Online slots fans were spoilt for choice in 2018 as developers pushed back the boundaries of what technology makes possible, and that trend is likely to continue in 2019, which means New Zealand players will be able to benefit from some of the most exciting games ever developed. To help whet your appetite for the year ahead, here are some of the most anticipated slots titles slated for release in the next few months, featuring the latest graphics and biggest payouts.
Dream Big With Divine Dreams
You can’t go wrong with a Quickspin game, and the Swedish developers appear to have excelled themselves with their latest title, due out in February.
Divine Dreams is an easy to play and beautifully-realised title based around the concept of animal spirits in an Asian jungle, which will offer players a much higher payout than usual for a Quickspin game. In fact, the rewards with this game could exceed 7000 times your stake, offering a staggering 243 ways and some huge rewards. The best combinations offer a payout of as much as $1,500 with the maximum wager in place, and the RTP of 96.5 is good for such a high volatility game.
The bonus reel is a major part of the attraction with this game, offering multipliers of 10, 20 and 30, but there is also a generous allocation of free spins, giving you between 8 and 20 rounds that can all trigger wilds, additional freespins and respins.
Enhancing the potentially rewarding play is the sumptuous design of the game, themed around a jungle and featuring stones bearing symbols, some of which represent animals such as monkeys, elephants and turtles. Inspired by some of Asia’s oldest civilisations, Divine Dreams combines gorgeous graphics with engaging gameplay and eye-catching multipliers, and is sure to keep fans of high volatility slots gaming entertained in 2019.
Hunt For Fortune
Net Entertainment is one of the most famous slots developers in the world, with a reputation for producing games that push the boundaries and introduce new innovations into slots gaming, and the company has another potential industry-defining title in 2019.
Turn Your Fortune is an Art Nouveau style game with a number of interesting new features. It is built around a big playing area, incorporating a total of paylines, and it includes a feature known as Fortune Wins, along with two types of bonuses, providing a potential maximum win of $400,000 if you wager the maximum stake of $200. That’s a huge jackpot for a non-progressive game.
The Fortune Wins feature involves the collection of symbols, which accumulate along a ladder as you gather them, opening up bigger wins as you go. Fill up enough spaces and you will move up the ladder, and at the top of the ladder, your reward will be a multiplier of 2,000. The game also offers a bumper selection of re-spins and free-spins to add to the entertainment.
With the Fortune Wins feature, NetEnt have come up with something that will pique the interest of New Zealand online slots gamers, and they have backed up that innovative gameplay with a beautiful setting, based around early 20th century French art and architecture, and compelling sound effects, all of which combine for a luxurious and enjoyable playing experience.
Questing For Jackpots
Push Gaming was a late comer to the online slots gaming world, but they’ve made a big impact since setting up in 2010 and this year they have something special in store for slots fans.
Immortal Guild is set for release in the spring and continues the trend of modern slots titles looking ever more like immersive console games. The game is a 5×4 reels title, offering 1024 routes to victory, with plentiful scatters, free spins, collapsing symbols, wilds and multipliers. We expect the highest stake to be $100 though we don’t yet know how big the multipliers in this game will be.
The setting of the game is in the world of fantasy, which recalls a number of popular titles from the film and video game worlds. Many of the symbols relate to heroes such an elf girl, a dwarf with a boy and a human wielding a sword, and the theme also includes weapons coins that range in value from iron and bronze to silver and gold, all presented in glorious high definition graphics.
The game play itself will offer interesting features. Players can win by building up combinations on consecutive reels, or by building up scatters – represented by the Immortal Stone symbol. Collapsing Reels also feature heavily, and provide an interesting approach, with regular symbols collapsing into a single icon which then triggers a re-spin after it has paid out. Immortal Guild promises to be an extremely popular title though New Zealand players will have to wait until April to try it out.
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
Microgaming can always be relied upon to deliver a solid slots gaming experience, and their latest title should be popular with most New Zealand online slots fans.
Book of Oz is obviously influenced by the enduring classic the Wizard of Oz, and the familiar images and themes from that story are beautifully realised in a typically crisp visual display. But the game play is also built on the phenomenally successful Book Of Ra from the Microgaming stable.
In terms of gameplay, Microgaming have kept thing simple, though the 5-reel, 10-line format offers plenty of action and the maximum payout is extremely generous. The top multiplier in the Book of Oz is an impressive 5,000, which means that if you play with the maximum stake, you can earn $125,000, one of the biggest prizes you will find for a non-progressive title.
Players who are familiar with Book of Ra will find the gameplay with Book of Oz to be recognisable. The Book of Oz itself features as the scatter and the wild symbol, and depending on how is it used in the game, you can use it for both options. If it lands next to regular symbols, it functions as a Wild but if a player can bring up three at the same time, they will work as Scatters, generating free spins and if you lucky, triggering an expanding reel feature that fills up the screen with symbols.
In terms of aesthetics, Microgaming have pulled out all the stops and for fans of Book of Ra who are looking for something different from the familiar Ancient Egyptian accessories, and there are plenty of appropriate symbols including books, keys and heights, to go along with the usual Royal figures. And Microgaming have used all of their skill and experience to ensure that the game runs smoothly, plays easily, and looks stunning. Book of Oz is set to be one of the slots stars of 2019.
These are exciting times for gamers as increasing numbers of new games developers enter the industry, bringing new ideas and innovations to improve the look, gameplay and rewards of the modern slots game. And wherever you’re based in New Zealand, the convenience of online play means you can enjoy these state of the art games from the comfort of your own home, so 2019 promises to be a great year for keen slots gamers.