in September. While they look very different, they are certainly all great fun to play and the prizes make them even more entertaining.
With September ending, we can officially say goodbye to any summer remains we might have been clinging on. The temperature is going down but that doesn’t mean that the hot games are over. In fact, this is the start of a new season for online casinos so you can expect to see a lot of great releases over the next few months. September has certainly lived up to the expectations as several major providers have launched new titles over the last 30 days and here are the best of the best:
The first name on the list is a game from NextGen Gaming, a provider which has been very busy this month. Starmania is a slot machine that went live on September 9 with five reels and three rows which brings forward a colorful theme with the help of various stars of different shapes and designs. The action actually takes place in space and getting a winning combination is highlighted by a shooting star. Along with other cute animations, the game looks very nice.
Inside we can find the classic features represented by wilds and the scatter symbols which can trigger free spins. An extra touch is added with stacked wilds during the free spins to make the mode that much more rewarding. Another great aspect about the game is that although it has 10 lines to keep the bet small, they can pay both ways so combinations can be made from the leftmost reel and from the rightmost one on the same spin. If a combination makes it all the way to the other side of the screen, it will pay double since the five lines on one side pay separate to the five lines on the other side.
The classic gamble feature many players are already familiar with has been included in the action to add more excitement to those wishing to bet their spin wins an see if they can get the right card color or suit.
Microgaming’s new release Lucky Zodiac certainly comes with something different and one of the highlights of the game is that its main symbol will actually change every Chinese New Year. So while the zodiac symbol is now a cute little sheep, this won’t be the case in the future as an entire list of cute animals are lined up to replace it and bring good luck to players in the corresponding year.
Lucky Zodiac was released on September 10 so it is already a popular choice at Microgaming-powered online casinos but it is never too late to give it a shot and experience the new design. The theme is actually quite simple and there are no big animations that stand out. The symbols on the five reels look quite basic but wins can go up to an impressive 560,000 coins. This is done with the help of the features, which include wild symbols shown as the logo of the game, free spins triggered by scatters and a random multiplier for the mode that can go up to 7x. Furthermore, the animal symbol will become wild during the free spins. Several traditional Chinese objects are used as symbols and this game too has a gamble feature, despite the fact that Microgaming doesn’t usually offer such an option.
Mr Green: Moonlight
Net Entertainment has made several exclusive slots for certain online casinos and Mr Green seems to be a regular on the list. The idea of these games is that they can only be found at the specified casino and they are not offered across the entire NetEnt platform. This month saw another exclusive slot being added to the collection with the release of Mr Green: Moonlight. Needless to say that this was designed with the famous mascot of the popular online casino, represented by a man dressed in green.
The theme actually goes beyond simply featuring Mr Green and presents a story of a man who has dedicated his life to hunting werewolves after his fiancé was killed by one. With the action taking place in the 1860s and at night, the overall style is mysterious and the main protagonist can be seen alongside the five reels, looking over the city for a werewolf.
Released on September 14, Mr Green: Moonlight was welcomed nicely by online players and it has some nice features to thank for that. Linked Wilds is the first in the table and it allows wild symbols to turn two other icons into wilds. There are also free spins obtained by getting scatters and the wins from the mode can be multiplied by up to x5.
The second NextGen release of the month is Cash Stampede, a video slot which went live on September 23rd. A theme based around wild animals is always nice to have and the provider certainly adds its own styling twist to the mix and makes the game look great. There are five reels on which players will benefit from 243 ways to win always active for the three rows.
Its name comes from the main feature as Cash Stampede offers a free re-spin when an animal symbol creates a winning combination with the help of a wild. This is only meant to add more combinations with the animal symbol and with any additional one, the game will trigger another re-spin as the stampede grows. A nice touch is that both the initial win and the one obtained from the re-spin will be added to the total prize, even if there are no additional wins. The scatter symbol can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and they will pay regardless of their position by multiplying the total bet by 50, while also offering 8 free games. All of the free spins will have a wild symbol in the middle of the third reel.
With the top teams in the world coming to the United Kingdom this month for the Rugby World Cup, Microgaming unveiled its first slot machine from a series of games themed after major sports. Rugby Star was launched on September 11th and it does a great job at presenting the action of the popular sport and get players hyped for the big games taking place away from the reels. The game is of course based on rugby and the background image shows a full stadium ready for a final match.
As for the slots screen, the 5x3 setup is perfect and Microgaming has included 243 ways to win always active. To help make the most out of them, there are stacked wilds for a total of more than 40 wild symbols which can substitute for regular icons. The Wild Pass feature which can be triggered randomly is great for getting wins as it can turn up to two reels into wilds and provide a guaranteed win. Free spins are triggered by the scatters and they have a Rolling Reels feature active where consecutive wins increase the multiplier and can make it go up to 10x.
The big Net Entertainment release of the month is Hook’s Heroes, a slot machine with a fun theme. The game was designed to be colorful and amusing and is actually themed as being a pirate play put on by kids. Captain Hook and his heroes can be seen on the reels as symbols and the background is the stage with various props made out of cardboard. For the five reels, there are 20 lines which are fixed for every bet. The slot is actually packed with special features which are meant to increase the winnings through big prizes.
Hook is the wild symbol and the scatter icons, represented by the alligators, will trigger the free spins mode where the player can choose from three features in order to determine the number of spins awarded and the special function which will be available for them. One of the features will remove the need for lines altogether and simply award prizes for the number of visible symbols on the reels. Simply getting two scatters on the screen will start one Feature Spin where one of the features is randomly selected. These are always shown with nice animations to really stand out.
Holmes and the Stolen Stones
Yggdrasil launched Holmes and Stolen Stones on September 24th. The game is unique in different ways and it will not take long to notice the local progressive jackpots on top of every reel. These increase from the leftmost reel to the right and can be won during the free spins mode. Of course, the theme is based around the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who is now on a mission to find the missing stones with the help of his assistant Dr. Watson.
In order to get one of the jackpots, the player must collect five matching shards. These will be added on top of the corresponding reel as they are obtained from the bonus game or from the rollers as symbols. Once five are found, the game will start 10 free spins and the shards will become a diamond. To win the jackpot, five matching diamonds must be collected. There are various other wins to help keep the action going and these are made better with the help of the bonus game and the free spins obtained from at least three Free Spin symbols at the same time.
The jackpots will increase with each bet placed on the network and while the first one is usually worth a few hundreds, the fifth one is well into the five-figure range and can mean quite the nice prize for finding the stolen stones.
Pacific Paradise is the latest title to be added to the IGT list of slots, after it was launched on September 24th. The game continues in the special style used by IGT for several of its iconic slots and doesn’t use the classic 5x3 screen, but instead goes for a 3-4-5-4-3 display where there are 720 ways to win thanks to the Multiway Xtra feature. This ensures that every spin is played to its maximum potential and it is enough to get three matching symbols on adjacent reels to win.
To make this even easier, there are wild symbols for the second, third and fourth reels and they can appear stacked, also counting as dual symbol when creating combos with the fish symbols. Speaking of dual symbols, the fish can appear as doubled icons and this means that they can multiply the number of ways for a combination. Free spins require five bonus symbols on all the reels for 10 rounds. Overall, the theme is very calm and it looks great with the colorful fish and the crystal blue waters.