WMS New Slots 2018

Lock it Link: Nightlife
Lock it Link: Nightlife
  • Release: Sept 2017
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 96.03%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 50
  • Mobile: Yes

Lock It Link is coming via WMS and it is a slot machine which offers a nightlife and luxury theme, both being mixed together in a very good design. The luxury theme is evident here, and the action takes place at night, so the two themes are appropriately represented in the design.

The Cheshire Cat
The Cheshire Cat
  • Release: Sept 2017
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 95.94%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 40
  • Mobile: Yes

In the case of The Cheshire Cat, the developer obviously went for inspiration to the popular Lewis Carroll novel called Alice in Wonderland. Plenty of other slots have used it as a basis for their theme, but at least in this case we’re looking at a game that’s focusing on a different character, not just on Alice. The company that worked on this game is called WMS, short for Williams Interactive.

Zeus: God of Thunder
Zeus: God of Thunder
  • Release: Jul 2017
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 96.05%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 30
  • Mobile: Yes

Zeus: God of Thunder has been made available by WMS, and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the game is inspired by the Ancient Greek god, the leader of the Olympians. The slot machine has a few features that stand out, average looking graphics and overall it feels like a typical slot machine for WMS.

Monopoly: Once Around Deluxe
Monopoly: Once Around Deluxe
  • Release: Jun 2017
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 94.00%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 15
  • Mobile: Yes

WMS is no stranger to Monopoly themed slot machines, and Once Around Deluxe is just one example of such a game that comes from them. As far as I can tell, this is their seventh slot machine that is based on the Monopoly board game, the world’s most popular in its category.

Big Rex
Big Rex
  • Release: May 2017
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 96.00%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 50
  • Mobile: Yes

Big Rex is being announced by WMS, as a slot machine that will soon enter the online casino market, after being offered first to clients of the land-based casinos. It’s a dinosaur themed slot machine, one that I’m sure will be getting quite a bit of attention from the online players.

Spartacus: Call to Arms
Spartacus: Call to Arms
  • Release: Apr 2017
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 96.05%
  • Reels: 5
  • Lines: 50
  • Mobile: Yes

In the case of Spartacus: Call to Arms, we’re getting a slot machine from WMS. This game features good quality graphics and it seems to be inspired with its theme by the popular gladiator warriors of the Ancient Roman Empire. They’ve been part of a lot of stories and movies in recent decades, and they are often recruited for online slots as well.

Lady of Egypt Slot
Lady of Egypt Slot
  • Release: Feb 2017
  • Soft: WMS
  • RTP: 96.08%
  • Reels: 9
  • Lines: 9
  • Mobile: Yes

Lady of Egypt is a game that comes from WMS and which is offered in an average theme related to Ancient Egypt and Cleopatra, but with a layout that is quite rare, involving two sets of reels that have different sizes. The game will offer two reel sets, one at 3x3 which is active and the other at 6x3 reels.

WMS, which is the short version for Williams Interactive, was at one point among the largest and oldest creators of casino games around, with the major focus being mostly on the land based market. They’ve gone into the online market as well, and they have a solid collection of slot machines and other casino games to offer, but the bulk of their income still comes from regular casinos. The company was created in 1974, but it has roots that go back even more in time. Right now, WMS is still producing content for the casino market, but it does so from under the umbrella of Scientific Games, of which it is a subsidiary since 2013. 

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The company is based in Nevada and it designs game cabinets for the Las Vegas market, but at the same time it turns those titles into online titles as well, so everyone has a chance to play them from the comfort of their own home. This is a major company, so their titles are as safe to play as any others, being even audited by TST when it comes to their RNG. As for the gaming license which they adhere to, that one comes from the Gaming Commission of Alderney.

History

The company that we know today as WMS has started out under the name Williams Electronics, in 1974. Before that, there was another company, founded by Harry E. Williams, which was called Williams Manufacturing Company, and which has been around since 1943. The roots of WMS are based in the one that was formed in 1974 though. The company started developing arcade games which were coin operated, and they launched a clone of Pong first, which was called Paddle Ball. Other games that were created by them back then included popular titles like Robotron: 2084 and Defender. Williams Electronics was incorporated under another company in 1974, and then it became independent in 1980. The name changed to WMS Industries in 1987. They bought one of their competitors, called Bally, in 1988, and then sold it back in 1998 along with their video game content. They started creating slot machines with spinning reels in 1994.

Once WMS entered the casino market, they started creating more imaginative slot machines, so they didn’t rely as much on cards, horseshoes, fruits and bells, among others that were often used at the time as symbols. They started using trademarked themes, with their first branded slots being based on video games that they created in the past, such as Smash TV, Defender or Stargate. The Monopoly series was another one that was popular, along with Star Trek, Top Gun and many others that were branded and which helped them grow quickly.

Eventually, WMS was sold for $1.5 billion, and the company became a subsidiary for Scientific Games. These days, WMS is one of the Scientific Games brands, along with others like Shuffle Master, Bally or SG.

WMS Casino Games

The games that you’re going to see at an online casino that offers WMS content are usually based on actual game cabinets that were initially designed for the land-based casinos. As such, I’m not usually excited when I see the graphics of their slot machines, but the features and the rest of the content in them is solid. They also have a number of table games that one can play, covering all the major categories that players would want to access, from roulette, to casino poker variants, blackjack or baccarat. Specialty titles and video poker variants aren’t missing from their collection either.

One of the innovations made by WMS is something called a Sitewide Progressive. Rather than using a progressive jackpot that is available only in a couple of games, and which gets funds from all casinos that use it, the sidewide progressive is offered in all WMS games that are played at a single casino. A casino’s players will all have access to the WMS progressive jackpot, no matter what game from that developer they play. The downside is that the value of the jackpot tends to be smaller, but at least there is a lot more variety when it comes to the themes and features that you can enjoy along the way.

The branded content is also a solid component of the offer that WMS has. They actually made a name for themselves with this type of content, being one of the first to turn slot machines into exciting games that mimicked TV series, board games, movies or video games that were popular at the time. Whether you’re playing Monopoly, Star Trek, Bruce Lee, KISS or other branded games, their collection holds plenty of such slot machines.

Graphics

For the most part, I think that you will not be as impressed with the graphics in the WMS slot machines, as you would be with the ones coming from developers that focus on the online market only. They’re not as modern, but they’re perfectly playable nonetheless. Among my favorites here, I’d mention Nemo’s Voyage, since it’s one of the few that doesn’t have poker icons or card suits among the symbols.

Features

The features tend to be better on average, than the graphics are. To mention again Nemo’s Voyage, the game offers Wild Reels, Clumped Wilds, Pressurized Wilds and Multiplier Wilds, though not all at the same time. Move on to a game like KISS or Fire Queen, and you get two sets of reels, one of them massive the other regular sized. Free spins, scatters, bonus games and other more unique features are present in their slots.

Payouts

The downside, when you’re using a lot of cool features in games, is that you can’t afford to pay huge jackpots anymore. The games that I’ve seen from WMS tend to have top payouts in the range of $1,000 to $2,000, with some of them getting multipliers as well.