In their latest mobile pokie release, Playtech has ventured into a slightly more experimental realm with a game that defies any real genre. On the surface, it is a 5-reel, 20 payline space alien pokie, but is has hidden depth. Splashed with humour and great graphics, Stars Awakening does not feature any free spins or traditional bonus features. What you get instead is giant symbols and Scatter re-spins that create seriously big combo payouts.
Playtech took a bit of risk with this one. Based on the latest DC Comic film, the Justice League pokie features all your favourite characters in a 5-reel, 40 payline pokie with plenty of bonus features. The highlight of this game is the stacked symbols and the 6 different free spin bonuses. Unlike Microgaming’s Thunderstruck II, the free spins come around quite often, giving you the opportunity to experience all six including Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.
Phantom of the Opera
Released in November, Phantom of the Opera is Microgaming’s take on the beloved musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This high-quality 5-reel pokie features 243 ways to win and plenty of bonus features to keep even the most seasoned player happy. While the theme is great and the graphics impressive, it really is the bonus feature, which makes this game. Here you can find Wild symbols, instant cash payouts, added symbols, dancing Wilds, Scatters symbols, free spins and a pick-me bonus.
Compared to NetEnt’s Emoji Planet, Microgaming’s EmotiCoins mobile pokie seems fairly tame and a lot more traditional. Microgaming have stuck to the basics here with a 5-reel, 30 payline pokie with lots of smiling emoji’s gracing the reels. In terms of bonus features, the game offers up A Wild blast feature, regular wilds, Scatters and a free spins round where you can win 10 free spins with guaranteed Sticky Wilds. Interestingly enough it was Microgaming’s staff that proposed this theme, and it certainly has been a huge hit.
These are just some of the many pokies that hit online and mobile casinos in 2017, and it looks like 2018 will have to work hard to match up with these top titles. The bar has been set high now, and it will be interesting to see what new themes and innovations are forthcoming in the new year.