March was another strong month for the slot world, and fans had plenty of new titles to keep them occupied. These were the top slots of the month, as rated by our team of expert reviewers.
Loony Blox is clearly heavily inspired by the Loony Tunes cartoons, and some might even accuse Habanero of ripping this classic series off. Copyright lawsuits aside, this slot looks absolutely sublime, and the cartoon characters include an elephant, a skateboarding rabbit, and a wolf, spinning on a 5×3 grid. The two main features are the map game, where the 3 characters chase each other around a desert landscape, and the free spins, which are triggered within the map feature. You receive 12 of these free spins, and although Loony Blox has a maximum payout of just 1000x, the slot does come with an almost unprecedented RTP of 98.02%. High rollers may well give Loony Blox a wide berth, but the rest of us will love the frequent wins and entertaining gameplay.
Fantasma’s Desert Shark does a decent job of combining the worlds of deserts….and sharks. It’s best not to get too hung up on this odd thematic clash, and focus instead on the slot play, which is dominated by wilds and multipliers, which can bring you impressive wins, even in the base game. The free spins round comes with 8 free spins, and on each of these spins, between 1-6 Dynamite Wilds are added at random, along with random multipliers. Although it claims to have a max payout of over 16,000x and an RTP of 96.33%, Desert Shark is massively volatile, with long stretches of losing spins. But if you are a seasoned slots veteran, then you will love the chance to chase an epic win.
Play n’ Go’s own take on the legend of Robin Hood, Riches of Robin looks wonderful, with animated symbols and an endearing Medieval soundtrack. But does it rob from the casino and give to the player? Well, it certainly has the potential to do so. Wins come when landing 3 (or more) combinations, with the premium symbols made up of characters from the story such as Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Robin himself. He pays 20x your stake for five of a kind. The real fun comes during the bonus features, of which there are several. The Quick Hit triggers randomly, with cash prizes worth up to 1000x, and the Heist Respins comes when 4 money bag symbols appear on the reels. Free spins are triggered by two scatters, and these randomly award up to 20 free spins and a multiplier of up to 5x. The max payout here is 10,000x, and that, in combination with those 1000x Quick Hits mean Riches of Robin always keeps you on the edge of your seat.
This new title from Push Gaming looks simple on the surface, starting off with just 4 reels and 3 rows. However, Joker Troupe packs a punch in the gameplay. The main wins are found in the 3 bonus features, the red, green and blue Joker games. Our favourite was the Green joker wheel game with up to 25x multipliers. Despite a maximum payout of over 25,000x, Joker Troupe also has a generous RTP of 96.68% and slightly lower variance than is typically the case with a Push Gaming slot, so it can still appeal to recreational slot fans. What’s more, Joker Troupe slot is beautifully designed and has a stunning colour scheme.
Blueprint’s Sweet Success classic is the latest slot to be given the Megaways treatment. The bright, vibrant colours of the original remain, but this time we see a six-reel grid with up to 7 rows, and 117,649 ways to win. The bonus round includes a sweet picking game, and you can then choose to accept a cash prize or reject it in favour of another offer. If that sounds a lot like Deal or No Deal, that’s because the mechanics are the exact same, although it is a lot less stressful considering your options in a virtual sweet shop. The free spins feature offers unlimited win multipliers and mystery symbols. With a top prize of £250,000, Sweet Success Megaways has something for everyone.
Rabcat’s Treasure Heroes is an adventure slot set in a medieval dungeon, where our boy and girl hero characters take on a creepy skeleton for a share of the hidden treasure. Treasure Heroes is a cluster pays slot, so no need to worry about any of those pesky paylines. Just form a cluster of six or more of the same symbols to make a winning combination, with the help of the wild symbol of course. The Treasure Chamber free spins feature is where the larger wins tend to occur since warrior and magician symbols are transformed into sticky wilds which are held in place until the end of the feature. This is a fun slot from Rabcat which will appeal to video gamers as well as casino players.
Coming hard on the heels of the Cheltenham Festival, iSoftbet’s Racetrack Riches Megaboard is a mash-up of the Irish and horse racing themes. The soundtrack is typical of the Irish slot genre, while the 5×3 grid contains a mix of horse and leprechaun symbols, against a backdrop of a race ground. The most interesting – as well as the most lucrative – part of this slot is the bonus round, where the iSoftbet megaboard comes into play. Here rolls of the dice allow your jockey to move around the track and a free spin is given for every roll of the dice. The Big Money bonus feature is then triggered after successfully completing 3 laps of the megaboard, when your total wins from that round are multiplied by 10x.
Relax Gaming has done another smashing job incorporating the mining theme of TNT Tumble slot into the gameplay. The grid has 7 rows, but we only start off using 4 of them – you will need to drill and blast your way to the lowest 3 levels. To do this, we must form winning paylines, which then leads to new rows of symbols tumbling down and activating those hidden rows. All very clever, as is the wild drill stacking symbol, as 7 of them stacked together will net you 50x your stake. The bonus round comes with 3 levels of volatility to choose from, with medium, high and very high being the options. TNT Tumble is another entertaining title from Relax Gaming which should gain much appeal from across the slot community.
Wish Upon a Jackpot is the second Blueprint title to be reimagined as a megaways slot this month. Similar to the 2013 original, this slot crams as many fairy tales into one game as possible, including the Fairy Godmother, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs. This time, the six reels offer 117,649 ways to win and some rather fun features, the best of which is the Fairy Godmother free spins. As is usually the case with a Blueprint Megaways slot, these come with unlimited free spins, but the magic orb modifier at the start gives players a degree of control. And the max payout of 50,000x doesn’t harm this slot either, of course.
The romance of the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet is perfectly captured in this Greentube slot, which has the look and feel of a big-budget CGI movie. Romeo stands to the left of the 5×4 grid and sends love letters across the reels as they spin, leading to stacked wilds which increase your chances of a win. If these stacked wilds move across the reels as far as Juliet (on her balcony), it triggers the free spins round, where you can win up to 375x your stake. Romeo and Juliet Sealed With a Kiss is a wonderfully thought-out slot and is sure to charm the hearts of every slot romantic.
Once more, we see developers putting a lot of thought and planning into each slot release, although Blueprint does seem hell-bent on converting all their classics into megaways titles. It’s nice to see some lower volatility slots, especially the excellent Loony Blox.