Top Of The Slots 2019
Ever since the earliest days of slot machines, their designers have sought to make them as appealing as possible for their diverse audience base. The online slots revolution that began a couple of decades ago has seen the introduction of a wealth of new games that target a huge range of player demographics.
A visit to any gaming site will display a plethora of slot games for everyone. From film to music fans and lovers of the traditional three-reel machines to the far more complex, there is now something for everyone.
The very best sites are always introducing new online slots to keep their selection fresh – catering to their players’ tastes. On any given day there are hundreds, if not thousands, of great games being enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. Here are five of the very best new releases.
Legend of the Five Ninjas
If you’re familiar with the stealthy warriors who were the striking force of the Japanese emperors in the 15th to the 17th centuries, or even the sewer-dwelling, pizza-eating turtle variety of today, you’ll be enthralled by this classic 5-reel slot game. Offering an incredible 243 ways to win, it’s perfect for playing on a phone, tablet or laptop.
As you’d expect, the background to the action is a traditional wooden Japanese dojo, atmospherically lit by lanterns. The characters on the reels include the five ninjas of the title, the leader, Godai, and a whole arsenal of typical ninja weaponry.
There are a huge selection of bonus features available in the game. The most valuable of which must be the Secret Ninja Prize Pack, along with the Scatter Godai. This gives you the chance to win up to 50 times your stake, as well as up to 20 free spins to help you continue your winning streak.
Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse
Taking its inspiration from the phenomenally successful musical The Phantom of the Opera, Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse is a slot game that is sure to captivate you. Rewarding you with not just cash, but also a dramatic playing experience, complete with authentic music and sound effects.
Boasting the reel symbols of the tormented performer, Christine, this game presents plenty of opportunities to strike it big – with five reels, four rows and forty fixed pay lines.
A real highlight of the game-play is triggering the point and click bonus. This is a two-stage reward that occurs when the Phantom appears on reel one, and Christine on reel five. First you pick from eight roses to win a coin value, then move on to a choice of three mirrors which can multiply your prize by up to three times.
Popular culture’s also the driving force behind this exciting slot from the appropriately-named Lightning Box Games of Sydney Australia. But the action’s not set in the outback – it’s in the Wild West and is loosely based on the horror story of the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow.
Fans of the film will be familiar with the story of Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassell along with a decapitating horseman. It’s a dark and eerie tale – as well as being a favourite around Halloween time. All three main characters can be seen on the reels and lightning bolts that frequently appear, playing a big part in the rewards-system of this game.
If any number between six and thirteen of these appear, then three re-spins are immediately granted. If more lightning bolts appear, even more free spins are given. At the end of the sequence, the bolts that are on-screen flip over to reveal individual cash prizes. You can also be awarded one of four levels of random jackpot prizes at this point, too.
Ancient Egypt conjures up many iconic images, including pyramids, pharaohs and sacred cats. It’s no wonder that such grandiose imagery which reflected the wealth and prosperity of that civilisation is replicated in many slot games.
The five reels that are at the heart of Cleopatra Plus use all these famous symbols, all set against the atmospheric backdrop of the pyramids, to offer you the chance to win some glittering treasures yourself.
The impressive thing about this game is that, much like a video game, the more you play on it, the bigger the rewards can be. That’s because it includes a special “Level-Up” feature that allows you to acquire followers as you progress through the game. The more of these you have, the more bonuses you can uncover.
One of these is the Cleopatra Free Spins feature, where you are given the choice of three maps – Alexandria, the Nile Valley and the Pyramids of Giza. As you reach higher levels, these can produce sizeable rewards – which are especially generous when you’re up to level seven or eight and choose the pyramids map.
Our final slot takes us to the dusty savannahs of Africa with a five-reel game that sees you playing amongst the diverse wildlife you might expect to see on a safari trip. Animals that appear on the reels include gazelles, zebras, elephants and rhinos, as well as spears and shields that add to the atmosphere.
Naturally, the highest value symbol is the noble elephant. When five appear, you’re rewarded with a win that is 500 times your original stake. The wild symbols in the game are the shield and the spear – when these pop-up it really opens the game for you.
One thing that many reviewers have noted about the game is that it needs a relatively high stake to play, but this is reflected in the considerable winnings that it can generate. It’s a question of holding your nerve and using the autoplay feature to keep the reels spinning until the cash begins to accumulate.
Hopefully, these five slots have given you a taste of the wealth of games that are waiting to be discovered. New titles are being released constantly, with even more diverse themes, designs and rewards – your next favourite slot could be just around the corner.
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.