The annual Global Gaming Expo trade show has showcased the new “model year” of slot machines coming to casinos over the next year. In a subjective review, a writer lists their top 10 new slot games, based on their personal preferences and experience with slot machines over nearly four decades. Here are their picks:
1. Duck Dollars by Eclipse Gaming Systems – This Class II game, available only in tribal casinos, features a bonus round where players shoot at ducks and targets on a video replica of a carnival shooting gallery displayed on a big portrait screen.
2. NFL by Aristocrat Gaming – This series of games features slots based on a license with the National Football League, allowing players to choose their favorite team and experience bonuses that reflect football events.
3. Kong: Skull Island by Light & Wonder – Featuring a 75-inch portrait monitor and an integrated LED wrap-around display, this game offers an immersive experience with footage of the giant ape from the 2017 Warner Brothers film.
4. Hot Spot Multipliers by Everi – Instead of the standard reel setup, this game offers a large bonus wheel over “X” and “Y” shaped reel arrays, providing a fun departure from traditional slot game formats.
5. Whitney Houston by IGT – This music-themed slot series features the SkyRise cabinet with two stacked 55-inch monitors displaying footage of Houston performing her most memorable songs.
6. Puzzle Time by Gaming Arts – With a jigsaw puzzle bonus round, this game offers a unique and clever play experience on the big Vert-X Grand cabinet.
7. Devil’s Lock All-In by Bluberi – Featured on the new Beacon Elite cabinet, this game features a compelling story with new characters, enhancing the lock-and-spin bonus from the original Devil’s Lock game.
8. Stuffed Coins by Konami Gaming, Inc. – This game offers a community-style bonus event and the popular “Big Coin” mystery feature first seen in the game Ocean Spin.
9. Squid Game by Light & Wonder – Based on the Netflix series, Squid Game features competitions from the show as bonus rounds in four inaugural base games, wrapped into different slot mechanics.
10. Tarzan vs. Wild by Aristocrat Gaming – Presented on the new King Max cabinet, this game features visuals of Tarzan swinging through the jungle and a two-level wheel feature with multipliers and free games.
These top picks highlight the innovation and variety of offerings in this year’s new slot games, providing players with a wide array of experiences to enjoy at casinos.