Best New Bingo Sites presents the best new slot games for December 2019 and from the last few months. For each game, we’ve selected a bingo or slot site where it can be played, but if you don’t like the welcome offer from the featured site there are plenty of alternatives in our Best Slot & Casino Offers section.
Kingdoms Rise: Reign of Ice is the latest release in the new Kingdoms Rise series of fantasy themed progressive jackpot slots by Playtech and is very loosely themed on Norse mythology. As in the earlier games in the series (Forbidden Forest, Guardians of the Abyss and Sands of Fury), you collect tokens as you play which can be redeemed in the Kingdoms Rise shop against bonus rounds from any of the four games. In the case of Reign of Ice, one of these is the regular bonus round, the Hammer Respins, in a regular and enhanced version and there’s also two bonus rounds that can’t be triggered in the game normally.
Reign of Ice has 25 lines and can be played from 10p a spin. The RTP including the jackpot contribution and the tokens is 96.07% – without either it is 92.08%.
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Ozzy Osbourne Video Slots is a 20 line slot game by NetEnt themed on the charismatic British rock star otherwise known as the Prince Of Darkness. Trigger a re-spin or better still the free spins bonus round to activate the Symbol Spinner and the Feature Spinner and apply a bonus feature to one of the symbols; in the bonus round this happens on each spin and the effects last for the duration of the free spins which can build up to some big wins. The Bonus Bet feature doubles the stake to increase the number of initial free spins from 4 to 5 and increase the possible multipliers during free spins.
Ozzy Osbourne can be played from 20p a spin (40p if Bonus Bet is activated) and has RTP of 96.30% without Bonus Bet or 96.67% with Bonus Bet.
* First 3 deposits only. Min dep 310 1st & 2nd deposit, min £20 3rd. Max cumulative bonus £150 and 150 spins. Bonus match amount varies per deposit. Spins awarded on one of four chosen games. 30x wagering on deposit + Bonus. 50x on bonus spins. 10x max bonus conversion. £5 max bonus stake. Full T&Cs apply.
Reel Rush 2 by Net Ent is the sequel to the original Reel Rush game from 2013. Like the original, it has classic platformer video game styling and a distinctive 45 way diamond shaped reels arrangement, with extra positions that are unlocked on respins after every won, increasing the numbers of ways to win up to a maximum of 1875 ways on the fifth respin. Starting with only one symbol in play on reel 1 (which can’t be a wild), it can be hard to get the string of wins going but there are some random bonus features that help by awarding a re-spin on a loss, turning symbols wild or unlocking extra parts of the play area. Reel Rush 2 also has a 3125 way Free Spins bonus round (triggered by unlocking the whole of the play area) which turns into Super Free Spins (with a progressive multiplier going up on every win) if the player has collected enough tokens through play, gambles or pays to top them up to the required 2000.
Basically, this is a buy the bonus round slot – but instead of being able to buy it straight off (which is no longer allowed in the UK), you have to wait for the basic bonus round to be triggered before you can buy the upgrade.
Reel Rush 2 can be played from 20p a spin and has RTP of 95.53% – 96.58%; the variable RTP is because there is a slightly higher RTP attached to buying Super Tokens to upgrade the bonus round than to playing it as is or gambling.
* New Customer Offer. T&Cs Apply. 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.
Golden Glyph by Quickspin is an Egyptian themed slot game played on a 7×7 grid and is reminiscent of games such as Viking Runecraft and Tome of Madness. Win by scoring clusters of 5 or more of the same symbol; each winning cluster explodes and spawns a Power Wild and then other symbols drop down to fill the gaps. If the Power Wild then forms part of a another winning cluster, a power up is triggered which helps create more wins. Progress through 4 power ups to trigger the free spins bonus round with a wandering wild whose mulitplier increases with each win that includes it.
Golden Glyph can be played from 20p a spin and has RTP of 96.19%.
* 18+. New customers only. Certain countries only. Min deposit and spend £10 cash on any Jackpot King game = £40 bonus. x20 wagering reqs apply. Bonus valid for 7 days. Selected games only. T&Cs apply.
88 Fortunes Megaways by Scientific Games is a Megaways reboot of the original slot game from 2016, itself based on a physical slot machine. It has up to 117,649 ways to win depending on how many symbols land on each of the 6 reels, and the extra horizontal reel adjacent to reels 2-5 and exploding wins feature that are common to a great many Megaways slots.
The special feature of 88 Fortunes Megaways is the option to play with anything from 1 to 5 gold symbols; turning a symbol gold makes wins worth 20x more or thereabouts, but changes the base stake; the cheapest spin is 8p with one gold symbol and 88p with all 5. RTP varies from 96.06% to 96.36%.
88 Fortunes Megaways also has a free spins bonus round which can be triggered either by scatters or via a pick-me feature (randomly awarded by the Fu Bat wild symbol) which also awards a starting multiplier.
* New players only, min deposit £10, wagering 40x bonus, max bet £5 with bonus funds, live casino play excluded with bonus, 100% up to £100 on 1st deposit, welcome bonus excluded for players depositing with Skrill or Neteller, no max cashout on deposit offers, alwasy 10% cashback applies to deposits where no bonus is included, eligibility is restricted for suspected abuse
Snake is a 20 line slot by Gamevy/Gluck which has been designed to look like the retro phone game of the same name – and what’s more, one of the bonus rounds is a playable game of Snake! There’s also a free spins bonus round and lots of fun snake animations. – it’s an absolute delight for anyone who is into retro gaming.
Snake has an unusually high RTP of 98.005% and can be played from 20p a spin.
* New players only, min deposit £10, £8 max win per 10 spins, max bonus conversion £250, 65x wagering requirements and full T&Cs apply
Mystery Reels Power Reels by Red Tiger is the successor to Mystery Reels and Mystery Reels Megaways. It’s connected to the Red Tiger Daily Jackpots and is played on a 6×7 array. The 30 winlines pay both ways.
The gimmick of this slot is the (rather rare) Mystery Symbol which is 2×2 in size and can land anywhere, anytime; when it does, it spreads a random number of clones across the reels and all turn to the same random winning symbol (which may be a wild).
Mystery Reels Power Reels has RTP of 95.67% including the progressive jackpot contribution and can be played from 10p a spin.
Age of the Gods: Apollo Power is the latest in Playtech’s Age of the Gods series of progressive jackpot slots. It is played on a 6×4 array and has 50 paylines.
The game has two types of wild symbol, regular and blazing. Land a blazing wild anywhere on the reels to trigger the slot’s only bonus feature (apart from the Age of the Gods jackpot game) Apollo Power Respins. During the respins, the blazing wild moves one step at a time in a random direction, leaving a trail of wilds behind it. The respins continue until the blazing wild lands back on its trail (unless another blazing wild lands in the meantime in which case the process is repeated) Depending on where the blazing wild originally landed and what turns up on the reels during the respins, this can result in big wins – or nada.
Age of the Gods: Apollo Power can be played from 25p a spin and has RTP of 96.47% including the 0.99% progressive jackpot contribution.
* New customers in UK/Ire only. Min buy-in £20, max buy-in £200. 40x wagering requirement on Casino Promotional Balance. Game weighting applies. 100 free spins triggered after bonus used/wagering requirement completed. Full T&Cs apply.
Golden Leprechaun Megaways by Red Tiger has the ever popular theme of Irish luck. The base game is classic Megaways with up to ways to win and exploding wins, but there’s a lot more to the game than that. The Lucky Leprechaun can appear at any time offering a pick of three different mushrooms each of which lead to a different bonus feature – Lucky Ways which swaps symbols to guarantee a win, Random Wilds which adds up to 5 extra wilds and Wild Stacks which turns up to 4 reels wild with a multiplier based on the size of the reel.
There’s also a free spins bonus round with an increasing multiplier; at the start of the bonus round the pick-me runs to determine which of the three features will be active throughout.
Golden Leprechaun Megaways can be played from 10p a spin and has RTP of 94.72%.
* New customers must deposit and spend £10 on bingo within 60 days to receive £20 bingo bonus with 2x wagering requirement and 50 free spins. T&Cs apply.
Well of Wishes is a new slot game that is part of Red Tiger’s daily jackpot series. Some larger operators have their own daily jackpot and others operate across networks of skins. As well as a daily jackpot that is guaranteed to drop before midnight, the game has two other progressive jackpots (one with and one without a ceiling value).
The game itself is a 10 line slot with two bonus features. Lucky Coins symbols can land on any spin: as well as scoring as wilds they are collected and stored. Once a collection of 5 coins is completed they are thrown into the wishing well which turns all symbols of the same random type wild. Lucky Spins symbols trigger the free spins bonus round and to make it easier to collect three of them, any Lucky Spin symbols that turn up lock in place for the following spin. During the bonus round, extra free spins can be added by completing a collection of Lucky Coins and any symbols turned wild by the Wishing Well stay wild until the end of the bonus round.
Well of Wishes has RTP of 93.08% and can be played at stake levels from 10p to £40 a spin.
* New players only, Code BINGOSTAR. Valid on 1st deposit only. Min Deposit £10, 300% Match up to £30 in bingo bonus funds (5x wagering, 4x conversion) + 50 bonus spins valid on Starburst (30x wagering, 4x conversion), Full T&Cs apply.
What can we expect in terms of slot game releases for the rest of 2019 and for 2020? As far as 2020 goes, a key event is the ICE iGaming industry mega show, a huge showcase for upcoming titles which takes place in February. Many flagship titles get their first exposure there; in 2019 these included Net Ent’s Ozzy Osbourne and Microgaming’s Village People Macho Moves as well the sequels to Da Vinci Diamonds, Pixies of the Forest and Agent Jane Blonde.
2019 has also been all about Megaways slots and buying and/or gambling the bonus round. In October 2019 the Gambling Commission took action to have most slot games with a straightforward “buy the bonus round” facility removed from the UK market, but the concept most definitely has not gone away as it is still possible to trigger the bonus round in many 2019 slots by collecting coins as you play. Indeed, in the Kingdoms Rise slots Playtech has taken this much further by attaching an in game shop where players can use their saved coins to purchase bonus rounds that are not otherwise available. We’ve also seen other related features take centre stage:
All of these features increase the variance of the game in question and in 2019, high variance is certainly in fashion. The success of Big Time Gaming, Elk and other small studios specialising in high volatility slots shows how many players prefer the thrill of slot games with high volatility, to slowly losing money to a low volatility slot.
One thing that we do expect to see in 2020 is more slot games with darker and/or more adult themes as game providers steer away from any content such as cartoon animals that might conceivably appeal to children. Even characters such as the leprechaun from Rainbow Riches have turned out to be problematic; the ASA and the Gambling Commission want such characters to be hidden from under 18s, so only visible after login. This makes it much harder for new slot games including these elements to be promoted as they can only be shown to existing players; we don’t expect them to vanish entirely but we expect them to make up a smaller proportion of new releases.
With so many new slot games being released by so many game providers every week, most are destined to sink without much of a trace and only a few can become tomorrow’s Starburst, Immortal Romance or Bonanza. Megaways, the trend started by Bonanza, is starting to look a bit overdone now and maybe it’s time for the next big thing in 2020?
As for the rest of 2019 – there’s still a few hotly anticipated titles in the pipeline including Reel Rush 2 and Ozzy Osbourne, but once we get into December, what to expect is Christmas themed slots. Be aware though that many of these are not really new, but are older games which have been given a seasonally themed reskin – for example, 2018’s Jingle Spin from NetEnt which was a reskin of their EggOMatic slot game. Christmas themed slots are also often hidden until after login, espcially if they feature Santa, elves or any other seasonal characters that might be considered to have particular appeal to under 18s.
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