The dust from all the festivities at the turn of the year has finally settled and the creative teams at slots developers have returned from their well-deserved winter breaks, leading to a frenzy of new slot announcements. As usual, we separate the wheat from the chaff and take a closer look at some of the best releases of this week.
Let’s start with a hilarious sequel to the immensely popular Buster Hammer slot. Dubbed Buster Hammer Carnival, it was designed via a joined effort between Chance Interactive and NextGen Gaming. The slot has now up to 32,768 ways to win and a staggering win potential of up to 8,704 times your stake.
Second in line is another sequel as Yggdrasil Gaming prepares Cazino Cosmos for release. Fans of Cazino Zeppelin now have an alternative with added features that will make it even more entertaining than the original.
The next two new slots evolve around earth-shattering events. Thor’s Lightning from Red Tiger Gaming will see the entire screen shaking when the Norse god wields his fabled hammer to award free spins and wins of up to 1,800 times the bet on a single spin.
Then get ready for a mammal stampede on the new slot creation from iSoftbet. Jumbo Stampede impresses with stunning animations and wins of up to 3,337 times the stake.
Buster Hammer Carnival | Chance Interactive
This seriously funny new slot from Chance Interactive will have you smiling throughout an entire slotting session. Developed in collaboration with NextGen Gaming, it is the sequel to Buster Hammer, which was released in 2016. While other sequels of hit slots have often disappointed, Buster Hammer Carnival actually surprises with a bigger game window, more ways to win, multiple wild reels and higher win potential – all the while keeping the hilarious story of Buster alive.
Play the game from 0.50 coins on a 5×5 game window with 3,125 ways to win, increasing to a huge 5×8 format with 32,768 ways in the free spins round. The developer has kept the Wild Striker feature, but has now included a Buster Bet option that will add cost to the bet per spin to potentially turn more reels wild.
Hit a hammer symbol on reel three to get Buster into action and see him giving his best shot on the Wild Striker to turn two to five reel positions into a wild symbol. Activating Buster Bet levels two and three will add the hammer symbols to reels four and two respectively, allowing for up to three reels being turned wild on a spin.
Landing a minimum three scatters will get you 10 free spins, which cannot be retriggered. The game window increases to the 5×8 format before the start of the round and Buster will now transform up to eight symbols on a reel into a wild symbol. The dream hit would be to turn all three middle reels wild on a free spin as that would lead to wins of a minimum 4,096 ways. The perfect moment to score a monster win.
Cazino Cosmos | Yggdrasil Gaming
Are you a fan of Cazino Zeppelin from this developer, or maybe the epic Dead or Alive slot from Netent? Both are highly popular thanks to the potential to hit sticky wild lines in the free spins round. Yggdrasil has gone to great length to produce an even more exhilarating sequel with the steampunk theme and has added a range of collectible features to the gameplay that can lead to wins exceeding 10,000x your stake.
Play on a 5×3 window with 20 pay lines from as little as 0.20 coins and score big wins with wild substitutions, a free spins round with sticky wilds and five extra bonus rounds with collectible features. A flat but generous RTP of 96% will ensure balances don’t simply vanish.
Three to five scatters will award 10, 15 and 20 free spins respectively. Any wilds on the triggering spin will be transferred to the round as sticky wilds. Any further landing on a free spin will turn sticky as well. Getting one on each reel will award 5+ free spins. The aim is to line up wilds on a line, which will then be sticky for the remaining free spins and pay the win for a five of a kind wild symbol on each spin.
The new addition on Cazino Zeppelin are the five displays on top of the game window, where players accumulate symbols to trigger 10 free spins with the collected reel modifiers. They include two random wilds being placed on the reels from the start of the round, nudging reels, extra spins, one premium symbol turning wild if it appears on the spin and double stacked wilds. No doubt, it will make for suspenseful moments as it provides more chances to hit that vital wild line.
Thor’s Lightning | Red Tiger Gaming
The game studio takes you on a journey into Norse mythology on its new slot with a 7×7 game grid, cascading symbols, cluster pays and a new mechanic to trigger the free spins. Two random features and two types of free spins will keep you on your toes throughout the gaming session, where you could score wins of up to 1,800x your stake in a single spin.
Face the mighty Thor from 0.20 coins and watch in awe as he wields his hammer to award one of two reel modifiers in the base game. Lightning Strike will remove low-value symbols from the grid or turn a cluster of symbols into a matching symbol, including the wild. Thor’s Hammer Strike will see him throw the hammer to nudge the reels or remove symbols to potentially create new or more wins.
The free spins round is triggered via a new mechanic. In the middle of the game grid is a locked 3×3 Free Spins icon that needs to be unlocked by hitting winning clusters adjacent to it. Once done, the game awards a choice of two bonus rounds. Players can select on each occasion which type they want to play.
In Valhalla Free Spins, symbols are removed from the reels and replaced with blanks as well as golden shields. The reels respin as long as golden shields land. Once completed, all shields are flipped to reveal a bet multiplier. All in view are added to determine the total bet multiplier for the round.
In Muspell Free Spins, all low-value symbols are removed from the reels. while two extra random features can trigger on any free spin. Lava Shower will remove one or two of the remaining high-value symbols for the current spin, while Lava Flow creates matching symbols on adjacent reels to guarantee a win.
Jumbo Stampede | iSoftbet
Ever been on a safari through the African savannah and experienced the loud roars of the elephants as they stampede through the vast plains? Well, here’s your chance to see that on a video slot with a 6×4 format and a win potential in the free spins of up to 3,337x your bet. Fans of the epic Raging Rhino slot from WMS will surely have a déjà vu moment. Rest easy as iSoftbet has included its own twist to the game that will make a free spins round even more suspenseful.
The safari on Jumbo Stampede starts at 0.20 coins per spin with gracious mammals populating the reels and a rising sun acting as the wild symbol. The mighty elephant can appear stacked, which could lead to mega wins in the base game. It is all about the free spins on this slot, where the wilds on reels two to five transform into a 2x or 3x multiplier, with the potential of scoring a 81x win multiplier.
But that’s not all. iSoftbet included its own twist and awards scattered pays for the elephant symbols. So if you are missing that vital symbol on reel two, but hit elephant or wild symbols on the other reels, you would still collect a win for a five of a kind. The maximum win in a single free spin peaks at 3,337x your stake.