CasinoGrounds – Game Provider of the Year 2019
Having already published compilations to go along with our CasinoGrounds award winners for 2019 Slot of the Year, and 2019 Streamer of the Year, it is now time to recognize the companies behind the slots. These game providers push each other further and further each year in order to bring to us the most innovative, exciting, state of the art slots – and here are our top 5.
5. ReelPlay – El Dorado Infinity Reels played by Takethehit
Coming in at number 5 is ReelPlay, the small Australian outfit formerly known as Chance Interactive. In 2019 they released their first Megaways slot (Hypernova Megaways) as well as their popular South American adventure game El Dorado Infinity Reels – played in our first clip by CasinoGrounds streamer Takethehit playing at €1 a spin.
El Dorado Infinity Reels has a unique mechanic in which a winning spin adds an additional reel, an extra spin, and adds a win multiplier. We join the action at the start of 10 free spins. Takethehit has already gambled his way to starting the bonus round with a 4x multiplier which also means every subsequent win multiplier added will be 4x. On his second free spins Takethehit goes on a crazy run with green gems and wilds which not only takes his win multiplier up to 61x, but he also claims the jackpot of 888x for adding 12 reels during one win streak. This €984 win is accompanied by wins of €62, €97, and €398. By the end of the free spins Takethehit has the multiplier up to 109x and has earned €1,541 for a 1,541x score.
4. Push Gaming – Razor Shark played by Gamble_Gangsta
Push Gaming are always among the favourites among CasinoGrounds viewers. In 2018 they walked away with Slot of the Year for Jammin’ Jars and this year they’ve taken 4th place in our Provider of the Year poll. Our next clip features some great action from CG’s Gamble_Gangsta playing Razor Shark, a 2019 slot from Push which, incidentally, made 3rd place in this year’s Slot of the Year poll.
Playing at €1 a spin we once again join the action as the free spins bonus round is triggered. In this game’s ‘Shark Bonus’ free spins round, the multiplier increases by 1x each spin. The round starts with 2 of the 5 reels in this 5×4 slot covered in seaweed symbols (called a ‘Mystery Stack’) which drop down 1 place with each spin. At the end of each spin the Mystery Stack symbols all reveal a random regular symbol. The free spins continue until there are no more seaweed symbols on the board. If more Mystery Stacks land on other reels the free spins continue, as do the increasing win multipliers. Gamble_Gangsta manages to land additional stacks and continue his spins. When the multiplier hits 7x the Mystery Stack reveals a bunch of high paying sharks for a 180x win. The spins continue as Gamble_Gangsta’s reels keep introducing more Mystery Stacks. A few small wins come his way until the multiplier hits 19x, and Mystery Stacks combine with high value flipper symbols across all reels for a 190x win. Soon after he hits the Razor Reveal feature. This is when the Mystery Stacks reveal Golden Sharks and each one reveals a win multiplier. This adds another 380x win. The wins continue with the ever-increasing multiplier including a 352x win with flippers and a huge 1,140x win with sharks. In total, Gamble_Gangsta bags a huge €2,369.50 (2,370x) win from his bonus round.
3. NetEnt – Dead or Alive 2 played by Fruity Slots
After producing Dead or Alive 2, by far and away the most popular slot of the year, NetEnt were a shoo-in for a podium place here. Indeed, they take third place, and as you might expect, our clip from them this year is from Dead or Alive 2 – played here by Fruity Slots.
In this clip Fruity Slots goes wild after landing a wild line and then taking a wild ride on one of the most volatile slots on the planet. It took Fruity Slots 9 spins to finally land a wild on every reel, and he did so by completing and up and down fully wild line. Also, by this time he already had two times 2x wild multipliers on reels 2 and 5 to go along with his wild line.
This spin, along with the next two average around £1,200 each, not bad for a stake of just £1.80. Seemingly not content with his guaranteed £1,200 spins, Fruity Slots begs for more wilds, chanting, “We just want more wilds”, and what would you know, the very next spin brings a second wild to reel 4. This has the effect of doubling his spin value to around £2,500. After two of those bad boy spins things kick up another notch when reel 2 lands a 3rd wild to turn all 3 symbols on that reel into 3x wild multipliers. This results in a final 3 free spins which combine to add almost £12,000 to Fruity Slots already healthy win balance. When the dust settles, he has landed a colossal win of £20,292, equivalent to 11,273x his initial bet size.
2. Big Time Gaming – Lil’ Devil played by Whitey
It was a very, VERY close-run race for this particular accolade, with Big Time Gaming losing out to our eventual winner by a mere 0.19% of the votes!! To celebrate their continued success, we’re replaying a fantastic win by forum member Whitey on BGT’s super popular release from September 2019, Lil’ Devil.
Whitey is already well into an Angel Spins round when the clip begins. With 8 spins gone Whitey already has €106 in the bank, not bad considering he is playing at just €0.10 a spin, but nothing compared with what followed.
The first spin we see completes a second fully wild reel which adds an additional 3 spins. As the wild reels are 3 and 4 both have become “Angel Wilds” with win multipliers. Also, all wilds in this round are sticky so with multipliers of 10x and 4x along with 2 wilds on reel 2 and 3 on reel 4 this means only one thing, LOTS of big wins. Not only this but the Angel Wild multipliers increase by 2x each until both have reached 12x so eventually all wins are multiplied by 144x. Even more free spins are added on the final spin as reel 4 fills with wilds. Without going into every single win there are 8, 3-figure wins, the last 4 of which are between 450x-550x. The total win ends up at €2,956.90, a staggering 29,569x Whitey’s stake!
1. Relax Gaming – Money Train played by Xtremeg222
Formed in Malta in 2010, Relax Gaming was initially established as a B2B supplier to the online gaming industry but progressed to creating their own slots, with 70% of their output coming over the last couple of years. In 2019 Relax delivered some outstanding slots, claiming 2 of our top 5 places in Slot of the Year in 5th placed Money Train, and the runner-up, Temple Tumble Megaways. Our Relax Gaming clip comes from their superb July 2019 release, Money Train.
This cell phone clip was sent in to us by another forum member, Xtremeg222 who was playing at €1 a spin. When we join the action Xtremeg222 is already well on his way to an amazing win. Not only has he unlocked an additional reel after landing a ‘Widener’ symbol, but he has also landed two persistent payer symbols. To anyone unfamiliar with how the feature in Money Train works, you might want to check out our review to get an idea of what’s going on here. Basically, the idea during the bonus round is to fill the reels with either purple symbols carrying a win multiplier of between 1x and 10x or special character symbols which include the aforementioned persistent payer. The persistent payer is so good because it adds its own multiplier value to every other win multiplier on the board on every spin. If you are lucky enough to get more than one, then that’s when things go crazy as the value of the persistent payer also rises each spin as each persistent payer adds its value to the other persistent payer every spin. Got that!!?? Hopefully it all becomes clear as you watch the video. Oh, and it’s also worth adding that each time a new multiplier or character symbol lands, the number of respins resets to 3 – so the more you hit, the more spins you get.
The bottom line here is that by the end of the bonus round Xtremeg222 has a ton of multipliers with huge values leading to a staggering €9,464 (9,464x) win.