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EGR Releases Nominees for Game of the Year Award 2017

Many of the EGR Game of the Year Award nominees introduced an interesting array of innovations in 2017. Each are pushing the limits of gambling games.

EGR has already released the list of nominees for this year’s EGR Game of the Year Award. Shortlisted are 13 games from the top names in game content development, including Red Riding Hood slots from NetEnt and Age of the Gods slots from Playtech.

Of the 13 nominees, however, some stand out as they come equipped with interesting features for a more engaging and entertaining Bitcoin slot experience. Here are three striking slots that players should try spinning:

Viking Runecraft : Viking Runecraft from Play’n GO

There are many slots that use the Cascade Reel feature where the symbols fall down on the reels. The intent of the feature is to make players feel like they are playing a classic arcade puzzle game. This feature recaptures the excitement of clearing multiple symbols or creating matches in the row.

Play’n GO goes above and beyond with emulating the arcade experience with its Viking Runecraft. One of the arcade features that the game uses is the size of the reels is close to the size of Match 3 puzzle games.

The most notable feature of Viking Runecraft slots that makes it close to its puzzle game contemporary is its progression levels. Players can trigger bonus features for reaching new levels.

Dream Catcher

Evolution Gaming is focused on delivering live dealer games. The software provider has the usual live table game staples such as baccarat and hold’em. The new Dream Catcher slots game goes beyond a typical card or roulette game that other live dealer software provider offers.

Dream Catcher is a money wheel game that plays similarly to roulette. The numbers that players bet with indicates the odds of it to win and the payout rate. If the wheel lands on a 2x or a 7x multiplier, all current bets are multiplied and are applied on the next spin.

The biggest draw of Dream Catcher is its game show format. The live croupiers act like game show hosts as they interact with players while spinning the wheel.

Jurassic World

Microgaming’s Jurassic World is the much-awaited sequel to their Jurassic Park slot. The successor to the popular slot also has 243 pay lines and provides video clip reference to the hit movie. Jurassic World did not disappoint fans on its release where it hit a record high number of plays within its first month.

Jurassic World slots game is rich in both features and movie reference. In the normal portion or base game of the slot, players can get a random bet multiplier on their payout if an Indominus Rex appears. The maximum multiplier given can reach up to 1,000x.

The Microgaming slot has three different Free Spin modes that are innovative for any slot game. One example is the Gyrosphere Valley mode which gives players a progressive multiplier score for each non-winning spins. The multiplier resets to zero when a player creates a match.

Other Nominees

The Game of the Year award will be a close one since other nominees have a sizable player base. Age of the Gods from Playtech, for example, is the company’s reskinned Marvel slot series.  There is also Yggdrasil Gaming’s Vikings Go Berzerk slots game which has an incredible retention numbers ration ever since its launch.

There are slots which have grown in popularity in the industry as well. Centurion Free Spins is a revamped version of Inspired Entertainment’s Centurion slot which was a favorite among Bitcoin casino players. Time is Money slots from Realistic Games plays with the time travel aesthetic which has a wide audience appeal.

Many of this year’s nominees are rich in colors and animation. Sakura Fortune slots from Quickspin is a good example of its detailed character design that is emphasized when it is stacked on the reels. Another is ELK Studios Wild Toro slots game which has a Mexican bull fighting theme.

The defining factors in other nominees are its features. Red Riding Hood slots from NetEnt has a board game-like feature to emulate the character’s journey to her grandmother’s house. Pragmatic Play’s Queen of Gold uses a level up progression feature that rewards players with large score multipliers.

Meanwhile, other slots have some tweaks of the familiar features to make it more interesting. Red Tiger Gaming’s Totem Lightning slots game has a feature which takes away every low-paying symbol in the reel to leave more room for the high-paying ones. Wild Play SuperBet by NextGen Gaming allows a player to increase the Wild symbol’s multiplier by increasing his bet.


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