2017 has been a cracking year for new slots. There’s been plenty of innovation on the features front and the design standards just keep getting better and better. So… drum roll please. Here’s our pick of the best new arrivals over the past 12 months:
10. Renegades – NextGen Gaming
Girl power is in the air in Renegades, by NextGen Gaming, which stars a group of fearless female pirates, aviators and explorers. The highlight of this highly volatile 243 ways to win game is the bonus round where 1 of the higher value adventurer symbols dominates play.
Look out too for symbols (including wilds) that can expand both horizontally as well as vertically. Land a higher value symbol in a giant 3×3 colossal formation and you could end up with colossal results to match. With superb visuals and a sweeping soundtrack, Renegades delivers on all fronts
9. Kingdom of Legend – Novomatic
Bold imagery and sweeping sound aren’t things we usually expect from a Novomatic slot but both can be found in the sword and sorcery epic, Kingdom of Legend. In this battle, a dwarf, an elf and a ranger join forces to take on a band of orcs and in the process, help you win some big prizes.
The Orc Bonus feature can land at random on any losing spin and award prizes of up to 500 times your bet. Trigger the bonus wheel for free spins and more cash prizes. Not quite as titanically volatile as some Novomatic slots, Kingdom of Legend still packs a very heft punch. If you enjoy the fantasy theme, this should be on your list.
8. Jurassic World – Microgaming
The latest slot based on the classic dinosaur movie franchise delivers the usual combination of slick sound and visuals and plenty of gameplay.
Created by Microgaming, it’s a 243 ways to win game that comes with instant win bonuses of up to 1,000 coins as well as a free spins with rolling reels, expanding multipliers and wild scatters. The Jurassic World movie was rated so-so on the entertainment front. This slot version does the job though.
7. Moon Princess – Play ‘N Go
The fairy tale theme isn’t usually one of our favourites but Moon Princess from Play ’N Go won us round. This highly volatile slot comes with the usual design flair we’ve come to expect from the Scandi developer as well as some cracking gameplay.
The stars of the show are a trio of princesses who deliver symbol transformations, added wilds and symbol removals if you suffer a losing spin. You can also trigger special spins where all 3 of the princess’s extras land in succession. Clear the board and you’ll be offered the pick of 3 free spin rounds, complete with the associated modifier extra. Lovely to look at and boasting some volatile extras, this was much better than we expected.
6. Jurassic Giants – Pragmatic Play
Pragmatic Play takes us back to the prehistoric age in Jurassic Giants where woolly mammoths do battle with the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Played using an unusual 6 reel, 4,096 ways to win game engine, highlights here included stacked symbols and a potentially explosive bonus feature that offers between 15 and 250 free spins.
Those wins are boosted by random multipliers which can send payouts rocketing by up to 4x – you can also retrigger more free spins infinitely! Get lucky in the feature and the volatile Jurassic Giants can deliver an almighty eruption of coins.
5. Sam on the Beach – ELK Studios
The first outing for ELK Studios’ Electric Sam was set in a forest casino. In this sequel, Sam takes a well-earned Caribbean holiday. ELK is among the market leaders when it comes to 3D design and Sam on the Beach was another cracker on that score.
Played using a 243 ways to win game engine, you’ll find plenty of action from the regularly hitting re-spins. Also on offer is a free spins round where your winning chances are boosted by a collection of added wilds, multipliers and imploding symbols.
4. Planet of the Apes – Net Entertainment
When it comes to glossy, movie tie-ins few do it better than NetEnt and that’s certainly the case with Planet of the Apes. Based on the recent Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes re-boots rather than the Charlton Heston classics, this unusual game is played on 2 different reel sets.
As you’d hope, there are plenty of extras to get stuck into here including duplicating symbols, morphing stacked wilds and free spins complete with added multipliers and wilds. If you fancy some big screen thrills you, won’t go too far wrong here.
3. Pink Elephants – Thunderkick
They do love a wacky theme at Thunderkick and they don’t come much more bonkers than Pink Elephants which is based on a slang term for drunken hallucinations. The highlight of this 6 reel, 4,096 ways to win desert adventure is undoubtedly the Bonus Game feature where you’ll be awarded up to 19 free spins initially.
Land orbs which fill up meters to the side of the reels – in return, you will get extra free spins and see lower value symbols transform into the highest value pink elephant. The theme might be slightly surreal but the top-notch design and cracking feature make Pink Elephants and a very real 2017 favourite.
2. Justice League – Playtech
One of the most eagerly anticipated slots of 2017 was Justice League and thankfully it more than lived up to expectations. This superhero extravaganza from Playtech comes with re-spins as well as 6 different free spin rounds.
Each 1 is based on a specific superhero and comes with transforming symbols, added wilds, giant symbols and superhero symbols that morph into wilds. Throw in the potential of a progressive jackpot payout, superb visuals and a sweeping orchestral soundtrack and you have a real winner.
The critics were decidedly underwhelmed by the film version of Justice League. The slot version hit all the right spots though. Combining quality design with superb features, it’s another superb branded release from Playtech.
1. Vikings Go Berzerk – Yggdrasil Gaming
The second outing for Yggdrasil Gaming’s Norse warriors is a cracker – Vikings Go Berzerk. This 5 reel, 25 payline game has the same great design as the original Vikings Go Wild slot but manages to pack in even more features.
Highlights include the treasure chests that deliver free spins with extra wilds or wild reels and instant wins of up to 400 times your stake. Better still is the Ragnarök Free Spin feature where all of the Viking symbols turned wild. We’re hopeful that a third Norse-themed slot will be added to Yggdrasil Gaming’s Viking saga.
Visually stunning, it has everything you’d want from a slot including plenty of superb bonus features – you can also win up to 4,000 times your stake on each spin. This is why it’s our slot of the year for 2017!
We hope you’ve enjoyed the 100s of slots that have been released in 2017 with many more set to be released in 2018 – we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!