The clocks winding down but, while the rest of the country’s getting ready for the new year, Malcolm and Lucky have locked themselves away in Kerching HQ. They’ve been furiously searching through their slot library to find their favourite slots of 2018. The list contains both new titles and old-school favourites, but each is great in their own right. Let’s not dally, over to Malcolm and Lucky for their best 2018 slots.
L: Have you got the fireworks yet Malc?
M: What for?
L: New Year's Eve of course! I can tell that 2019 is going to be my year.
M: Didn’t you say that last year Lucky?
L: Yeah well, this time I’m right.
M: Alright pal whatever you say. It’s not like 2018 was all bad though- think of all the slot games we got to play!
L: Yeah that’s true. Wait, why are you mentioning slots?
M: Because Lucky, I’ve got a little surprise for you.
L: Oh no….
M: It’s our end of the year blog, all about our favourite slots of the year! I’ve got the list here. We’ve played all of these games so you should know them like the back of your hand.
L: Cool! What’s the first one.
M: I thought I’d start us off with a classic, Cleopatra.
L: That is a good one.
M: It is indeed, and it followed the tried and tested formula of free spins, valuable wilds and big multipliers.
L: I’m pretty sure I know everything about this game Malc, but why don’t you explain the big features for our lovely readers.
M: The first thing we should talk about is the Cleopatra Bonus feature. To trigger this, you’ll have to land 3, 4 or 5 of the Sphinx scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. You will then be granted 5, 20 or 100 times your stake plus an extra 15 free spins. On top of that, a multiplier of 3x will be applied to the spins, so there’s plenty of opportunities to grab a hefty payout.
L: Anything else they should know?
M: You can re-trigger the respins up to a total of 180 times by landing the scatter symbol 3 or more times on the reels, all with a 3x multiplier. If you land the games wild when activating the free spins, you’ll be given a 6x multiplier instead.
L: Tasty….what’s the next game?
L: Now here are some real fireworks!
M: Aye Lucky, this a lovely little slot with a great display and theme. I love it for the style, but the bonuses aren’t too shabby either.
L: What features does this have then?
M: The free spins feature is the main attraction of this slot. To trigger it, you’ll have to land 3, 4 or 5 of the Golden Gong Scatter symbol anywhere on the reels. You’ll then be granted a multiplier of 2, 10 or 250 times your stake and taken to a minigame where you must pick one of six fans. This will reveal the number of free spins you’ve won, which can be anything from 8-38.
L: It’s a belter, for sure.
M: There’s more, as you’ll be taken to another minigame immediately after this. Again there six options to choose from, but this time they’re dragons! Pick one to reveal a multiplier, between 2x and 18x, which will then be applied to all the free spins awarded to you! You can even re-trigger the free spins feature by landing the scatter symbol three times on spin, so the potential payout could be huge!
L: Nice one. Alright then, where to now?
Finn and the Swirly Spin
L: Funky name, I’ll give ‘em that much.
M: Yes, but it’s a got an even funkier layout! The reels are made in such a way that when you land a winning combination, those symbols will disappear. This gives you a chance to land more immediately after.
L: Make their day, lad, tell us all about getting some good bonuses!
M: I think I’m about to blow your mind. To start there are four randomly triggered bonuses that offer a variety of benefits including added wilds to the reels, guaranteed wins and even changing all the symbols to high-value ones.
L: That is mega, keep it coming….
M: The other big attraction is the free spins mode, which is triggered by managing to move the key across the screen all the way to the middle position. As you play this mode, you will collect more keys and potentially unlock one of four different modes which combine the spins with the previous bonus effects.
L: It sounds like I’ll be having a whirl of a time with that slot, or should I say ‘swirl’ ahahaha
M: Won’t lie Lucky, puns aren’t your thing.
L: Thought so, shall we just move on?
Rainbow Riches Fortune Favours
L: I love Rainbow Riches!
M: So does everyone else. This version comes with all the things you love about the original plus a couple of shiny new features.
L: Give it to me straight.
M: Okay, so there are two major bonus features in Fortune Favours; the Magical Fairy Bonus and the Big Bet Option. The former is a randomly triggered bonus that can help boost your winnings a little. Basically, a little, animated fairy appears on the reels and change into a symbol, potentially creating a new winning combination.
L: Nice, I always appreciate a little helper in a slot! What’s the Big Bet Option then?
M: Using the Big Bet option, you can have one additional spin that can have a multitude of bonuses applied depending on the total amount you wager. The Magic Fairy Bonus is active for each of those free spins and the higher you go, the more effects are applied like more wilds, and the low-value symbols removed.
L: You can’t beat the best can you Malc?
M: You certainly can’t, but we’ll try with the last one.
L: A Christmas game?
M: Aye Lucky, I thought I’d finish us on one of the last games we played in 2018.
L: Go on then, tell us a little about this slot then.
M: Well, there are four mini bonuses that can be triggered by an animated Santa on the screen. The first is Raining Wilds; this feature will cause Christmas presents to descend onto the reels, turning some of the symbols into wilds. After that is Winning Reels feature which will remove all low-value symbols from the reels meaning your next spin will only contain high-value combinations. The last is the Christmas Tree feature, where Santa appears and shakes the Christmas tree at the side of the reels. This will reveal a 20x multiplier which will be applied to your win.
L: You said ‘mini bonuses’ does that mean they’re not even the main ones?
M: Aye, there two other main features that can really give you a helping hand. The first is Santa’s Bonus which you’ll have to land three sleigh bonus symbols to trigger. You’ll be taken to mini-game set on a mountain trail where you’ll have to pick presents as you move your way up. The higher you get, the better the prizes and, if you get to the top, you could win payout of 800x your stake!
L: Lovely stuff, what else?
M: The last one is the Free Spins feature. You’ll have to pick one of Santa’s sacks out of a choice of three. This will contain a number of free spins up to 20 with all the mini features in play for all of them. What’s more, this can be retriggered, so the potential winnings could be huge.
L: Phew, there’s been that many bonuses today it’s absolutely knackered me.
M: Good thing that was the last game then, you might not have made it midnight!
L: You’re right Malc, I can already feel myself getting sleepy.
And there you have it. You can find out more about Rainbow Riches Fortune Favours, Finn and the Swirly Spin or Peking Luck to see if you like them by trying our demo feature. If you are are a new player, there is a welcome bonus you will want to know about. As always, be sure to play responsibly and when the fun stops, STOP!