Big Time Gaming (BTG) is one of the most innovative and daring slot studios out there today. Specializing in megaways slots with high volatility and potentially huge payouts, BTG titles certainly appeal to all the high rollers out there. But this Australian-based developer also goes the extra mile to make slots appeal to the mainstream video gamer crowd, with the kind of entertaining mechanics you would expect from a billion-dollar title. Indeed, BTG’s creative team includes former Rock Star Games employees among its number, so if you like a bit of interesting gameplay while spinning those reels, you are going to love this provider. Here are our top 5 BTG slots to get you started.
Most online slots based on TV game shows tend to disappoint both fans of the show and slot players since the theme often seems rather superficial and a bit forced. BTG’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire certainly doesn’t suffer from this problem. Slot fans will enjoy the 117,649 ways to win, and potentially huge payouts. Aficionados of the Chris Tarrant-hosted show will love the Hot Seat Free Spins Gamble feature, where they can select multiple choice answers (just like on the show) and get the chance to win 50,000x their stake. Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is one of the most innovative TV franchise slots out there and is well worth a spin.
The title of this slot may be weird as hell, but this is another highly innovative slot from BTG, and you can see plenty of influence from the video game world. Indeed, it is inspired by an old skool Nintendo game of the same name. The animated hero below the grid is a really nice feature, as he smashes open the treasure chest to send flaming wilds across the reels. Holy Diver is full of features – four in all, with our favourite being the Diamond Retrigger. Here the intrepid hero will collect diamonds to increase your winnings. Holy Diver has a ton of megaways, depending on which level you reach – level 3 offers over half a million ways to win.
This slot is a kind of a weird mash-up between the ‘80s rock anthem of the same name by Swedish group Europe, and the world of rocket launches. But don’t let that put you off. The 6×4 grid gives you 4096 ways to win, and a potential 36,000x your stake if you strike it lucky. Three or more scatter symbols trigger a choice of bonus games. The Countdown Free Spins Bonus gives you 8 free spins, with scatters, wilds and multipliers combing to increase your payouts by up to 256x. If you opt for the Heading for Venus feature, these factors combine to give you multipliers of up to 888x. With those kinds of payouts (and an RTP of 96.65%), you won’t be surprised to learn that The Final Countdown is a high-volatility title – so just make sure your bankroll can stand it.
Every developer has to cover the Ancient Egypt theme, and Book of Gods is BTG’s effort at the genre. It’s really quite a nice slot, with beautiful graphics and a subtle Middle Eastern musical score. The symbols feature various Egyptian deities, with the purple god being the most valuable, and the book symbol acting as both the wild and the scatter. Three of those will trigger the free spins bonus round, which can also be bought at any time. As a nice touch, the price of this bonus feature varies, with this value displayed on the Feature Drop button. It’s worth keeping an eye on that value so you can buy the bonus round when it’s going cheap. Unlike most BTG titles, Age of Gods is fairly low variance, making it perfect for a relaxing evening of slot fun.
Kingmaker is another of BTG’s megaways slots, and this one will appeal to those who have the patience to sit through insanely high levels of volatility and aim for those mega wins. The autoplay button may have been invented for games like this, but the design, musical score and general feel of Kingmaker certainly make you feel like a medieval monarch as you sit on your throne and watch the reels get spun for you. The base game has a backdrop of a fairy-tale castle, with symbols including various gems and crowns, while the free spins game takes place in a cellar covered in gold coins. Those free spins could turn out to be very lucrative indeed, with 10,000x your stake potentially on offer. But what is clever about Kingmaker is that the multipliers are earned in the base game, have no limit, and are reset at the end of each free spins feature. That means you will want to build as high a multiplier count as possible before triggering the feature, making the base game rather exciting in its own right.
BTG continues to make a name for itself in the slot world, and we can’t wait to see what else this studio comes up with next. What is your favourite BTG title?
- A simple game with a more unique free spins bonus
- Unlimited spins but lives get used up after bigger wins
- Decent potential but a boring base game and low RTP
Big Spin Bonus slot is a new game focused on the free spins bonus which is a bit different here and that certainly might appeal to some. With sticky wilds and unlimited free spins, there is a lot to like but it’s not all perfect as we’ll see. The design is also not perfect with basic graphics and an unoriginal theme which doesn’t stand out so that’s a bit of a shame. You have 6 reels here and 4 rows giving you 50 pay lines. All you have to do is get a winning combination from left to right using the base symbols. These are as follows, ranked in ascending order based on their value:
- Grapes, Oranges, Lemons or Cherries
- Plums or Watermelon
- White or Blue Seven
- Red Seven
There is a wild symbol also which is the most valuable symbol on its own and it substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatters. It doesn’t appear on reel 1 during the free spins bonus, but it will lock in place for the entire duration when it does land.
Big Spin Bonus Slot Bonuses and Features
Free Spins Bonus. This is triggered by landing 3 or more scatters anywhere on the reels at the same time. You’ll then have a pick me bonus for each scatter symbol which will show you a number of lives, between 1 and 5 for each scatter. After your lives have been determined, the bonus begins with all wilds remaining in place when they land. Additionally, any wins greater than 20x your stake will decrease your number of lives by 1 so just be aware of that. Smaller wins will do nothing. You have an unlimited number of spins and the bonus only ends when all lives have been depleted.
Big Spin Bonus slot from Inspired Gaming is all about their free spins bonus which gives you unlimited spins, but a set number of lives which deplete after bigger wins. It’s an interesting idea which is a nice change from the usual mechanic of this sort of bonus and it does help eliminate those times when you get almost nothing from your bonus, as the smallest wins will just keep on coming. Other than that, there isn’t really much to this slot. The base game has nothing to it so that’s the only feature you’ll be after. The RTP is quite low at 95% as well which is a shame. If you want something a bit different and can still pay well, this might be a decent option for you but I don’t think it’s going to be a big hit.
- A new version of the popular Fishin’ Frenzy franchise
- Adds a new feature to increase fish values
- Maintains the same good RTP and win potential
I know what you’re thinking, is there really another Fishin’ Frenzy slot? What else could they possibly do with it? Well, they haven’t made any huge changes here but I think that’s a good thing as the simplicity of the game is part of why it’s so successful. So let’s take a look at what has changed and whether it’s worth trying out or now.
When it comes to the design, nothing has changed at all. It’s still the same, clean layout as before which I’m fine with. You have 5 reels and 3 rows to give you 10 pay lines. All you need is a winning combination from left to right using the base symbols. These are as follows, ranked in ascending order based on their value:
- 10, Jack, Queen, King or Ace
- Any fish
- Bait or Lifering
- Fishing Rod
Fishin’ Frenzy The Big Catch Slot Bonuses and Features
Free Spins Bonus. This is what this game is all about, and to trigger it you need to land 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels at the same time. 3 will give you 10 free spins, while 4 will give you 15 and 5 will give you 20. During the bonus, as you probably know already if you’ve played any other frenzy slot, you need to land the fisherman symbol along with a number of fish symbols. Doing so will award you with the collective values shown on all the fish. If you have multiple fishermen, then the values will be added as many times as there are fishermen. Fish can have a value on them up to 500x your stake.
The Big Catch. This is what differentiates this game from the others in the line-up. If you manage to collect 4 fishermen, you’ll upgrade the lowest fish values to the next size up. If you can do this many times then all fish can be the same value as the big fish, 500x your stake.
Fishin’ Frenzy The Big Catch slot from Blueprint Gaming is the latest in the Fishin’ Frenzy series which came out some time ago now but still remains popular. The premise is simple but that’s what makes it work, and they’ve kept things pretty simple here too with the same free spins bonus and nothing in the base game. However, you now have a chance to upgrade the fish values which can make things more rewarding, and I think it’s a clever way to spice this game up. It’s not a huge chance, but it is a welcome one and this might just be the best game in the series so far. Speaking of which, why don’t you check out our reviews on other Fishin’ Frenzy alternatives here.
Relax Gaming has been around since 2010, starting off making poker and bingo games for the online casino world. A few years back they tried their hand at developing their own slot games. The first results weren’t too impressive, as anyone who has played the Great Pigbsy can confirm. But over the last 2 years, this studio has produced hit after hit – in fact, new Relax Gaming slots are some of the most eagerly anticipated on the market. Here are 11 of the best Relax Gaming slots out there.
The many features in this bright and colourful slot are themed around the major Spanish feasts. Three of them occur during the base game. You have La Tomatina, a random feature which adds wild symbols. Pamplona sees mega stacked bull symbols stampede across the reels, and San Joan adds a progressive multiplier wild. These features ensure plenty of action while aiming for the free spins – and once again, this round has plenty of interesting possibilities. There are four variants of the bonus feature, depending on which scatter combination falls, and the best one – San Joan free spins – pays out up to 14778x.
This slot takes its inspiration from fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Not only are the symbols made up of typical fantasy elements like wizards, goblins and knights, but even the main bonus feature involves a board game. Yes – that Monopoly-like track around the grid comes into life in the free spins, as you move around the board, collecting pins to build up your final payout. Fantasy slot fans are sure to love Heroes Gathering by Relax Gaming.
Relax Gaming has built a reputation as the go-to developer for slots which have an 80’s/90’s video arcade vibe. Those of us of a certain age can’t get enough of this blocky kind of game, and Hellcatraz is perhaps the best of them all. A 6×6 grid is overlayed with symbols made up of handcuffs, sharks, guards and prisoners, while the cascading reels allow you to win several times on a single spin. The free spins feature comes from collecting key symbols – you need 2000 of them to trigger the bonus, and here you start off with 5 free spins, although more can be won.
The original Money Train slot quickly became a huge hit among the streaming community. The sequel already looks on track to join it as a favourite of the Twitch channels. Again, we have a Western railroad theme, with a motley band of characters making up the symbols. In the base game, 2 bonus symbols trigger respins until you hit a win, with a multiplier increasing by +1 each respin. On the other hand, 3 symbols trigger the Money Cart feature, with up to 50,000x as the potential win. Although Money Train 2 is even more volatile than the original, the standard RTP is an extremely healthy 96.4%.
Another slot that is targeted at the 90’s/00’s nostalgia crowd, Snake Arena takes a modern look at the old Nokia phone classic. It’s another bright and colourful game, with symbols including gold crowns, hams, and pints. The main feature sees the snake chasing the knight on every free spin, bagging a big win each time he does so. If the lovable reptile eats his own tail, before catching up with the knight, the round is over. The payouts of 100x aren’t exactly huge, but this is the kind of low-variance, fun, and relaxed action which we used to enjoy so much while playing the original.
Mining slots have become quite the thing in recent years, and TNT Tumble is up there with the best of them. Like most Relax Gaming titles, the graphics are sublime, set in an idyllic valley, and the explosions which shatter the peace are impressive. The slot starts off with 5 reels and 4 rows, but 3 extra rows are hidden in the coal mine – your task is to blow up the coal to uncover the hidden symbols and produce more paylines. If you manage to destroy all 3 hidden rows in the same spin, then the free spins bonus is triggered.
Relax Gaming even has a history-themed slot up its sleeve. Attila the Hun is big on historical accuracy as well as gameplay. We follow the adventure of the 15th Century Hunnic warlord as he takes on a Roman general, and their battle plays a key role in several features. For example, the Big Battle free spins are actually triggered when the two opposing generals show up at the same time. With stunning graphics that look straight out of an MMORPG game, Attila the Hun is a unique slot that will appeal to all fans of the History Channel.
This steampunk title has a simply gorgeous design, set in a scientist’s laboratory, as he and his robot helper attempt to turn base metal into gold – or at least wilds which will win you some gold. This is another cascade slot, where winning combinations disappear, letting new chemistry-inspired symbols replace them on a respin. The top left and bottom right symbols on the 5×5 grid are blue-glowing ‘magic portals’ – when the symbols match, all other symbols of that kind turn into wilds. In the free spins round, a third portal is added (on the top right), leading to more wilds – and all wins in this round are doubled!
Relax Gaming’s first-ever franchise slot, the developer plumped for a boxing theme. However, they didn’t go for any individual fighter, but for the Atlantic City boxing announcer Michael Buffer, who popularised the phrase ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’ long before Ant & Dec ever wrecked a mike. In this slot, a randomly triggered Rumble feature adds various wilds to the reels, while a sticky spin also can appear randomly after a win, forcing a respin while your winning symbols remain in place. These two features make the base game a fun ride. That’s just as well – as there are no free spins in Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, and while the payouts aren’t too generous, the slot still manages to pack a punch in the entertainment stakes.
This EDM-clubbing-themed game shows that sometimes the simplest slot is the best. A 5×3 grid with just 10 paylines contains symbols including fruits, guitars, drums, a handsome hunk of a man (who seems to be based on Jack Sparrow), and a glamorous woman. Fire multipliers randomly boost high-paying symbols – sometimes producing 1000x wins in the base game. In the bonus feature, increasing multipliers (5x, 10x, and 50x) are added to winning symbols, so this game does have some good potential for large payouts.
This innovative Caveman-themed slot is one of the few out there that allows you to pick your own variance level, depending on your mood. We like that Relax Gaming has made a slot which can appeal to casual gamers as well as big win hunters. Speaking of hunting, the symbols on Caveman Bob include dodos, wolves, rhinos, and mammoths, as you try to form winning combinations on the reels. The graphics are very nicely done, especially when you leave Bob’s cave and explore the oasis and mountains (where the low and high variance versions come into play). We just love the choice and possibilities of this slot.
Looking at this list of the top Relax Gaming slots, it is amazing to see just how versatile the studio is, with sports slots, branded slots, fantasy slots, dance music slots and retro slots ready for you to spin. We can’t wait to see what they come up with between now and end of the year. Personally, I want to see them try their hand on a Christmas slot.
Australian slots provider NextGen Gaming produces some of the most exciting games on the market today. Now under the Scientific Gaming umbrella, NextGen’s titles include a nice mix of franchise slots and big payout games. Here are 5 of the best of them.
1994 was certainly Jim Carrey’s year, as the rubber-faced Canadian actor shot to fame in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask. It is the last of these films which inspired NextGen to produce this entertaining slot. Fans of the film will be delighted to see Carrey’s character appear as a symbol, as well as Cameron Diaz and the adorable doggie Milo. The biggest wins come courtesy of the Mask symbol, who also acts as the wild. This slot has features aplenty, and 3 bonus symbols trigger a free spins round set in the Coco Bongo club. You start off with up to 25 free spins, with more available in the game, while multipliers go up to 5x. Fans of The Mask will love this slot, since it features so many quotes and scenes from the movie. In fact, we felt like watching it immediately after we played. It’s Showtime!
Some of the NextGen slots on this list score high for entertainment but aren’t really a big draw for the hunters of huge payouts. That is not a criticism which will ever be aimed at Pillars of Asgard. This Norse-themed slot may well be the highest paying non-Jackpot game around, with a 10,000x max payout and over a million ways to win when the reels expand to their limit. It is a truly epic slot, set above the clouds in the mythical city of Asgard, and the pillars stand each side of the reels, which are adorned with runic symbols. The Odin wild symbol will net you 200x for six of a kind, but even if just one of them lands in a winning combination, it will trigger a random multiplier to boost your wins. Of course, the biggest wins are reserved for the free spins round, and this is where more and more rows are added to the reels and where Pillars of Asgard really shines. If you want to bet big, this NextGen Gaming slot is an absolute must.
Medusa Megaways is a new take on a NextGen classic. Like the original, the slot takes place in the Medusa’s temple in Ancient Greece, with a creepy soundtrack which hints at ever-present danger. Since this is a Megaways slot, you have 6 reels to play with, a cascading engine which triggers multiple wins per spin, and multipliers aplenty. The Medusa’s gaze feature sees the gorgon symbol cover entire reels. In the free spins round, you can see that NextGen has done a marvellous job integrating the gameplay with the legend of Medusa. Snake strikes transform solider symbols into wilds and scatters for bigger wins. At the conclusion of the round, the seductress tempts you with a chance to play it all over again to see if you can increase your winnings. A superb take on the Medusa legend, this Megaways slot has something for fans of Hellenic culture as well as those in search of a big payout.
This jungle-themed slot follows Gary the purple gorilla in his quest to eat more bananas, trigger more wilds and bring you more wins. Although Gorilla Go Wilder does not do much to advance innovation in the slot world, this is one happy-looking game that you can’t help falling in love with. As the title suggests, this slot is all about the wilds. In the base game, Gary will bring you sticky wilds that generate big wins, wild symbols that award bonus multipliers, and random symbols that become wild. You will notice the friendly simian continually munches on a line of bananas – and when he uses his stash up, he brings you closer to his free spins round.
King Kong Fury
King Kong Fury slot is based around the 2017 Hollywood blockbuster King Kong: Skull Island. Here the giant ape took on a race of evil lizards, who appear as symbols on the 5 reels, alongside dinosaurs and Kong himself, who acts as the wild. The game comes with two randomly triggered bonus features. The Lightning Reel feature adds up to 15 premium symbols to the reels, while Kong’s Call adds a random number of wilds. A free spins round comes with 3-10 free spins, with a multiplier of up to 10x. The overall look and feel of King Kong Fury certainly is worthy of a film franchise slot, with a soundtrack to match. Although King Kong Fury only pays out a maximum of 500x, the slot has plenty of appeal for those looking for some relaxed and entertaining gaming, since those bonus features land very frequently.
The Red Tiger Gaming studio came out of the blue in late 2015 with the Christmas-themed Jingle Bells. That slot delighted Xmas slot fans with its colourful graphics, but nobody really expected Red Tiger to grow to be a big player. But fast forward 5 years and this studio is one of the most celebrated in the slot business. In 2019, Red Tiger was snapped up by slot giants NetEnt, and it looks like the developer is now poised to move on to the next level. Let’s look back at the last 5 years of Red Tiger’s slots and pick 5 of their best titles.
Anubis was the Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife and was depicted as a man with a dog’s head. In this Red Tiger cluster pays slot, we are taken into his vault, where two statues of Anubis stand on each side of the 7-reel, 6-row grid. A simply awesome touch is that these two statues celebrate when you hit a big win. Those wins land pretty frequently too, and the cascade mechanic means you can score multiple wins on the same spin. The Vault Free spins feature comes with 10 free spins, but with unlimited multipliers after each win. Since the cascade mechanic allows for multiple wins per spin, this multiplier can grow pretty huge – explaining why Vault of Anubis has a thoroughly decent max payout of 5000x.
Piggy Riches is an old slot favourite, and Red Tiger has done a splendid job of reinventing this porcine title for the megaways age. The game is set in a Piggy Mansion, comes with 117,649 ways to win across the 6 reels, and symbols like piggy banks, purses stuffed with cash, and bags of loot. Mega wilds cover entire reels, which comes with multipliers of up to 7x. The free spins round is triggered by landing 3 scatters, but before you proceed with it, you must first spin a wheel of fortune to determine the number of free spins and a multiplier value. Up to 22 free spins are up for grabs, as well as a starting multiplier of 10x. Despite the lowish RTP of 95.71%, Piggy Riches Megaways has a ludicrously generous max payout of 10,474x, which is enough to tempt any big win hunter.
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath who was a master at painting, invention and a whole lot of other Renaissance stuff. The dude even drew up a prototype of a helicopter – 500 years before it was invented. In fact, that prototype even appears as a symbol on Da Vinci’s Mystery slot – which shows just how educated the developers at Red Tiger are. Other symbols include the Mona Lisa, books and spheres. The Da Vinci spins symbol acts as the scatter, with three of them anywhere on the reels triggering the free spins feature. In this bonus round, you start off with 10 free spins (although you can pick up more), with each win increasing the symbol multipliers. This builds the excitement levels and by the end of the round, you can be sitting on some epic wins. All in all, this Red Tiger title comes with a 5000x max payout potential, which we feel is the finishing touch needed to confirm Da Vinci’s Mystery as a slot masterpiece.
Dynamite Riches is a gold-mining themed slot, set in the darkness of a subterranean mineshaft, only lit up by the sparkle of gold nuggets and the blasts of dynamite. It’s an interesting slot to play too since the many features in the base game are earned by collecting dynamite wilds. Once you have enough, you can unlock bonuses such as replacing all low-value symbols with higher-value symbols, random wilds, big multipliers and colossal symbols. These regular features ensure gameplay is always interesting. There is a bonus round too, with three or more Gold Spins scatter symbols triggering 8 free spins – and with all the bonus features activated at the same time. Dynamite Riches is another intriguing slot from Red Tiger which we can play for hours.
Spin Town is themed around British urban life, and the gameplay is all about the wilds. The reels are designed as a busy road, with a pavement on each side, while the wilds are made up of fun cartoon characters intent on crossing the road. When these characters meet on a reel, the potential is there for a big win. The older wilds slowly make it across the reels, sometimes falling asleep, while the younger wilds speed across two reels at a time. Couple wilds come with a 2x multiplier, while Rock ‘n’ Roll wilds (who look a lot like the Beatles, but probably not enough to warrant a lawsuit) cross back and forth as if they were on Abbey Road. Throw in some hooligans and wild guardsmen, and you have a slot which you can’t help falling in love with.
These slots made our top 5, but the truth is we could easily have made this list a top 10 or top 20. Red Tiger Gaming’s vibrant designs and thrilling gameplay make their slots huge favourites of the casino community. Now they have access to NetEnt’s money and influence, we can’t wait to see what this studio comes up with in the coming months. Perhaps we will see some franchise slots in the mould of Guns n’ Roses or Narcos?
While developers build ever-more volatile, high-paying slots, the biggest wins of all are still found playing progressive jackpots. These big dogs of the slot world have made multi-millionaires of people all across the world. Which progressive jackpots are currently offering the biggest prize pots? These are the current top 5, as of the 15th April 2020.
A progressive jackpot with an African safari theme, Microgaming’s Mega Moolah has been enticing casino fans since 2007. In these last 13 years, the so-called “Million Maker” has returned more than £500 million in total winnings, with almost £80 million paid out in 2019 alone. This slot comes with no less than 4 jackpots in one, with a mega, major, minor and mini progressives all at stake. Mega Moolah’s biggest-ever mega jackpot win was triggered in September 2018, when an anonymous European punter landed a whopping €18.9 million. The mega jackpot was last struck on the 5th of April 2020, as a lucky Canadian casino fan picked up a cool $16 million (£9.5m). That recent means the current prize fund is now £6.7m, which still isn’t too shabby. The Mega Moolah major progressive tends to be hit once a quarter, so we should expect it to strike gold again in early July. However, Mega Moolah mega jackpot was hit a record-breaking 12 times in 2019, so you never know when it could fall next.
NetEnt’s answer to Mega Moolah, Mega Fortune looks a little classier than its arch-rival. The symbols on this progressive jackpot are made up of all the luxury items which most of us would spend a big money win on – if we ever got lucky enough to land one. Gold watches, stretched limos and speed boats certainly put us in the mood to spin some reels, while a funky jazz number playing in the background adds further panache to this progressive slot. Mega Fortune has been spinning since 2009, and in that time, it has turned dozens of ordinary people into multi-millionaires. The biggest win so far came in 2013, when a Finnish student landed a cool €17.8 million. On average, Mega Fortune pays out £3 million every couple of months. The main prize was actually struck at the start of April when a lucky casino player walked away with a €3.7 million prize. That means the pot is now just a shade over £600,000, but it still might be worth having a punt on this 5-reel classic.
The progressive jackpot world might be dominated by Microgaming and NetEnt, but Playtech can give them a run for their money with their pooled DC Superheroes jackpot. This spans all Playtech’s DC-themed slots, including award-winning titles such as Justice League, Catwoman and Batman. The Grand Jackpot is the biggest prize of all, as it triggers million-pound winnings every 12 months (on average). The last time it landed was 6 months ago, so we should be getting close to some superhero mega wins.
NetEnt’s Hall of Gods is a progressive jackpot for those who like their big wins with an epic twist. Once again, we see a slot with multiple jackpots included in the same game, and in Hall of Gods, the mega prize offers the biggest wins. This mega jackpot has fallen a total of 19 times since the 2010 launch date – roughly twice a year – and the biggest win recorded on it was worth €7.8 million in 2015. Somewhat fittingly for a Norse-themed slot, that lucky player hailed from Norway. On average, the Hall of Gods mega progressive returns £5 million to every winner, and the last time it was triggered came at the start of 2020. If the biannual nature of this jackpot is any guide, then we expect Hall of Gods to land a big win sometime in the next few weeks. Will Odin, Thor, Loki and the rest of the Norse gods choose to turn another Nordic casino fan into a millionaire? We can’t wait to find out!
This 9-payline progressive jackpot is another Microgaming creation, starting off life in 2014. Although it doesn’t quite have the big wins of Mega Moolah, King Cashalot still has enough to tempt those in search of high payouts. So far, the main prize has fallen just 7 times – i.e. once a year on average. But when it does land, it tends to pay out around £1 million. Right now, the main jackpot is inching closer that million-pound mark, 2 years since it last triggered – and is now overdue. It seems the mighty King Cashalot is primed to trigger the jackpot very soon.
As you can see, the two slot giants of NetEnt and Microgaming dominate the list of the 5 biggest progressive jackpot slots as of 15th April 2020. Next time these jackpots fall, some lucky punter is going to become a millionaire.
Novomatic specialises in high-volatility, high-concept slot games that have delighted casino fans for 40 years. This Austrian gaming giant has several brands under its name, including the ever-popular Greentube, so chances are that some of your favourite slots are powered by Novomatic. Here are our 5 of the best Novomatic slots of all time.
Tidal Riches is surely one of Novomatic’s most beautifully designed slots. It has a nautical theme, set against a backdrop of the ocean, with symbols including fish, turtles, dolphins, and octopuses. The uplifting soundtrack completes the watery feel, but the exciting gameplay ensures there are thrills aplenty in Tidal Riches. The Hi Roller bonus feature is very clever, with two different options (Silver and Gold) depending on how lucky you feel. Tidal Riches also shows Novomatic’s take on the cascading reels theme which has become so popular since Gonzo’s Quest. All in all, this a great little slot, with a beautiful design, minimal gimmicks, and decent payouts.
This slot is based around the 1996 film of the same name – and what a crazy film that was! Clooney playing a bad guy, Tarantino showing he could act as well as direct, and a crime movie which turns into a vampire movie half-way through. From Dusk till Dawn has gained a cult following over the years, and Novomatic has wisely integrated as many characters, scenes and themes from the film into this 5-reel, 3-row, 25-payline slot. The characters played by Tarantino, Clooney, Keitel and Juliette Lewis all feature, with Santanico Pandemonium acting as the Dancing Wild. The bonuses include On the Run, Everybody be Cool and Twister, which has the best potential for payouts, as you spin a wheel to win cash prizes. If you enjoyed the film, you will simply love this Novomatic slot version.
Book of Ra proved so popular in the brick-and-mortar casinos that the public demanded an online version. Novomatic answered the call in 2008, faithfully recreating this slot for the internet age. With a soundtrack straight from the gaming hall and just 9 paylines, Book of Ra is a simple but delightfully effective slot game. The graphics are clear, there aren’t a ton of distractions and the symbols are simple, attractive and – most importantly – big. You can play it for just 2p per spin, and Book of Ra is a refreshing change from the overwhelming Megaways games which seem so popular these days. Book of Ra has, of course, spawned plenty of later sequels which increase the number of potential paylines, but for our money, the original is still the best.
Like Book of Ra, Clockwork Oranges started off life in the casinos and gaming arcades of the real world, before Novomatic released an online version. Clockwork Oranges is also a rather simple game, with 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 paylines. While there are no free spins, there is a rather interesting feature in store if you trigger three Scatters on the first, third and fifth reel. A bonus game based around a big clock and a spinning big hand let you win between 4x – 500x the total amount you bet. The graphics here might not be quite as eye-catching as in Book of Ra, but they share the same classic feel which pleases old-timers like me.
Baywatch star David Hasselhoff is mostly famous these days for ironic internet memes and drunkenly eating cheeseburgers in Las Vegas. But in the German-speaking countries, The Hoff is still a major star, even credited with bringing down the Berlin Wall. In 2019, Novomatic signed up Hasselhoff as their official brand ambassador, and Hoffmania is the first slot to be themed around the great man. This is a 5-reel, all-lines-pay slot, with symbols including The Hoff himself and various female fans clad in tight t-shirts with David’s face on them, while the wild is represented by the Hoffmania logo. The scatter symbol is a golden bust of The Hoff’s head, and three of these in a row will trigger the Free Spins. With an RTP of 94.16%, clearly there are better-paying slots out there – but you will find few quite as hilarious as Hoffmania.
Novomatic is responsible for some of the most volatile, fun and downright wacky online slot games on the market today. Other contenders for the list of best Novomatic slots would include Kiss, Pharoah’s Tomb and Lucky Lady’s Charm. Which Novomatic slot title is your favourite?
- Another fighting-themed slot from Relax Gaming
- Some nice graphics and a fun design
- No free spins but features are fun and pay pretty well
It’s Time slot from Relax Gaming has an MMA theme unsurprisingly as the title of the slot is the popular catchphrase from Bruce Buffer before a fight. The slot has quite a playful design for this kind of theme which I actually quite like, offering very cartoon-like characters and drawings. There are 6 reels here with 4 rows to give you a total of 40 paylines. To get a win, you need to land a winning combination from left to right using the base symbols. These are as follows, ranked in ascending order based on their value:
- 10 (lowest value)
- Jack or Queen
- King or Ace
- Blue Fighter
- Green Fighter
- Purple Fighter
- Red Fighter
- Bruce Buffer
- Wild (highest value)
The wild symbol will also substitute for all of the above symbols in a winning combination.
It’s Time Slot Bonuses and Features
Hot Spot Feature. This feature randomly activates at the beginning of a spin, sending a current around the centre area of the reels the create a hot spot. If 4 of the same gather symbols land in the hot spin, they’ll be locked in place and turn into a wild symbol. This then triggers a respin.
Fighter Bonus. This bonus is triggered by landing 2 different, fully-stacked fighter symbols on reels 1 and 6 at the same time. This will award you with 5 respins where all fighter symbols that land will stick in place for the rest of the respins. You can also land the upgrade symbol, shown as an energy drink, which will increase your multiplier by 1x, as well as the diagonal symbol, turning itself and all 4 diagonally place positions into the relevant fighter. A left and right symbol can also appear, turning itself and 1 or 2 symbols to the left/right into the relevant fighter. At the end of the bonus, the fighter with the most symbols wins and converts any losing symbols into the winning one. In the event of a tie, the highest value symbol wins.
Buffer Bonus. Landing a full stack of Bruce Buffer symbols on reels 1 and 6 triggers this bonus, awarding you with 3 respins. Every time a new symbol lands, it will stick and reset the respins to 3. You can also land the extra bonus symbols from the fighter bonus.
It’s Time slot from the Relax Gaming is another fighter-style slot that has some fun features based on this theme. There are multiplier fighters here which are used, along with Bruce Buffer himself, to trigger different bonuses. There are no free spins here, although there are plenty of respins which can work just as well. The bigger wins will likely come from racking up some decent multipliers along with some high-value symbols. The features trigger fairly often which keeps the game entertaining and rewarding. Overall, I think it’s a fun slot that pays pretty well, although others out there can offer bigger rewards if that’s your top priority. You can see more of Relax Gaming’s slots here.