Best New Slots in 2019 | 29 March 2019

Some weeks we think that there won’t be much to report about exciting new games. And then, out of the blue, we are hit with a barrage of slot announcements that make it difficult to reduce the field of worthy candidates to just the four that we look at in more detail in our newsletters. This week has been such a week and it is good to see that game developers have not lost their momentum or creativity to surprise us.

We shall start with an immensely intense gaming experience on Valletta Megaways from Blueprint Gaming, taking us back to 1565 when Malta was under siege by over 30,000 Ottoman soldiers. Plank Gaming in association with Microgaming takes us even further back in history on Neptune Rising. The fabled Roman god of the sea will rise from the raging waters to throw his trident at the reels.

And then we have two rising stars of the online gaming world with new slots. Relax Gaming invites us to a lesson in early chemistry on Wildchemy. Potions and reel modifiers are brought into the mix to create big win opportunities. Last but not least, Pragmatic Play gives us a sugar rush on Sweet Bonanza with candy surprises worth up to 21,100 times the stake.

Valletta Megaways | Blueprint Gaming

Blueprint Gaming sticks to bringing major historic events to a set of slot reels. Valletta Megaways is the third in the series after Rome: Rise of an Empire and Napoleon: Rise of an Empire. The game re-enacts the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 by the Ottoman Empire. The islanders successfully defended Fort Saint Elmo, today’s Valletta, against an onslaught from over 30,000 soldiers. Needless to say, spinning the reels on this slot makes for an intense gaming experience with cannons firing, arrows criss-crossing the screen and cries of the wounded.

Play the game from 0.10 coins to hit wins on six reels with up to 15,625 ways to win. The exact number is randomly selected for every spin by the Megaways game engine that Blueprint is using under a license agreement with Big Time Gaming. Two random features in the base game can trigger at the start of every spin to add wild or bonus symbols to the reels for bigger chances to hit mega wins or trigger the free spins.

In turn, the Valletta Streak feature can randomly trigger on winning spins only, with the combo being locked in place and the reels respinning to potentially improve the win. Carry on until no further matching symbols land or the entire screen is filled.

Hit three or more cannon scatters to trigger the free spins round, which can be indefinitely retriggered. The Valletta Streak is triggered on every winning spin, providing more potential to hit super mega wins of up to 10,000 times your bet.

Neptune Rising | Plank Gaming

This brand new game studio is making its first foray into online gaming by supplying exclusive slots to Microgaming’s Quickfire platform. Neptune Rising is a mythology-themed game with a random feature and a free spins round that can lead to wins of up to 5,000 times your stake. Not too shabby for a first attempt.

Spin the reels from 0.20 coins to see Neptune rising randomly on any spin in the base game to add missing symbols for a win or scatters to trigger the free spins. Entering the bonus round will guarantee a win on each of the 10 free spins, which can be indefinitely retriggered.

Neptune will rise on every free spin to place randomly selected symbols in stacks on either the two or three front reels, guaranteeing a win of minimum 2x your bet for each free spin and 20x your bet for an entire bonus round.

Wildchemy | Relax Gaming

Ready for a good old chemistry lesson? Then Wildchemy is just right for you. Relax Gaming has designed an awesome slot with a 5×5 grid, cascading reels, magic portals, exploding scatters and a free spins round that can lead to wins of up to 500x your bet on a single spin in the base game and bonus round.

Get the reels going from just 0.10 coins to see the symbols cascading in, and winning combos to explode and make room for new symbols to drop in place. Hit matching symbols in the two magic portals placed in the top left and bottom right corners. The two triggering symbols and any other matching symbols in view will transform into wild symbols for the spin. Considering that wins are paid for a minimum three symbols vertically or horizontally, this can lead to big wins on any spin.

Collect a minimum four scatters in a spin sequence to trigger 10 free spins, with any additional scatter adding four or more free spins. A third magic portal in the top right corner during the free spins provides more chances to hit matching symbols and thus lead to transformations into wild symbols.

Sweet Bonanza | Pragmatic Play

Oh, sweet lord, what a temptation Pragmatic Play has created with its Sweet Bonanza slot. It is a fusion of Bonanza from BTG, with tumbling reels and reactive wins, and Jammin’ Jars from Push Gaming with accumulative multipliers in the free spins. With a top win potential of 21,100 times your stake, this is sure a temptation that will be hard to resist.

Bet sizes start at 0.20 credits with wins awarded via a “pay-anywhere” mechanic. You will need to hit sufficient matching symbols anywhere on the reels to score a win. They do not need to connect and can be scattered over the entire game window. A minimum of eight symbols corresponds to a three-of-a-kind on a normal slot. The slot also has tumbling reels with winning combos being removed to let new symbols tumble into place, continuing until no wins occur after a tumble.

The kicker on this slot, though, are the free spins. Four or more scatters trigger 10 free spins with more being added during the feature when a minimum three land on a free spin. Alternatively, you can buy the feature for 100x your stake. During the feature, one or more multiplier baubles with a random multiplier from 2x to 100x can land on the reels within a spin sequence. They will stay on the game grid until the end of the free spin. All in view are then added, and the win from the entire spin sequence gets multiplied by the accumulative multiplier. However, they are not sticky for the entire round and disappear before the next spin starts.

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