New Slots Round-Up | 27 September 2018

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In a week with an unusually high number of slot releases, we decided to focus on rather strange but fun pay mechanics instead of a theme. Game providers show their true creative potential when developing a new slot with an unseen feature or reel modifier that will excite players and, best of all, produce big wins.

With Jammin’ Jars, Push Gaming released its first cascading grid slot filled with juicy fruits and wild jars. Clusters of up to 25 symbols and unlimited wild win multipliers will award big wins well in excess of 2,000x the bet. Red Tiger is unleashing mighty warriors and ferocious predators on Wild Nords. Three random features, as well as respins with three different reel modifiers, will reward the bravest reel warriors with mega wins.

Yggdrasil Gaming is taking us into the world of werewolf slayers with Wolf Hunters. They will fight the beast in three types of free spins as well as wolf and hunter respins with sticky wilds for wins of up to 2,500x the stake. Side City Studio, in collaboration with NextGen Gaming, presented us with a take on the spooky season. A colorful group of ghosts will haunt the reels on Polterheist for cheeky heists and huge wins of up to 250,000 coins.

Jammin’ Jars | Push Gaming

Travel back to the glorious ’70s with pop music, disco ball, and classic fruit symbols on Jammin’ Jars, the latest slot creation from rising star Push Gaming. It is the provider’s first cascading grid slot. A colorful mixture of fruits is dropping onto the 8×8 grid to award pays for clusters of minimum five symbols. Winning combinations collapse to make room for new symbols to cascade in until no more wins are created. The jammin’ rainbow jar is wild, substituting for all symbols. It has a win multiplier attached that will increase indefinitely by x1 on every consecutive winning collapse within one spin. The strawberry is the top symbol, paying 100x the bet for a cluster of minimum 25 symbols. Coupled with a combination of high multipliers, it can lead to wins well in excess of 2,000x bet and more.

Watch out for the change in music and lighting after a non-winning cascade or collapse as it could announce the random feature on this slot. The Rainbow feature will drop one or more giant symbols onto the grid to create larger winning clusters. The sizes can be 2×2, 3×3, or even 4×4 symbols.

Get three Jammin’ Jars anywhere on the grid in one cascade to trigger six free spins. The triggering wild jars remain on the screen and will increase the multiplier each time they are part of a winning combination. After each collapse and cascade, they move to the next available adjacent reel position. Multipliers from different jars are multiplied by each other.

Wild Nords | Red Tiger Gaming

The slot is not really new, but it’s an exciting addition to anyone’s slotting list. Red Tiger Gaming added innovative pay mechanics that hold the key to big wins on Wild Nords. Bjorn, Rolf, and Astrid are three Nordic warriors and wild symbols that will summon bears, wolves, and eagles to the reels for wins of up to 1,000x the initial stake. Any character symbol landing on the screen will lock its associated animal symbols in place as wild symbols and award respins until no further matching symbols land on the screen. Filling all reel positions will award a base game win of 300x the bet.

The three wild animals will trigger the random feature on Wild Nords, adding more symbols of their kind to the reels to create the potential for mega wins. Only symbols of the animal that triggered the feature are on the reels during the random feature.

Wolf Hunters | Yggdrasil Gaming

Get ready to join the two werewolf slayers on the latest creation from Yggdrasil Gaming with multiple types of free spins features. The fearless hunters face the creature whenever it hits the reels. Slaying it will fill up their own rage meter to trigger the free spins once it reaches 100. Every success will be rewarded with a respin while the reel position where the werewolf appeared will turn wild. The same respin is awarded when a standard wild lands anywhere on the reels. The respins continue as long as new wild symbols appear. Wins are paid after every respin.

The first type of free spins is triggered when hunter bonus symbols land on reels one and five in one spin. Ten free spins are awarded, during which the hunters’ chance to slay the werewolf increases to provide more potential for respins and big wins.

The second type is triggered by the hunter rage meters. They are displayed on either side of the game window for the hunter and the huntress. Winning a fight against the werewolf will increase that hunter’s rage meter by +1. The hunter free spins are awarded when one or both the rage meters have reached 100. During the ten free spins, any hunter bonus symbols will be collected in a power meter and will award extra free spins and expanding werewolf wilds.

The last option to hit free spins is reducing the Werewolf health meter from 600 to zero. Every time the werewolf is losing a fight, his health meter is reduced by -1. It will trigger 10 Slayer free spins once it reaches zero. During the feature, all werewolf symbols turn wild and expand to cover the entire reel.

Polterheist | Side City Studio

The new game was designed in collaboration with NextGen Gaming; both are subsidiaries of the NYX Gaming Group, which in turn was recently acquired by Scientific Games. The result is a real gem of slot fun and entertainment on five reels and 100 pay lines. The game window is set in a Wild West ghost town with quirky-looking ghosts populating the reels to produce wins of up to 250,000 coins or 2,500x the stake. The five wanted characters are planning a heist on the town’s safe with two random features and a free spins round.

The Haunted Wild and the Ghost Break-In features can be randomly triggered at the start of any spin in the base game and free spins. The first is adding more wild symbols to reels two, three and four. One of the five ghosts will appear from the left to announce the second random feature and will add stacks of the same ghost to all reels. Plus, all other ghost symbols landing on the spin are transformed into the triggering ghost.

Golden safe scatters landing on reels one, three, and five will award eight free spins. More free spins can be won during the round when one to three safes land on the reels. Any win in free spins will be randomly multiplied by x2, x3, and x5. Hitting a full screen of the main ghost symbol with an x5 multiplier will award the maximum win of 2,500x bet.

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