New Slots Released in Jan 2022
The online slots scene in 2021 was one of the biggest years yet, what expects us on January 2022?
We saw the Mega Moolah and WowPot jackpot networks expand their portfolios and produce record-breaking jackpots. Plus, ‘Megaways’ slots come into their own as last year tripling the number of titles using this feature. On top of this, Yggdrasil continued its role out of ‘Infinity Reels’ titles. And that’s just the top of the iceberg.
When we look back at the last 12 months of video slot releases, 2022 has a lot to live up to. Actually, expectations are already high, as nearly every video slot player out there expects this year to smash all records set in the previous one. Maybe that’s because it is what we expect as slot players–record-breaking year after record-breaking year, so why should this one be any different.
Of course, the most exciting aspect to the turn of any new year is what can the slot developers deliver next? And just to give you a taste of what’s coming, below we look at 5 new slots released in 2022 that will set the tone for 2023!
Fishin’ Pots of Gold (Microgaming)
Most slot players enjoy a sequel because it usually means the developer saw a record number of players on the original, while remakes are nearly always an improved version of the original. 2022’s Fishin’ Pots Of Gold is a 5 reel and 10 pay line slot. It is effectively part of the ‘Pots Of Gold’ Irish Leprechaun series in which have seen ‘9 Pots of Gold’ and ‘9 Pots of Gold Hyperspins’ developed by Microgaming partner studio Gameburger.
This time we add in a fishing theme to the equation on transparent reels and tons of features, including a non-progressive jackpot. Bonus' features include ‘Bonus Buy’, ‘Cash Collector’, ‘Free Spins with Multipliers’, ‘Additional Free Spins’, ‘Reelset Changing’, and naturally the slot also comes with ‘scatters’ and ‘wilds’. Adding to the fun is Microgaming’s traditional Mini, Minor, Major and Mega jackpots with prizes worth 15, 50, 500 or 5,000x your bet, respectively.
Hazakura Ways (Relax Gaming)
Ideally, we would like to see more 4,096 ways to win slots creeping in, but Megaways seem to have spoiled the party somewhat. Nonetheless, this reel mechanic is still popular with Relax Gaming using it on its 6 reel and 4-reel up-and-coming Hazakura Ways video slot titles. When the slot hits online casinos, you’ll have another Japanese themed slot with ancient characters and that famous Cherry Blossom to spin on. What makes this slot stand out for 2022, aside from its reel mechanics, is that it is one of the few that gives you the chance to bag a 50,000x spin bet win via a ‘Special Symbols’ feature.
Other features include a ‘Mega Bet’ option, ‘80x Bonus Buy’, ‘Free Spins’, ‘Additional Free Spins’, ‘Expanding Symbols’, ‘Scatters’ and ‘Wilds’.
Gold Tiger Ascent (Betsoft)
Betsoft heads back to the classic slot reel layout but rolls this 3-reel slot into the modern era. Something Play’n GO likes to do – for example, Charlie Chance springs to mind. On Gold Tiger Ascent, there are 10 pay lines behind 3x3 reels set in Tibetan mountains, and your host is a smirking tiger waiting patiently for you to spin in 3-of-a-kind symbol combinations. Pay outs are generous with 0.2x to 5x, and then there is a wild card that will dish out 25x your bet while landing the scatter can win you up to 20x your spin bet. Furthermore, you can also land random prizes via a ‘Magic Red Envelope’ feature. As for the max win, this is 2,520x your bet, which is not bad for a slot using the classic slot layout.
Aside from the Red Envelope, other features Gold Tiger Ascent has to offer are ‘Bonus Buy’, ‘Free Spins’, ‘Scatters’, ‘Stacked Symbols, and ‘Wilds’.
Wild Pistolero (Playtech)
Playtech’s Mega Fire Blaze collection is heating up as the collection continues to grow across video slots, virtual table games and live dealer game verticals. It is now Playtech’s second most valuable network behind Age of the Gods and could very well surpass the Age of the Gods collection. Expected some time in January 2022, Wild Pistolero is a Playtech Rarestone Gaming studios production bringing a calm wild west theme to a 5 reel and 30 pay line slot. There are 4 non-progressive jackpots (Grand, Major, Minor, and Mini) giving you the chance to net up to €1 million.
You can trigger a free spins feature and, the highlight of this slot, a ‘Mega Fire Blaze Re-spin’ feature triggered by a ‘Gun Cylinder’ and ‘Bullets’. During this bonus, you could land any of the 4 jackpot wins!
Longmu and the Dragons (Red Rake)
Already announced for release by Red Rake Gaming, Longmu and the Dragons still remains a bit of a mystery. Red Rake is keeping its cards close to its chest with what’s to come on this slot, but we have managed to dig in deep and get some inside information on the slot’s features and theme. The theme uses Chinese dragons and the slot’s host Longmu. It will come with 50 pay lines in 5x3 reels that expand.
Interestingly, Longmu and the Dragons will use cascading reels each time symbol combinations lock in, thus giving you extra ways to win from a single spin. Other features are a ‘Lucky Multiplier Wheel’ as well as a ‘Moon Mini Game’ bonus. As if all this wasn’t enough, the features keep on coming thick and fast with ‘Free Spins’, ‘Additional Free Spins’, ‘Hold and Spin’, ‘Lock it Link’, ‘Re-spins’, and ‘Wilds’.