Microgaming has come forward and announced its first 3 slots that it's releasing during 2016. The following slots are all slated to be out between now and the middle of February. This will mark the start of what will surely be a jam packed year for Microgaming releases. We've got a rundown of the slots on offer, so you'll know on the face of it, whether they're the kind of slots you'll be interested in, and if you are interested; where you can find them.
The Microgaming Slot Releases For January 2016
These are the new slots we expect to see from Microgaming in the next month.
Lucky Twins Slot
Lucky Twins is a 5×3 reel slot with 9 paylines in total. We've already reviewed the slot itself, but the features on display are part of a road well walked. There's wild symbols, a free spins mode and that's the majority of the slot explained.
One unique aspect to the slot is that the wild symbols always appear as pairs, mimicking the lucky twins themselves. But beyond this, what you can expect is a traditional Microgaming slot that delivers where it needs to, but is something you may already have seen.
Untamed Giant Panda Slot
The second game due out this month is Untamed Giant Panda, a slot which definitely wins the competition for best Microgaming slot out this month. But even with the light competition, it shouldn't be understated what an interesting slot this is shaping up to be.
The slot is a 5×3 reel, with Microgaming's own classic 243 ways to win. But the real gold comes in the form of Untamed Giant Panda's wild features. The slot comes with a wild bonus, where if 4 wild tokens are spun at once, then a wild reel appears on the screen for 4 spins.
Even when the free spins mode comes along, the wild bonuses don't end, with sticky wilds being in place throughout the entire bonus round. Any wilds spun, will remain on screen during the 10 free spins. At the end of the free spins mode, you are given the chance to gamble your money in order to win more, or lose what you just won.
Getting free spins is easier than ever, with the nudge mechanic. If you receive the nudge bonus, you are able to nudge a reel ahead further in the hope of receiving a final free spins symbol to access the round.
The bonuses come at you thick and fast, making Untamed Giant Panda one of the more energetic slots to come out in 2016, despite the slow animal it represents.
‘Multiplayer' Mermaids Millions Slot
This release comes towards the beginning of next month. It's a slot we've already seen before in one form. Mermaids Millions was already released way back in March 2015. But Microgaming have brought it back this year with a tweak.
The slot, which was originally a very competent 5×3 reel slot, with 25 paylines and a free spins mode, is returning with a multiplayer feature. The new form of the slot will come fit to accommodate up to six players at once.
There's no footage of this as of yet, so for now we can only imagine how well Microgaming will manage to convert a single player slot into a multiplayer game. All we know is, with what Microgaming usually offer, we think they should be able to pull it off. You should be able to find it at 32Red Casino upon its release in February.
Microgaming Into 2016
With a little luck, Microgaming will be up to the challenge of matching up to last year to make this year, the best year to play slots ever. Neill Whyte, head of product channels at Microgaming, promised that, “As we enter 2016, this January we are bringing diversity to our portfolio with an Asian-inspired game and a spooky classic.”
Let's hope February can follow the same path.