The New Year is almost upon us, and with it we look at at the very best of the new mobile slots of 2014.
This top five slots list was hard to write.
First we started choosing just the top five mobile slots released in 2014.
And when we got to about 20 in our list we decided that this was getting ridiculous.
So we decided to get a list of the top new, new slots of the year. And by new, we mean that they were released at both online and mobile casinos, at the same time.
So goodbye the brilliant 300 shields, goodbye Jack & the Beanstalk, and goodbye Raging Rhino. All wonderful mobile slot games of 2014, but you were released online a long time ago. You are out.
The selection below might surprise you. Whilst not all slot software providers are represented, we told ourselves that each provider could only get one entry.
So NetEnt & Play’n GO, with a release each month, couldn’t dominate the top five. If you get confused half way through, we explain some of our choices and you can always read the full mobile slot reviews for each.
Here it is, our top five best slots of the year in descending order.
We had to have one Microgaming game in this lot didn’t we? And to be honest, they made it through, but hanging by a thread. 2014 was the year that Microgaming released the back catalogue of their online slots for mobile, meanwhile brilliant releases like Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park could only be found on desktops.
Thank-god then, that the Game of Thrones video slot came out this December on all devices.
It’s not their best of the best, but by releasing it as a 15 payline and a 243 ways to win slot game, they opened it up to a larger pool of players, from beginners to experts, giving this video slot some extra spice.
It lacks the visual impact you would expect from one of the biggest HBO television series of the decade, but with 4 free spin features and stacked wilds, it’s actually good fun. Though you might not survive the journey.
As they say; in the Game of Thrones you either win… or die.
Surprised? No idea what The Lab slot machine is all about?
Join the club of millions of people who’ve never heard of Elk Gaming. But, we’d bet our brand new Christmas socks that these guys will keep growing and become, if not a household name, then something of a household murmur for enthusiasts of unusual but brilliant mobile phone slots.
Perfectly created for handheld devices, The Lab isn’t particularly hard hitting. In fact, it’s very low variance. But if the New Year blues has hit already and you want to spin on a small budget, this is the game to choose.
Not only does it have automated slot strategies, but the free spin feature is more than a little unusual, with three reels remaining sticky the whole time, and multiple re-spins available throughout.
Not your usual spins.
Play’n GO have really surprised us in 2014. When we first started reviewing their casino games, we did so out of sheer numbers. They hosted the largest collection of mobile slot machines around.
Plus they were one of the few providers who also catered to Windows phones, not just Android and iOS. But mostly we thought their games functional, with the odd gem, rather than brilliant.
But 2014 was their year, with many of their releases fighting it out to get to our top five lists, including the strange Gemix and Energoonz.
But it is, in fact, the far more traditional but charming 243 ways to win Enchanted Crystal mobile slot that wins out above the rest.
You probably won’t become a millionaire, but you might walk away with more than you came in. It’s all about those expanded wilds and the fun click me feature.
And talking of another slot provider who has made leaps and bounds in 2014, we get a NextGen gaming slot in the top two. Now that’s not bad going.
It is the very high variance, and dangerous, Merlin’s Magic Respins online slot game. We warn you right now, you need to up the superbet option to max in order to get the most out of this game. This will decide how many free re-spins you get on the stacked wild, and with the five 5 free re-spins, the betting cost sets you back 3.50 a spin.
If this sounds like a little high, then choose any of the three we mentioned above. But if you can afford it, you can get some truly tremendous wins on a slot that improves on the original Merlin’s Millions, a great game to begin with.
With 5 reels, 4 rows and 50 paylines, this is a behemoth of game. Worth playing on a tablet if you can to get the full impact of the sounds and graphics.
Deep down in your heart, you knew we’d choose a NetEnt game as our number one choice didn’t you? We can’t help it. We have a soft spot for this casino games provider.
Is it the beautiful graphics? The way all their mobile games look exactly the same as their online versions? The immersive sounds or the effortless interface that’s easy to use on small and large screen alike? Or just the sheer entertainment of the games?
It’s all of the above and more. And whilst many could have held this top spot, the dazzling Twin Spin mobile slot won.
The online version came out in December 2013 and the mobile version came out in January 2014. So not exactly at the same time, but most of you will be able to forgive our little indiscretion.
It’s been the breakout hit of the year, with players truly embracing this 243 ways to win simple game to their hearts. Mostly, in 2014, we would like to argue.
And all it does is replicate reels, creating clones of itself across one, two, three… all the way to five reels of identical symbols.
That’s it. So simple. So thrilling. So much winning potential.
Even the graphics are just bells and sevens, traditional of any las vegas slot, but with a NetEnt edge to it that makes it look new and fresh.
You know it makes sense as the best mobile slot of 2014.
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