Armadillo, ELA Games & Yggdrasil: on the spin

As we enter the final month of the year, the CasinoBeats team has sorted through a selection of slot titles that have been released in the past week. Put your feet up as we guide you through Kalamba Games’ Vegas vacation, Armadillo Studio’s festive foray, ELA Games’ Aztec adventure and more. 

Kalamba Games – Phat Cats Megaways

In another Megaways title from Kalamba Games, players are invited to Sin CIty with a bunch of feline familiars with a six-reel video slot that offers 200,704-payways. This title has high volatility with an RTP of 96.18 per cent.

Alex Cohen, COO and Co-Founder at Kalamba Games, commented: “Providing players with mystery mechanics in Phat Cats Megaways allows for each spin to provide unparalleled excitement as players never truly know what the next spin could hold for them.

“Additionally, developing a bonus round with the possibility of infinite free spins and an ever-increasing multiplier boosts the winning potential present within the title. 

“With a huge x20,000 max win up for grabs, we are sure players will be drawn to innovative features, exciting gameplay and vibrant glitz and glamour displayed from this Sin City-inspired title.”

In the base game, if a player hits mystery vault symbols, it can transform into any of the chats, chips or regular paying symbols after every spin and nudge down by one space. Furthermore, chip symbols provided a prize equal to the multiplier shown on the symbol. 

Moreover, if the player lands three or more bonus symbols in a single spin, it will trigger the free spins round. Once this happens, the player will get four active rows on reels two and five filled with the mystery vault symbol. 

In addition, the game includes an upgrade symbol that locks the column below the position it lands and increases the number of rows in said column for the next spin. 

Armadillo Studios – Armadillo Does Christmas

With the first festive slot title of this selection, Armadillo Studios has used its namesake to produce a jolly slot with 5×4 reels and 25-paylines. This sleigh-riding release has high volatility with an RTP range of 88.13, 94.17 and 96.02 per cent.

During the base game, many bonus features can be triggered on random spins. Random wilds can be placed across the reel-set, with one to four wilds available. 

Wild reels can also be activated, causing a complete reel to be filled with wild symbols to increase the spin’s win potential. 

Colossal reels are also available, fusing adjacent reels together to allow giant symbols of 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 sizes to land on the board, depending on how many reels are fused together.

Random multipliers can also be provided, showcasing a multiplier value of x2, x3, x4 or x5 to be applied to any line wins on that spin. 

Additionally, a symbol upgrade feature can be activated, causing all low value symbols on the reels to be replaced by randomly selected identical symbols of a higher value.

With the trail bonus, players are presented with one of three board games as the armadillo acts as a game piece. All board game maps have different set-ups but offer a maximum win of x2,000 the player’s bet if the armadillo makes it to the end of the board.

In each turn, a random number between one and six will be presented to the player, showing how far the armadillo will move along the board. Players will hope to pass different prizes and avoid ice holes that end the bonus feature.

Prizes offered across the board include coin multiplied bet amounts between x1 and x200, skis that multiply every subsequent prize, Christmas trees that offer prize amounts between x10 and x60 and stockings that awards the sum of all coin values within a three space radius. 

Other spaces include backwards signs which send players back between one and six spaces and the trail prize pot which awards the x2,000 prize at the end of the game. 

This game feature will end once the armadillo lands in an ice hole, unless the player has extra hearts remaining, Players start with three hearts but can gain more by collecting red heart symbols in the base game. 

ELA Games – Spinanga

Utilising a popular Aztec theme, ELA Games’ latest release takes players deep into a Latin American forest with a 5×3 reel-set and 20-paylines. The title has an RTP of 94.74 per cent with medium volatility.

Alexey Shulgin, the spokesman for ELA Games, said: “Our team is delighted to bring players an exciting totem-filled experience like no other, through this new release. 

“The eye-catching setting acts as the perfect backdrop for the fun, action-packed gameplay filled with colourful symbols that users can enjoy spinning.”

Low value symbols in the game come in the form of traditional A-9 royal symbols, which pay out if the player lands between three and five matching symbols.

Alternatively, the higher value symbols include numerous animal themed totems such as the owl, baboon, wolf, lion and bear, which is the highest paying symbol. 

Special symbols in the game include the blue gem wild and the aztec wheel shatter symbol. The former can substitute for all winning symbols, except the scatter, to form a winning combination and the latter is used to trigger the free spins mode. 

During the base game, if the player lands three or more wild scatter symbols on the grid in a single spin, it will activate the unlimited free spins mode. Within this round, any wild symbol that appears is collected to the top of the wheel. 

When the player collects five wilds in this mode, the wild super spin begins. This will see all collected wilds randomly distributed on the reels and freeze in place for a single spin. 

Blueprint Gaming – Cannonade!

Yggdrasil has hit the high seas with its latest swash-buckling slot title that uses a 6×5 reel-set with a maximum win of up to x17,000 the player’s stake. This is a high volatility title with an RTP of 96 per cent.

Stuart McCarthy, Head of Product & Programs at Yggdrasil, stated: “Cannonade! is a game that we’ve all been looking forward to releasing for some time. This truly wonderful slot boasts a boatload of lucrative features and mechanics that we’re sure players are going to love. 

“There is plenty of loot to be won here, so don’t delay and step aboard the ship as we prepare to set sail!”

This title uses win streaks, meaning that symbols that form a winning combination will stay sticky on the reels as a respin occurs around them, increasing the win potential of an already successful spin.

Landing three or more free spins scatter symbols will trigger the free spins feature, with players able to gamble the amount of free spins they are provided in order to receive more.

During the free spins, any additional scatters that land on the reels will remove the lowest-paying symbol from the feature and award one extra free spin each.

Furthermore, players can buy one of two free spins bonuses for the price of a significantly increased bet.

Relax Gaming – Santa’s Stack Dream Drop

Relax Gaming’s latest Dream Drop title has brought the Christmas spirit with a 8×8 cluster-paying slot that has high volatility, free spins and a Secret Santa feature. 

Simon Hammon, CEO at Relax Gaming, commented: “We hope combining the excitement of our Dream Drop jackpots with the beloved Christmas cheer of Santa’s Stack will result in the kind of joyous experience everyone needs this year.

“Set against an engaging retro winter wonderland backdrop, I can assure players and operators alike that Santa’s Stack Dream Drop will be the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season.”

Landing three bonus symbols triggers five free spins and every additional bonus symbol will award an extra spin.

During free spins, the Secret Santa feature is active and wild symbols are guaranteed to land at the start of every spin. The number of wild symbols guaranteed to land increases by one every spin, starting with one wild symbol in the first spin. 

The Secret Santa feature is triggered when a wild symbol forms part of the winning cluster. Once the feature is triggered, the winning cluster will convert into mystery symbols and a respin will be awarded the mystery symbols held in place.

Every time a win occurs adjacent to the previously formed mystery symbols, the new winning cluster also converts into mystery symbols and awards an additional respin.

The Dream Drop Bonus can be triggered randomly before any normal spin. There are five jackpots that can be won: Rapid, Midi, Maxi, Major or Mega. 

During the bonus, players are presented with 15 options and the aim is to reveal three of the same jackpots. Once three of the same jackpots have been revealed that prize will be awarded and the jackpot round will end.