Best Online Slots Of 2012
By: Adam Baker, Monday December 31st 20120 Comments Email Print
Over the last few years the quality of online slot games has been steadily improving, both as far as the audio visual appeal is concerned and in the gaming features. The same continues in the year 2012 as well. This article selects and reviews some of the best online slot games released this year from different software providers.
2012 has seen the return of Cryptologic after a period of hibernation. Though this software provider has not yet reached its past potential, it is picking up steam steadily. The Marvel Comics based super hero slot games are still a Cryptologic landmark. Two more games were introduced in December. They featured Captain America and Wolverine. However, these new Marvel slots were not linked to the popular progressive jackpot.They are 50 payline video slots with four rows of symbols across the reels. They have introduced a new feature titled Action Stacks in which the wild symbol superhero can appear stacked on the reels.
Realtime Gaming is a software provider that steadily churns out slot games that are of good quality but rarely exceptional. Its best online slot game in 2012 is The Elf Wars, which came as a surprise continuation of its popular Santa versus Rudolph black humor series. The Elf Wars has the good elves siding with Santa and the bad elves with Rudolph. The humor and graphics of the earlier games of this series have been adhered to and some new elements have been introduced in the bonus games.
Playtech has continued to focus on movie themed branded slots and additions to its Marvel Movies superhero series. But the pick of the games in 2012 is a uniquely formatted progressive jackpot game that is a multiplayer online slot. It is appropriately titled Everybody’s Jackpot. This online slot has a game show theme. It also features a progressive jackpot that can be triggered randomly after any spin. The player who has triggered the jackpot gets 70% of the amount. The balance is shared among other players in a unique manner. 15% is shared equally among all other qualified players and the remaining 15% is distributed amongst the players in proportion to their bets during the last 24 hours.
Microgaming usually releases several slot games every month and therefore has quite a few contenders for the best slot machine spot. A couple of excellent branded online slot games in 2012 were The Dark Knight and Battlestar Galactica. However, the top spot belongs to the new Untamed series slot games. The three games in this series feature endangered species like Bengal tiger, giant panda and wolf pack. Microgaming has also introduced innovative features like Collect A Wild, Lucky Nudge and Your Gamble in these games. Your Gamble allows players to set their own target in a zero house edge gamble game after every payout.
WagerWorks does not release as many online slots as Microgaming, but does not fall back in quality. This year WagerWorks has backed some of its popular brands like Monopoly, Star Trek and Elvis. The best slot of the year is easily Elvis the King. The best Elvis songs play while the reels spin. Elvis icons and accessories are used as symbols. There are several bonus features that are constructed around the rock star’s songs. In the Heartbreak Hotel Bonus players have to open doors and are rewarded according to what they reveal.
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