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By Dale Shelabarger, Updated:
As is pretty typical this time of year, numerous top iGaming developers have chosen to unveil their February 2020 pokie releases with the introduction of some top games. These include the likes of Blueprint Gaming, Pragmatic Play, Skywind Group and Yggdrasil. Here’s a drill-down of the most notable releases from this current batch together with gushing quotes from the people behind them.
There are many more online pokies releases in February 2020 than our list below shows, but here are our picks of some games from maybe not the biggest if slot developers.
We have ourselves yet another slot that integrates Big Time Gaming’s ground-breaking mechanic. Unlike many games which merely integrate Megaways functionality, this particular slot in our February 2020 pokie releases list has been developed from the ground up. As ever, the cascading reels feature is in place as well as the obligatory free spins bonus round with its incremental multiplier.
Blueprint’s latest slot includes a Jackpot King Deluxe progressive jackpot as well, offering players the remote chance of winning a sizeable sum of money at Blueprint Gaming casinos. The game is replete with various mythical creatures of yore including, funnily enough, a Griffin. Gaming director of marketing Jo Purvis was especially excited at about this.
“Players are on a quest to find the mighty griffin as the legendary creature flies across the sky to deliver big prizes onto the reels below. With cascading wins and Jackpot King Deluxe on offer, this latest release is packed full of fun features that will keep players immersed for long periods of time.”
Mysterious, Pragmatic Play’s poltergeist-themed pokie, comprises a 4 x 6 format but with 4096 chances to win and a 12x multiplier. But despite waxing lyrical, Chief Commercial Officer Melissa Summerfield wasn’t quite able to describe what makes this game any different from the hundreds of others with similar features. But she gave it a good go. Said Summerfield:
“Mysterious takes players back to spookier times in a pokie jam-packed full of Infectious Wilds, Mystery Symbols and a thrilling theme. The exciting gameplay, immersive soundtrack and stunning graphics are sure to take players to the edge of their seats in this highly engaging new title.”
Skywind Group has resisted the temptation to jump on the heavily-laden Megaways bandwagon. Instead, the Isle of Man outfit has kept things relatively simple with a six reel, 20 pay-line slot. With win-both-ways combinations and a sticky wild feature where the wilds expand to adjacent positions, Aztec Respin is going to appeal to plenty of players. And in keeping with most Skywind efforts, the visuals and animations are smooth and well-drawn. It seems also, that the algorithms behind the spinning reels aren’t going to compromise the company’s ability to drain bankrolls in any way. Happily, this was confirmed by Vice President of Operations Uri Cohen.
“...we are always determined to deliver a unique cinematic and entertaining experience without overlooking the math and feature models”.
He went on:
“This Aztec slot was created with a focus on innovation and game model strength. This is definitely more than just any other Aztec themed slot.”
Yggdrasil’s latest pokie is set on the ‘vibrant’ streets of Rio de Janeiro and is inspired by the world’s most famous carnival. It’s the first ever cluster pays pokie from the Maltese developer and boasts a colourful, cartoon-like theme. Standout elements include a ‘dropdown win’ mechanic (similar to cascading reels) that generates unlimited multipliers as well as a free spins game and bomb feature. The latter clears up to 16 positions across the reels for new symbols appear, thereby offering additional chances to win combinations or clusters. So that’s nice.
Brazil Bomba was launched just in time for Rio de Janeiro’s colourful carnival. In addition to being a pickpocket’s paradise (is there a parallel here?), the event is popular with tourists too. An estimated two million souls attend each year.
Speaking after the well-timed launch of his company’s new game, Senior Product Strategist Jona Strandman proclaimed:
“Brazil Bomba brings players to the heart of the Rio carnival full of colorful graphics, samba music, fireworks and tile clearing bombs that clear the path for massive wins. We are excited about launching Brazil Bomba just ahead of the world-famous carnival taking place in Rio. With cascading symbols filling the reels this game offers players a cheerful experience with wins worth celebrating.”