Take a break from the bombardment of New Year’s resolutions as we guide you through a selection of recent slot releases, including Lightning Box’s stuntman spectacle, 3 Oaks Gaming’s Egyptian extravaganza, Kalamba Games’ east-Asian expedition and more.
Stunt Stars – Lightning Box
Set in Hollywood, Lightning Box’s latest slot shows players the life of a stunt performer on a 5×3 reel set with 243 ways to win and bonus features including skydive and stunt double scatters. This title has high volatility with an RTP of 96 per cent.
David Little, CPO at Lightning Box, stated: “Stunt Stars should be a smash hit with players, and we’re delighted to be making such a fast and exciting start to the new year with Rank. There are plenty of thrills and spills to blow away the January blues.”
Low value symbols come in the form of the high end of a deck of cards, from 10 through to Ace, with boots and cinema reels depicting the medium value symbols.
High value symbols are represented by male and female stunt actors. These symbols can offer between x1.16 and x10, depending on the amount of winning combinations that land on one go.
Scatter stunt double stars are available, offering a payout of x1 when three, four or five scatters land on the reels at once and triggering free spins when five land on the same spin. Skydive scatters are also included, triggering the skydive bonus when three or more land at once.
At the start of the skydive bonus game, players must choose one of three skydiving characters to carry out the feature. These characters then set off on a skydive, collecting features that will impact a free spins feature that is triggered at the end of the dive.
Players can collect hearts for extra free spins and stars to land stunt double scatters in the free spins feature. Once the skydiver uses their parachute, the player will be taken to the free spins.
Rob Procter, VP Game Development at Light & Wonder, added: “After the success of games such as Divine Stars, we are pleased to welcome Stunt Stars to our ever-growing portfolio. The combination of bonuses, features, and many different ways to win gives fans the chance to try out a title which we know will be extremely popular.”
Goddess of Egypt – 3 Oaks Gaming
Taking players to ancient Egypt, 3 Oaks Gaming’s latest release showcases a 6×5 reel set that uses scatter-pays to offer a maximum win of up to x12,373, in addition to cascading wins that can reveal multipliers.
Sebastian Damian, Managing Director at 3 Oaks Gaming, stated: “Goddess of Egypt sees us explore new concepts in our latest release, with cascading wins, a pays anywhere structure, and giant win potential combining in a classic theme.
“We’re really excited about the potential of the game, and what it brings to our broader portfolio, as we continue to strive to bring diversity and enjoyment to fans of our portfolio.”
Goddess of Egypt is a scatter-paying slot title, meaning that symbols can form winning combinations wherever they land on the reels, as long as at least eight identical symbols appear.
This is also a cascading wins title, causing symbols in a winning formation to disappear after providing their payout to increase the win potential of an already successful spin.
Cascading wins can reveal multipliers between x2 and x500 that drop into empty spaces on the board. At the end of each cascading win’s spin, the multipliers will be accumulated and applied to the entire payout of that round.
With the free spins feature, players are awarded 15 free spins while landing an extra three high value scatters will award an additional five turns.
For the duration of the free spins, all multipliers from cascading wins are added to a multiplier tally that becomes attributed to the free spins payout at the end of the feature, rather than at the end of each spin.
Divine Gongs – Kalamba Games
The first east-Asian inspired slot in this selection, Kalamba Game’s latest release uses a 5×3 reel set with 20-paylines and bonus features including rabbit wilds and K-cash spins.
Alex Cohen, COO and Co-Founder at Kalamba Games, commented: “We wanted to start this year with a bang, or rather a gong in this case, to showcase our wider plans for 2023.
“Divine Gongs perfectly encapsulates this ambition delivering numerous different features, a bonus round which is improved through base game play all interestingly juxtaposed against a zen-like location.
“With big wins and entertainment at its heart, we look forward to seeing players’ reception to this Asian-inspired release.”
Low value symbols come in the form of the high end of a deck of cards, from 10 through to Ace, with Asian lanterns, drums and vases depicting the medium value symbols.
Golden boats are used for the high value symbols. These symbols can offer between x5 and x50, depending on the amount of matching combinations that fall on one go.
Moreover, golden gong scatters can drop into play, triggering the K-cash spins feature if three or more land on the reels at once.
With the K-cash spins, players can trigger the feature with one of three prize boosters, increasing the payout of the bonus game mode by either 10, 30 or 50 per cent.
In this game mode, players are given three spins to land as many multiplied bet amount gong symbols as possible on an empty reel set.
Each symbol that lands on the reels will reset the number of spins to three, with the sum of all gongs being given to the player at the end of the feature.
Dragon Hero – Pragmatic Play
Another east-Asian release, Pragmatic Play’s latest slot introduces players to a fiery dragon on a 5×4 reel set with 20-paylines and a maximum win of up to x5,000 the player’s stake. This fire-breathing slot title has high volatility and an RTP of 96 per cent.
Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Dragon Hero is a bold and exciting title with every spin in both the base game and free spins round being able to award players multiple wilds, features and super wilds.
“Our slot roadmap for this year is set to build on the success of 2022 and players can expect the signature breadth of engaging features, themes and gameplay that Pragmatic Play is synonymous for.
“We’re excited at the prospect of creating content that encapsulates what it is to be a player favourite that our fans can return to time and again.”
Two wilds are available with a Yin and Yang standard wild appearing anywhere on the board and a golden dragon super wild only appearing on reels two, three and four.
Both wilds substitute for all symbols in the game other than the scatter and the super wild will place three standard wilds on the middle reels when it appears on the board.
Additionally, scatter symbols are represented by scatter text underneath a dragon. Landing three, four, or five scatters on the same spin will award six, eight or 10 spins on a bonus wheel that decides how many free spins will be activated.
When three or more scatters land on the same spin, the free spins feature is activated. This presents a bonus wheel that spins through numeric values, deciding how many free spins will be awarded to the player.
During these free spins, any super wilds that appear will leave their allocated wilds on the reel set for the entire duration of the bonus game mode.
Cash-a-Cabana – Play’n GO
Play’n GO has pulled down the curtain on its latest showbiz slot title, Cash-a-Cabana, which offers a maximum win of up to x10,000 the player’s stake using a 5×3 reel set with 20-paylines.
Low value symbols are represented by the high end of a deck of cards, with 10 through to Ace. If the right amount of matching combinations land on a single spin, these symbols can offer between x1 and x10 the player’s bet.
High value symbols are depicted as rum and coke glasses, shrimp cocktails, couples and a horn player. These symbols can offer between x10 and x100, depending on the amount of winning combinations that land in one go.
Cabaret girl wilds can also drop into play, often appearing expanded to fill out entire reels. These wilds substitute for all symbols in the game other than the scatter and will appear with x2 multipliers.
Host scatters are available on reels one, three and five. Landing three on the same spin will trigger the cabana show bonus round with 10 free spins.
During the free spins feature, scatters will award an additional two free turns each time they drop into play with a maximum of 30 free spins available.
In the base game, wild symbols can only appear expanded once on each spin. These expanded wilds can appear up to three times on the same free spin during the bonus game mode.
Each wild that lands during this feature can increase a win multiplier from x1 to x20.