Welcome to the Online-Slot.co.uk Awards 2022. You’ll find the best 10 slot games of the year as well as the top providers. We’ve also gone deeper and created awards for the best grid, Megaways and jackpot slots. Enjoy!
With so many online slots released in 2022, it’s time for us here at Online-Slot.co.uk whittle down the extensive list down to our top 10 slots of the year. Based our team’s opinion and views, there have been plenty of big hitters as well as misses.
With more and more slot providers fighting for your attention, standards have been raised and has led to more innovations, unique bonus features, controversial and unusual themes/imagery as well as bigger win potential. Providers have clearly been listening as 3 out the top 5 slots are sequels. Find out who made our list below:
1st Place: Money Train 3 (Relax Gaming)
Following the success of Money Train and Money Train 2, Relax Gaming released Money Train 3 in September this year. With more of a futuristic feel visually, the graphics have been dramatically improved. However, all eyes were on the Money Cart Bonus feature.
Importantly, Money Train 3 added more special symbols than in its predecessors which can boost win potential significantly. The Persistent Shapeshifter symbol is one to look out for as it can act like any other special symbol for huge wins hopefully.
Boasting 100,000 x bet max wins, this is double the 50,000 x bet in Money Train 2. At time of writing, the provider has confirmed that they have 66 max wins. Relax Gaming have kept true to the original slots but have taken it a few steps further as they’ve improved every element in our opinion. Already a cult favourite, the Money Train 3 slot has smashed 2022 and will surely go down as one of the most played games in online slots history.
2nd Place: Tombstone RIP (Nolimit City)
Released in January 2022, Tombstone RIP was Nolimit City’s signature slot this year. With so many Wild West themed games available, NLC focused on 5 ruthless outlaws who are intent of causing chaos. Controversy ensured as the game features hanging, amputations and murder. Graphically, it’s brutally excellent.
In terms of the gameplay, there are plenty of bonus features and mechanics. The focus is on the 2 free spins features with the Boothill Free Spins the most lucrative potentially. The highlight are the cowboy multipliers which can reach up to 999x.
Brutal in every sense, Tombstone RIP has a hit frequency rate of just 9.08% meaning a win every 11 spins on average. That said, it offers 300,000 x bet max wins: the highest of any online slot game. What is certain is that the Tombstone RIP slot takes no prisoners. Are you up to the challenge?
3rd Place: Serial (Nolimit City)
This sinister slot was released in August 2022. Serial has a serial killer theme and is based on the blood-thirsty Bodycam Butcher who shows no mercy to his victims. Creepy, sinister and simply terrifying, this game isn’t for the faint-hearted. Visually, it’s equally disturbing as it is brilliant.
Enhancer Cells have proved popular in other NLC slots (like San Quentin) and offer more ways to win and stacked wilds with multiplier increases. With lots of other extras, you have 2 free spins features. If you win 18,700 x your total bet, the unique xBizarre feature is triggered. This is a no-lose gamble feature which can serve up 74,800 x bet max wins overall.
Another deranged release from Nolimit City that’s raised the bar in the horror genre, the Serial slot is like a serial killer documentary found on Netflix. Yes, it’s terrifying but it allows you to explore a dark world with the chance to win big.
4th Place: Cash Truck (Quickspin)
Quickspin started 2022 with a bang as Cash Truck hit the virtual shelves early in January (2022). Based on a gang of wasteland warriors in a post-apocalyptic world, it has many similarities to Relax Gaming’s Money Train slots which is something players loved.
With tumbling reels and up to 16,807 ways to win, it focuses on the Truck Raider Bonus Game feature, Here, look out for 6 special symbols which boost your win potential. The Doubler symbol is the one to look out for as it doubles in value every time the free spins counter is reset to 3.
With a Mad Max feel, a superb narrative, video game style graphics and 25,000 x bet max wins, the Cash Truck slot will hopefully take you on a risky journey to riches.
5th Place: Cygnus 2 (ELK Studios)
Released in August, Cygnus 2 is the follow-up to Cygnus and created by ELK Studios. With 6 reels and 4,096 ways to win, this astrology themed slot is based on the Cygnus Northern Constellation. Simple yet mesmerising, it has a mystical and enchanting feel visually.
Avalanches lead to extra rows (up to 8) which can give you 262,144 ways to win. Lookout for multipliers up to 10x which can remain on the reels until it ends up on the bottom row. Then there are Free Drops where unlimited free spins can be won as well as a persistent active multiplier.
With 50,000 x bet max wins, the Cygnus 2 slot offers 10 times the win potential of it’s predecessor. Uniquely designed, the soundtrack is equally as good. Overall, a stand-out game that is a real favourite amongst players.
6th to 10th Place
With so many quality online slots released this year, there are many that just missed the list. These include Propaganda (October), Mad Cars (July), Cygnus 2 (August), 4 Secret Pyramids (July) and Dead Rider’s Trail (August). Here’s a table highlighting the major details:
|6th||ELK Studios||6×6/Cluster Pays||10,000 x bet|
|7th||Push Gaming||5/50||25,000 x bet|
|8th||Relax Gaming||6/up to 38,416||25,000 x bet|
|9th||4ThePlayer||5/1,024||55,000 x bet|
|10th||Relax Gaming||6/up to 46,656||50,000 x bet|
With over 50 slot providers covered here at Online-Slot.co.uk, they have been some great new slots in 2022. There are 7 providers that make up the best 10 slots of 2022 but a couple have really stood out. The award this year, 2 have stood out.
Our winner is undoubtedly Nolimit City. Since their formation in 2014, they have pushed the boundaries of online slot game production with controversial themes, unique concepts, innovative mechanics and engaging bonus features.
In 2022, they began with Tombstone RIP, our 2nd rated game of the year. They’ve followed that up with superb slots including Punk Toilet, Karen Maneater, Remember Gulag, The Rave, Serial and The Border (amongst others). All of their games would be flagship titles for 90% of the other slot providers which speaks volumes.
Towards this end of this year, Nolimit City have been releasing 2 slots a month with this trend set to continue in 2023 we’re told. We cannot wait to see what whacky and abstract concepts/themes they come up with next.
In summary, Nolimit City slots are brilliantly produced, offer big win potential, introduce new mechanics and bonus features as well as offer something complexly unique both visually and audibly.
In 2nd place, huge kudos has to go to Relax Gaming. For starters, they did produce our slot of the year (Money Train 3). With 2 more slots in the top 10 (Beast Mode and Dead Rider’s Trail), they have delivered some superb slot games in 2022.
It’s also worth mentioning that they have released plenty of Dream Drop jackpot slots where you can win 5 jackpots. The Mega Jackpot is the biggest and currently worth £2,530,741.64.
With a rise of grid slots certainly in 2022, the genre is no longer dominated by Push Gaming. The likes of Nolimit City, Hacksaw Gaming, Big Time Gaming, Relax Gaming, NetEnt and Quickspin have released games this year. Find out which 2 have impressed us the most:
The award for the best grid slot of 2022 goes to The Border. Nolimit City’s first grid game too, it seems like our slot provider of the year turns everything they touch into gold. Based on the US/Mexican border, this immigration themed game sees patrol agents take on cartel kingpins. Brilliantly designed, it’s played on a 6×6 grid initially.
With collapses and lots of extras, Nolimit City has managed to incorporate popular features from previous slots in a cluster pays system. There’s a unique xCluster feature where the win multiplier rises by 1 for each unique symbol cluster. The Coyote Spins feature sees the win multiplier only increase. It also offers 44,288 x bet max wins.
Hand of Anubis
Another game worth mentioning is Hand of Anubis by Hacksaw Gaming. With an ancient Egyptian theme, the imagery/concept is dark and sinister as you join the jackal god in the Afterlife. Played on a 5×6 grid, Soul Orbs reward you with stacking multipliers.
Then there are 2 free spins features which award multipliers up to 9,999x and respinning free spins with various special blockers. Brilliantly designed, it also comes with 10,000 x bet top payouts.
Whilst there has been a constant stream of Megaways slots since Bonanza took off, 2022 was no different with many providers releasing new games using the shape-shifting mechanic. Many of them offer regular features but some providers have tried to offer something different and unique. Big Time Gaming still remain the kings though claiming 1st and 2nd place:
Big Time Gaming have left it late with Rasputin Megaways which will be released on the 12th of December (2022). With 6 reels and up to 1 million Megaways in the base game, it has a Russian/disco theme and is based on Grigori Rasputin, Russia’s great love machine.
Boasting Rasputin Disco Ball wilds, there are 2 free spins features. They come with extending reels for up to 2,985,984 Megaways (ways to win) or an increasing multiplier. There is also a Win Exchange element where you change exchange big wins for entry to the free spins.
Importantly, dancing the kazachok can rewards you with 68,180 x bet max wins. It also offers you a very high 96.68% RTP rate. Overall, it comes with classic features, an unusual but fun theme and new elements to make it our best Megaways slot of 2022.
Released in September, Max Megaways from Big Time Gaming sees you release your inner James Bond and Austin Powers. With 6 reels and up to 117,649 ways to win, this spy themed title is 1 of BTG’s best looking games. With standard reactions for successive wins, it packs in 10 bonus features.
In the base game, there are 4 random features which give you the maximum number of ways to win (hence the name), vertical wilds, horizontal wilds and Wild Bombs that explode adjacent reels. The best of the action comes in the Free Spins feature where you pick doors to reveal Power-Ups. They include double multipliers, duplicating wilds, more ways to win and low value symbols removed.
With an unlimited win multiplier, this can lead to huge wins of 139,200 x your total bet. This makes the Max Megaways slot the highest paying Megaways title to date.
With so many slot games available, jackpot slots are still amongst the most popular. The chance to win a 7-figure progressive jackpot appeals to many. This is evident with most of the top providers adding to their portfolio. Relax Gaming released a flurry of Dream Drop jackpot slots and Microgaming added to their Mega Moolah network with jackpot versions of popular games. See which progressive jackpot games have proved the best:
Danger High Voltage Megapays
Our jackpot slot of 2022 is Danger High Voltage Megapays by Big Time Gaming. Released in July, it’s the jackpot version of Danger High Voltage. With the same graphics/imagery, everything looks the same in the Megapays version. Don’t let this fool you though.
Offering the same 2 free spins features, there is a randomly activated Megapays feature where you head to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. If you’re lucky enough to collect 15+ Megapays symbols, you’ll win the Mega Jackpot. Guaranteed to payout at least £300,000, the current real-time jackpot is £667,378.98.
Importantly, the original game comes with 15,746 x bet max wins. The Danger High Voltage Megapays slot comes with 39,620 x bet max wins which is quite a lot higher.
Thunderstruck 2: Mega Moolah
In the same vein, Microgaming released Thunderstruck 2: Mega Moolah. The jackpot version of the iconic Thunderstruck 2 was released in May this year. With the same Norse mythology theme and 5 reels with 243 ways to win, the Wildstorm feature can give you up to 5 wild reels.
With the same popular 4 free spins features, it comes with the Jackpot Bonus feature where you can win 1 of 4 progressive jackpots. Importantly, the Mega Jackpot is currently worth £12,337,855.01.