No such thing as a summer vacation in the online gambling industry and six new slots are coming our way, featuring spectacular storylines and visual features that are out of this world!
Let’s start with Call of the Valkyries created by Playtech’s Sunfox Games studio, a Norse mythology inspired game with a rather promising teaser that looks more like a trailer for a new epic fantasy series than a slot.
With a standard 5-reel/25 payline structure and $0.25 – $500 betting range, Call of the Valkyries is a mobile device compatible game, designed to attract various types of players, especially those who are not afraid to spend an extra buck on a single spin. Just as one would expect from a visually elaborated game such as Call of the Valkyries, bonus features are in sync with the theme and even the spins with no valid icon combination formed can potentially result in a cash prize. This means that contrary to the popular belief, losing spins are not the worst thing that can happen, especially while playing this slot; a no-winning round can trigger Touch of the Valkyries which turns all of the symbols of war into Wilds and create a guaranteed win.
In the March of the Valkyries bonus re-spin feature, triggered as the reels 1 and/or 5 become stacked with the Valkyrie symbols, the Wilds will change their position on every re-spin. These icons will also have the power to freeze the war symbols, turning them into multipliers, and double the winnings generated when a pair of Valkyries lands on the middle reel, forming a winning combination. Not to mention the payouts unlocked in the Call of the Valkyries feature initiated when the Bonus icons appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. When that happens, the players start the picking game, winning a cash prize for each item dropped by the warriors on their way to Valhalla (or losing a life every time a demon is picked).
If this is a bit too intensive for you, or if you prefer a more jovial type of slots, Pragmatic Play takes a different approach with their latest Da Vinci Treasure and Leprechaun Song Slot.
Da Vinci’s Treasure is a 5-reel and 3-row slot, with 25 paylines and the total payout of 500,000 coins. Looking at the win potential, it can be easily guessed that this is a high-variance game, although the return to the player percentage is slightly above average – around 96.5% with the betting range of $0.25 to $125 per spin.
Da Vinci symbol is the Wild, landing on reels 2 to 4 – the same as the Scatter icon, which can randomly trigger one of the following bonuses:
- Map Quest – a bonus game with a Wheel of Fortune and x100 potential bet multiplier;
- Progressive Multiplier Free Spins Feature – 12 free rounds with a multiplier that increases on every next spin. The feature can be re-triggered which means that up to 60 Free Spins can be unlocked.
- Prize Picker – a traditional picking game where the player can potentially win a cash prize by selecting one of the 3 items on the screen.
Those who need some famous luck of the Irish in their lives should definitely try the Leprechaun Song, a slot released by the same developer, only this time with a slightly lower RTP of 96.46% and more frequent payouts.
Appropriately enough, the Scatter icon is, of course, the Pot of Gold, and the combination of three matching icons on reels 1, 3 and 5 will trigger the Free Spins Picker bonus game. Sometimes, thanks to the Scatter Nudge feature, the Scatter icons can shift and change their reel position to trigger the bonus game.
The session starts with 10 free rounds and an x2 multiplier; before the spins are set into motion, the players will get to pick the mushrooms and reveal additional prizes such as more spins, multipliers, or Wilds, generated by a random icon.
Coin Collector bonus also features the x2 multiplier and activates 15 Free Spins, with more rounds coming your way thanks to the progressive feature – every time the players collect a coin, one point will be awarded, adding 5 extra spins and increasing the multiplier for the total of 5 points.
Another random feature is the Giant Symbol bonus that comes with a huge 3×3 icon block that lands on the reels 3 – 5 in the first spin, 2 – 4 on the second spin and 1 – 3 on the third spin.
Other bonuses that can be unlocked after every base game spin are:
- Raining Wilds – a feature during which Wild Rainbow icons are randomly added to the reels;
- Pick a Fiddle – where a player gets one pick for a cash prize;
The only downside of the features is that they cannot be re-triggered while in progress.
Joker Gems slot by Elk is taking you for a different ride altogether with their outer space theme and cluster pay system. Played on 5 reels, Joker Gems has three separate jackpots – small, medium, and big – which the players can trigger regardless of the bet size.
The shooting star will mark the beginning of the Light Chaser feature, that can generate enough payments to make a wish or two come true. Additional information regarding the slot’s volatility, payout odds and return to the player percentage is yet to be disclosed, however, looking at the teaser images, the game certainly seems like a knockout.
The players who prefer “down to earth”, kind of themes may find Microgaming’s Exotic Cats a lot more enjoyable, especially if you have a soft spot for felines. The slot has 5-reel and 243 paylines, with the total payout of 106,000 coins on a betting range of $0.15 to $30.
The top-level icons are of course the cuddliest of the apex predators – large cats, with the Lion icon generating highest payouts. Each of the cat icons – Lion, Tiger, Panther, Leopard, and Cougar lands on a different reel (1 to 5), expanding across all positions and activating Wild reels. The Vertical Wild feature is not limited to the base game only and the Wild reels can be triggered during the Free Spins as well, producing massive payouts in both cases.
The last on our list of slots expected to end the summer in the blaze of glory is Hanzo’s Dojo by Yggdrasil Gaming, a medium volatility game with 96.1% RTP.
Aesthetically, one can definitely argue that the developer has outdone themselves and we are looking at one of Yggdrasil’s most beautiful releases so far. Of course, as we have been taught by the provider on numerous occasions, “looks ain’t everything” and bonus features are just as elaborate and satisfying as the visuals.
At the top of the reels, in the Sensei Sector, one will notice the Rooftop Slot, a mini version of the slot machine that can affect the action in the base game reels – for example, the Wilds that land inside the mini-slot can cross over to the main reels and generate higher payouts.
Free Spins with x2 multiplier and Colossal icons with a nudge potential are also thrown into the mix, not to mention the mystery symbols which can be locked into place, further boosting the payout amounts. From what has been revealed about Hanzo’s Dojo, the expectations are running very high, up to the point where one can even assume that the game may overshadow the developer’s Viking series and although it may be too early to compare the two editions, this is one bet we would be willing to take…