Posted 2/20/11 : t's an all-slot package with a diversity of themes
There should be something for every online slot fan in Microgaming's new game releases for March, with a package that offers a diversity of themes and features wrapped around advanced internet slot technology.
The list is headed by the latest in Microgaming's 243 Ways-to-Win series, a 5 reel offering with an oriental theme titled Asian Beauty. Quality graphics depict four elegant princesses and the seasons of the year against a backdrop of royal symbols such as japanned treasure chests, richly embroidered clothing, antique porcelain and rare blossoms.
3 or more of the master-crafted treasure chests across the reels act as the Scatter, launching between 10 and 25 re-triggering Free Spins which double all wins. These scatters can also release a generous multiplier that ranges between 5x for 3 symbols up to 100x for 5 treasure chests.
The emperor's daughters can also bring riches through the Mirror Bonus, which is triggered randomly within the game, ushering the player to a second screen hall of 12 mirrors. As the player clicks on each mirror it reveals one of the princesses, and the goal is to get three-of-a-kind to unleash between 15 and 30 Free Spins, depending on the season.
Completing an impressive range of opportunities is the Asian Beauty logo, which acts as the Wild in the game, helping players to build winning combinations.
Bets of as little as 1p or as much as 50p a line are accepted, and this advanced and richly featured slot can deliver up to GBP10 000 in the base game, double that in Free Spins, and GBP 4 500 from the Mirror Bonus.
Eagles' Wings, a 5 reel, 25 pay-line game with a mountainous Nature theme is a complete contrast, yet offers equivalent opportunities for reward.
Set against the soaring, snow tipped mountains and majestic forests of North America's vast habitat of the great eagles, and the tribal lands of proud First Nations, this game is presented in outstanding, full-colour graphics.
In Eagles' Wings, Microgaming introduces an innovative and generous random range of up to 60 re-triggering Free Spins where all winnings are tripled. The feature is triggered by the eagle-head gold coins that open up the Lucky Eagle Bonus. Three of these across the reels give the player an opportunity to pick up to 3 coins from a selection of 5, each carrying varying rewards of multipliers, free spins or game credits.
The Eagles' Wing symbol is appropriately Wild and is stacked across the reels, with wins doubled when it makes an appearance to assist in building winning combinations.
On a max bet of GBP31.25 wins of up to GBP1 250 in the base game, with a further GBP 3 750 possible on Free Spins, are achievable – all within a wager per line choice of 1p to 25p.
Microgaming returns to its new Retro Reels series in March with Retro Reel: Extreme Heat, a 5 reel, 30 pay-line slot with the emphasis on rewarding features but clean and simple presentation.
The fiery theme on this third game in the series sets the scene for some hot and heavy action on a fast but smooth software platform, and the game combines state-of-the-art slots technology and an innovative interactive feature with the simplicity and appeal of yesteryear.
The Lucky 7's, bars and fruit symbols will be immediately familiar to players, whilst the innovative Re-Spin feature adds a fresh interactive dimension to the game. Re-Spin allows the player to repeat-spin individual reels of his or her choice in an effort to generate improved winning combinations, with the wager necessary for each re-spin clearly displayed.
A Free Spins feature is awarded when 3 or more ‘Free Spin' Scatters land anywhere on the reels, starting the Flaming Free Spin Bonus in which 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins are awarded dependent on how many Scatters appear. All Free Spin wins are doubled, and the feature can be re-triggered.
This Retro Reels game also includes a Wild symbol – appropriately a red hot dollar sign – which will substitute for all symbols except the scatter, and assists players in building winning combinations through substitution.
With a betting range from 1p a line up to 25p a line, this slot will suit most bankrolls and is capable of delivering substantial rewards; on a maximum bet of GBP225, a player can win up to GBP75 000 in the base game and a similar amount on Free Spins.
Rounding up the March game releases is a 5 reel, 9 pay-line online slot for the party-people. With vivid graphics and strong colours, players on Party Island have the opportunity to profit from a range of features that includes scatters, wilds, free spins, multipliers and an extra "Gamble" element in which predicting the right suit and colour delivers double or quadruple prize money.
The theme gives players a virtual holiday full of pulsing music, night clubbing, sunny beaches and warm ocean frolicking on a tropical island where the priority is partying and general carousing.
3, 4 or 5 mirror balls are the Scatters, and when these appear across the reels this slot will award 15 re-triggering Free Spins where all wins are tripled. Helping players to build winning combinations is the Party Island logo, which doubles all wins when it shows up.
Party Island is a straightforward game with a wagering range between 1p and GBP1 that will suit most bank rolls. On a maximum bet of GBP45 the player can win up to GBP50 000 in the base game and GBP15 000 on Free Spins.