It’s been a busy month in the slots world. January is a good time for slot players. There are a number of seasonal tags on which developers can hang their games: the western calendar’s New Year, and the lunar New Year celebrated across much of Asia.
Plus, it’s a dark and dreary time so people are spending plenty of time inside and need some distractions.
Here’s our selection of the best new UK slot game releases of January 2020, in no particular order:
The Golden Rat
The Golden Rat is from iSoftBet and themed to the Chinese Horoscope, which entered the year of the Rat in January 2020. The game is a 5-by-3 machine with 25 pay lines. The bonuses included a collection feature triggering respins and a free spins round with no limits on retriggers.
It’s a great game, with good looking graphics and big wins for good lucking players.
Diamond Blitz is from Red Tiger. Red Tiger made a lot of noise at the end of 2019 when they were bought up by NetEnt as a development partner. This game then will get a very wide release and be featured across your favourite online casino sites. It’s a very classic game, though a fourth row throws in a slight curve-ball to the standard frame. There are free spins awaiting, in which falling wilds from the base game become sticky and deliver even bigger pay-outs. A deserved classic is given a make-over that just adds to its attractions here. Solid gold.
Joker MAX is from Kalamba Games and certainly lives up to its title by maxing out size, with a six-by-four grid and a load of extras like wilds that multiply, hyper staking, and a free spins bonus round. The hyper bonus feature gives you bigger multipliers on wilds and free spins, but you’ll have to pay. A 200,000-coins top prize could be very substantial, and even if you don’t hit that top prize you’ll enjoy this game, with its excellent graphics, sound and animation.
Mighty-Griffin-Megaways was a new release at the end of January 2020 from the gigantic Blueprint company. It’s a mythological-beast themed game on an atypical grid of 6 reels and up to 7 rows and those Megaways providing more than 117,000 ways to win. Free spins are the main bonus feature, with multipliers adding even more value. The feature is introduced via a respin plus a gamble option, introducing the game’s feature-rich environment. Blueprint are quality producers and this game is a great addition to their catalogue.
Poison Eve by Nolimit City is another in a growing family of games that feature ecological or wildlife themes. There’s a magical element too, of course, but these games tend to be less macho, with gentler colour palettes and female heroes. This game looks really stylish and has a great value set of stats. It’s something a bit different from a developer we don’t feature that often and one that’s well worth checking out.
Buffalo King from Pragmatic Play is a western wildlife-themed game on a six-by-four grid with over 4,000 ways to win. The bonus feature, a free spins round, can trigger up to 200 games. The base game is quite simple by modern standards, but you can win up to 93,750-times your stake as a potential top prize. Pragmatic Play are a trusted and high-quality producer, and Buffalo King, a welcome addition to a growing number of wildlife of the west games, is a good-looking and great functioning game.
Relax Gaming aren’t that well known, but titles like their new release, Snake Arena, will help to change that. It’s a really original game, tying together a futuristic and a mediaeval world across a 5-by-5 grid with 30 pay lines. The free spins round is great fun, with an element of surprise in its delivery and operation, with a Wild Chase, adding another random plus.
Yggdrasil are better known, and justly so. Temple Stacks is yet another hit from the studio, and features the trademark features of beautiful, beautiful look and feel and amazing gameplay. The surprising thing at first look is that the game is played on a standard-sized grid. After that, everything is different, with changing gameplay area and a massive (and changing) number of possible winning combos. Mystery Stacks are the big feature, stacks of symbols that split open to show matching symbols. You could win 25,000-times your stake on this game, and a four-level game-play system will draw you in and add depth to the experience. A great free spin round is the cream on the cake.
Wildhound Derby is a new game from Play n GO based on what is in the UK quite an old-fashioned world, that of greyhound racing. There’s no doubt that there’s a lot of cross-over between different gambling audiences, but this game is anything but old-fashioned and plays on an innovative 5-by-4 grid with 30 pay lines. The look and feel is great, and the potential of a £1 million-plus top prize is enough to tempt in most players. This is available for players via the free spins bonus, and it’s the standout feature of this game.
Aztec Wilds was a bright start to the year and the decade from IronDog, a growing gaming studio producing titles that cover the full range of the online slots world. This game uses tumbling reels to deliver more than 1,000 winning combos. It’s rated as medium volatility but can also shell out a lovely 6,000-times stake top prize. The free spins come via tumbling wins – essentially a respin – and add a progressive multiplier to the mix that really pushes up the win potential. A game like this stands on its looks, and we think Aztec Wilds will be featured on a lot of best-of lists come to the end of the year.
That’s a short survey of our top 10 of the January releases. There are lots more new online slots games out there, and it won’t be long until we’re rounding up the new releases UK slot game releases for February. The reels never stop spinning!
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Rachel Pine is our slots expert who has worked in the online gambling industry for 10+ years. Over the course of her career, Rachel has reviewed more than 3,000 slots.