Have you decided how you will spend the hot, steamy July days yet? May we suggest some of the best slots we’ve seen this 2018 summer season? They all come from distinguished providers, have sizeable winning potential and innovative features, not to mention stunning graphics and lovely tunes that go with all the reel spinning. The choice is out there, you just need to log into your favourite slots casino on your computer or mobile and make it!
Dragon Kings by Betsoft
Straight out of the ancient Chinese scrolls comes Dragon Kings, the latest video slot developed by Betsoft. Known for 3D online slots and excellent progressives, Betsoft gladly goes out of the comfort zone and makes something brand new with a before-seen theme. Dragon Kings looks stunning, the colours are lively and bright and the symbols may not be three dimensional but they seem like they might jump out of the screen any minute. At first glance, Dragon Kings is a regular 3×5 slot machine, but if you look closely there is also another reel position on the far right, the middle position of a sixth reel. This reel contains the special Magical Pearl symbol which can double the number of awarded free spins and help trigger one of the progressive jackpots.
Dragon King is the game’s Wild symbol and it doubles all wins in which it participates. The magnificent Dragon King only appears on reel 3 and can expand to fill the entire reel. Betsoft’s latest product features four other dragon symbols, and they all act as Wilds: Azure Dragon, White Dragon, Red Dragon and Black Dragon. Each of them has a special power as well, as they are the mighty Dragons of the Four Seas. The Azure Dragon awards 1 respin with other dragons held in place, the White Dragon generates another just like it on the left or right, the Red Dragon generates a random cash prize up to 400x the bet and the Black Dragon multiplies wins 3 times.
Dragon Kings comes complete with four different jackpots: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond Jackpot which can be won with various combinations of Dragon symbols and the Dragon King Wild/Magical Pearl. The RTP is set at 95.20% and the max possible win is 280,753 coins.
Knights of Gold by NextGen Gaming
In cooperation with Betdigital, NextGen Gaming created Knights of Gold, a medieval-themed video slot with 10 reels and 100 paylines. Medieval times and knights have been done before in other slot games, but NextGen gives the theme another go. As soon as you load the screen, you can tell that Knights of Gold is different. For one it has two sets of reels. The main reel grid features 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols, whereas the secondary reel set stands at 5 reels and 12 rows in total. The knight’s flag, the golden chalice and the helmet are some of the more notable symbols; the sword is the Wild and the knight’s equipment (shield, axe, hammer) is the Bonus icon.
Knights of Gold is a rather interactive game in the sense that leaves the most important decisions to the player. For example, once the free spins round is triggered the player gets to choose among five different combinations of freebies and multipliers. Also, the player gets to pick one of four flags and determine whether all of the playing card symbols will be taken off the reels, whether all 10, J, Q, K and A symbol wins will be doubled, whether Wild wins will be doubled and whether the round will start without a bonus perk. There are two more features in Knights of Gold slot: the Shield Surprise Bonus and the Bonus Symbols Re-Spin Feature. It is a medium to high variance slot with a maximum win of 4,000 times the stake. Handsome knights, handsome payouts!
Cats and Cash by Play’n GO
Originally released in 2012, Cats and Cash slot was desperate for rejuvenation. Play’n Go decided to re-launch the game, all nice and polished across HTML5 gaming platforms in the summer of 2018. Just in time for the July slots roundup! Cats and Cash has everything – cats dressing up as humans, game show atmosphere, money symbols and hefty payouts. The game’s design is left purposefully vintage, so as not to lose the 1930s feel.
With dressed-up cats all over the reels, it comes as a surprise that bold bars and jewellery are the highest paying icons. The Wheel of Fortune is a Bonus symbol, but there are also Scatters and Wilds appearing on the reels. The Wild, Master of Ceremonies, doubles all Wild-powered wins in addition to replacing regular gameplay icons. The Wheel of Fortune triggers a mini-game where the player spins the wheel and receives the prize depicted on the segment. Alternatively, the prize can be a re-spin. The Gift Box Bonus symbol triggers a pick-me feature where the player is required to select a gift and see what’s inside. Each of the special features is played out in a game show style; the Wheel of Fortune round can pay out a max of 5,000x the stake, whereas the Gift Box picking bonus can pay out no more than 2,000 the bet. The fact that special symbols have to land onto active paylines is important – it’s best to keep all win lines active and maximise your chance of activating the bonus.
Cats and Cash is a medium variance game with entertaining features and a slightly bizarre theme. Surely, it will find a new audience among mobile users to whom it will pay out meowtastic wins.
Terminator Genisys by Playtech
Playtech is no stranger to branded slots, as we all know. Terminator Genisys is the latest to come off the production line, based on the 5th instalment of the immensely popular sci-fi movie franchise starring Arnie Schwarzenegger. The Terminator Genisys movie came out in 2015, and takes the audience back into the past where we see young Sarah and Kyle in an action-packed blockbuster flick. The Terminator Genisys slot features authentic characters from the movie, including Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), John Connor (Jason Clarke), Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and the Guardian (Arnie); it plays as a 3×5, 25-line slot.
When 3 Genisys Countdown Scatter symbols land on the first, third and fifth reel, free spins will initiate. The player can select the 1984 Free Games feature or the 2017 Free Games feature; they both contain 10 freebies but come with different sets of added perks such as stacked or extra Wilds.
For a Playtech movie adaptation, Terminator Genisys video slot does justice to the film it was based on, but more importantly, it stands firm as a high-quality slot and makes a perfect choice for sci-fi fans this July.