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When the internet exploded onto the scene in the 1990s, it paved the way for a whole new world of gaming: online slots. As technology has evolved, people who would head out to the bar for a beer and a test of luck on the slots are now able to save themselves the journey, log into an app and see how they fare on the slots instead.
You don’t have to be an experienced gambler to play on an online slot, either. Anyone who is over 18 and fancies a flutter can be at the controls of an online casino slot in minutes and learning how to play. Well, we say minutes, but they might take a bit longer because they’re spoilt for choice. The wide array of games with gorgeous graphics and themes, bonus games, flexible betting options and other features makes the choice enviably more difficult.
Speaking of the array of games, some terrific new games have entered the online slot scene this year. Games developers are working constantly on new games for players. It’s a battlefield and the players are the victors! Here are some of the best games to enter the arena in 2019.
Dead or Alive 2
Dead or Alive 2, by Netent, is more than just the best new online slots of 2019 so far; some would say it’s the best slot ever. Fans of the original Dead or Alive in all its gunslinging glory will be whoop-whooping loudly to see that there’s a second installation of this little number.
This simple game respects the fans immensely by maintaining several old features of the original classic, such as Wild symbols. The game comes with some thrilling free spins — all with a choice of volatility — such as the Train Heist, the Old Saloon and the High Noon, which occur when you land three Scatter symbols. Thanks to these features, you can win a lot more than in the first game, all while enjoying the background graphics of a Wild West village and other scenery reminiscent of the original.
Visit the UK and you’ll be hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t remember the good old days of a cloth football pitch and flick players back and forth after a small, plastic football, and do so with nothing but fondness? The five-reel, 20 line slot takes its inspiration from the football game but throws in some delicious extras. Three matching symbols across a pay line from the left-hand side trigger a win. A ten or jack can trigger a win of 5, 25 or 100 times the line stake, depending how many appear, whereas a king or an ace will pay out 10, 50 or 200 times more, depending on how many appear.
Free spins are available and come with a unique football theme, treating winning spins as goals and losing ones as goals for the opposing team. The game also has a substitution feature that allows you to replace low-paying symbols with high ones for your remaining bonus games. Then there’s the cool action replay function, which allows you to enjoy the thrill of experiencing a winning spin all over again.
Scrolling Staxx Cubic Fruit
Scrolling Staxx Cubic Fruit has been around since late January 2019 and keeps gameplay interesting with fresh, colorful graphics and a choice of other features. It’s a modern version of fruit slots — although you’ll still find many of the same symbols as on a traditional fruit machine — and features a 10 line layout and five reels. If you yearn for a more nostalgic type of game, this is the one for you.
There are 30 different ways to win, and you can set bets at different levels, so the game never gets boring. One of the game’s finest bonus features is the colossal symbol, a random symbol that occupies several spots on the reels and can earn you free spins, not to mention the chance to win some serious money.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
Some might argue that Marvel superheroes have never seen such popularity as they have in the 21st century, so much so that even the slots world is getting in on the craze. Released in January 2018, the game allows anything from 25 pence ($0.32) to £2,500 (approximately $3,267) per spin and features shifting Wilds in the base game, which stay on the reel and shift one position on your next spin.
If you’re lucky enough for Superman and Batman to appear on the same row, this triggers a free game. When the Batman Wild is on the left of the Superman one, the two will do battle, and the losing superhero will shift off and leave Wilds on the reels. Choose the winning superhero and you’ll receive an extra four free spins.
One of the other things that makes the game so great is the progressive jackpot. The game is a part of the DC Superheroes Jackpot series. As a result, you can win four progressive jackpots randomly on a spin.
No doubt you’ve heard about the colorful phenomenon that is Mexican wrestling, and it’s finally made into the online slots world, with the Lucha Legends slot. Despite not showing off a flashy design, this slot is thoroughly entertaining, retaining the essence and magic of the sport itself. The game features 25 pay lines and five reels and comes with Super Wild features, which can double or treble a payout. They can also spread adjoining symbols and turn them wild if they hit.
Bonus features on the game include landing the scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 in the same spin to win free spins. If you activate the Power Up mode, you can double your bet, which can bring in rewards such as the Super Wilds hitting more frequently. Multipliers can increase up to 5 times more, consequently upping the payout on your bet.
The time has never been better for slots fans, with operators constantly bringing out new games in the battle for market share. If you want a nostalgic or retro game, you can find it. If you want a superheroes game, you, too, can find it. If you want a sports game, you can find it. Come the end of the year, you’ll remember 2019 as one of sheer excitement and won’t able to wait to see what 2020 brings for the slots.