Monopoly Slots – All Change!

Historically, IGT have always held the licence for producing Monopoly slots for online casinos. However, from January 2015 WMS are licensed to produce the games and they are delving straight in with two early releases.

The ‘Super Monopoly Money’ game is the first release in January followed by ‘Monopoly Big Event’ at the end of Q1. Many of you will probably already know the Big Event Monopoly slots from land-based casinos in the U.S but for those who don’t, these are generally big game affairs with multi-player positions and big screen animations combining into a more social affair.

How this will translate to online play will be interesting. WMS are known for being innovative and their existing online slots portfolio has really muscled it’s way into the hearts of players. Games like the Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers and Zeus III along with the more recent Colossal Reels slots and the excellent Raging Rhino have become real favorites with both offline and online slots players. There is no reason to think that their Monopoly slots won’t do just as well.

I fully expect them to contrast sharply to the rather tepid IGT games. While IGT have released around 8 Monopoly games online (you can play one of their first Monopoly slots here), none of them have really caught the imagination. They aren’t all bad games – just lacking in excitement in my opinion. I am yet to hear if these games will stay online alongside the WMS Monopoly games or whether the licence has switched: guess we’ll find out soon!

More information is sketchy at this time but if you want to keep abreast of developments, bookmark this page and I will update Online Casinos & Slots as soon as I get more details on the new games.

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U.S. to get IGT Slots in 2014

With real-money gambling finally set to be licenced and regulated at the end of 2013 going in to 2014 in some U.S States, this article produced for Online Casinos & Slots takes a look at some of the slot games that U.S players can expect to get their hands on.

The ‘Big 4’ slot machine developers most prominent in U.S. land-based casinos  are IGT, WMS, Bally Tech and Aristocrat but only one of these, IGT, is currently positioned to enter the U.S real-money gambling market as the first States go live.

New Jersey started issuing licences in November 2013 with the first online casinos opening shortly before Christmas while both Delaware and Nevada are not far behind. California, Florida and several other States have proposed legislation going through the political loop and of course, every State has different rules and regulations with certain types of games allowed, others not. The common denominator is tax revenue.

IGT have already identified a number of their popular slot machines that will be in the first tranch release in New Jersey and are already available at Betfair New Jersey Casino. These games include the evergreen Cleopatra, Wolf Run, Siberian Storm, Monopoly Plus, DaVinci Diamonds and Kitty Glitter. Noticeably absent from the list are games like Pharaoh’s Fortune and branded slot games like Ghostbusters, Sex & The City and The Hangover, partly because not many of these are available in online format, partly because of brand-licensing issues.

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Aristocrat’s Wonder 4 Slots

So there I was, playing some slot machines in Holland Casino on a recent trip to Amsterdam and I came across a bank of Aristocrat slot machines with a twist…you could play 4 games at once on each screen!

It turns out that these are called Wonder 4 games and they are a bit cleverer than it sounds. Because not only can you play 4 games at once, but you can choose each of the 4 games. So you could have the one top left and bottom right playing Pompeii, the top right one playing Buffalo and the bottom left one playing Fire & Light. As an example. You can choose to play all 4 of the same game if you want.

And it doesn’t stop there. I was playing 4 Pompeii slots together (and doing quite well as it happens!) when I hit the bonus feature on one of them. If you know the Pompeii slot machine well you will know that you have to line up the Coin scatters (or Wild symbol) on reels 1-3, left to right. Which I did. Except on the Wonder 4 machines, the 3rd reel also contains a “Super Scatter” which triggers the featre on all 4 games! So I effectively got 4 bonus rounds and a very decent 200x win. Shoulda taken a photo, I know.

The only negateve here is that these Woner 4 games are not available online yet. They are detailed on the Innovate Gaming website so I guess they develop them for Aristocrat whereas Aristocrat’s online games are developed by Next Gen Gaming or Game Account Network. The latter release their games to MoneyGaming for online play while Next Gen licence to casinos like Bet365 Games.

Pompeii itself is available to play online but only at a couple of casinos (check out the Aristocrat slots website for details or see my recently-ish posted Aristocrat online slots list) and because of Aristocrat’s need to protect their land-based licences, the online slots are only available to players in a few countries as of August 2013. Not the USA yet, not Australia either but New Zealand players should be OK and from late 2014, US players in some states like New Jersey and Nevada should also be able to play them online all being well. (more…)

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Aristocrat Online Slots – Full List

Aristocrat have been licensing their popular slots like 50 Dragons, Choy Sun Doa and 50 Lions online for a year or so now and the portfolio has been growing fast.

The following is an up-to-date list of Aristocrat slots (February 16th, 2013) that are available to play online for fun or real money, and where you can play them. Please note that Aristocrat imposes a real-money block on players from a number of countries where online gambling is unregulated and/or illegal.

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50 Dragons Online (Aristocrat)

Aristocrat have been hard at it again. Back in 2011 I wrote an article for <a href=”/”>Online Casinos & Slot Machines</a> profiling the imminent release of 30 of their top land-based slots online and since then, they have released those and more: games like Sun & Moon, Big Red, More Chilli and the popular 50 Dragons are all available to play online  (check out the full list of Aristocrat slots now available) .

The 50 Dragons slot machine is basically identical in all but looks to 50 Lions and I am sure many of you will know it well from land-based casinos although the 50 Dragons (+ 100 payline variant, 100 Dragons) are more popular in the East. On a trip to the Venetian in Macau in 2008 I’d say 50 Dragons was the most prevalent game aside from Baccarat!The Slotjunkies video above shows how the online version looks and shows the free spin feature in action at MoneyGaming. It is pretty much the same as the land version all said and done. Aristocrat have also released the 5 Dragons game but be aware that apart from the Dragon theme, it is nothing like (and IMO nowhere near as fun) as 50 Dragons. (more…)

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50 Lions Slot Online

August 2011: Finally, Aristocrat have bought their popular 50 Lions slot online and released it exclusively at MoneyGaming (initially) Above is a video I just made of the game and it not only incudes a demo of the free spins feature but also a really neat 300x multiple stacked lions hit! Pure luck it should happen while making this video but a nice cashout to end the day with!

Aristocrat were pretty busy in 2011 with Queen Of The Nile, Red Baron, Where’s The Gold, Choy Sun Doa, Werewolf Wild (all at Bet365 Games) and several other of their popular land-based slot machines paving the way for 50 Lions. It is slightly ironic however that the two biggest markets for Aristocrat games – the USA and Australia – are both banned from playing their games online but I have no doubt that will change as soon as online gambling becomes regulated in those areas.

The beginning of 2012 has also seen Sun and Moon and 50 Dragons (a clone of 50 Lions) come online in April, while rivals IGT have also been busy releasing land-based games Coyote Moon (April) and Diamond Queen (May).

Meanwhile, the Slotjunkies site has plenty more info on the 50 Lions slot and other Aristocrat slot machines. Aside from playing 50 Lions for real at Money Gaming, you can also play a variety of Aristocrat slot games at Bet365 Games online.

Update, Feb 2013: You can now see a full list of Aristocrat online slots here on the website along with details of where to play them. More games are being churned out and a wider choice of online casinos now have the games but 50 Lions, 50 Dragons and various other “premium” games by Aristocrat are subject to exclusivity at certain sites.

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Aristocrat Block Aussies Online

Soon after coming online with a number of their slot games, the Aussie-based Aristocrat slot machine manufacturer has decided that Aussie players will be blocked from 22nd June 2011 due to the grey legislation and impending changes in the laws regarding Aussie online gambling. US players are already blocked but that’s nothing unusual right now and may change in 2012 the way things are headed anyway.

Bit of a shame that if you reside down-under but the few Aristocrat games that are online (Queen Of The Nile 2, Where’s The Gold, Red Baron and more) will still be available to Europeans and players in New Zealand via the Bet365 Games website.

I will update this article if things change again.

Footnote, November 2011: Although the online versions of Aristocrat slot machines remain blocked to customers in Australia and the USA as I write, there are a few games such as Choy Sun Doa, Queen Of The Nile 2 and the popular Where’s The Gold available to play in fun-mode on the Games & Slot Machines website and it would appear that no country blocks are in place presently.

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Aristocrat Slots – Online Migration

It seems that Aristocrat are in the process of porting some of their land based casino slots into the online environment. I noticed yesterday that two of their games, Queen Of The Nile II and Zorro are now both available at Bet365 Games (see 2012 update below). And I’ve heard that Lucky 88 and Where’s The Gold are due at any time too. (Update, Feb 2013: Some 25 games from Aristocrat are now available to play online. Check out the full list here with details on where to play them).

Both of these games are true to the land-based originals. Aristocrat slots have a certain old-skool charm about them and they are instantly recognisable by the uniue 10-J-Q-K-A symbology they use along with the sounds and that familiar bell when the bonus feature triggers. (more…)

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Slotseek – Online Slot Games Search

You might be intererested in a new search engine dedicated to online casino slots that recently launched. The Slotseek slot games search engine looks and feels similar to some of the everyday search engines we use except it searches a database of over 500 online casino slot games and returns a mixture of videos and online casinos that carry the game you search for.

The Slotseek database currently holds slot games from IGT (formerly known as Wagerworks), Novomatic, Barcrest, WMS, Aristocrat, Microgaming, Playtech and RTG with Net Entertainment and Rival slots planned to be added in 2011. It also searches the Slotjunkies video slots site for videos of the slot games and displays matches.

The search engine will return partial matches and make suggestions for alternative slot games when an exact match isn’t found in the database. It also provides an “index” page containing direct links to all the slot games in the Slotseek database for fast access.

Check it out at www.Slotseek.com

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Online IGT Slots For Americans?

December 30th, 2010: As I write, many American online casino players will be only too well aware that IGT have a block in place on their online slots for residents of the USA. Although this means online IGT slots for Americans playing for real money is not currently an option, not quite all have been blocked for free-play – more on this in a bit!

Update December 27th 2011: An early Christmas present from the DoJ saying that they no longer believe the 1961 Wire Act blocks online gambling with the exception of Sports Betting means things could start getting interesting in the US market. This effectively removes one of two barriers to online gambling legislation on a State By State basis, the other being the UIGEA which prohibits banks from allowing online gambling transactions. Will be interesting to see how this develops and I’d suggest that online slots players can look forward to a rosier future, if not for a little while!  (more…)

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