New Online Casino Games by Software ProviderBy: Racheal Adams, Sunday October 19th 2008
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Online casino players like variety. They tire of playing the same games again and again. Therefore introduction of new casino games is an important function of online casino software providers. In order to ensure traffic at the online casinos powered by them software providers keep up a steady flow of new games.
Microgaming is one of the oldest software providers and is also the most aggressive as far as introduction of new games is concerned. It reached 100 games in 2002, 200 games in 2003, 250 games in 2004 and has been adding about 4 games per month thereafter. About 75% of the games added are slots games. Apart from adding new games Microgaming takes the lead in introducing innovations in games. It introduced multi hand video poker through its Power Poker series and side bets in blackjack and roulette through its Gold series. Recently Microgaming introduced the Level-Up video poker games that have multiple levels with increasing rewards.
Cryptologic has a portfolio of over 200 online casino games. It adds about 2 games a month on an average or between 20 and 30 games a year. Like Microgaming, most of the Cryptologic new releases are in online slots games. Where Cryptologic scores over its competitors is in the themes of its slots. It runs several series of slots and keeps on adding games in the different series. It has the casual game series in which there are slots based on popular games like Bejeweled, Cubis and Soduku. The latest series is based on the super heroes of Marvel Comics for which Cryptologic has entered into a special arrangement with Marvel.
Realtime Gaming Games:
The other software developers are not as aggressive. Realtime Gaming offers about 100 games with new games being added every month. The Real Series online slots games released last year proved to be a turning point. The unique feature about these slots games is that the players need not line up five identical symbols to hit the progressive jackpot. The jackpot is decided on a random basis.
Vegas Technology Games:
Vegas Technology too offers about 100 games, most of which are online slots and releases new games every month. The games unique to Vegas technology are the 7 reel slots. These have seven spinning reels instead of five. Another unique feature at Vegas Technology is the regular release of tournaments featuring some of its latest games.
Playtech is another online software provider that offers a range of about 100 games. Though Playtech is not as aggressive as Microgaming and Cryptologic it is heavily focused on research with two-thirds of its employees working in the research and development department. Two of its latest games are Geisha Story and Silent Samurai. Both have the Playtech trademark Dollar Ball bonus game on the second screen, which is based on lottery draw.
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It's always great to see new games that are being released by online casino software providers. I find that these days most of them have pretty aggressive release schedules for new games that they add to their online casino suites.