Spring is usually the peak season for software developers, who are competing to launch as many slots as possible before the grand Summer siesta when even the most hard-core gamblers take a short break to enjoy the sun. Even with the plethora of slots that have been launched since the year started, the best is yet to come – judging by the latest news from the industry, May 2019 will be the hottest ever, as some of the releases may just have what it takes to become the talk of the town. At least until the next Spring…
BetSoft – Viking Voyage
Viking Voyage is still not officially out, yet a lot of players have been sitting at the edge of their seats since the news came out. The theme has been rather popular lately, and we have already had several interpretations in the past few months. It is still early to tell if Viking Voyage by Betsoft will turn the competition to dust, but considering the developer’s track record, everything is possible.
The company’s last release – Fruit Bat Crazy – is slowly starting to warm up to the players, but the general impression is that Viking Voyage is the real star of the season. The game is expected to go live on April 24 and not much has leaked so far – the high paying icons are, of course, the Vikings, and the slot is expected to have 25 paylines across the 5×3 reel grid.
Habanero – Mount Mazuma
Mount Mazuma by Habanero is just the kind of slot we need after the long, cold winter – it is bubbly, colourful, engaging, and it features a high payout potential (97.98% RTP). Released in March 2019, Mount Mazuma has already earned its spot on this list thanks to the high payout potential and innovative bonus features. A single spin on this 243-payline slot can generate up to 100,000 coins, which, depending on the coin size ($0.01 – $25) and the selected betting level, can be quite hefty.
Bonus features are where this game really takes the grade; apart from the standard Wild and Scatter icons, Mount Mazuma introduces Splitting Ways feature, which cuts any icon in two horizontal parts, adding extra betways. The top and bottom rows are covered with palm leaves and the icons in these positions are not actively participating in creating winning combinations. Scatter symbol anywhere on the reels will reveal a random, palm-tree covered position before the payout is settled, potentially increasing the prize. The symbol will stay uncovered for as long as the Free Games are in progress.
If the bonus rounds are completed with a payout that’s less than 20% of your bet, Extra Chance will be initiated, removing all palm tree leaves from the top and the bottom rows. Both Splitting Way and Extra Wilds bonuses are guaranteed during the Extra Chance feature, and if the total payout is under 10x your bet, the players will be rewarded with x500 their original stake.
iSoftBet – Lucky Stripes
iSofBet has decided to play the nostalgia card and their latest Lucky Stripes will take you back to the simpler times of 1-payline machines. Don’t let the simplicity fool you; although 1-liners are usually bonus-free, Lucky Stripes features a Wild Stripe symbol that can replace all other icons and trigger Rockin’ Respins. During the bonus rounds, the Wild icons will remain locked in their landing positions while the middle reel spins. The feature ends when the Collect icon appears on the screen.
Unlike traditional slots, Lucky Stripes does not have fruit or any other icons – the payouts are generated when all three payline positions form a single-coloured stripe. The gold strip has the highest value (up to x100 player’s bet), followed with the pink, blue, and the green strip which has the lowest payout value (up to x5 bet multiplier).
Play’n GO – Contact
Visually, Contact is one of the most satisfying slots on the list of the Best New Slots for May 2019, with up to 151,750 coins maximum payout, cluster-pay structure, and x2, x3, and x4 progress-based multipliers.
Once formed, the clusters remain on the screen while the rest of the icons are eliminated, making room for the new set of cascading symbols. If you manage to build the winning clusters all the way to the top of the pyramid, Bonus Round and Super Bonus Round will be activated, offering higher multipliers and the following Special Features:
- Block Destroyer (eliminates one multiplier block in Bonus Round and three blocks in Super Bonus Round)
- Extra Free Spins (with an extra free spin in the Bonus Round and three free spins in the Super Bonus Round)
- Symbols Upgrade (upgrades one or all winning clusters, depending on the bonus round activated)
Quickspin – Dr Doolittle
Betsoft’s Viking Voyage is not the only reason we should look forward to the end of April; The Tales of Dr Doolitle should be launched on April 25, delivering exceptional visuals (nothing less is expected from Quickpsin), as well as free spins, respins, and Wild multipliers.
When a Wild completes a winning combination, the payouts will be multiplied up to x5, depending on the number of Wilds within the combination:
- 1 Multiplier Wild – x2 payout
- 2 Multiplier Wilds – x3 payout
- 3 Multiplier Wilds – x4 payout
- 4+ Multiplier Wilds – x5 payout
Pariplay – Rumble Rhino
There is definitely more than meets the eye in Rumble Rhino by Paripaly, as this 100-payline slot is all about making the difference. 10% of all Pariplay’s proceeds generated from Rumble Rhino will be directed towards Save the Rhino International charity organization.
If you still need an extra incentive to play this slot, perhaps the winning potential will be enough to give you a push in the right direction. The game is packed with bonuses, and after an eye-opening introductory video, the players can expect quite a few special features, including 4×4 Mega Wild icon and Mega Mystery Mask which can turn into other icons.
Two Bonus symbols will initiate the Diamond Picking game, that will result in one of the bonuses listed below:
- Cash Prize
- Rumble Spins – 7 re-triggerable free spins with sticky Wild
- 20 Free Spins + x2 multiplier
- 50 free spins with a progressive multiplier
- 15 free spins + x3 multiplier
- 10 free spins + x5 multiplier