10. Wild Heist at Peacock Manor – Thunderkick
This Victorian era crime caper has been created by Thunderkick and as we’ve come to expect from this developer no expense has been spared on the design which is lush. You can expect plenty of action here too thanks to the impressive array of features.
They include a trio of mini modifiers that can strike at random on any spin and award up to 7 wilds, up to 3 wild reels or respins with walking wilds.
The Bonus Game feature is a cracker too. Pick from the playing cards to bring even more modifiers into play. These can award extra free spins to your total, multipliers, turn a medium value symbol into a wild or trigger 1 of the random wild extras. Thunderkick is one of our favourite developers and Wild Heist at Peacock Manor didn’t disappoint as you can win up to 8,483 times your stake on each free spin.
9. Gunslinger: Reloaded – Play ‘N Go
Join a band of sharp shooters in this enjoyable Wild West adventure. Set in a dusty one-horse town, this 5 reel, 25 payline slot comes from Play ’N Go and looks and sounds terrific. The features are pretty impressive too. Trigger the Bottle Spins Free Spin feature and you’ll receive between 10 and 25 free spins with all payouts doubled – you can also retrigger the feature for infinite free spins.
The Bounty Hunter feature is a shoot-out where you could win 960 times your stake from Wild Bill. You’ll also have a shot at landing a progressive jackpot prize. You can also win 5,000 times your stake from each free spin making Gunslinger: Reloaded an entertaining take on an ever-popular theme.
8. Raiders of the Hidden Realm – Playtech
Fantasy adventure is what you’ll find in this 5 reel, 40 payline slot from Playtech. Featuring comic book-style design, the action centres on a trio of warriors, each of whom comes with their own free spins round with added extras.
These include extra top paying symbols being added to the reels, sticky wilds and multiplier wilds that can boost payouts by up to 5x. If you enjoy the sword and sorcery theme, then Raiders of the Hidden Realm should conjure up plenty of thrills.
7. Dark Vortex – Yggdrasil Gaming
This decidedly creepy 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot comes from Yggdrasil Gaming. Land a Vortex symbol and you’ll open up the Vortex reels which are 5 rather than 3 rows high. Once the Vortex reels are active, wilds and high value symbols can land in stacked formation.
Opening up all 5 Vortex reels triggers the Vortex Free Spins feature which is played on a fully expanded 3,125 ways to win reel set and come with expanding stacks of wilds. Dark Vortex is a very unusual game, both in terms of design and gameplay – it does offer payouts of 7,318 times your stake on every spin. If you’re after something with a horror-inflected theme, then Dark Vortex is a great place to start.
6. Ivan and the Immortal King – Quickspin
Russian folk tales don’t usually feature much in online slots but Quickspin found inspiration there to create this unusual and highly playable 5 reel, 10 payline title. The design here is as good as you’ll see anywhere. The range of extras stacks up pretty nicely too.
Look out for Baba Yaga the witch who can come into life at random on any spin and conjure up a spell to deliver some wild extras. There’s also a Free Spins feature that awards up to 30 free spins with expanding multipliers that can send payouts rocketing by up to 20x. With payouts of 40,000 times your stake from the 20x multipliers, it’s easy on the eye – Ivan and the Immortal King is well worth investigating.
5. The Wild 3 – NextGen Gaming
Take a trip to bandit country in The Wild 3, an entertaining and volatile take on the Wild West-themed slot. Created by NextGen Gaming, this 5 reel, 10 payline game looks fantastic and plays out to a classic spaghetti western-style soundtrack.
The features impress too. You’ll find respins, free spins, wild extras, multipliers that can boost payouts by up to 10x and a pick me bonus. If you like high variance action then you’ll want to take aim with the Racoon, Coyote and Bull, aka The Wild 3 as you can win 25,020 times your stake on every spin!
4. Valkyrie – ELK Studios
One of the most popular themes of the year has been the Norse saga and there are few better examples of this genre than Valkyrie. Created by ELK Studios, it’s a 5 reel, 1,024 ways to win slot that comes with the developer’s usual design flair plus plenty of features.
Triggering at random is the Bonus Spins feature complete with added wilds, a wild reel or colossal symbols. There’s also a Valhalla Free Spins feature where the Bonus Spin extras are in play. Super volatile, Valkyrie is a classy take on the Norse-themed slot.
3. From Dusk Till Dawn – Novomatic
Based on the 1996 film starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as a pair of bank robbers, From Dusk Till Dawn is a 5 reel, 50 payline slot from Novomatic. Novomatic usually means stripped back design and features but the Austrian developer has pulled out all the stops in this entertaining adaptation.
Highlights include the 3 base game modifiers which award extra wilds, transform symbols into the top paying symbol and multipliers of between 2x and 5x. There are also 2 free spin rounds where up to 5,000 times your stake can won is you fill the screen with a symbol. The other sees a Santanico Pandemonium dancing wild as well as matching symbols.
We weren’t expecting much when we fired up From Dusk Till Dawn. It became one of our top slots of the year though.
2. Primal MegaWays – Blueprint Gaming
The MegaWays game engine, where the number of symbols on each reel changes with each spin, has become increasing popular this year. A prime example of the exciting gameplay it can deliver is found in Primal MegaWays.
The theme here might be Prehistoric but this Blueprint Gaming slot offers bang up to date features. The highlight is the Primal Bonus feature where you can win between 10 and 30 free spins initially with wild multipliers of between 2x and 6x.
Those multipliers can combine for even greater effect – up to 7,776x! There’s also unlimited retriggers available. If you like highly volatile action, then you won’t go far wrong with Primal MegaWays.
1. Vikings – Net Entertainment
This adaptation of the hit Amazon Prime series was one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the year and it didn’t let us down. Created by NetEnt, it’s a superbly designed 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot that comes with plenty of cracking extras.
Land a Viking in the Hotspot zone and all other Vikings morph into the same matching symbol to potentially spectacular effect. More transforming symbols are in play during the Shield Wall feature. Finally, there is the Raid Spins feature.
You’ll receive 7 free spins on an expanded 78,125 ways to win reel set. Expect plenty of transforming symbols from the 2 extra Hotspot Zones which are live here. This can lead to payouts of 10,000 times your stake on every free spin! With its superb design and quality extras, Vikings is our number one pick from the class of 2018.
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