Booming Games, Armadillo Studios and Yggdrasil: on the spin

Another week has passed us by and another selection of recent slot titles have hit the CasinoBeats inbox. Put your feet up as we guide you through an assortment of the industry’s new releases, including Booming Games’ barking-mad bonanza, Armadillo Studios’ exotic extravaganza, Bang Bang Games’ Roman romp and more. 

Dog Heist Shift’N’Win – Booming Games

Showcasing the studio’s Shift’N’Win mechanic, Booming Games has set up a tail-wagging burglary with a 5×3 reel slot that has 10-paylines and a maximum win of x1400 the player’s stake. The game uses medium-high volatility with an RTP of 95.78 per cent. 

Moritz Blume, Director of Product at Booming Games, explained: “Players might think we have gone barking mad with the theme for Dog Heist Shift ‘N’ Win but the slot delivers an edge-of-the-seat experience as they help the hounds raid the pet store.

“They are helped in their criminal quest with Shift ‘N’ Win, the latest trademarked mechanic to be developed by our amazing team. This has been combined with other features such as cash collect and multipliers to ensure pure tail-wagging entertainment and big win potential at all times.”

A dog driving a brown van is the game’s value symbol, which features a random bet multiplier of either x1, x2, x5, x10 or x20. This symbol can land on reels one, two, three or four in the base game.

The collect symbol is two dogs in a green van, while the double collect symbol is two dogs in a gold van. Both of these symbols can only appear on reel five in the base game.

If one or more value symbols and a collect symbol appear on the reels, the bet multiplier values of all value symbols are added together before the multiplier of the bet is paid. If a double collect appears in the same situation instead of collect, then all the value symbols are added together, and then doubled before the multiplier of the bet is paid.

The game also has a scatter symbol in the form of a dog driving a police car. Should three scatters appear on the reels, the game’s special feature mode – Shift ‘N’ Win – will activate.

On each spin during Shift ‘N’ Win, there is a chance that new value symbols can land on the reels with a random bet multiplier of x1, x2, x5, x10, x20 or x1000.

After each spin, the value and scatter symbols on the reels move to the left by one spot. When a value symbol falls off the reels, its value is added to the total win multiplier. When the scatter symbol falls off the reels, the feature round ends and the total win bet multiplier is paid. 

If another scatter symbol lands on reel five before a scatter symbol closer to the left falls off the reels, the scatter symbol closer to the left is converted into a value symbol and additional feature spins are awarded.

Tiki Time Exotic Wilds – Armadillo Studios

Armadillo Studios has invited players to lounge out in an island paradise with its latest 5×3 reel slot offering 243-ways to win and a maximum win of x8000 the player’s bet. This title uses medium volatility with an RTP range of 96, 93.99 and 88.06 per cent. 

David Stoveld, COO of Armadillo Studios, said: “Tiki Time Exotic Wilds has arrived at the perfect time for some bonus summer fun. Its Hawaiian theme makes it the ideal slot to play in the shade, or by the pool or the sea this holiday season.”

When three or more free spins scatters appear on the reels during the base games, the free spins mode is activated. Here, players can select one of three free spins options varying in volatility – multiplier boost, extra exotic and extreme exotic. Free spins can also be purchased.

Multiplier boost mode initially awards 12 free spins at medium volatility. The mode features free spins scatters and a special symbol in the form of three arrows pointing up. For every three scatter symbols that land on the reels, an additional 12 free spins are awarded.

Each special symbol that lands awards the player an extra free spin and increases the multiplier ranges of all exotic wilds from one to three by adding the random amount from one to three to all the multipliers.

The increased range of exotic wilds is applied to all wilds for all remaining free spins including any additional spins awarded, capped at x20.

Extra exotic mode initially awards 10 free spins with high volatility, while three scatter symbols landing on the reels will award an additional 10 free spins. 

During the mode, players collect green tokens represented by ice cubes or violet tokens represented by umbrellas, which can be converted into either green tiki or violet tiki wilds respectively.

Three green tokens convert all cherry symbols into green tiki, six tokens turn all strawberries into green tikis, and nine tokens convert all limes into green tiki. Three violet tokens convert all orange symbols into violet tiki, six tokens turn all pineapples into violet tikis, and nine tokens convert all kiwis into violet tiki.

Once nine green or violet tokens have been collected, additional tokens have no effect.

Extreme exotic mode initially awards eight free spins with extreme volatility, while three scatter symbols landing on the reels will award eight free spins.

During this mode, violet tikis pay x10 to x50, green tikis pay x10 to x100, and super tikis pay x100 to x500.

If multiple exotic wilds land on the same spin, they will provide a compounded win as the total multiplier is calculated by taking the product of all multipliers included in the win together.

Roamin’ Romans UltraNudge – Yggdrasil & Bang Bang Games

Travelling from a pacific island paradise to Ancient Rome, Yggdrasil’s latest YG Masters slot – developed by Bang Bang Games – presents a 5×4 reel board that uses 40-paylines and a maximum win of x8,569 the player’s stake. This game has high volatility with an RTP of 96 per cent. 

Mark McGinley, Chief Gaming Officer at Yggdrasil, stated: “Bang Bang Games have developed a truly fantastic mechanic in UltraNudge, which compliments this Roman-themed title perfectly. 

“Combine that with a plethora of engaging features including Caesar’s Wild March and you’ve got a winning slot on your hands, which is another strong addition to our YG Masters offering.”

Should a winning line feature a Centurion or Caesar wild, the UltraNudge win streak is triggered. The win is paid and then all symbols will nudge down by one position, paying any new wins. The feature continues until there are no more wins on the reels.

When a Caesar wild lands, they award a win multiplier of x2 on qualifying wins and expand to cover the whole reel they are featured in. Each spin or nudge will see the Caesar wild move one reel position to the left and increase their multiplier by two. They will continue to move to the left until they exit reel one.

If three or more golden eagle bonus scatter symbols land on the reels during a single spin, 10 free spins are awarded to the player.

Players are then presented with Caesar’s Gamble and two options, play the free spins round straight away with Caesar wilds increasing by x2 on every move, or gamble the spins for a chance to have Caesar wilds increasing by x4 on every move. There is a 50/50 chance the player wins the gamble.

If the gamble option is selected, a wheel then spins. If the wheel lands on a golden eagle, the x4 option is awarded. If the wheel lands on an X, the free spins are forfeited and the player returns to the base game.

Free spins begin with an UltraNudge and for the duration of the free spins, Caesar’s wild multiplier doesn’t reset and new Caesar wilds will start with the highest multiplier shown. If a Ceasar wild is still in play after the 10th free spin, additional spins will be awarded to the player.

Players can also double their chance of landing free spins during the base game with the Bonus Boost for an additional cost of half their current wager. 10 free spins or 15 super free spins can also be purchased for x100 or x300 the player’s stake respectively.

Frank McPolin, Managing Director at Bang Bang Games, added: “We have been fortunate enough to release a number of brilliant UltraNudge titles over the last twelve months in collaboration with Yggdrasil, and Roamin’ Romans UltraNudge looks to be another fantastic creation.

“The YG Masters program has allowed us to continue to innovate and elevate our top-performing portfolio of titles, and all of us at Bang Bang Games are excited to see Roamin’ Romans succeed.”

Northern Temple – Evoplay

Evoplay has transported players to a green pasture defended by mythical creatures in its latest release, showcasing a  5×3 reel slot with 7,776-paylines and a maximum win of x6,258 the player’s stake. While using an RTP of 96.06 per cent, the game has high volatility. 

Ivan Kravchuk, CEO at Evoplay, commented: “Northern Temple takes players on a stone-age adventure where mystical symbols hold the power of unwavering wins.

“Stacked with features including growing reels, multiplier coins and the thrilling Free Spins round, Northern Temple is a highly engaging title with a multitude of ways to be awarded to keep players enticed.”

Each time a winning payline occurs after a spin, an additional row is added to the game, while the game’s multiplier increases by one. The winning combinations disappear while the remaining symbols stay in place and additional symbols are dropped onto the reels.

Rows and multipliers stay in place until a win no longer occurs after a spin, resulting in a reset. Three additional rows can be added in total. During free spins, the win multiplier is saved.

Coin symbols can land on any reel and they stay on the reels during drops until there are no more wins. If three or more coin symbols are present on the reels at the end of all drops, the feature is triggered, revealing a random value assigned to each coin.

The value of each coin is multiplied by the current multiplier and summed up, and the result multiplied by the bet is then paid to the player.

Grand Melee – Thunderkick

Mediaeval mayhem ensues in Thunderkick’s latest jousting slot release, offering 1,193-paylines and a maximum win of x5000 the player’s stake on a 6×4 reel board. This slot uses high volatility while providing an RTP of 96.17 per cent. 

Mike Collins, Product Owner at Thunderkick, said: “We’re thrilled to be debuting Grand Melee, our incredible new slot with plenty of ways for players to take home a grand prize.

“In Grand Melee, players can look forward to experiencing even greater variation and excitement with the beloved Sticky Respins feature. The Symbol Upgrade, Symbol Expansion, and Game Area Expansion modifiers (my personal favourite) bring unexpected twists and thrilling moments to the game. We’re excited for players to get stuck in.”

The sticky respin feature will select a random base game symbol above the reels. If five or more symbols are on the reels that match the selected sticky symbol, those symbols will become sticky and stay in place and the reel will respin.

During the feature, if any new symbols appear that match the sticky symbol, they will also stay sticky. The feature will continue respinning until no more new symbols appear that don’t match the sticky symbol. The highest total win is then calculated and paid out to the player before the reel resets back to the base game.

If a symbol upgrade scatter appears, it will transform all instances of the current sticky symbol into more valuable sticky symbols. If the symbol expansion scatter appears, it will transform into the current sticky symbol and expand vertically to cover the entire reel with sticky symbols.

If the game area expansion scatter appears on the reels, it will transform into the current sticky and an additional row to the bottom of the reels that will contain random symbols, expanding the game to seven rows for the duration of the sticky respin feature.

The bonus symbol can also be used as the sticky symbol during the sticky respin feature, awarding free spins to the player at the end of the feature and every time the bonus meter at the bottom of the reels is filled. Respins will continue until no more bonus symbols appear.