Best New NetEnt and Microgaming Online Slots for the End of 2018
Being a fan of NetEnt and/or Microgaming slots, you’ll be eager to learn what these two industry leaders have prepared to end year 2018 in style. They never fail to deliver so it’s no surprise to see four amazing video slots using different themes and features with the same end result – a unique gaming experience with high win potential.
Microgaming – Astro Legends Online Slot
Astro Legends: Lyra and Erion, a cluster-pays video slot with innovative features, is the result of cooperation between Foxium and Microgaming. Gem-shaped reel area consists of 22 crystal cells and winning combinations are formed by clustering 5 or more identical symbols. The two main characters, Lyra and Erion, appear as 3D models observing the gameplay each side of the reels while sci-fi inspired soundtrack plays in the background.
Any winning combo using a multiplier Wild has the payout multiplied by a minimum of x2 and a maximum of x5. Sonic Respin feature, randomly triggered by a cluster win, holds winning symbols in place while other positions re-spin. Each time the re-spin results in an increased winning cluster or an additional one, re-spin magic happens once again. With a bit of luck, the feature can pay as much as 15,000x the total stake.
Stardust bubbles randomly appearing over the reel area will be burst by Lyra and a random number of points added to the Stardust Collection. Batch of 100 points launches Lyra Spirit Pick ‘Em bonus. Lyra transforms into her spirit form and you’re given a choice of three lanes and three lives to sprint across different levels and collect gems while staying clear of Erion. Managing to complete the round delivers a multiplier of x20 and, as Microgaming puts it, “rewards that are out of this world”.
Astro Legends is a medium variance slot with an RTP of 96.5% and maximum payout of 15,000x the bet. As of November 21st, players can embark on this action-packed intergalactic tour and travel for a minimum of €0.10 and a maximum of €10 per spin.
Microgaming – Crystal Rift Online Slot
Crystal Rift was born out of another collaboration, this time with Rabcat. This is the developer we can thank for highly engaging Castle Builder II so expectations are running high. Crystal Rift plays on a 5×3 reel area placed in a mysterious cavern at an unknown location. In order to uncover hidden treasures, players will have to form winning combinations over 25 paylines. Each success causes so-called Bonus Falls; winning crystals will explode and reels cascade to make room for new symbols which will potentially deliver additional payouts. Three consecutive wins activate the Wild Grid feature and a randomly chosen grid covers between 2 and 9 positions to turn respective symbols Wild. There are 20 grid patterns grouped by strength into Basic, Super, Mega and Insane grids, and the stronger the grid, the higher the potential win.
Crystal Rift slot has a payout rate of 96%, max win of 1,000x the bet, and can be played for as little as €0.25 and a maximum of €50. The game went live on desktops and mobile devices on November 21st.
NetEnt – Vikings Online Slot
NetEnt’s Vikings video slot, based on the TV series of the same name, impresses with audio-visual execution as well as gameplay. It plays with 5 reels and 243 ways and features original characters from the series, among which Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha.
When a fully stacked Viking lands in the Hotspot covering the middle reel, Scatter pays is activated and all other present Vikings transform into its clone. Shield Wall feature plants a cluster of mystery symbols which then transform into a randomly-chosen premium icon and thus create an opportunity to claim substantial payouts.
Having triggered Raid Spins, you’ll see the game change into 7-reel and 5-row playing area with 78,125 betways and receive a gift of 7 free spins with 3 Hotspots on reels 3, 4 and 5. These Hotspots function exactly the same as described above, causing potentially lucrative transformation of all Vikings into a single high-paying icon.
If you’re happy to travel to Dark Ages and take part in a Norse battle, set coin value between €0.01 and €0.50 and choose to bet 1 to 10 coins per round; you’ll thus spin for a minimum of 20 cents and a maximum of €200. Vikings slot is a game of medium to high volatility and an RTP of 96.05%, willing to pay up to 10,000x your bet.
NetEnt – Strolling Staxx Online Slot
Strolling Staxx: Cubic Fruits slot looks, sounds and plays so different to Vikings that it’s bound to appeal to a very different audience. Confident of the same success as achieved by Neon Staxx and Butterfly Staxx, cube-shaped fruits populate 5-reel set and pay over 10 lines.
A wooden panel positioned to the left of the reels displays hot symbol for the current spin and it can appear as a partially or fully visible colossal icon 2×3 or 3×3 in size. If symbol chosen as hot lands stacked on at least one reel, it will trigger the Re-spin feature during which the stack moves one position to the left with each re-spin, while all new icons of the same sort stick to the stack and move with it.
Using Bonus Bet button allows players to maximize the game’s win potential. Using it guarantees the appearance of colossal symbols covering 3×3 area but you’ll have to make an additional investment worth 50% of your bet. Strolling Staxx: Cubic Fruits is scheduled for release in January 2019.