The Wombat At ICE 2020
Last week, the whole of Slotland descended on London’s Excel for the ICE 2020 conference. As to be expected, this Wombat packed his galoshes and boarded the first flight out of Alice Springs.
But what did we discover? Well, a whole load of new game gossip, and that this wombat has a taste for Jack Daniels – but that’s a whole other story. Take a look at what’s coming up in 2020!
Microgaming – The Vault and Treasure Skyland
There were 2 new games on offer from those cool dudes at Microgaming that really floated our boat.
First up, expect some real excitement in The Vault slot from Snowborn Games. With stunning 3D graphics and visuals the likes of which this wombat hasn’t seen before, it’s also got fixed wild reels and multipliers to be unlocked. Land bonus symbols to set off the protective lasers and trigger a vault bonus game for big pay potential.
This slot is going to be HUGE.
But, if Pirates and Monkeys are more your thing, then you’ll be stoked to get spinning on Treasure Skyland slot. The theme is all about pirate monkeys sailing the Caribbean sea in search of golden bananas. Not only is this a totally mental theme, but the wins are there too – and we were very impressed by the Pick Bonus. Choose from 15 floating islands each revealing a cash prize with multipliers from 0.5x, 1x, 2x to 5x your bet…
NetEnt – Starburst PowerPots
Imagine playing legendary Starburst slot but with 3x Jackpots on offer. The stuff of dreams you might think. But no, it’s NetEnt’s latest release; a pimped-up version of their smash game!
So what’s new? Well, the gameplay is the same, but the mechanics got a whole lot more exciting. Players will collect Starburst tokens as they spin for a chance to bag a community jackpot with other players – and there are 3 of them on offer; small, medium and large. Together you’ll fill up the PowerPots progress meter until the community pot is triggered, and when that happens, all players will scoop a share of the Jackpot! EEEEEKKKK!
We also heard some hush-hush gossip about a certain release in May. Keep your eyes peeled for more info closer to the date, but we can confirm that NetEnt will be releasing an 8-bit slot based on a VERY VERY famous 90s arcade game…
We cannot wait.
Scientific Gaming (NextGen) – Gremlins
NextGen were taken over by SG last year and have now become SG Digital. But don’t worry Wombat fans – that hasn’t affected the quality of their slots! On 18 March, they’ll be releasing Gremlins slot. Yup, it’s nostalgia time as we head back to the 80s in this classic-movie game with 5 (yes, 5) bonus features on offer.
And best of all, there are 2 modes to play in, either Gizmo or Gremlins depending on how evil you’re feeling.
Mwaaahhh haaa haaa.
ELK Studios – Micro Knights
Drum roll please…
On Feb 25th ELK are releasing their newest slot that comes with Free Drops, super-sized symbols, wilds and other awesome gameplay modifiers.
So who are these Micro Knights? Well, apparently they’re medieval jousters, but it’s kind of irrelevant really- as what’s most interesting about ELK’s new game is the unique play mechanism. After a win, the symbols explode – and new ones are added to the game . BUT, instead of landing on the reels, these brand spanking new icons are added into a queue until a Knight charges at a row and they are put in play!
It’s a lot of fun and as you’d expect from ELK, completely bonkers…
Thunderkick – Esqueleto Explosivo 2
This wombat was suffering from sensory overload, when we stumbled upon Swedish slot makers Thunderkick in a quiet corner of ICE 2020. And, ever the gentlemen, they gave us a sneak preview of their latest release; the sequel to iconic Esqueleto Explosivo slot.
You remember the one – with the Mariachi-playing Day of the Dead Skulls? Well, this new game looks just as cool as its predecessor, and we LOVE how the Skulls topple off the reels as winning combos are made.
The features are similar to the first game, but this time the Mucho Multiplier goes up to x32 ( just hit five wins in a row and you’ll scoop it) and comes with a more lucrative free spins round.
It’s a cracker!
Play’NGo – Legacy of Dead
Now then. We’ve all heard of Book of Dead slot and its infamous bonus round. Well, forget all about that Wombat fans! Cos later this month comes PlayNGos’ latest release Dawn of Egypt, that’s just as volatile as Book of Dead and promises to be the only Egyptian slot you’ll remember from now on…
With a Wheel of Gods bonus that’ll determine how many free spins you’ll pick up (there are from 3 to 20 on offer) – and a high value symbol selector in the Pyramid Spins, you can expect to walk away with a smile in your chops and a bulging wallet.
Oh, and one more piece of goss before we head back to Oz: Play’NGO will be releasing 52 slots year – which means a new game EVERY SINGLE WEEK!
You know where to play ’em…