Every week, CasinoBeats rounds up some of the latest slot releases to hit our screens. This week’s selection includes our Slot of the Week pick from 4ThePlayer, Amusnet’s football fiesta and a trip to a lucrative labyrinth with BGaming

Slot of the Week

5 Wild Buffalo – 4ThePlayer

Take a trip to the great desert plains of North America as 4ThePlayer showcased mountainous wild wins to clinch our Slot of the Week title. The slot presents a 5×4 grid that has 1,024 ways to win while using medium-high volatility and an RTP of 96 per cent. 

Different coloured diamonds can drop into play, enhancing the jackpot prizes that appear above them on every reel. Each diamond that appears also has the ability to randomly trigger the spinning wheel game mode, where one of these jackpot prizes can be won. 

The mini jackpot sits above the first reel and the midi, super, mega and ultra jackpots sit above reels two, three, four and five, respectively. 

Each of these jackpot prizes start at a base level, but progressively increase each time a diamond drops into their respective reels. 

Diamonds can also randomly trigger the spinning wheel any time they appear. Players get the chance to spin the jackpot wheel where they will be awarded one of the five jackpot reel prizes. 

The mini jackpot starts at x8 but can reach up to x100, while the midi jackpot ranges from x12 to x200, the super jackpot from x100 to x500, the mega jackpot from x300 to x1,500 and the ultra jackpot prize starts at x1,000 but can build up to x5,000. 

Each time a high value buffalo symbol appears in a full stack across one reel, or fully across adjacent reels, these symbols will merge together to award a multiplier from x5 to x10 to be applied to any wins it contributes to. 

Bonus bull skull scatters are also available, awarding eight, 15 or 25 free spins when three, four or five land on the same spin. 

During the free spins feature, all wilds will expand across full reels while also awarding a multiplier of up to x12. Wilds also significantly increase the jackpot prizes throughout the free spins. 

Any diamonds that appear in the free spins are guaranteed to trigger the jackpot wheel feature. Players can buy access to the free spins for x50 their stake. 

Finally, wild mountain landscape symbols can appear in the base and bonus game modes, substituting for all symbols other than the diamond bonus symbols. 

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20 Wild Goals – Amusnet

Amusnet hit the back of the net with its latest slot release, preparing for the upcoming European Championships with a football-themed 5×3 reel slot that offers 20-paylines and a maximum win of x3,000. The slot has low volatility with an RTP of 95.87 per cent. 

Throughout the game, cascading wins occur, causing symbols in a winning combination to disappear after providing their payout prizes. This then makes way for new symbols to drop in from the top of the reels. 

Each cascading win that occurs will increase a multiplier that affects any subsequent cascading wins. This feature will be repeated with multipliers being increased by a value of one with each win. 

When the cascading wins stop and all wins have been awarded, the multiplier will reset to zero. 

Scatter trophy symbols are also available, awarding x5, x50 or x500 the player’s stake when three, four or five trophies appear anywhere across the board. 

Amusnet’s jackpot cards game mode can be activated randomly at the end of any winning spin. 

For this jackpot feature, players are shown 12 hidden playing cards. Four progressive jackpot prizes are available, represented by the four playing card suits. 

Players will then select cards until they have chosen three cards of the same suit, receiving the respective jackpot prize offered by that suit. 

Moreover, on any win lower than x35 their stake, players can gamble their payout with a double-or-nothing jackpot card feature. 

With this gamble, players must guess whether the jackpot card will land as red or black, doubling their winning bet if they guess correctly. 

Finally, wild footballs can drop into play on reels two, three and four, substituting for all symbols other than the trophy scatters.

Gold of Minos – BGaming

BGaming turned to Greek mythology for inspiration for its latest slot as a giant minotaur awards expanding wild wins on the studio’s new 5×3 reel slot with 243 ways to win. Players can win up to x15,360 their stake in this medium-high volatility slot with an RTP of 96 per cent.

Yulia Aliakseyeva, Co-CPO at BGaming, commented: “Gold of Minos is a release that will be hard to forget for players, with the imposing Minotaur leading them to wins. Against their instincts, they must befriend the beast to uncover their potential.

“The game uses new mechanics to deliver a fresh experience to players, while the graphics are tuned to perfection, transporting the players to a mythological realm.”

When a wild minotaur symbol drops into play without contributing to a winning combination, a special respin feature is triggered. This causes the minotaur to stay sticky in its reel while the rest of the reels respin. 

A multiplier meter will then appear above the reel set, starting at x2. If a win occurs on the initial respin, all winnings will be awarded with the x2 multiplier. 

However, if the initial respin doesn’t award a win, another respin will occur but the multiplier will double in value. This feature can be repeated until the multiplier reaches x1,024 after 10 failed spins in a row. 

Players can buy access to a spin that guarantees a minotaur symbol on either reel one, two or three for x12 their stake, on reel four for x50 their stake or on the final reel for x200.

Hot Hot Balloons – Armadillo Studios

Prepare to take flight with Armadillo Studios as hot air balloons add some colour to the blue skies of New Mexico in the studio’s new 7×7 slot title, which uses cluster-pays and a maximum win of x10,000. This highly volatile slot uses a 96.17 per cent RTP. 

David Stoveld, COO of Armadillo Studios, stated: “Hot Hot Balloons combines chilli peppers and the zest of New Mexico with the historic charm of Route 66 and colourful balloons, promising a unique slot experience unlike any other.” 

This game uses cluster-pays, meaning that identical symbols need to land in adjacent positions of five or more symbols to award wins.

Payout prizes will vary depending on the size of the cluster, with maximum prizes handed out for clusters of 15 or more symbols. 

Cascading wins also occur in this game, causing winning symbols to disappear after providing their payout prizes, making way for new symbols to drop in from the top of the reels. 

Meanwhile, each cell on the board where a win occurs will gain a x2 multiplier for the next cascade.

As cascading wins repeat, any multiplier cells that contribute to wins will apply their respective multiplier to the win’s payout, before it’s multiplier doubles in value for the next cascade. Multipliers can reach up to x128. 

When the free spins feature is activated, any cell multipliers that were active carry over into the bonus game mode. These multipliers will then remain active across the entirety of the free spins, unlike in the base game where they reset in between spins. 

Players can activate a golden bet feature that doubles their stake to gain double the chance of activating the free spins game mode.

However, the super free spins game mode will be activated when three or more scatters appear if the golden bet feature is activated. In the super free spins, all cells begin with at least a x2 multiplier, depending on any cell multipliers that carry over from the base game. 

Players can also choose to buy access to the free spins feature for the price of x80 their stake, or to the super free spins for x160.