Software providers were quite diligent this winter, and mild Spring weather is not the only thing we have to look forward to this season; there are quite a few promising new slots for march coming our way and some of them are already live – signed, sealed and delivered to the players via online casinos. Pragmatic Play has been one of the busiest providers in the past few months, determined to keep us chained to our screens. They have announced several new video slots, however, The Dog House seems to be the attention grabber. Red Tiger and Yggdrasil are not far behind – Pirates’ Plenty has us counting down the days till its release, but Yggdrasil’s Champions of Rome will give us plenty to do while we are waiting…
Pragmatic Play – The Dog House
The Dog House is high volatility slot played on 5×3 reel grid and 20 paylines, with x6,750 player’s bet payout potential (on $0.20-$100 betting range), and some of the cutest pooches you have ever seen as the highest paying icons. An average return to the player rate is calculated at 96.51% and the symbols pay left to right.
The Dog House is the Wild, replacing all other icons except for the Paw Bonus. Limited to reels 2, 3, and 4, all Wild symbols that land on the same reel will have the x2 and x3 multiplying value.
The Paw Bonus icon can only land on reels 1, 3, and 5, triggering Free Spins. The number of bonus rounds will be randomly determined with a spin of the 3×3 grid, adding the values from all three central lines and providing you with the final count of free spins for that particular session. During the feature, all Wilds on reels 2-4 will become sticky, applying a random multiplier to all the payouts generated by symbol combinations which contain the Wild icons. The Bonus symbols will not appear on the reels while the Free Spins are in progress, which means that this bonus cannot be re-triggered.
Red Tiger Gaming – Pirates’ Plenty
Although it may still be early to tell, Red Tiger Gaming’s Pirate’s Plenty looks like it could become to ultimate buccaneer inspired slots, taking the players across the Caribbean seas in pursuit of adventure, plunders, and hidden treasures.
The slot is played on 5×3 reel grid and 20 paylines, with an option to increase the spinning speed using the Turbo button. Up to x5,000 player’s bet can be produced on a single spin, with an average RTP value of 96.12% (on high volatility gameplay).
Visually, Pirates’ Plenty is quite appealing and the effort that Red Tiger Gaming invested in the game is evident. The provider combines sharp and vibrant graphics with engaging bonuses, including multipliers, an extra reel, and Free Spins.
The Map icon is a collectible symbol which appears randomly in the base game; the same symbol unlocks the extra Treasure Reel which is otherwise locked. Once activated, the additional column introduces the Wild Ships Wild icons that can expand across the entire reel, multiplying the payouts by x2, x3, and x5. Wild Monkey eliminates all the lower value symbols, placing high-value icons on their place. Unlike the Map, the Monkey can also appear during the Ocean Free Spins (triggered by a combination of 3 Oceans Spins icons). While this bonus rounds are in progress, the Ghostly Captain will present the players with the Treasure Chest keys, three of which will unlock one of the Sunken Treasure Chests and award additional Wild icons or Free Spins.
Yggdrasil Gaming – Champions of Rome
Champions of Rome takes us back to the glory day of the Roman Empire when honour was gained and lives were lost inside the bloody arena. Played on 20 fixed paylines, with $0.10 – $100 betting limits, Champions or Rome can increase the bet by x3,000 on a single spin and return 96.4% of a player’s average wager.
Two Free Spins icons initiate the Gladiator Feature, adding one of the following set of Wilds on the reels:
- Swords – blocks of 2×1 or 1×2
- Mace – blocks of 2×2
- Trident – 4 single Wilds are distributed across the reel grid
If the 450 coins qualifying amount is not collected, the players will be eligible for the consolation prize – 5 Training Free Spins or a cash prize in the range of 40 to 200 coins.
The Free Spins have a bonus feature of their own, unlocked when the Beast icon lands on reels 2, 3 and 4. When this happens, all high-value icons will be substituted with one of the three Gladiators who try to hit the Beast with their weapon and win a new Free Spin.