Updated Updated: August 29, 2019

New Slot Games

For the past couple of decades, the iGaming industry has been shaping the world of online gambling, and no game genre has had as much an impact as slots. These types of games remain the most popular worldwide, both online and at land-based casinos. As a result, game developers usually use new releases to experiment with new mechanics and rewards, in order to identify future trends and stay ahead of their competition. This is all great news for you, as it means that games are constantly evolving and getting even better.

Slot Trends

Sports Betting Trend

The lines between video slots and sports get more blurred as the top game developers are experimenting with ways to combine the two into one experience. With a loosening of online sports betting in several jurisdictions, the number of online punters is on the increase, and software houses have taken notice. As a result, video slots which allow you to simultaneously bet on sports without having to leave the reels are in the works, by IGT amongst others.

Moving Away from Traditional Reels

While visuals and gameplay have evolved considerably from the first fruit machines, the underlying mechanism of most video slots remains practically unchanged. The spinning reel has remained at the heart of video slots, even though there is the unlimited potential for developers to be creative. NetEnt was one of several developers that replaced spinning reels for cascading blocks or other mechanisms, and this trend is expected to continue throughout 2019. Whether they will be zapped out of place, crushed or transformed, you can expect more unusual behaviours of slot symbols in a growing number of upcoming releases.

Putting Skill into the Equation

Video slots have also been considered a game purely based on luck, and this was ok for most players. However, with a renewed interest in table games and video poker, considered to be part skill, part luck games, some software developers are seeing ways to provider slots players to use their skills to improve their winning odds. Synergy Blue and Next Gaming are two of the ones focusing on this niche, and while it is still too early to talk about results, there is certainly potential.

Turning Slots into Games

There’s no doubt about it, video slots are already fun and extremely entertaining. However, they lacked one feature which is present in most video games, a sense of accomplishment. Through gamification, software developers are partnering up with online casinos to provide additional opportunities for rewards. This exercise can take many forms and can include organising cross-platform tournaments and competitions. Another feature which is already present in several slots is the possibility of levelling-up or of collecting special keys or symbols to unlock exclusive bonuses.

Top New Video Slots

Dead or Alive II – NetEnt

Although audiences are often disappointed by sequels, NetEnt surprised the industry by making Dead or Alive II better than its prequel. Released in April 2019, it is still too early to properly judge the success of this slot, but by player and operator feedback it looks like it will compete for top place with NetEnt’s other blockbuster successes, Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest.

Dead or Alive II features superb graphics and immersive sound, and to top it all off you stand the chance of winning 2,000,000 coins. In fact, the game is considered to be potentially more lucrative than most progressive jackpot slots.

Mega Pyramid – Red Tiger Gaming

Normally, when players hear about a new Egypt-themed video slot they quickly move to the next game. Indeed, the theme of pharaohs and pyramids have has been overused by game developers who have not been able to offer anything creative in a while. Now, Red Tiger Gaming will make you look forward to this theme once more.

Mega Pyramid features several bonuses and free spins, and you have the potential to win 5,000x your bet. Its great graphics and soundtrack are comparable to those in Book of Ra, however, creators have been very careful to offer gameplay which is distinctly different, and they seem to have managed.

Ukiyo-e – Ganapati

With a distinctly Japanese flavour, Ukiyo-e naturally stands out as a video slot which is different from the rest. Developed by Ganapati, a software developer based in Japan, this slot features intricate and wonderful works of art in an environment which can award you with great multipliers and up to 40 free spins.

Ukiyo-e is not your usual slot and can be somewhat pricey to play, with minimum bets starts at 0.60 credits. The game is highly volatile, even though its RTP is over 98%. It is difficult to describe the intricate detail and surprising effects of the game, you’d be best just to experience it for yourself.

Subbuteo – Betdigital

Subbuteo is a sport which keeps many football fans entertained even when it is raining outside. Now, Betdigital has transformed this widely popular table sport into a video slot by the same name. Subbuteo, the slot game, includes several entertaining features, such as random bonuses and minigames.  

The slot allows a large variance of bets, making it accessible to both risk-takers and more cautious players. Between the animations, great sound effects and free spins, Subbuteo is a great and overdue slot.

Queen’s Day Tilt – Play’n GO

Queen’s Day Tilt is Play’n GO’s take on the medieval theme. It was released in February 2019 and features a square slot made up of three reels and three rows. This is an unusual slot size for the developer, but with an RTP of 96.36% and the possibility to win the jackpot of 500,000 coins, players won’t spend too much time thinking about this bold move.

Queen’s Day Tilt features battling knights, passionate endeavours and numerous adventures. For players, these all translate to exciting random features, the possibility of winning up to 5,000x your bet, and free spins.

Strolling Staxx: Cubic Fruit – NetEnt

Based on the fruit machines of yesteryear, Strolling Staxx: Cubic Fruit is a five-reel, three-row slot featuring 10 paylines. The game features some fantastic graphics by NetEnt, while at the same time it does not take itself too seriously. In fact, as you will quickly notice when you start the game, the slot is located in an unusual forest where everything is a cube.

Strolling Staxx: Cubic Fruit features a mix of colossal symbols, exciting respins and the bonus bet feature. With an RTP of 95.95%, the slot is hardly the most rewarding, but its joyful environment and original design make it worth playing at least once.

Excalibur’s Choice – Barcrest

In Excalibur’s Choice, you are transported back to medieval times, complete with graphics and sound. It is unclear whether Barcrest intended to have one of its latest releases look so dated, but this is certainly the end result. The graphics are rather basic, with a hint of pixelation.

Beyond this initial distraction, Barcrest ensured that Excalibur’s Choice provided an entertaining experience to its players. With the opportunity to win 5,000x your bet in a single spin, and the possibility to unlock the game’s bonus feature, one could argue that the software developer succeeded.

Megaways: Buffalo Rising – Blueprint

Six reels and five rows on one slot give you 117,649 different ways to win, and this is quite a good deal indeed. Megaways: Buffalo Rising is a video slot based on the Wild West theme, featuring the special ability to buy your way to a round of free spins. In fact, the slot allows you to pay 100x your bet for this luxury. Whether you use it or not is, of course, your choice, but the slot’s high variance will have you asking the question several times.

If you decide to try your luck with the free spins, Buffalo Rising has several ways to keep you entertained. The slot features a variety of thrilling bonuses, such as Cascading Wins and Stacked Mystery Symbols. 

Berryburst – NetEnt

The best way to describe Berryburst is to imagine getting a berry and giving it a day of beauty. Through the use of 3D animations, NetEnt’s designers have succeeded to make graphics look both fun and tasty. The slot has been highly praised by casino operators and players for being a very easy slot to play, whilst still offering experienced players entertaining possibilities through its evolving wild symbols.

Berryburst features a five-reel, three-row slot, but there are no paylines. Instead, wins are based on landing identical symbols adjacent to each other.

Banana Rock – Play’n GO

Get ready to join six monkeys in a psychedelic experience you are sure to remember in Banana Rock. Discover Play’n GO’s new feature mechanic called Encore Spin and get ready to win up to 2,500x your bet in just one round. Banana Rock is a crazy and fun video slot which features a great soundtrack and lots of opportunities to bag big wins. If you enjoy rock music and bonus features, this is the slot game for you.

Vikings – NetEnt

Vikings is yet another video slot by NetEnt which has replaced paylines for adjacent combinations. As a result, you can have up to 78,125 different ways to win in this slot which also transforms from a five-reel to a seven reel slot throughout the game. Vikings is based on the popular TV series and features the same great graphics and sound effects which NetEnt is well known for.

In the game, you will discover the Hotspot feature, which transforms Viking symbols into scatter symbols. The game also includes a Shield Wall feature where a mystery symbol transforms into a standard symbol. Considered to be one of the top game releases of 2019, Vikings is certainly a game to try, if not for its many features, for the opportunity to win 10,000x your bet on every single free spin.

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