Microgaming New Slots 2017

Wacky Panda
Wacky Panda
  • Release: Dec 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: 1
  • Mobile: Yes

Wacky Panda is one of the simpler slot machines that Microgaming has announced lately, yet at the same time it manages to offer a better design and theme than 99% of the classic slot machines that we’re seeing on the market right now.

Holly Jolly Penguins
Holly Jolly Penguins
  • Release: Dec 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.10
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 45
  • Mobile: Yes

Microgaming has released Holly Jolly Penguins in December 2017, so it shouldn’t be a big surprise for anyone that this is one of their Christmas themed titles. It’s one of my favorites out of their collection of festive games, being built around a team of seven cute penguins that are preparing to host their own celebrations.

Highlander
Highlander
  • Release: Dec 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 243
  • Mobile: Yes

Highlander is set to be released on December 6th, 2017, and it is a slot machine that is offered by Microgaming. The company has obtained the rights for a slot machine based on the 80s film back at the beginning of the year, and now they’re ready to release it.

Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera
  • Release: Nov 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 243
  • Mobile: Yes

Phantom of the Opera is a game that is coming via Microgaming and The Really Useful Group, the former being the developer that’s creating the slot machine, while the latter is the company that owns the rights to the 2004 musical that inspired it. The original musical that they’re all based on is the one from 1968 thought.

Tasty Street
Tasty Street
  • Release: Oct 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.00%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 30
  • Mobile: Yes

Microgaming’s Tasty Street takes us to a different side of Japan, one that is not often advertised. It appears to be themed around a red light district from a Japanese city, a place where a man might go to have a good time next to some half-naked women (shown here drawn in Anime style).

Lucky Links
Lucky Links
  • Release: Oct 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 20
  • Mobile: Yes

Lucky Links is a slot machine that is going to be available at all Microgaming casinos, being created by a new developer called JFTW for them. Luck is a major element for this game, which means that you end up with a lot of symbols that have this connection, in addition to a mix of card suits.

King Tusk
King Tusk
  • Release: Oct 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 25
  • Mobile: Yes

King Tusk is a game that you can find at Microgaming casinos, being one of their own slot machines. This game has an African elephant theme and a mix of features that I found to be rather impressive in their complexity.

Monster Wheels
Monster Wheels
  • Release: Sept 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: ---
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 188
  • Mobile: Yes

Monster Wheels is part of the 2017 collection of slot machines that Microgaming released, a title that was slated for launch in October. The theme that it’s got going has a mix of Hot Wheels cars and monsters that drive them in a race, and the combination between the two got us the Monster Wheels title. The slot has the 5 reels that you’d expect, but they come in two different versions, and so there are two modes to play in as well, with 128 or 288 ways to win. Among the features that the game used, you will find wilds, multipliers, free spins and scatter symbols, which are all typical for modern slots.

Halloween
Halloween
  • Release: Sept 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 97%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 50
  • Mobile: Yes

Halloween is Microgaming’s release for the American holiday with the same name, and it is based on a popular 1978 film that was also called that way. They’re basically offering a branded slot machine here, a game where they used 5 reels filled with symbols borrowed from the movie, along with interesting features like the wild, the scatter, Wandering Wheels, the Boogeyman Bonus and a Trick or Treat Wheel. This is a game with 5 reels of two different sizes and with 50 active lines.

Oink Country Love
Oink Country Love
  • Release: Aug 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 97.00%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 45
  • Mobile: Yes

Microgaming has just announced a new slot machine, and its name is Oink Country Love. The game is offering a theme that is a mix, with pigs and other farm animals in the main roles, and with country music as the reason that they have to come together here. You have a pair of pig musicians in the main roles, which are playing the violin and the banjo. There are features that are built around the pair, with scatters, free spins and wilds all present inside. You are using 45 lines on the 5 reels of Oink Country Love.

108 Heroes: Multiplier Fortunes
108 Heroes: Multiplier Fortunes
  • Release: Aug 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 96.56%
  • Reels: 3
  • Lines: 9
  • Mobile: Yes

108 Heroes: Multiplier Fortunes is a classic game that Microgaming is offering, or at least the modern version of one. The game will still offer 3 reels and a small number of lines, but it will also have big multipliers that you can take advantage of, along with a theme that seems to revolve around heroes of the Chinese, with soldiers at the forefront. The game has as its major feature the possibility to win with the help with wilds, along with respins that come along at the same time. There are 9 lines available on the 3 reels that are spinning here.

Six Acrobats
Six Acrobats
  • Release: July 2017
  • Soft: Microgaming
  • RTP: 95.43%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 9
  • Mobile: Yes

Microgaming gives us in Six Acrobats a slot machine that is, at the same time, themed around China and the circus. You have the six acrobats that the title mentions, as symbols, but you also have them dressed up in outfits typical for China and with the right decorations all around the background image. Six Acrobats plays with 5 reels and with only 9 active lines. Its features bring you wild and scatter icons, along with 15 to 25 free spins and multipliers that can reach 25x in certain circumstances.

Microgaming is a name that will be familiar to all players that have spent any significant length of time playing games at online casinos. They are the first ones to have launched an online casino, back in 1994, and they became a large developer of casino games and a provider of casino software after that. Right now, they offer the largest collection of casino games, with more than 600 titles available across its multiple platforms. Over 300 of those games are made up just by the instant play slot machines, the ones that you’re most likely to find at a modern online casino. 

Read More

These days, there are two major platforms that Microgaming offers to casinos, one called Viper, the other being Quickfire. The more modern one would be Quickfire, since it’s the one designed to function over the web, the instant play titles being available in it. The Viper platform gets flash based and downloadable software. Another side of the Microgaming business is made up of its poker software and the MPN network associated with it. They’ve also made sure that the mobile platform is well designed and accessible to all, either through the HTML5 technology or through mobile apps.

Microgaming probably has the highest number of casinos that use their software platforms and games, with hundreds of such gaming sites being available to choose from, if you want to see what all the fuss is about.

History

In the beginning, Microgaming had an online casino that they operated, the first of its kind for the online market. To make a parallel to the days of the gold rush, they soon decided that it would be more beneficial to sell the shovels to the gold diggers, rather than do the digging themselves. They started to work on their software and their initial casino games, after which they signed their first casino to provide them with both in 1996. They continued to sign on additional licensees over the years and at the same time they developed new games.

The world’s first online slot machine that was tied to a progressive jackpot was designed by them and released in 1998, the name of the game being Cash Splash. They had new software to offer casinos at that point, which had translations into multiple languages. The software allowed players to download other games while they were playing the ones they already had downloaded, or they could simply play them online. At the beginning of the 21st century they were already at the top of the industry, winning awards for the work that they were doing from multiple magazines, including Casino Player, Gambling Online and Gambling Express. They also awarded a huge progressive jackpot for the time, worth $1.5 million, through a slot of theirs, called Major Millions.

They continue to improve their software in the next years, while also releasing poker software and launching their own poker network to which they started signing on licensees. Over the years, they launched a lot of new slot machines, live dealer games and other types of casino games. They adapted to the times as well, improving the accessibility of their games on mobile platforms. They have continued to innovate over the years, and now they have more than two decades of history behind them. They’re at the top of the industry, and I think they will stay there for a very long time.

Microgaming Casino Games

More than 600 games have been created so far by Microgaming, and by now many of them are available via instant play as well, not just through downloadable software like their previous content. They have two platforms that casinos can use, one being called Viper (downloadable software) and the other Quickfire (instant play platform that incorporates content from multiple developers).

Right now, we get about 300+ slot machines from Microgaming, instant play titles that will give you a lot of variety in the kind of designs, themes, features and payouts that you can expect from them. Microgaming launches about two new slot machines each month right now, so they have 20+ new slots for you to play each year, if you pick a casino where they’re present.

Graphics

With a collection of games that spans a period of over two decades, the graphics are not always going to be pretty. You will see it even in their best paying slot machines, the ones with progressive jackpots, since they tend to be quite old. The good news is that the newest slots that are being released by Microgaming will generally have high end graphics in them. It’s not always the case though, and even slot machines released in 2017 can sometimes look like they’re not at their best. They’re not going to be badly designed slot machines though. At worst, it might feel like it’s looking too simple.

Features

There is a huge range of variety in these slot machines. New ones made appearances over the years, as Microgaming and other developers invented them and made them popular. You might get just wilds, scatters, free spins, multipliers and bonus games in the older titles, but the recent slots will also have ways to win, exploding reels and all sorts of cool features that will entertain players. The majority of the games coming from Microgaming will do great feature wise, unless they design it to be a simpler type of slot machine.

Payouts

One of the major pros that I’d say that Microgaming has is the size of their progressive jackpot network. This company holds most records when it comes to the value of the progressive jackpots that are awarded, both on mobile and desktop. The biggest prize that they paid so far was via the Mega Moolah slot in October 2015, the jackpot having a value of about 17.8 million EUR at the time.

The rest of the payouts in their slots are often on the low side, but that’s just a result of them using a lot of features inside. If you look at the average RTP of the games they put out, you will find that they’re looking very good.