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Slots have been the backbone of the game portfolio of every online casino software provider barring a few like Evolution Gaming, Extreme Live Gaming and a few others – and they do not have slots in their kitty only because they are specialists that develop only live casino games.

And with the pace at which the industry and the technology behind it is growing, new slots usually end up meaning high-end games with new features to try out. Also when it comes to slots, the more the merrier! That is why casino software providers offer new slots at regular intervals. More games means a bigger game portfolio of the provider and also a bigger reputation in the industry.

The year 2018 has seen the release of a number of slots from some of the top providers in the industry. There have been new releases from Real Time Gaming, NetEnt, Playtech, Yggdrasil Gaming and also Microgaming, among others. Of course, Microgaming games are not available to players from South Africa so we will not be listing them here.

Banana Jones (Real Time Gaming)

Banana Jones is the newest game from the RTG stables. The game is a slot but with a difference: you don’t spin the wheel, you just roll the dice! The game has Banana Jones, the primate version of Indiana Jones, the adventurer played by Harrison Ford in the Indian Jones franchise of movies from Hollywood, searching for the Crystal Banana.

The objective is to get Banana Jones across the forest where he has crashed his plane in search of the Crystal Banana and into the temple, where the Crystal Banana can be found. The game resembles a snake and ladder board game – there are vines that can take you up the board should you land on them, and snakes that can take you down below should you land on them.

Age of the Gods: Medusa and Monsters (Playtech)

Playtech has become synonymous with its range of games themed on fantasy, with one of the most outstanding of them being the entire Age of the Gods series. Well, this May 2018 it released the latest game in this series – Age of the Gods: Medusa and Monsters. This is a game that has 6 reels and 164 paylines. The game has Medusa as the wild and a shield as the scatter. Other symbols include Cerberus, Minotaur, 4 kinds of gemstones and Aphrodite. The Medusa wild becomes an expanding wild to fill up the whole reel it lands on.

Other features include stacked scatters on the 2nd, 4th and 6th reels and also stacked symbols generally to give you wins. When the scatters land together on reels 2, 4 and 6 the Medusa’s Gaze free spins feature is triggered.

Penguin City (Yggdrasil Gaming)

Penguin City is a brand new slot from Yggdrasil Gaming that was launched in July 2018. The game is a whole lot of fun and features a wicked Emperor Penguin who enslaves other penguins and makes them work in his food emporium. Your task is to free the penguins.

The game has 5 reels and gives you 243 ways to win. There are different cool features that you get in the game. There are wilds, the Penguin Emperor’s stacked wilds, and much more. The main feature in the game is the Penguin Escape Mode, triggered when you land a wild on the 2nd or 4th reel in a winning spin. The wild symbol remains through the duration of this feature. During the Penguin Escape Mode you may get additional sticky wilds on the 2nd and 4th reels. One penguin attempts to get himself free and this continues till you hit a spin that doesn’t throw up a win.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (NetEnt)

NetEnt is one of the industry-leading online casino software providers that is known for its innovative and fun slots. It also releases some amazing games in collaboration with some of the biggest production houses in Hollywood. Proof of this is the brand new slot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which it released in May 2018 in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The game is themed on the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has 5 reels all arranged neatly on a Jumanji board. All the symbols in the game are from the movie itself. The different animals in the movie are all seen here as well – lions, alligators, rhinos and all the rest of them. The game is based on the movie, and so you get to roll a dice in the game as well, which is a Board Game bonus. The dice appear when you get at least 3 scatter symbols on the reels.

There are different features, e.g. the Monsoon Wilds: up to 2 reels get covered in wilds and the remaining reels spin to give you a shot at bigger wins. There is also the Sticky Vines feature, which makes the winning symbols and the wilds in a winning combination stick to the reels as you get a re-spin. Another cool feature is the Monkey Mayhem feature: monkeys catch some of the symbols and switch them around to give you a shot at a win. There is a lot more too, including a free spins bonus that you can trigger.

Wolves! Wolves! Wolves! (Playtech)

One of the newest slots in the industry is Wolves! Wolves! Wolves! from Playtech. Released in July 2018 it is themed on Native American culture and an important animal that is part of it: the wolf.

Wolves! Wolves! Wolves! has 5 reels and 40 paylines. While there is no progressive jackpot attached to the game, the maximum win itself is worthy of one of those massive jackpot wins – you can win a maximum of 3750 times your bet amount, which means easily R37,500,000! The bet range in the game is huge too – from 0.20 right up to 1000.

There are a number of exciting features in this game that make it special. The stacked wolf symbol appears in stacks of anywhere between 2 and 5; at the maximum it can cover the entire reel. The stacked wolf symbol can give you some really exciting and big wins if you are able to land them in a winning combination. Other symbols include the Totem wild symbol.

The bonus feature is the Mystic Totem feature. It can be triggered during the base game at random while a spin is in progress. Once active, this feature can last for up to 3 rounds. While the Mystic Totem feature is on, the reels expand to accommodate up to 9 symbols and you could end up getting 10 extra lines as a result, all of which could add up to a potentially whopping maximum of 100 paylines, which could give you the big win of 3750x the original bet that we mentioned earlier.

Mind you; some slots always remain popular no matter how old they are, but everybody loves a new game every now and then.

These are just 5 of the numerous games that have been released in what is now officially the first half of 2018. There are a number of other games that we aren’t covering here. We list some of these names here for you to go through:

  • Blood Eternal
  • King of Macedonia
  • Finn and the Swirly Spin
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Asgardian Stones
  • Spinal Trap
  • Tut’s Twister
  • Pixel Samurai
  • Vikings Go to Hell
  • Castle Builder II

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