It has been an awesome week for new slot releases and announcements. We have seen some spectacular games that will be hitting the casino lobbies soon, and no doubt will become instant hits with players from around the world. Reducing them to just four for this newsletter is always the hard part as quite a few would deserve a closer look. We finally narrowed it down to new slots from NetEnt, Blueprint Gaming, Red Tiger Gaming and Microgaming.
Netent is ready to release Narcos, after Vikings, the second slot from the Netflix hit series and under a license agreement with the Gaumont Film Company. The gameplay follows the pursuit of Pablo Escobar, Colombia’s most notorious drug lord on a highly volatile slot. Red Tiger Gaming has taken on another kind of beast on Devil’s Number, a slot where everything revolves around the number 666.
We also had Blueprint Gaming announcing another Megaways slot. While Wolf Legend Megaways looks at first sight like a clone of Buffalo Rising, it scores points for a new mechanic to win more free spins called Golden Streak. Last but not least, Microgaming is in the final preparations for what we hope is another blockbuster slot. Lara Croft Temples and Tombs is the much awaited third slot in the Lara Croft trilogy. In fact, this news is so hot off the shelf we don’t even have a proper screenshot yet.
Get ready for a hair-raising ride as you join the law enforcement officers on their pursuit of Pablo Escobar. Based on the Netflix hit series, an action-packed gaming experience awaits with walking wilds, one random feature, one bonus game as well as a free spins round that can lead to wins in excess of 5,000x your bet.
Playable from 0.20 coins, you will first encounter the walking wild as it’s the most frequent feature on Narcos. Any wild landing in a winning combo will light up and turn into a walking wild. It will move by one reel to the left on the following spin, increasing the chance to hit another win. All spins with a walking wild are, however, paid spins.
Watch out in the base game when a green car suddenly appears out of nowhere and the gang members start shooting from the inside. Any high-value symbol hit during the random Drive-By feature will turn into a wild symbol, or even a walking wild if they are part of a winning combo.
Land a minimum three Pablo Escobar locked-up icons on the same row to trigger the Locked-Up bonus game. The icons in view move together to form a cluster and the remaining positions are blanked out, with only locked-up and golden locked-up symbols on the reels. Land more to connect to the cluster as each symbol will award a coin win. Golden locked symbols will award upgrades, such as increasing the coin win per symbol or multiplying the entire win from the bonus game.
Pablo’s getaway car is the scatter on the Narcos slot and you will need to hit them on reels one, three and five to trigger 10 free spins, which cannot be retriggered. The scene changes to a night setting with an active shoot-out between gang members and the police. After every free spin, they will shoot at each other and any hitting a high-value symbol in view will apply the same mechanic as in the Drive-By feature.
Is anything related to 666, the number of the beast, giving you shivers? Then proceed with caution when opening the Devil’s Number slot as everything revolves around the secret of the beast. You’ll have two random features and a free spins round at your disposal to solve the mystery and win up to 2,500x your stake.
Spin the reels from 0.20 coins and get ready to witness to devilish random features that can lead to mega wins. Upgrade will trigger randomly on wins with premium symbols and will upgrade the wins by doubling the payout for the current spin. Removal can trigger on a win with low-value symbols and will remove all occurrences of the symbol in the winning combo to have new symbols cascade into place for the chance to hit another win.
Hit three scatters on reels two, three and four to trigger 12 free spins. The upgrade feature is now applied to every high-value symbol landing in a winning combo, with the payouts remaining doubled until the end of the round. The removal feature will permanently remove the low-value symbols from the reels when they land in a winning combo. Three scatters during the free spins will award 6+ bonus spins. Having only upgraded premium symbols on the reels is the best moment to hit the maximum win in a single spin which is exactly 999x the bet. For those not in the know, that is an inverted 666.
Missed playing a Blueprint Megaways slot lately? Well, here is their next release and it has a strong resemblance to Buffalo Rising Megaways. It begs to differ, though, as the win potential is five times higher and peaks at 50,000x your stake and thus raises the volatility from high to sky-high.
You can play Wolf Legend Megaways from as little as 0.10 coins and hit mystery symbols in the base game or free spins. They will reveal a common symbol once the dust settles for a higher chance to hit a win.
For the impatient among us slot players, Blueprint is offering yet again an option to buy the feature. It will cost you 75x your stake and will take you straight to the free spins round. All others can trigger the feature when they land minimum three scatters in one spin. Instead of getting a fixed amount of free spins, each scatter will reveal a number between 1 and 5. Once that is done, the game locks the scatters in place and blanks out all other reel positions for the Golden Streak feature. This is a respin to land more scatters and thus increases the number of free spins. You will get one to three streak lives based on how many scatters triggered the round. You will lose one life when no new scatter lands on a respin.
Once the free spins start, you will benefit from the standard Megaways mechanic with an unlimited multiplier. Every winning reaction will increase it by 1x, while three or four scatters in the top reel will award 5+ and 10+ free spins.
Lara Croft Temples and Tombs | Microgaming
The first two Lara Croft slots from Microgaming were blockbusters, and are today part of their classic evergreens that are still played by countless slotting fans. Creating a third one presented them with a chance to finally release another hit slot as their latest launches received a rather lukewarm reception, to put it mildly. The slot has been designed by partner studio Triple Edge Studios, but is powered by Microgaming’s Quickfire platform.
Well, we give them some credit for trying as the slot features rolling reels, multiplier trails, a free spins round and three fixed jackpots. All on a 5×3 game window with 243 ways to win, the signature format of Microgaming. Rolling reels and multiplier trails are evident to those who played Jungle Jim: El Dorado from MG or the epic Gonzo’s Quest from NetEnt. Symbols drop onto the reels and any winning combo is removed to make place for new ones to cascade in. At the same time, the multiplier increases progressively with every win in a spin sequence, up to 5x in the base game and up to 21x in the free spins.
The free spins are triggered with three to five scatters, awarding eight to 32 free spins that can be retriggered up to a total of 80 free spins. No modifiers are in play other than the enhanced win multipliers.
Looking to win a jackpot? Unfortunately, they are not progressive. The Minor, Major and Grand will pay a fixed 15x, 100x and 5,000x your bet respectively. Any wild symbols landing on the reels are collected throughout the gameplay, which will increase your chances of triggering a jackpot. They will do so at random to award one of the three that are available.
In closing, a wasted opportunity to create something spectacular. Instead, we are getting a bland fare that has nothing new or surprising for slot players.