1/27/2012 : Gaming development studios kick of the New Year with a bang
 
There has been a flurry of recent releases in the online and mobile gaming sectors, over and above the plethora of new games debuted at the International Casino Exhibition held in London this week.
 
Microgaming's latest "Atomic 8s" online slot is a graphic-rich 5-reel, 9-payliner incorporating the more traditional bells, cherries, bar and 8 symbology in popping red, silver and blues.
 
A red power button enables the new Power Spins feature that activates winning combinations to be created from left to right and from right to left.  The "Atomic" symbol is wild and substitutes for all other symbols with the exception of the scatter.  Five Wilds on an active payline will net the player 8 000 credits.
 
"Great Griffin", a 5-reel, 50-payline video slot from Microgaming is themed around Medieval times featuring symbology that includes spell books, feathers, crystals and magic potions.  The Griffin serves as the Wild symbol and substitutes again for all other symbols with the exception of the scattered Great Griffin and the scattered Lady symbols.
 
Featuring free spins, multipliers, bonus games and the "Pick Me" bonus, the game is sure to be popular with players.
 
Released onto its QuickFire platform, Microgaming's Flash casino game "Andre the Giant" is based on the WWE wrestling star of the same name and is fully licenced by CMG Worldwide.
 
Andre the Giant is a 5-reel, 25-payline slot featuring the wrestling star, championship belts, wrestling masks, tickets and the like.
 
Landing five matching symbols on the same payline will net the player the game’s maximum payout of 5 000 coins and all winnings can be multiplied with a quick card game of Hi or Lo.
 
The game incorporates an "Andre Goes Wild" round, free spins, multipliers, bonus games, Wilds and scatters.
 
Novomatic has debuted its "Ultra Hot Deluxe" slot game presumably stemming from its GreenTube development studio.  The game is a 3-reel, 5-payline slot carrying iconography that include fruits, sevens, bars and X symbols.  Its top prize of 6000 coins can be won by landing three ‘double seven' symbols on an active payline and the game includes a gamble feature where winnings can be doubled.
 
Speaking of GreenTube, the company announced the release of its "Ski Jump Giants" app last week, available now for Android.  Timed for the first Youth Olympic Winter Games that took place in Innsbruck last week, the game was launched with Samsung as its advertising partner.  Ski Jump Giants was first launched in 2011 in web and browser formats and enjoys a large fan base, this mobile version of the game is expected to attract the same.
 
Last but not least, Endemol Games UK and Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment have partnered up with MX Gaming, an up and coming developer, to present a Hulk Hogan-themed game dubbed "Hulkamania" that is set for release early next year.  The game will include original video content, starred by the wrestler, who appears in the game to inspire players and personalise the playing experience.  Endemol recently launched its Games UK division which is led by managing director Jurian van der Meer and specialises in online games.