That last year had a number of surprises lurking, we can probably agree on that. A lot happened that was not expected and so it was in the gaming industry. Among other things, it came as a big surprise that NetEnt, which in 2019 acquired Red Tiger Gaming, was itself acquired by Evolution Gaming almost exactly a year later. What this will mean for NetEnt’s game development in the year 2021, we do not know yet, because the actual integration of NetEnt into Evolution has just begun.
So therefore, if you are wondering why you do not see many new slot machines from NetEnt discussed in the article below, then it is because we have not found so many that in our eyes seemed interesting enough to discuss.
So with that out of the way, we’ve snuck up on some new game launches that can be expected now in the first quarter of 2021 from some of our favorite casino game developers. Some of this can probably be changed or shifted. But most will probably be found in Norwegian casinos before the quarter is over and who knows, maybe someone will end up on the lists of the best slot machines .
We start with this Swedish game studio with the high level of production. They will ship around four slot machines to the market per month. However, we will only look at some of the games that will come in January, because otherwise the article will only be about Play’n Go and that was not the intention. The games coming in January from Play’n GO are: Bull in a China Shop, Miner Donkey Trouble, The Faces of Freya and Coils of Cash.
Bull in a China Shop – is the game about the owner of a glass magazine who got the brilliant idea to buy a bull as a sales gimmick and to celebrate that we in the Chinese system will soon enter the year of the bull. But placing an ox among glass and porcelain obviously has a number of consequences. The game runs over five reels and it has 20 fixed paylines. The maximum payout is 10,000x, and this means that we sense the contours of a game with high volatility.
The Faces of Freya – this brings us into familiar waters and we sense that we get a game with a theme from Norse mythology. Frøya was the goddess of war, fertility and love, and if our experience from the industry is worth anything, then it is probably the war part that is emphasized in the game.
RabCat has delivered their games via Microgaming’s network before, but now delivers via Yggdrail’s network, so this is where we expect to find the February launch from this developer that they have chosen to call Tropical Wilds .
RabCat does not tend to deliver that many games per year, but the games they deliver use to be interesting. In this slot machine we are going to a tropical island where we play over 5 reels with 3 rows and we have 25 paylines. Maximum payout is 3000x, so it is likely to be a game with around medium volatility, we would think.
Super 7 Wilds is from what we can see Yggdrasil’s first game in 2021. It seems to be a classic scheme with symbols such as bells, numbers, bar, cherries etc. 5 reels, 5 rows and 20 paylines. Maximum payout of 3000x. We are probably facing a game with around medium volatility.
TikiPop – is supposed to arrive on the market in February and the name indicates that this is a new game in the Pop series. Ergo, symbols will pop up and the empty spaces will be filled with new symbols. TikiPop has a tropical theme, five reels with from three to seven rows. Winnings can be increased from 243 and up to 33,614 and the maximum winnings you can get is over 32,000x. So we would think that TikiPop comes with very high volatility. It is exciting, but of course also very risky.
TikiPop has a huge winning potential of over 32,000 times your bet
Cosmic Voyager – is what we think is Thunderkick’s first game launch of 2021. The name sounds a bit sci-fi so we think we’re going on a journey into space and meet extraterrestrial beings. Maybe it’s valuable extraterrestrial minerals we find, what do we know. In any case, it is supposedly a game with five reels and three rows. We get 10 paylines and a maximum payout of 5000x. So we would think that the game has above average against high volatility.
Thunderkick is not a game studio with a high launch pace. They are on around one game a month maybe a little less. And we have not managed to dig out more plans for games from these in 2021.
Quickspin increased the pace somewhat last year and we have found that they are likely to launch games in both January and February. The games are called Loco the Money and Dinosaur Rage, respectively . So we stay in the animal world.
Loco the Monkey has a jungle theme and is rumored to be a game with high volatility and a maximum payout of almost 7000 times your bet. The game plan is on 5 reels and 4 rows. We do not know which features will keep us entertained.
Dinosaur Rage sounds more like Jurrasic Park-inspired and we will be joining the adventurer Anna. As far as we can see, this game also has high volatility, so it seems as if Quickspin has got a taste for this type of game, and it is not something we will complain about, at least. The winning potential is around 17,000 times your bet and the game plan is 5×4. Here there are gain paths that apply and there are 1024 of them.
Red Tiger, which is part of NetEnt, clearly has a pace that is unaffected by the acquisition and has many games planned for the new year. Here are Betty and Boo, Regal Beasts, Agent Royale, War of Gods and Regal Streak . We see a lot of royal themes, plus a game with a license to spin and it is of course Agent Royale who plays a bit on it with James Bond and this with being a secret agent. The game plan is 5×4 and we have 40 paylines. The game otherwise offers wilds and bonus rounds with free spins. Volatility is on the lower side of average, we think, because the maximum gain is just under 2000 times.