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By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jun 22, 2018

Pragmatic Play Roars To Life With 5 Lions

New release sees oriental ancient spirits guarding riches

Online gambling games and software developer Pragmatic Play has announced the launch of 5 Lions, a 3×5 video slot with an oriental theme steeped in myth and legend, with a claimed House Edge of 3.5 percent and an RTP of 96.5 percent.

Chinese iconography lights up the reels of 5 Lions, with turtles, phoenixes and dragons appearing, covered in glittering gemstones. The mystical lions of the game’s title act as the wild symbols, granting the player a random multiplier of up to 40x and springing to life when they appear in any winning line.

Three gilded yin-yang symbols unlock 5 Lions’ free spins feature, expanding the three central reels to four symbols in height and boosting the potential ways to win from 243 to 576.

Players then have the opportunity to choose between seven lions, offering a wide selection of different multiplier ranges. These options range from six free spins with a range of high multipliers (15x, 30x, or 40x) to 25 free spins with a range of lower multipliers (2x, 3x, or 5x).


NetEnt’s Jumanji Online Slot Set For Release Next Week

Major new slot was originally unveiled at ICE London in February

At London’s ICE show in February this year NetEnt created a stir with its preview of Jumanji, a major online slot themed on the famous ‘nineties fantasy movie of the same title. This week – on June 21 to be precise – the games provider will be releasing this impressive production to its licensees.

The company says it has brought its own twist to the Jumanji universe by transforming the calamities that befell lead character Alan into features with slot mechanics. The Board Game feature is unique and among the first of its kind as it combines elements of board games and Free Spins features.

The Jumanji Video Slot is a 5-reel, 36 pay-line game with 4 random features, a Board Game with 4 different Free Spins, a Mystery Feature, coins wins, and extra dice rolls. The 5 reels are in a geometric form where the reels are 3, 4, 5, 4, 3 symbols high from left to right.

NetEnt’s timing is clever; coming soon after the successful release of the recent movie sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which re-energised interest and awareness of the brand. The new slot features imagery from the movie and plenty of animation and interactivity, wrapped around a slew of special features that create reward opportunities.

These include Sticky Vines which lock all symbols that are a part of the winning combination in place and award a re-spin; Wild Stampede that adds extra wilds on the reels; Monkey Mayhem which shuffles symbols; and Monsoon Wilds that create one or two wild reels.

The main bonus feature gives players access to the Jumanji board game after landing three or more Jumanji scatters. Emulating the movie action, players then roll the dice to move around the board , hoping for cash prizes and free spins.

Blueprint Gaming Launches Irish Riches Online Slot

Emerald Isle-themed game first to feature Jackpot King progressive and MegaWays mechanic

UK-based game studio Blueprint Gaming has released its latest slot, Irish Riches, packed with pots of gold for players to capture at the end of the rainbow.

The Emerald Isle-themed, 6 reel game features a variety of modifiers during the player journey, including a cascading wins functionality, which can initiate further wins. Players knock on the Leprechaun’s door to see which random symbols he’s hiding to create bigger prizes.

The free spins bonus round is triggered with four or more bonus symbols anywhere in view, with an unlimited increasing multiplier on every win.

Irish Riches is the first Blueprint title to incorporate the supplier’s Jackpot King progressive and the innovative MegaWays mechanic, a random reel modifier system that allows any given spin to produce a different number of symbols across the reels, with the potential to award up to 117,649 pay lines.

Set against the backdrop of a colourful rainbow with glittering gold coins, a catchy Irish jig plays throughout to add authenticity to the gameplay.

Thunderkick Launches New Yeti-Themed Slot

Wilds rule in this game

Online gambling games developer Thunderkick‘s latest online slot, titled Yeti: Battle of Greenhat Peak, re-explores the legend of the mythical Abominable Snowman reputed to roam the freezing Himalayas, with the developer displaying amusing imagination in presenting the theme.

The 5 reel, 11 pay-line game has a noticeable emphasis on Wilds with a Wild Attack feature that awards re-spins, with up to three Sticky Wilds that can turn up to three reels fully Wild. There’s also a bonus feature in which players can get up to 31 free spins from sticky wilds.

The Yeti is appropriately enough the most valuable symbol, holding the possibility of a 35 x stake reward if five appear across the reels. There’s also a moustachioed Inspector Cluseau-like figure who acts a normal Wild, creating reward opportunities through substitution.

The bonus symbol is a rather curious image that resembles a glittering golden carrot; two of these anywhere on the reels delivers the Wild Attack feature referred to above.

The game has scatters and multipliers as part of its full slate of features, presenting the player with an entertaining experience enhanced by good cartoon-style graphics, amusing animation and relevant sound effects.

Yeti: Battle of Greenhat Park is available on mobile and desktop devices.

Yggdrasil Launches Mystical New Online Slot

A legend comes to life in whirlwind new game, Tut’s Twister

The peace of ancient Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun has been disturbed and now he’s risen from his tomb, wreaking havoc across the reels in Tut’s Twister! a new online slot released today (Thursday) by Yggdrasil.

Hit two wilds and Tut will transform one into a wild sandstorm, creating a reel-tall column of wilds that will continue to consume wilds on the reels, awarding re-spins and a multiplier as it grows out of control.

After finally disintegrating, King Tut will unleash all absorbed wilds back on the reels. Players use single wilds to collect ancient hieroglyphics, unlocking Tut’s hidden curses and unleashing twisters of overwhelming power.

The new slot takes players on an wild journey via entertaining animations and a range of features. The game’s main feature is Tut’s twister, which gets triggered once the player hits at least two wilds.

Yggdrasil Gaming’s head of slots, Jonas Strandman, said in a release statement Thursday: “Tut’s Twister takes a new spin on the walking wilds mechanic, combining it with multipliers and respins in a way which sends players on winning streaks with an exponentially increasing win potential.

“The ambiance created by our art team, combined with a mechanic which always keeps decent sized wins in sight, is sure to create an army of fans for this epic game.”

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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