An article by John Grochowski and published by Southern Gaming Magazine outlines some of this years outstanding new slots so far this year. While I love John’s perspective, there are some machines that haven’t made it to the East Coast yet. So, included in this list are additions that I have played here in New England.
New features on older themes, similar features on older themes, and just plan new ideas always flood the casino floor. Like any new idea, if it is popular, it will be copied with new packaging until casinos find their popularity has decreased. These days, casinos lease the newer themed slots, buying fewer slots than ever before.
Check out the pics of the new slot machines, for your enjoyment. You may even see Wonder Woman herself!
Here are some of what I think are the stars of 2015 so far.
Sons of Anarchy – Aristocrat Technologies
Aristocrat is using this game, based on the FX television hit drama about an outlaw motorcycle club, their lives and challenges, to introduce a new way to play. With Cluster Power, any three or more adjacent symbols can form a paying combination. Matching symbols can be touching vertically, horizontally, in a line, on the first three reels, in a stack on the last reel alone – as long as you have three or more adjacent, that’s a winner.
Having no matching symbols on the leftmost reels doesn’t eliminate your chances at winning. With Cluster Power, you still have a chance right to the end. In the same game, Aristocrat also steps outside the box with a No Limits feature. Megasymbols of the shows five lead characters take up multiple spaces, leaving the potential for the symbol to land partially in the playing field, and partially out of view. When that happens, the field can grow both vertically and horizontally to accommodate the symbol.
Mad Men – WMS Gaming
With its curved top box screen and high-definition, 1080 pixel graphics, Mad Men is based on the hit AMC series, and has a nice wrinkle in launching bonus events. It can trigger a bonus event through scattered bonus symbols, like most games, but it also can launch the bonus with any win of at least five times your bet. After that, a spin of a bonus wheel in the top box can bring bonus credits or land on a character symbol to bring a themed bonus events based on show characters, with plenty of video.
In the Roger Sterling bonus, you’re invited to have a drink – touch a glass of some nice brown liquid on the screen and perhaps add wild symbols to the reader. Using video from the show, you’ll then get a line from Sterling to go with the bonus – “When God closes a door, he opens a dress” is one possibility. “It’s a little edgy,” WMS vice president of game development Phil Gelber said, chuckling as he showed what the game could do.
The same format has a Lord of the rings version, with slight variance in the bonuses, but still same frame and bonus trigger.
THE WIZARD OF OZ, an all-time player favorite, is back in a 3-reel theme
These seems to always be full of players. Wonder Woman already is in casinos in two versions, Wonder Woman Gold and Wonder Woman Wild, both on the advanced Bally Pro Wave cabinet, with its curved, concave screen. Both have three-level progressive jackpots, with rollover values at $10, $100 and $1,000 when configured for penny play.
In a free-spin bonus, Wonder Woman Gold adds wild symbols, while Wonder Woman Wild uses wild symbols to randomly substitute when A, K, Q and J symbols land on the screen. Both have a choose your volatility option, so when you got to the free spins bonus, you can choose either more spins with fewer wilds, or fewer spins with more wilds. All the while, the “Wonder Woman” TV theme plays, and the video, animation and spinning reels make it multimedia fun.
Ellen – International Game Technology
I haven’t played it, but it seems people love it. Imagery and bonuses based on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talker will make you feel like you’re part of the show. The initial release of Ellen slots includes two games. Dance Party is a 432-ways-to-win game, and 12 Days of Giveaway is a five-reel video slot with traditional paylines. In one Dance Party Bonus, a stack of Ellen symbols on the first reel sends an animated Ellen dancing across the screen, adding more Ellen symbols as she goes for potential big wins.
And in 12 Days of Giveaway, fans of Degeneres’ talk show will know the Wheel of Riches bonus before they even play – and you get to spin the wheel by touching the screen, dragging and letting it fly.
There are lots of other new slots, and new gaming companies such as Konami, Ainsworth, and Aruze, to name a few. But as you are enjoying the new slots on the floor, there are things to consider for your best possible bankroll management. Keep your eyes open for a few things:
1) Is this slot the same as XYZ slot, just different symbols?
2) Does this play the same amount of lines as the one I liked in Casino 123?
3) Is there a progressive bonus that depends on max bet, or can you hit the/a progressive with any denomination bet besides max bet?
And remember, ALWAYS play max lines. Then play whatever the denomination you feel comfortable with.
That’s all for now.