Blue Guru, Playson and Swintt: on the spin

An abundance of slot releases have hit the CasinoBeats inbox in the past week. Sit back and relax as we guide you through a select few of these recent titles, including Blue Guru Games’ historical hare chase, Relax Gaming’s formidable fishing trip, Playson’s burglarizing bonanza and more. 

Blue Guru Games – Napoleon vs Rabbits 

Using an 8-bit design, Blue Guru Games’ latest 7×7 reel, cluster-paying slot takes players to an unusual point in history, when French emperor Napoleon was bombarded by a horde of angry rabbits. The title has an RTP of 94.45 per cent with high volatility.

“Napoleon Vs Rabbits isn’t your typical December release. We gave centre stage to bunnies rather than reindeers, but the result is equally uplifting,” said Kristian Hassall, Commercial Manager at Blue Guru Games.

“Storytelling and humour is at the heart of every Blue Guru project, keeping players engaged through rewarding and intricately entertaining gameplay.”

Winning clusters are formed when five or more identical symbols land in the same area on consecutive spaces. The highest payouts are provided when between 40 and 49 symbols appear together. 

This is a cascading wins title, meaning that symbols in a winning formation will disappear after providing their payout, making way for new symbols to drop in and increase the win potential of an already successful spin. 

Mystery rabbit box symbols will not disappear in cascading wins, given them a better chance of being unlocked. 

When three unlocked mystery rabbit boxes land on the reels on the same spin, the player will be awarded with seven free spins. 

Every unlocked box that lands after the initial three will award three extra spins while increasing a multiplier by a value of one. This free spins multiplier will be applied to all subsequent wins.

Relax Gaming – Net Gains

Join a pack of angling animals in Relax Gaming’s latest fishing slot release that has 6×4 reels with 4,096 ways to win. The title has an RTP of 96.1 per cent with medium volatility. 

Simon Hammon, CEO of Relax Gaming, stated: “We’ve seen unprecedented success with the release of Iron Bank and Beast Mode, so it was a no-brainer to collaborate with the Casino Grounds team once more on what is yet another top-class release.

“I’m wholly confident that players the world over will fall in love with this nautical knockout, after all this game series is born from hugely important player feedback.”

When players land three bonus bell scatters on the same spin, they can choose between three free spins options across three different game modes. 

The first option is eight free spins in the coin collection feature. With this game mode, players collect bronze, silver and gold coins on the reels which appear with monetary values. 

Cash collection treasure chests will appear, collecting the value of all coins present on the reels. When a certain amount of coins have been collected, a coin meter will fill up to increase the monetary value of all coins and provide the player with an extra free spin. 

Persistent collector chests can also drop into play, collecting coins on multiple spins and awarding the player with an extra five spins. A coin rain feature can be randomly activated, placing ten identical coins across the board. 

The second free spins option is five free spins in the sticky mystery game mode. In this game mode, mystery symbols are more frequent and stay sticky on the reels. 

Players can fill a mystery symbol meter with every win, providing the player with extra spins and sticky mystery symbols when full. Mystery symbols can only appear on reels two to six. 

Finally, players can choose to have seven free spins in the stacked wild game mode. With this feature, two types of wilds can appear on the reels. One wild showcases multipliers and the other will appear with a countdown number that shows how many spins it will stay sticky on the reels for. 

Playson – Hit the Bank: Hold and Win

Sound the alarms as Playson’s latest slot title takes players on a prolific heist with 5×4 reels, 40-paylines and a maximum win of up to x20,000 the player’s stake. This title has medium volatility with an RTP of 95.21 per cent.

Nikolay Illiustrov, Head of Games at Playson, commented: “Hit the Bank: Hold and Win is a great addition to our portfolio and we are really excited to be able to bring this slot to our players.

“The Bonus Game is the main draw of this title, exhibiting a complex yet thrilling way to boost winnings. The high volatility nature of this game will be attractive to players and the distinctive artwork is truly eye-catching.”

In the hold and win game mode, players are taken to an empty reel set as number of gold coins displaying monetary values are placed across the board. The number of coins is decided by how many scatters landed to trigger the feature, with three, four or five scatters awarding three, five or ten gold coins. 

These coin values can be affected by a horizontal top reel that spins with every turn, revealing multipliers or monetary values to be applied to any coins on their respective columns. 

The bonus game will continue to spin until no gold coins are left on the reels, with gold coins moving one row down with every spin, until they reach the bottom of the reels where they are attributed to the bonus game payout. 

Furthermore, players can buy access to the hold and win bonus for the price of 100 bets. 

Swintt – Santa Pets

Swintt’s latest title focuses on the animals of the Christmas period with a 7×7 reel-set that uses cluster-pays. This festive release has high volatility with an RTP of 94.48 per cent. 

David Mann, Chief Executive Officer at Swintt, said: “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at Swintt’s studio – and we wanted to share that happy holiday spirit with players in a brand-new slot that offers cluster pays, multiplier free spins and a stocking stuffed full of fun, festive booster features.

“Playing more like a mobile game than a classic reel-based slot, Santa Pets will offer a fresh new spin on the traditional online casino experience. Debuting at our partner casinos just in time for Christmas, it promises to be the perfect winter warmer as Swintt gears up for the most magical time of the year.”

The title comes with a Santa Booster, this meter is filled by the spin and the wins in a spin. When it is full, 380 points, players can receive a Santa Gift, which turns a random symbol wild, a Super Santa Gift turning a cluster of four normal symbols wild or Mega which turns nine wild. 

Additional prizes include a Santa Bomb, which turns a cluster of nine symbols into any one of the high paying symbols randomly on the reels and a Santa Rocket that can take off anywhere on the reel. It will convert corresponding row and column symbols into high paying symbols.

The final Santa Gift comes in the form of a the Ultra Santa Bomb. This can explode anywhere on the screen and convert all column symbols into any one high paying symbol.

Alongside these boosters is the free spins feature that includes a win multiplier with a maximum value of x8. To activate this round, players must land three or more wild symbols in a single spin. 

Pragmatic Play – Hot Pepper 

Feel the heat of Pragmatic Play’s latest spicy slot title that also uses cluster pays on a 7×7 reel-set. This fiery release has high volatility with an RTP of 96.45 per cent. 

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, explained: “We understand our player’s affinity for cluster mechanics and wilds working in tandem as seen in Fruit Party 2 or Wild Beach party.  

“Building upon these popular features seen in previous releases, whilst introducing upgrading wilds and a fun Mexican theme, has created a slot that puts player engagement and enjoyment at its heart. 

“This title ups the ante through the ability to increase wild multipliers. We are keen to see fan’s reception to this spicy new release.”

Each winning cluster produces a pepper wild, which substitutes all other symbols in game, making it easier for players to create additional wins following a tumble. 

This wild can also have a multiplier attached to it, which increases in size based on the number of symbols that created the cluster and the number of subsequent tumbles it is a part of up to a maximum of x128. 

Three bonus symbols are required to unlock 12 free spins, here any wilds created begin at the max level meaning they will carry a multiplier of at least x16 and can quickly climb as high as x128 depending on the number of symbols that formed a winning cluster.