At last count, as much as 254 million dollars a year are pouring into overseas casinos, and the number is growing fast. It seems that the younger generation, in particular, not only loves to gamble like their predecessors before them but love to gamble far more than just throwing a few dollars here or there into the local charitable pokies. So, what are the latest slot machines that are coming to New Zealand that Kiwi gamblers are interested in? Here’s a round-up.
Temujin Treasures is a slot game loosely based on the Mongol Hoarder, Genghis Kahn, whose actual name was Temujin. Temujin Treasures is a 5-reel, 4-row slot that offers 1-24 ways to win. Be warned right off the bat that Temujin is a high volatility slot. This means you have a chance of losing a lot of money quickly, but then, in the end, you may wind up with a quite decent payout. The return to player pay-off is decent at 96.55 per cent, but again the return to player rate is less important than the overall volatility. So play Temujin Treasures only if you have a decent bankroll and the patience to wait it out. However, you can win up to 9,000 times your stake if you hit the right combos, so at least Temujin doesn’t mind shedding the gold.
Sinbad, the famous Arabian adventurer has been out for a while but the game has gone through an entire remake. The new Sinbad is a 5 reel, 40 pay-line games. Sinbad pays back a very high percentage of Return to player at 97.06 and the volatility is in the medium range. What people love about Sinbad is there are a plethora of free spins which keep the action fresh. What tends to set Sinbad apart is that there are three types of free spin options, Ape, Roc and Snake. Ape provides 7 free spins, Roc gives you 10 and Snake gives you 12. Plus you can enable additional free spins as well. The stakes are moderate. The most you can win is 748 times your stake per spin, but as the variance is better, you’ll see a lot more payouts. And what’s new about Sinbad? The software has been completely redesigned to make playing on a mobile device or tablet extremely easy. The game looks and sounds terrific and is a lot of fun.
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen
Who would have thought a television cooking show could inspire a slot, but what do we know. We’d still play the Dukes of Hazard slots if we could find it in a reliable online casino. Anyway, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen is a 5 reel, 20 pay line slot that more resembles a food porn slot than your average pokie. The slot does have one quite redeeming quality, however, in that it is a low variance game. You won’t likely get rich off this game, with the maximum win of 1,000 times your stake, but with a 96.07 per cent return to player, you just might earn enough to take the family out to the Lord of the Fries Restaurant. This is certainly a game to try for casual slot playing, and it’s designed by NetEnt, so you know it’s good for mobile players as well.
Thor Infinity Reels
Thor Infinity Reels by Yggdrasil Gaming may be the new king on the block in 2021. An Odin-themed game, this slot starts with three reels and then expands. Every time a row fills with hammers, a new reel opens up. All we can say is compared to other slots, Thor Infinity Reels beats others hands down. Yes, it is high variance, but there is so much action that takes place with the response that your head will spin. One of the lovely features of this machine is the buy a bonus feature. That’s right if you are willing to gamble a little extra, like 100 credits, you can trigger the bonus features without waiting till it’s due naturally. We predict that Thor Infinity Reels will be a mega-hit for Yggdrasil Gaming Try it for yourself and see if you agree.
Rich Wilde and the Amulet of Dead
Our last slot for 2021 is Rich Wilde and the Amulet of the Dead. Another in a series, this one features Rich on an Egyptian Adventure. A 5 reel, 3-row slot, Rich Wilde and the Amulet of Dead feature only 10 pay lines to win. The game won’t win any points for originality, but it’s a speedy little game that has one nifty feature. When you win even a small payout, you can elect to gamble that win into another feature that lets you either chose red or black for a turned card that pays 2 times your win, or pick a suit and win 4 times your previous winnings. With new and innovative games like Thor Infinity Reels and Temujin Treasures, 2o21 is starting to be a great year for Kiwi slots games in New Zealand.