When the Internet started to move onto mobiles, many of the established slots games developers were pretty slow to catch on. A whole wave of mobile friendly games hit the market from new studios like Elk and Thunderkick.
Another Swedish company that has been very successful in this area is Play’n GO who have launched all kinds of blockbuster games like Book of Dead, Rise of Olympus and Reactoonz.
The Play’n GO slots brain hub for all of this hi-tech development takes place in in the Swedish town of Vaxjo. I had not heard of this pueblo before I stumbled across my first game from these guys, but it is between Stockholm and Copenhagen. It looks very nice – there is plenty of water around for a paddle, but a bit nippy for wombats in the winter. Go in July.
Play’n GO has been an independent company since 2005. They are known for their great graphics and game content, and their speciality is giving you as good an experience on your phone as you would get on your laptop. Hence the name “Play’n GO” I guess. The Dead series is pretty famous, you know games like Legacy of Dead and Book of Dead. It’s an Egyptian thing.
And have you seen their little widget games? This was an innovation from the company that allowed mini versions of their slots to be embedded into a website, emails or even a banner ads. Pretty cool, although I would rather play them on my mobie thanks
Play Like an Egyptian
One thing you will probably notice about PLAY ´n GO slots, is that they like an Egyptian title. Book of Dead is one of their most famous games, but you can also play Dawn of Egypt and Legacy of Egypt in this section. Oh, and give the Ankh of Anubis a quick spin while you are at it.
Why so many Egyptian games? Well, I´m not sure, other than it´s a pretty rich seam for games developers and always has been (probably since Cleopatra, that famous IGT slot). Our favourite? Probably Ankh of Anubis but it´s a tough call.
Maybe the weather in Växjö in Sweden, where PLAY ´n GO are based, has something to do with it? Let´s face it, if you were dreaming up games in the dark on a December night in Sweden, you would probably drift off to the sun, sand and pyramids of the Nile. ELK Slots are also developed here, and they are pretty bright and tend to be based in places like Mexico and Seville.
And I have done some time at the Luxor in Las Vegas: I love an Egyptian game.
Many of their other titles are heavy on classic mythology and the Nordic legends. I am thinking of the Rise of Olympus slot and Viking Runecraft of course. Other than that, you´ll enjoy a smattering of other games like Pearl Lagoon, Wild Blood (aha!, vampires, always a good one!) and Rage to Riches with a scary looking ape on it
Another thing you might have noticed about PLAY ´n GO slots is that many of them are pretty volatile. Have a read of our “What is Slots Variance” article if you are not sure what I am on about, but essentially this means that the games tend to blow hot and cold.
You can go through dry patches with fewer wins, but when the wins do start to materialise, they can be big.
Play ‘n Go Slots Volatility
I am thinking of games like Ankh of Anubis, Dawn of Egypt, Iron Girl, Mission Cash, Pearl Lagoon and That´s Rich in particular.
Book of Dead, Rise of Olympus and Moon Princess we would categorise as very high and even titles like Gemix and Wild Blood we would label medium volatility.
In fact, the only low variance games from PAY ´n Go we can think off that pay out more steadily (in lower amounts on average) are the Jolly Roger slot and Rage to Riches.
So just bear that in mind when you fire up one of these Play ‘n Go slots. Maybe that is why they are so popular? In the meantime, best you head off and “Play Like an Egyptian”.