With names as big as Microgaming and NetEnt, the fight for #1 is always lucrative for the customer. While approaching things with a different method, each of these titans gives us a new release every month. Today, we will look at their latest spring releases, and see which of these eternal rivals comes out on top!
Bookie of Odds
Bookie of Odds is a joint production by Microgaming and their partner studio Triple Edge. Set on a race-track where horses are tearing down the field, it combines the best of two gambling worlds. Sadly, there is no special feature where you bet on a digital horse, but the visuals are quite acceptable.
Symbols are split into higher and lower paying tiers. The lower paying icons include playing card royals: 10, J, Q, K and A. Higher paying symbols are three riders with their horses competing for the #1 spot, and one seriously excited bookie! The golden book is both a Wild and a Scatter, meaning it can substitute for other icons and trigger bonuses.
Three, four or five Wild-Scatters grants ten, twelve or twenty-five free spins, respectively. During these extra turns, one symbol is chosen from the paytable to become the expanding icon. It will cover the entirety of the reel it landed on, and pays when matching symbols appear anywhere on the line.
It is possible to collect three or more Scatters to win additional free spins.
After each base spin, players can press the re-spin button to spin that reel alone. This has a certain cash prize attached to it, which increases as the reel becomes more valuable. So, if you are one re-spin away from a five-of-a-kind win, get ready for a costly experience! You cannot use re-spins during or after a special feature.
Bookie of Odds has a high volatility with an RTP of 96.5%. It’s largest win is set at 5000x your total stake.
We ended up quite liking this game – even more so when it was called Book of Oz. Said title was released last year, and wasn’t a complete ripoff unlike this one. The first spar between NetEnt and Microgaming is a clear win for NetEnt. The moral of the story? Don’t clone your slots!
Scudamore’s Super Stakes
Staying on the topic of horse racing is NetEnt’s Scudamore Super Stakes. Released only a day after Bookie of Odds, it presents a gauntlet being thrown if we ever saw one.
The game is set at a horse racing track, where several racers are hoping to win it big. Named after British horse jockey Peter Scudamore, it offers good graphics, and even better gameplay!
All icons can be split into lower and higher paying groups. Playing card royals like J, Q, K and A are the lower paying symbols. Meanwhile, four jockeys with their trusty steeds are the high value icons, and look that much better for it! Peter Scudamore’s likeness is used for the Wild, while a golden cup is the Scatter.
Between two to five horse shoes can randomly land on the playing field. When this happens, the position they appear on turns into a Wild.
Collect three Scatters in the first, third and fifth reel, and you win Peter’s Classic cup. Here, players can pick a winning horse between the four horse jockey symbols. These icons will then race, and the first one to advance forward four steps wins.
In order to accommodate for this race, the board is expanded from a 5×3 playing field to a 5×4 one.
Finally, the Bet Slip can be used to add a little more thrill. You place a bet that a certain number of icons will appear within a certain number of spins. As an example, you can bet that the purple horse jockey will appear 18 times in 10 spins.
The number of times a symbol needs to appear is something you can choose between four pre-selected options. The more times you have to collect him, the bigger the prize!
Scudamore’s Super Stakes is a high volatility video slot with an RTP of 96.99%. The jackpot prize is 5000x your total stake.
Everything Bookie of Odds failed to do, this title knocked out of the park. Better bonuses, fantastic immersion and a stronger RTP are all hallmarks of Scudamore’s superiority. Two-nill for NetEnt so far – can Microgaming make a comeback?
We all like zombies, but whoever knew zombies could be cute? We certainly did not, until Microgaming and Slingshot Studios showed us the light. Set in a decaying city, you get to plunder what few supplies remain, to the tune of clapping zombie hands.
Like in the other two games we discussed today, symbols are split into categories by their price tag. Lower paying icons include 10, J, Q, K and A. Higher tier symbols are zombified nurses, police officers, maids and chefs. The slot’s logo is used as the Wild, and a slightly chewed human brain is the Scatter.
Wilds can substitute for all icons except for Scatters. They can also appear super stacked on reels three and four during normal gameplay.
Free spins can be won in two different ways. First, players can simply collect three or more Scatters from any position on the reels. Alternatively, they can collect thirty tokens to activate the bonus.
During extra turns, all wins are multiplied by 2x.
Zombie Hoard has a medium volatility, and an RTP of 95.29%. The largest win you can get is worth 2389x your total bet.
The artstyle is quite cute, but the gameplay is somewhat simplistic. Still, we cannot lie, we enjoyed this Microgaming release, even if it did nothing new. Sadly, it simply cannot compete with the next NetEnt title we are about to show you. All Microgaming can do now is hold their head up high and hope for a better result next time.
We said plenty of times nobody can compete with NetEnt on graphics, and Golden Grimoire reaffirms our belief. The atmosphere is incredible, as so are the visuals! The glow and swirling of the portals, the shadows being cast on the wall, the beautiful night sky! All of these details come together to show NetEnt’s artists are a cut above the rest.
All symbols are split into two categories. Playing card deck suites are low win icons: think clubs, diamonds, spades and hearts. Meanwhile, medium win symbols include various gemstones, with golden animal statues clinging to them. Red books are a mystery symbol, a golden skull is the Wild, and a keyhole triangle is the Scatter.
The red book can only appear on the third, fourth and fifth reel. When they appear, they all transform into a single icon from the paytable, excluding Scatters.
If a transformed mystery symbol matches the leftmost icon on the same row, all symbols in between them also become the same icon.
However, while their position is fixed, their transformations are not. That means they will always show a different symbol each time the reels spin.
This is a low-medium volatility game with an RTP of 96.44%. The largest win is a meagre 200x your total stake.
The volatility makes Golden Grimoire a great pick for casual gamblers. Superb visuals and fun bonuses define this NetEnt release, and secure their win in this matchup. Personally, we cannot wait to see what both of these giants release next!