Right now, I’ve counted more than 30 online casinos that have their products available for players, though for the most part these are not among the giants of the industry.
Amatic Industries, from Austria, was founded in 1993 by R. Bauer. The company is an offshoot that comes from a bigger developer, called Novomatic, and for the most part you’re going to find the same type of features and graphics in their games. Their focus is currently on both the land based and the online markets, and they offer their content for both, though I’d have to say that the priority remains the former. They’re mostly creators of retro games, though they’ve tried to improve their content, to meet the requirements of the more discerning online audience.
Amatic Casino Games
The online component of Amatic’s portfolio relies on slot games, blackjack, roulette and poker, among others. They continue to release new content to the casinos that host them. Most of these are versions of their land-based games, turned into modern HTML5 based titles. Since this technology allows their games to be played through regular PCs and mobile devices alike, they are in line with the direction where the market is heading at the moment. These games have been tested offline first, and proven to be successful with the players, before getting their online versions.
Since the slot machines available from Amatic have their roots from the land-based market, they tend to offer the same themes that you expect to find in a regular casino’s titles. I’m not particularly excited about the slot machines that Amatic has managed to create for the online market, and the graphics are only part of the problem. The themes do seem to be boring for the most part, or at least too common and available from other developers as well. Among those boring ones, you will find titles like Diamonds on Fire, All Ways Fruits or Diamond Cats. As for the exciting side of the collection, I’d put in it slots like Billyonaire, Casinova or Tweety Birds. There are far more boring and classic inspired games than there are interesting ones.
Just like the company whose offshoot it is, Novomatic, Amatic isn’t the best at creating inspiring graphics for their slot machines. In fact, it seems to be a problem with most developers that also create games for land-based casinos. Games like Casanova or Billyonaire make a decent case for themselves, but if you check out other slots, such as Lovely Ladies, you will be disappointed with the kind of look that they got for themselves. Even their best titles don’t quite manage to look as good as those coming from the best developers, the ones which focus only on the online market.
As features, Amatic tends to use a relatively short list of such symbols. I haven’t checked out every single one of their games, but those that I played tended to rely on the same three or four features. They would provide you with wild or scatter symbols, as well as free spins which will come from the latter. At times, you might also get an extra wild for the round with free spins, a 3x multiplier, or something similar. There are no unique features to be had though, and just like graphics, Amatic doesn’t seem to excel in this area of game development.
As is so often the case with slot machines that don’t get long lists of features, the payouts tend to be better than you would expect from a more modern title. I’ve notice plenty of games with payouts of 9,000x or 10,000x the line wager, and even with multipliers in some cases, to improve the reward further. Smaller payouts are also present in some of their slots, but those are more in the area of 2,000x, which is still decent.