New Slots Round-Up | 6 September 2018

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Prepare for spooky encounters and dark sorcery as we look at new slots with a Halloween or magic theme. The creepy celebration might still be weeks away, but the game providers allowed us sneak previews at their offerings for the ghostly days at the end of October. Will they be tricks or treats? Let’s take a closer look.

Netent will release a remake of the immensely popular slot Jack and the Beanstalk. The spine-chilling Halloween Jack will have the same pay mechanics and otherworldly wins of up to 6,000x your stake in a single game sequence. We enter the world of dark beasts on Merkur’s Night of the Werewolf, a highly volatile game with expanding symbols in the bonus round and wins of up to 6,000x your bet in a single spin.

Watch the illusionist perform his magic tricks on Street Magic from Play’n GO to expand into a stacked wild in the base game or turn wilds into sticky symbols in the free spins for spooky wins of up to 5,000x your bet. Playtech is taking us into the dark world of Greek mythology on an unusual 6×6 reel set with 164 pay lines in Age of Gods: Medusas & Monsters. Four progressive Mystery Jackpots and a special Medusa pay mechanic will keep you in suspense for hair-raising wins.

Halloween Jack | Netent

All JatB fans will be singing the praises of the new Netent game. For those not in the know, JatB stands for Jack and the Beanstalk, one of the most popular Netent slots. Halloween Jack is virtually a clone of JatB but with a spooky theme for the season. Many of us will celebrate Halloween towards the end of October, and the game will be released just a few days before that.

The trick-or-treaters will look for the sweetest candy on five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed pay lines. The base game is enhanced with walking wilds that will triple all wins when they are part of a winning combo. Once they appear on a spin, they will move by one reel on each following spin until they disappear to the left of the game window. While it will spike wins in the base game, the real rush will come in the free spins.

Three to five treasure chest scatters will award ten free spins where special wilds are unlocked when enough lanterns land on Reel 5. The bonus round starts with standard walking wilds. Once three lanterns are collected, the game activates double-stacked walking wilds. Another three lanterns will unlock the triple-stacked walking wild and, finally, nine collected lanterns will activate the expanding wild.

Once the last stage is activated, any five wilds anywhere on the reels in one free spin will expand to produce a full screen with wild symbols paying 1,500x your bet for the initial spin. As the expanded wilds walk to the left on the next free spins, more wins will be added to the total payout. The maximum win in one spin sequence peaks at a staggering 6,000x the initial stake.

Night of the Werewolf | Merkur Gaming

Merkur is best known for its highly volatile video slots. Games like Eye of Horus or Magic Mirror have achieved cult status among the slotting community. Night of the Werewolf fits perfectly into the portfolio, although it comes with just five pay lines, making it an even more volatile slot. The high base game pays off up to 1,000x your bet for a single five-of-a-kind will have everyone excited time and again when they hit the screen.

That is only the starter on this slot. During the free spins, one pay symbol will be randomly selected as the special symbol. It will expand during free spins when enough symbols land on the reels and award a win for each active pay line. For example, hitting three special symbols anywhere on the reels in a free spin will expand them to award five times a win for a three-of-a-kind. The aim is obviously to see the top symbol being selected as the special symbol and then hitting five in one free spin because that will lead to a full screen of top symbols, awarding a massive 5,000x your bet.

Street Magic | Play’n GO

Many of us have encountered a street magician at some time. In Las Vegas, dozens of illusionists and wannabees are active along the strip, and visitors interrupt their evening walks to watch some superb magic tricks being performed. Play’n GO has picked up on this theme and produced, in Street Magic, a video slot with five reels, four rows, and 20 fixed pay lines.

The David Blaine lookalike will present his tricks to everyone betting a minimum 0.20 credits up to a maximum of 100 credits. He also acts as a wild and scatter symbol at the same time. Two scatters on either Reel 1. 3, or 5 will trigger the Magician Performances. The Wild Shuffle will add four random wilds to the reels. The Expanding Man will see the two triggering magicians expand to create two wild reels. The Transporting Man will award the missing third scatter and trigger the free spins.

Big money waits in the free spins as all wilds landing on the reels will become sticky for the remainder of the round. The game awards 8, 10, or 12 free spins when three scatters land on Reels 1, 3, or 5, or via the Transporting Man feature. Having at least one sticky wild on each reel will award an additional four to eight free spins. Five sticky wilds on a pay line will pay on every spin 20x bet. Having multiple wild lines in one bonus round can lead to the maximum payout for the slot of 5,000x your bet.

Age of the Gods – Medusa & Monsters | Playtech

Get immersed in the mythical world of the Medusa on Playtech’s latest addition to their Age of the Gods series with a rather unusual reel set and four progressive Mystery Jackpots. The game has six reels, six to seven rows, and 164 fixed pay lines. Watch in awe as Medusa petrifies the monsters in the free spins feature to produce mega-wins.

Medusa is also the wild symbol and will expand to cover all reel positions in the base game and free spins, irrespective where she lands on the reel. Landing scatters on Reels 2, 4, or 6 will trigger Medusa’s Gaze Free Spins. Players make one pick from three shields to reveal which premium symbol will be petrified by Medusa. The symbol will be locked when it appears on the reels until Medusa hits it. She will start at full height on Reel 6 and move one reel to the left on each free spin. The round ends once the Medusa wild disappears to the left of the game window.

The new slot has four progressive jackpots that are pooled from multiple Playtech slots. The jackpot bonus game can be randomly triggered on any spin. Higher bets will increase the chance of entering the bonus game. A grid with 20 coins will be displayed, where the player aims to find three matching jackpot symbols. Entering the bonus game guarantees a win of one of the four jackpots – Power, Extra Power, Super Power, Ultimate Power. The top jackpot regularly goes into six-figure sums, a life-changing win indeed.

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