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Best Online Slots Released in 2018
- January 11, 2019 By Riley Wilson -
The past year has seen a plethora of great slot machines that engage players and pay hefty prizes. It seems that developers get more and more creative and innovative when it comes to visuals, sounds and bonus features. In this article, we present you our selection of the best online video slots released in 2018 you can play from the comfort of your home or on the go.
The Swedish software developer NetEnt started and finished the past year with Norse mythology. Their first 2018 release was Asgardian Stones, an exciting offering. A spectacular branded game that offers an unparalleled gaming experience was one of the last slot machines launched by NetEnt in 2018. It’s Vikings, a slot based on the cult TV series. Using 5 reels and paying in 243 ways, the slot brags cinematic graphics and sounds and comes packed with multiple bonus features. One of them is the Hotspot feature triggered by a stack of character symbols landing on the reel 3 and transforming all other Viking symbols into that symbol.
The biggest attraction of the game is the Raid Spins feature played at an extended, 7×5 layout with 78,125 ways to win and Hotspots active on the reels 3, 4 and 5. The slot also benefits from Shield Wall, a feature that can be activated throughout the game and adds a cluster of mystery symbols to the reels. Upon landing, these symbols turn into a randomly chosen symbol thus boosting your winning chances.
Cash of Kingdoms
Microgaming has launched almost 30 titles during 2018, alone or in cooperation with independent game studios. One of the games developed exclusively for Microgaming-powered casinos is Cash of Kingdoms by Slingshot Studios. Although its launch was announced in February, we had to wait until October to give it a try. Visually, the game is pretty mediocre, yet its low volatility and a high RTP make it a title you should give a try for a chance to win up to 100,000 coins in a single spin. Using a medieval fantasy theme, the cartoon-like game benefits from stacked Wilds that can turn adjacent reels Wild as well (Invading Wilds) and a free spins feature during which you can get even more Wild reels and get your payouts doubled.
Sugar Pop 2: Double Dipped
Although Betsoft bet everything on Max Quest: Wrath of Ra in 2018, we have decided to keep things simple and include another game in this list. Well, not 100% simple, we admit. For us, the best Betsoft title released in 2018 is Sugar Pop 2: Double Dipped. Being a sequel to one of their iconic slots Sugar Pop, the 2018 release uses a 7×7 playing field and the Cluster Pays system. It comes loaded with sweets and bonus features such as Candy Wilds, free spins, Candy Bombs and more. Just like the original title, it benefits from collapsing reels with symbols that explode when included in a cluster. As long as you win, you will collect points to level up and enjoy the more rewarding gaming experience.
Another branded title in this list comes from the Playtech creative kitchen. Based on the blockbuster movie of the same title, this is a 2018 addition to the developer’s DC Comics collection. You will meet the full squad roster from the movie on 5 reels and 50 paylines, so get ready to experience their powers and win big. We mean really big, since the game offers four progressive jackpots that can be mind-blowing. While enjoying great design and sounds, you will benefit from stacked Hero symbols, respins with sticky Wilds and 2x Wilds.
The last slot in this list is a Pragmatic Play product that takes you to a sun-drenched savannah. Played at 5 reels and 20 paylines, Great Rhino is a medium volatility game awarding respins, free spins and a two fixed jackpots of up to 500x your total bet. As you can guess, the story revolves around the rhino acting as Wild during free spins. If you manage to land 2 or more full rhino stacks, you are granted 3 respins with the triggering symbols kept in their positions. To win one of two fixed jackpots, you need to cover the grid by 14 or 15 rhinos.