Newest Slot Games 2020

As we’re coming up to the end of 2019, and we’re closing in on 2020, we can look back at the year that passed, and we see that it’s truly been a great one for the gaming industry. A lot more slot games have been released, new types of features have been invented, and while some developers closed their doors, other new ones entered the industry, all with big plans. I look forward to seeing the new online slots of 2020.

Below, you can see all the cool new games that are being released in 2020, with reviews and all the details you could need to choose one that you will love playing. We write about them as soon as there is information, and we have full reviews on each one, after they’re released, so keep checking back to see the new 2020 online slots.

Pirates Frenzy
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: 96.12%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

In a game which features the pirate theme, but in a bit of a retro way, Blueprint Gaming is offering us a game with high volatility and excellent rewards, the kind of title with major potential that they got us used to. As I said, Pirates Frenzy doesn’t have the usual polished graphics of most pirate themed slots, but perhaps there are some players that prefer a simpler look, since there are already way too many that look modern.

The Golden Rat
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: iSoftBet
  • RTP: 95.14%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 25
  • Mobile: Yes

The Year of the Rat is upon us, according to the Chinese, and iSoftBet decided to release a slot machine which is inspired by it. They’re not the first ones to do that, but they have their shot at getting players to their game, thanks to pretty graphics and a couple of features that could prove fun.

Fishin For Gold
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: iSoftBet
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 25
  • Mobile: Yes

Those that enjoy a bit of ice fishing will have fun with Fishin For Gold, a new iSoftBet release which makes sure that its high volatility doesn’t come without big rewards. Featuring cartoon-style graphics and arctic wildlife as well, the fishing theme is only a partial focus of this game.

Master Joker
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Pragmatic Play
  • RTP: 96.46%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 1
  • Mobile: Yes

Master Joker is one of the more unusual releases that you’re likely to ever see from Pragmatic Play. Though a game with the usual number of reels, it manages to innovate when it comes to how many symbols you see from each one, all while keeping a very common Joker theme as inspiration for its story.

Lucky Twins Jackpot
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 93.23%
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: 5
  • Mobile: Yes

Lucky Twins Jackpot is the second game in its series to be offered by Microgaming, but while the first title was designed by their own people, for this one they went with a partnership. The developer is called Pulse 8 Studios, and they designed for us the same Chinese themed game, only with a classic setup and a much worse RTP than before.

Fa Cai Shen Deluxe
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Habanero
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

The Deluxe version for Fa Cai Shen, a 2016 slot machine, is coming from Habanero, and the developer seems to have prepared something special for us. With improved graphics, a bigger game area and new features, it’s promising to be one of the highlights of 2020 for them. Once again, the theme in use here revolves around the Chinese God of Wealth.

Vikings Ransom
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Barcrest
  • RTP: 96.40%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 40
  • Mobile: Yes

Barcrest has designed quite the special game in Viking’s Ransom, a slot machine which doesn’t use the usual number of reels, and makes sure that the action is fun for everyone by using features that are not common. The Viking theme should also help with that, as will its low volatility.

Dawn of Egypt
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: 96.23%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

Dawn of Egypt, which is part of an increasingly large collection of Ancient Egypt themed slots from Play n GO, is a game with plenty to offer, despite its reliance on an unappealing story. They did get the graphics right, but this is an area where this developer doesn’t disappoint.

Royal Mint Megaways
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Big Time Gaming
  • RTP: 96.68%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 117,649
  • Mobile: Yes

An impressive new game, from an equally impressive developer, Royal Mint Megaways has been designed by Big Time Gaming. The company became hugely popular over the last few years, thanks to their new Megaways game engine, which they’ve then exported to other developers as well. Royal Mint Megaways looks like an excellent new release, for the fans of the hugely volatile slots coming from this company.

Lucky Rat
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: RTG
  • RTP: 95.70%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 720
  • Mobile: Yes

As the Year of the Rat begins in the Chinese calendar, RTG is launching a slot machine which is dedicated to it. The name of the game is Lucky Rat, and it’s a slot machine with a very high RTP, with classic Chinese graphics and good enough top prizes.

Rio Stars
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Red Tiger
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

A source of inspiration which has brought us new themed slot machines every year, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival is once again part of a game, and this time it’s Red Tiger that’s created Rio Stars for us. With excellent features which have the right amount of excitement to add, as well as a good design, it’s one of the decent games to try out in its small category.

Retro Rush
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Playtech
  • RTP: 96.10%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 30
  • Mobile: Yes

A Playtech release, Retro Rush is a game which does have a retro side to it, but it’s more about the way they used to predict the future back then. Add a rich collection of features and decent top payouts, and there is enough to get excited about here.

Fruit Xtreme
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Playson
  • RTP: 96.30%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 5
  • Mobile: Yes

If you’re a fan of the classic genre, but you enjoy the occasional modern feature as well, then Playson’s collection of slot machines is one of the best options available to you. With about half of their games being fruit-themed, Playson releases yet another slot of this type, called Fruit Xtreme. Luckily, it has excellent wins to offer, along with fun features, so it’s not a regular classic, and it’s still worthy to be checked out.

The Expendables Megaways
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Stakelogic
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Stakelogic has some big plans for 2020, and you can see it in the games they’ve announced so far, including The Expendables Megaways, which is a branded game that they will design together with Skyrocket Entertainment. It’s only the first branded game to be released, but more will follow.

Flaming Hot Extreme
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: EGT
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 40
  • Mobile: Yes

Flaming Hot Extreme is one of the games announced by Euro Games Technology (EGT). They crafted it with a classic theme, but they also added a lot more lines than a typical game of those times would’ve had. Ultimately though, this is not the sort of slot machine that you’d expect to have compete with the top titles launched these days.

Wolf Hunt
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: GameArt
  • RTP: 96.10%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 25
  • Mobile: Yes

GameArt is the developer behind Wolf Hunt, a slot machine with a theme that’s getting its inspiration from Native Americans. The focus is mostly on animals, and the way the tribes see them, and they’ve added just the right mix of interesting features, to complement the good design.

The Lost Treasures
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: 95.64%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

The Lost Treasures is a game of adventure, a type of theme that’s not going to be that difficult to find in a slot machine, but it’s still fun under the right circumstances, and in this case it’s a progressive jackpot that’s giving us that. It’s released by Blueprint Gaming as part of the Vegas Millions network, being capable of paying big progressive jackpots, but suffering RTP wise since it has to accommodate that side of it.

Book of Merlin
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: 1x2 Gaming
  • RTP: 95.80%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

Book of Merlin is not the most original game that 1x2 Gaming could’ve started 2020 with, since it’s a Book of Ra clone, one more release in this already popular category. You do get a theme that’s not coming from Egypt, but that’s not as rare as it used to be, so even with the decent graphics, I still would’ve preferred to have seen some innovation here.

Brazil Bomba
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Yggdrasil
  • RTP: 96.30%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Brazil Bomba, with its tropical style theme, gorgeous graphics and unique gameplay, is one of the fun new releases that Yggdrasil Gaming is starting out 2020 with. They’ve done very well here, not just with graphics but with fun features as well, and you will find that out for yourself, from our review.

Diamond Blitz
  • Release: Mar 2020
  • Soft: Red Tiger
  • RTP: 93.74%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

In a slot machine which relies on classic graphics, but insures that the gameplay and features are as modern as they come, we have Red Tiger’s experience at play. The game’s name is Diamond Blitz, and there will both be good and bad things to note about it, but more on that part below.

Testament
  • Release: Mar 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 5
  • Mobile: Yes

Testament is one of Play n GO’s promises for 2020, a slot machine with a dark design and a religious connection, though only in the sense that some of its main characters are demons. There is no side of good here,  none that I could see at least, but there are plenty of monsters, skulls and weapons on those reels.

Sticky Joker
  • Release: Mar 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Play n GO, a developer with a big collection of modern slot machines, is not giving up on their classics either, and they’re adding one more title to the list. It’s Sticky Joker, a classic 3-reel game, which comes with a variety of cool features that should make it quite interesting for anyone that wants the classic layout with a more modern gameplay.

Hit It Hard
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: ELK
  • RTP: 96.30%
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: 5
  • Mobile: Yes

Part of a classic series of new slots from Elk Studios, Hit It Hard is a game which goes back in time with its layout, but manages to remain interesting by using the right combination of features. The developer has proven time and time again that it’s capable of creating fun games, so let’s see how they handled this one.

The Incredible Balloon Machine
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.75%
  • Reels: ---
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

The Incredible Balloon Machine, one of the most exciting and unique games that Microgaming has announced lately, is developed for them by a smaller studio, called Crazy Tooth. They’ve designed a game that looks nothing like a slot machine here, and to a point I’m not sure if the game even qualifies for this title. It’s going to have a good RTP though, so ultimately it could work just as well as a regular slot.

Super 7s
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Pragmatic Play
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

Super 7s is a game that Pragmatic Play has scheduled for release in February 2020. The game is a classic in theme, but there is decent potential there, and as such we can forgive the lack of imagination in its design.

Divine Immortals
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 97.16%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 3,125
  • Mobile: Yes

Available exclusively at Microgaming casinos, Divine Immortals is a creation from Electric Elephant, which mixes alchemy and Chinese culture together. It makes sure to deliver some unique new features as well, along with a lot of opportunities to walk away with prizes, and once you take into account its beautiful graphics as well, you will discover that it’s a pretty good game.

Leprechaun Goes Wild
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: 96.20%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

Leprechaun Goes Wild is the third game in a popular Play n Go series, due to be released in early 2020, which started with Leprechaun Goes Egypt (2013), and continued with Leprechaun Goes To Hell (2017). As usual, we have a leprechaun for the main character, but here he seems to have gone back home, the green hills of Ireland being present in the background.

Oceans Treasure
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: NetEnt
  • RTP: 95.66%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 15
  • Mobile: Yes

Ocean’s Treasure, a brand new NetEnt release, is one of the many ocean themed slot machines, using treasures and various related objects for its symbols, but with a smaller focus on creatures of the deep, compared with other games.

El Dorado The City of Gold
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Pragmatic Play
  • RTP: 96.50%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 25
  • Mobile: Yes

A game that shows great promise, El Dorado The City of Gold is one of the releases available at Pragmatic Play casinos. The city of El Dorado and its riches, has once again inspired a slot machine developer to base a game’s story on it, and they made sure to add some excellent top payouts as well, to go with the whole gold city idea.

Space Enigma
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.27%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

One of the upcoming slot machines for Microgaming’s operators, Space Enigma has been developed by a partner studio, called All41Studios. They’ve chosen to create another clone for them (first one was Book of Anthem, inspired by Novomatic’s Book of Ra), this time a copy of Starburst, a very popular NetEnt slot release, with modern graphics but little originality where gameplay is concerned.

Monster Pop
  • Release: Mar 2020
  • Soft: BetSoft
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Prepare for a cuddly cast of colorful monsters in this cascading reels slot machine! Monster Pop slot will be a modern game from BetSoft with colorful theme, 5 reels and True Cinematic technology.

Spring Tails
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: BetSoft
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Celebrate the Year of the Rat by joining the Lucky Rat as he searches for opulent treasure! Spring Tails slot provide players 5 reels machine with Chinese calendar theme.

Panthers Reign
  • Release: Mar 2020
  • Soft: Quickspin
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Slotted for release in March 2020, Panther’s Reign is a brand new slot from Quickspin, a developer that has proved time and time again, that they know how to make a fun game, with awesome graphics and unique features.

Total Overdrive
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: BetSoft
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Total Overdrive is an upcoming slot from Betsoft Gaming, the kind of game to include modern features alongside a classic 3-reel layout. It’s a combination that can work incredibly well, adding some excitement into a genre that’s overflowing with badly designed slots and boring features.

Piggy Riches Megaways
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: NetEnt
  • RTP: 95.71%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 117,649
  • Mobile: Yes

Piggy Riches Megaways is the result of a partnership between Red Tiger and NetEnt, allowing the latter to offer Megaways based games. They’ve designed it as a typical Megaways release, which follows in the footsteps of the popular Piggy Riches, another NetEnt release.

Genie Jackpots Vegas Millions
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: 95.73%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

Genie Jackpots Vegas Millions is one of Blueprint Gaming’s games, a slot machine which is now part of a series, since it’s the second title to use this theme and name. It’s got a regular setup this time, but it adds the Vegas Millions progressive jackpots, and it’s got potential to be quite exciting, as a result.

Alien Antix
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: 96.43%
  • Reels: 8
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

A game with fun graphics and cute aliens filling up the reels with their many positions, Alien Antix is coming from Blueprint Gaming, as a slot machine with awesome potential, but also high volatility. Use its cartoon style graphics to keep yourself entertained, as the wins will not come easily, but there is also a chance that you will walk away with a big prize, if you’re willing to risk playing it.

Super Sweets
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: BetSoft
  • RTP: 95.03%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

Super Sweets is a game from Betsoft, which aims to follow a recipe that a lot of other slots have used in the past, relying on sweets of all kinds for its symbols, and delivering a very colorful design. It’s got plenty of fun features to go with its cute graphics, so pay attention to this one, and find out if it’s good enough for you.

Fire Queen
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Amatic
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

Fire Queen uses a blend of themes, including fantasy elements, fire and wild creatures on its reels. Coming via Amatic Industries, it’s their first release for 2020, a game which offers mostly average everything, from payouts to graphics and features.

Release the Kraken
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Pragmatic Play
  • RTP: 96.50%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

Release the Kraken is a brand-new release from Pragmatic Play, a developer that has grown rapidly over the last few years. They’ve designed a game that takes aim at the legends and scary creatures of the ocean, but then they chose to go with a cute look, filling the reels with turtles, fish and all sorts of creatures that are smiling at you.

Ice and Fire
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Yggdrasil
  • RTP: 96.64%
  • Reels: 10
  • Lines: 120
  • Mobile: Yes

Ice and Fire, a game which appears to be the result of a cooperation between Yggdrasil Gaming and Dreamtech, will feature an unusual layout with 10 reels, but otherwise it has a fantasy inspired design which we’ve seen enough times already. There are plenty of great things to note about this game, and payout wise it’s one of the top choices available to you, as you’re about to discover from our review.

Pulsar
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: RTG
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

RTG’s first release for 2020 is Pulsar, a slot machine with a science fiction inspired design, a unique game setup and action which is fairly unusual for a game in this category. Expect to travel to space, take advantage of cascading wins, and at the same time leave behind many of the classic features that other slots are proposing.

Gustav Minebuster
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Red Rake Gaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 8
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Go deep into the mines and find diamonds and gemstones, all with the help of Gustav, a dwarf miner. You get a game with a modern game system, not entirely unique but not too common either, with pretty graphics and plenty of features, as you can learn about below.

Stars Megaways
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 117,649
  • Mobile: Yes

Blueprint Gaming has announced a new game in their Megaways series, a type of game that has very high volatility, meaning that while it can be very risky to play, it can also be incredibly rewarding.

Roo Riches
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: iSoftBet
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

Roo Riches is a slot designed by iSoftBet, which will place the action in Australia, as the title itself suggests (Roo stands for kangaroo, in the informal Australian language). They came up with a game that’s dedicated to the region, which has decent rewards, but also a couple of features which should make your session exciting.

Racetrack Riches Megaboard
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: iSoftBet
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

If you love a good horse racing slot machine, then Racetrack Riches Megaboard is going to be a good friend of yours. Launched by iSoftBet, Racetrack Riches Megaboard is not the only one to feature this particular theme, but with its big potential and features, it might become a favorite for some fans of the genre.

Prosperity Ox
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: iSoftBet
  • RTP: 95.94%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 4,096
  • Mobile: Yes

We find Prosperity Ox in iSoftBet’s collection of new games, a slot machine with a Chinese theme that takes its inspiration from the culture’s mythology. They came up with a fairly interesting mix of features, plus the RTP and payout potential looks good as well, and I think it has something good to offer to those players that prefer the Asian genre.

Tiger Stacks
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Playtech
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 30
  • Mobile: Yes

A game of Chinese inspiration, though with a bigger focus on the country’s wild animals than in other new slots, Tiger Stacks is offered by Playtech. It’s a game which has quite a bit to offer, ranging from fixed jackpots to several types of free spins, but you can read more about those below.

Oceanus Rising
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Playtech
  • RTP: 95.05%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 30
  • Mobile: Yes

Once again, we get a chance to explore the ocean and the legends connected to it, with the help of Playtech’s new game, Oceanus Rising. The game uses the mythology of Ancient Greece, has the god of the sea as the main character, and there is a connection to the lost city of Atlantis as well.

Wonder Woods
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.03%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

Designed by Just For The Win, and available exclusively at Microgaming online casinos, Wonder Woods is a game with pretty graphics and some decent features, enough to make it a somewhat attractive choice, despite its low top payouts and classic symbols.

Star Gods
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 95.97%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

Coming via Golden Rock Studio, Star Gods is a slot machine which is going to be exclusive to Microgaming casinos, as a result of a partnership between the two companies. It’s a game with an Asian-style theme, offering several good features, but payout wise it’s not at the highest level.

Seven 7s
  • Release: Feb 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.60%
  • Reels: 1 - 7
  • Lines: 1
  • Mobile: Yes

Microgaming has started to add games from partner studios to their line-up, claiming them as their own in a way, as they’re exclusive to their platform. Crazy Tooth Studio is one of the many independent studios working with them, and with Seven 7’s we’re seeing one of the more special slots released lately. Innovation is clearly not an issue for this small studio, but you should keep reading and find out everything about the way this game works.

Riches of Robin
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: 96.43%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

We’re looking at a brand new Play n GO release, and one more Robin Hood themed slot machine available online. Riches of Robin is not entirely unique, not where its theme is involved, but there are some good things to be found inside as well.

Sweet Success Megaways
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: 96.06%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 117,649
  • Mobile: Yes

While keeping a lot of the original Megaways game engine, using the same kind of volatility and features, Sweet Success Megaways also manages to be innovative in a way, being the first slot machine that relies on these candy style graphics in this particular category. It’s one of Blueprint Gaming’s releases.

Jewel Scarabs
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Red Tiger
  • RTP: 95.77%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 9
  • Mobile: Yes

Red Tiger is going the safe route with Jewel Scarabs, and it’s once again getting inspiration for a game by using Ancient Egypt related graphics. A slot machine with decent potential and OK gameplay, Jewel Scarabs should be a perfectly fine game to try out, but more on what it offers and whether it’s a good fit for you, in our review.

Wild Cauldron
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Quickspin
  • RTP: 96.09%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 262,144
  • Mobile: Yes

Wild Cauldron is a Quickspin game that’s been announced for early 2020, a fantasy inspired title which has cartoon-style graphics of very good quality. Quickspin does know how to design a proper game, and you can see this not only in the slot’s graphics, but in its layout and features as well, the result being a game with very high potential, which is a lot of fun.

Blown Away
  • Release: Mar 2020
  • Soft: Lighting Box
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 25
  • Mobile: Yes

Blown Away is a fun-looking slot game from Lightning Box, where the developer implemented a new theme, revolving around animal-based characters that become marooned on a tropical island, the result of a storm at sea.

Chicken Party
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Booming Games
  • RTP: 95.07%
  • Reels: 4
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

You don’t get a lot of slot machines which place the action in a chicken coop, but that’s exactly the kind of game that we see here. Chicken Party is one of the early slots for 2020 that will be coming from Booming Games, a cartoon-style game that’s quite different from most titles you will typically see at casinos.

Viz Showtime
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: ---
  • Mobile: Yes

Viz Showtime was just announced by Blueprint Gaming, as a slot machine with a cartoon inspired theme, but with mostly a classic design once you actually get to its symbols. Simple in some ways, quite complex and feature rich in others, this slot machine has a lot to offer, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to become boring any time soon.

Buffalo King
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Pragmatic Play
  • RTP: 96.06%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 4,096
  • Mobile: Yes

Looking only at the game’s theme and graphics, you will find a fairly typical American wildlife inspired title, but things start looking a lot better once you check out what it offers in other areas, such as payout potential. Buffalo King is one of the more exciting and volatile slots that you will find in Pragmatic Play’s collection.

Scribes of Thebes
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 5
  • Mobile: Yes

Scribes of Thebes is a game that focuses on a famous city of Ancient Egypt, so it’s clear what time period is covered inside. It’s one of the Blueprint Gaming slots, one of lower design quality than plenty of others offered by them, but with some unusual features that should be able to keep the players going.

Kongs Temple
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Blueprint Gaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 5
  • Mobile: Yes

Kong’s Temple is one of the exciting new games being announced by Blueprint Gaming, a slot machine which appears to tell the story of King Kong, the famous great ape-like monster. It’s a game with decent features as well, not just a cool story.

Humpty Dumpty
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Push Gaming
  • RTP: 96.61%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 25
  • Mobile: Yes

With gorgeous graphics, an interesting story to tell, and a couple of excellent features, Humpty Dumpty looks like its poised to become one of the more impressive slots that Push Gaming offers.

Magic Journey
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Pragmatic Play
  • RTP: 96.54%
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: 8
  • Mobile: Yes

Magic Journey will borrow from Chinese culture and legends, using them to bring us entertainment in the form of a slot machine. The legend that inspires this game, revolving around monkey and pig men, as well as Buddhist monks, is one that we’ve seen turned into a slot before, though not quite in the way Pragmatic Play did it here.

Serengeti Kings
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: NetEnt
  • RTP: 92.96%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 26
  • Mobile: Yes

Serengeti Kings is NetEnt’s version of a safari themed slot machine, and they made sure to make it special. While on its list of features there are some cool things to mention, and we have more on that below, the graphics are just fine, nothing impressive to show off there.

Montezuma Megaways
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 95.92%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 117,649
  • Mobile: Yes

Montezuma Megaways is a new game from WMS, which is a sequel or remake of sorts, for another game available from this developer, called simply Montezuma. They came up with an exciting new game in this series, using the Megaways mechanic which was invented by Big Time Gaming and then licensed out to various developers.

Wheel of Wishes
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 5
  • Mobile: Yes

Wheel of Wishes is a game that’s expected to come out in early 2020, a slot machine which is designed by Alchemy Gaming, but which will be exclusive to Microgaming, being built for them and for their progressive jackpot network. With a new WowPot incorporated, with pretty graphics and features which promise to be profitable, Wheel of Wishes is a game to be looking forward to.

Double Lucky Line
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.02%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 17
  • Mobile: Yes

A game which comes via Just For The Win, a smaller studio which partnered with Microgaming to offer them exclusive slot machines, Double Lucky Line is both quite common and sort of unique, depending on how you look at it.

Temple Stacks
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Yggdrasil
  • RTP: 96.10%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 248,832
  • Mobile: Yes

One of the more exciting releases that we’ve seen from Yggdrasil lately, Temple Stacks features huge top payouts, an exciting game engine called Splitz, and a lot of ways to win, as you’re about to learn below. Theme wise, we’re seeing a Mayan inspired design, with a lot of block-shaped symbols.

African Quest
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.52%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 1,024
  • Mobile: Yes

Coming via Triple Edge Studios and Microgaming, African Quest is a game that looks a lot more exciting than the typical newest video slot which is released by this developer, and this is especially true because of its payouts and multipliers which can kick in at certain times.

Skulls Up
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Quickspin
  • RTP: 96.26%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 243 - 1,944
  • Mobile: Yes

One of the first slot machines that Quickspin has in store for 2020, Skulls Up is a game that’s likely to be as interesting as the rest of their line-up. It will offer a pirate theme, which is something that players never seem do get enough of, especially with the design being as good as what this developer typically has.

Red Hot Tamales
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: IGT
  • RTP: 95.83%
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: 27
  • Mobile: Yes

 

A brand new IGT slot machine, but with an older setup and design style, Red Hot Tamales is inspired by Mexico’s fiery foods by the looks of it, but at the same time it relies on classic symbols that have been adapted for the occasion.

Book of Atem
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.45%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

With Book of Atem, a slot which was designed by All41Studios, Microgaming now has an exclusive Book-style game of their own. Expect to find better graphics than Book of Ra had, but everything else remains pretty much the same, so no points for originality there. On the other hand, if you want a better design, but with the features and mechanics that you love, this one is not a bad slot to try out.

Sword of Khans
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Thunderkick
  • RTP: 95.36%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

Sword of Khans is a release from Thunderkick, and the slot machine in question comes with a theme which takes us back in time, to the era of the Khans, military rulers of the Mongol Empire. It’s a very well designed slot, with highly detailed images of mostly soldiers and war related tools, and as a Thunderkick title I think you will appreciate it.

Esqueleto Explosivo 2
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Thunderkick
  • RTP: 96.13%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 99
  • Mobile: Yes

Esqueleto Explosivo 2 is an upcoming game from Thunderkick, which has its release date in January 2020. It’s a sequel for another highly popular slot machine of theirs, and the inspiration for the series is coming from the Mexican holiday called Day of Dead. It’s a grim sounding name, but in Thunderkick’s interpretation it’s turning into a fun slot machine, with humor and quality graphics all present.

Wildhound Derby
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 40
  • Mobile: Yes

A game that’s available at Play n Go casinos starting from January 2020, Wildhound Derby is a very well designed slot machine which uses a dog racing inspired design. You’re at the dog track and you’re looking at a licensed dog race between hounds, with the winner getting a cup and a check. The quality is at a high level, particularly design wise.

Wild Blood 2
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: 96.54%
  • Reels: 6
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

Wild Blood 2 is a sequel that’s coming out via Play n GO, scheduled for release in early 2020. The previous game in the series was launched back in 2013, so it took them quite a bit of time to come out with the second title. It’s a vampire themed slot machine, same as before, and the same beautiful vampires are the stars of this game as well.

Rise of Maya
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: NetEnt
  • RTP: 96.42%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 10
  • Mobile: Yes

One of the slots that NetEnt plans to release in 2020, Rise of Maya is a game which has a Mayan connection, a type of theme that we’ve seen quite a few times already, it’s not unusual at all these days. It’s getting the NetEnt treatment though, so you get interesting features and excellent graphics from it, both good reasons to check it out.

Fortune Coin
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: IGT
  • RTP: 96.20%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 243
  • Mobile: Yes

Fortune Coin is a Chinese themed game, an IGT slot which is set to be released on January 23rd, 2020. It’s a slot machine with fairly standard graphics for a Chinese theme, but with fixed jackpots to pay and with a couple of decent features to take advantage of.

Coywolf Cash
  • Release: Jan 2020
  • Soft: Play'n'Go
  • RTP: 96.31%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 50
  • Mobile: Yes

The Native American theme is often used when wildlife is chosen as a focus in slot machines, and for Coywolf Cash that’s what Play n Go did once again. They also chose to turn this game into a highly volatile slot. I kind of like the graphics that they went with, much more so than in other similarly themed slots.

Slot Development Trends 2020

Every year, there are certain trends which seem to develop, taking into account what players like and any new mechanics and game engines that might take off. Keep reading, to find out what kind of trends we might see in new online slots for 2020.

  • Even more high volatility slots: with high volatility games on the rise, and with the Megaways game engine now part of dozens of slots, we can expect for 2020 to offer a lot more of the same thing. Even developers that have traditionally been mostly about low to medium volatility games, such as NetEnt, are now going after the more experienced players. In NetEnt’s case, we’re seeing Max versions released for some of their slots, with higher volatility and bigger payouts, so they found a way to cover both types of players.
  • Bigger top payouts: the Megaways craze got us started on this path, and there are a lot more slot machines with 10,000x or higher payouts than ever before. The volatility goes up, but the rewards go up as fast as the risk does. I expect for this trend to continue, and for developers to keep outdoing each other with the potential rewards in their new slots.
  • More challenges to the Megaways system: we’ve already seen some early attempts at new game engines, usually looking like variations on the Megaways, with as many as 1,000,000 ways to win (Red Rake’s Million Ways system, for example) offered in some of them. I suspect we will find quite a few more examples of developers trying to invent something unique and fun for the players, with enormous potential. At the same time, I’m curious about what Big Time Gaming has up its sleeve, I’m sure that we haven’t heard the last of them, they’re still innovating with almost every new game they put out.
  • Flash technology is on its way out: with the market’s biggest browser, Chrome, announcing that they’re not going to include support for Flash starting from December 2020, I expect that as we get closer to that date, we’re going to see many of the older slot machines being converted to HTML 5. That’s for the popular ones, but many of the others I suspect will be retired once that date comes around. 2020 might very well be a year of renewal for some of the older popular games, the ones still offered only in Flash.
  • Mobile Gambling: mobile gambling is fast growing more popular, and a lot of the new developers are building their games with a mobile-first mentality, adapting the controls and graphics for use on this type of platform.

Popular 2020 Upcoming Developers

As always, there have been quite a few new developers introduced to the market this year, and we will see new online slots in 2020 from plenty of other such studios. Some of them are released on their own, others are supported by partnerships like the one Microgaming has with various smaller independent studios (Triple Edge Studios, Just For The Win, Neon Valley Studios, Slingshot Studios, Gameburger Studios, etc) to provide them with fresh games. We will be seeing more from these, and since they’re marketed as Microgaming exclusives, they will get a lot of attention from players.

Of course, there will be other smaller studios that get a lot of attention, thanks to the quality of their games alone. I look forward to discovering the ones that stand out, in 2020 and beyond.

New Slot Features

With such a large number of developers creating slot machines for the online market, you can count on the competition resulting in innovation, as the companies are trying to stand out. Some will try to outdo the Megaways system, and here I’d mention the Million Ways system which has been used already, along with others that are similar. We will also see variations on the usual bonus games, free spins and wilds, in some cases with huge multipliers that will impress and have a major effect on a game’s volatility.