The first two months of 2017 have already been marked by an extraordinary number of new or imminent game release announcements from several developers, with the latest coming from Playtech, ELK Studios, NextGen and the little-known Fugaso.
Playtech has just launched Fields of Fortune and Roaring Wilds; the former is a 5 reels and 25 pay-lines slot which is as usual now released across both desktop and mobile media. The theme is set in a bucolic environment with a floral field, vegetables and gardening tools, with the Wild represented by a red rose that can unleash up to three fully wild reels.
There’s also a Free Games feature where the punter can either play the Carrot Spins feature or Parsnip Spins feature – the former awards an increasing multiplier up to 5x whilst the Parsnip Spins feature gives an 3 extra wild symbols.
The Roaring Wilds slot has 5 reels and 40 pay-lines and has also been released across desktop and mobile. The theme is wild life and features bears, eagles, fish and jaguars in a mountain setting. Wilds are stacked in this game, and there are up to 15 free spins available in a Free Games feature, and a further 15 FS achievable through Scatter awards…with no limit on how many free spins are accrued through retriggers.
ELK Studios in Sweden has joined the early new games spree with a new 243 ways-to-win slot titled Sam On The Beach…a sequel to the company’s popular Electric Sam game. In the latest theme, Sam, his wife Sandra and daughter Maggie are on a tropical island. Features include three bonuses with some generous rewards and multipliers.
The game appears primarily mobile-oriented and offers the player four Betting Strategies: Optimizer, Leveller, Booster and Jumper. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the decision is left to the punter… and his or her predilection for low or high volatility. The average RTP is 96.3 percent, according to the developer.
With features like the diverse bonuses, sticky Wilds and Multipliers, Scatters, Free Spins there’s plenty of action in the new game.
With all the international publicity generated by the recent US elections and the debate about new US president Donald Trump, it was probably only a matter of time before a developer jumped on the opportunity to issue a topical slot, and that developer has proved ironically to be the little-known Russian company Fugaso (Future Gaming Solutions).
Their new slot, Trump It! is full of US stars ‘n stripes imagery, sprinkled liberally with personalities like former US president Obama, Hillary Clinton, an appropriately costumed Mexican president, Vladimir Putin, the new First Lady and – predictably as the Wild symbol – Donald Trump himself (portrayed with a court jester’s cap).
Biggest paying symbols are Putin and Trump, and game features include retriggering Free Spins, Multipliers, Wilds and Scatters…all wrapped in a sort of cynically amusing take on US politics.
The final release (for now anyway) comes from NextGen Gaming, with its 5 reel, 243 ways-to-win new slot Golden Rooster, appropriately ushering in the Chinese new year of the Rooster.
Set in a farmyard, the theme suggests three different stages in the rooster’s development, with the mature version acting as the powerful Wild in the game, even over Scatters. The other symbols have a fowl and agricultural slant, and there are varied opportunities for reward from Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins and up to 5x Multipliers.
Serious slot players will probably be attracted by the developer’s claim that the RTP on Golden Rooster is a high 97.22 percent.