The Autumn is literally at the door and before we know it, we will be reviewing best Christmas themed slots, but while we wait for the seasonal releases to trigger our holiday spirit, there are still four new slots to get tired of – however, looking at the graphics and the bonus features, that might not happen any time soon. Although recently launched, the slots listed below have already managed to raise a lot of hype and rank as the top new slots for the month of September.
NetEnt – Berryburst MAX Slot
This slot actually has 2 versions, Berryburst and Berryburst MAX; the MAX edition has a higher payout potential (as indicated by the name), but they both share a common fruit theme and 96.23% return to the player percentage.
With a payout potential of up to x6,000 one’s bet, Berryburst Max is a high volatility slot that eliminates the traditional payline-based system and produces payouts when a cluster of symbols is formed on the grid. For a group of symbols to be considered a cluster, at least five matching icons must land on the reels in adjacent positions. The Raspberry is the highest-value icon with 10,000 payout for a cluster of 15 icons; Orange is next in line (5,000), followed by Grapes and Lime (2,500). The card symbols have the lowest value, generating 1,000 coins for the largest clusters.
Ice cube is the Wild icon which can pop up in the main game and during the Re-spins, replacing all other icons. Once it lands on the reels, the Wild symbol will expand to cover all the positions on the reel and the Re-spin will be activated.
If more Wild icons land on the reels, they will all expand and the payouts will be settled before the Re-spin is initiated. After the Re-spin, any additional Wilds will also expand and reactivate the feature.
Play’n GO – Rise of Olympus Slot
According to Play’n GO official, the most challenging part of creating Rise of Olympus was designing the main symbols. Since the theme was not what one may call innovative, the goal was to represent the Greek Gods as original characters without making them unrecognisable.
Most of us will agree that the goal was achieved, and visually, Rise of Olympus is a highly satisfying game with a high winning potential (x5,000 one’s bet) and a matching volatility. What makes this game quite unique is the Hand of God feature that will trigger after a few consecutive non-winning spins. One of the three Gods (Zeus, Poseidon, or Hades) will then appear on the reels and create winning combinations using different powers. Hades, for example, has the power of transforming symbols, Poseidon can conjure extra Wilds, and Zeus will destroy slot symbols, making room for new combinations.
When a meter to the left is filled to the top, Wrath of Olympus feature will be activated, initiating a Free Round, during which the Gods will take turn using their powers to generate as many winning combinations as possible. If you manage to clear the entire grid, Free Spins will be triggered, and the players will get choose the number of bonus rounds out of the following three options:
- Hades – 4 Free Spins + 4 extra spins recharge
- Poseidon – 5 Free Spins + 3 extra spins recharge
- Zeus – 8 Free Spins + 2 extra spins recharge
The Hand of God feature will be active during the Free Spins as well, with up to x20 multiplier and more bonus rounds if the meter is filled.
Microgaming – Rainbrew Slot
We’ll need some luck of the Irish to get us through the cold and rainy Autumn, and Microgaming has just the stuff! Every day can be St Patric’s day or at least feel like March 17, with the sounds of traditional Irish music blasting in the background.
Played on a 5-reel, 243-payline base game structure, Rainbrew introduces two extra reels placed at the top and the bottom of the game screen; these are called Sidewinders and can be activated when the Wild icon appears on the screen. This will boost the winning potential, increasing the number of active lines to 576 is one of the Sidewinders is active or 1,125 when both of them are set into motion.
Free Spins will be triggered when the Scatter icons land on the horizontal reels or in columns 2 and 4. During the bonus rounds, both Sidewinders will be active and if Wild icons land on the same positions on the horizontal reels they will expand and connect, further increasing the winning chances. The expected return to the player percentage is just slightly above 96% and the total payout can amount to 136,035 coins.
Pragmatic Play – Leprechaun Song Slot
If Rainbrew by Microgaming doesn’t quite cut it for you and you feel like you could use some extra dose of Irish luck, Leprechaun Song by Pragmatic Play will come to the rescue. With 96.46% and medium volatility gameplay, the slot offers 400,000 coins payout potential and quite a few bonus features. In the base game, the players can trigger Raining Wilds feature with (that’s right, you guessed it) Wild icons dropping in the reels.
The main game spins can also start the Pick a Fiddle bonus, which is a classic picking game during which the players choose one of the fiddles on the screen to reveal a cash prize.
But wait, there’s more! A 3×3 Giant Symbol block can be formed, covering a part of the reels and triggering 3 Free Spins. The symbol will remain on the reels during all three of the bonus spins. This is not the only way to unlock extra rounds; three Pot of Gold icons will activate 10 free spins with x2 multiplier. The original number of free spins can be increased at the beginning of the round when the players will get to pick mushrooms, each potentially awarding more spins, assigning a random Wild icon, or higher multipliers.
Last but not least, the slot introduces the Coin Collector feature with 4 different levels – as you advance through levels, additional spinning rounds and more generous multipliers are awarded.