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We are getting 2 new Microgaming slot games on the 3rd of February, and to our shock, not only are they brand new, but they will be available at both mobile and online casinos.
Why Microgaming, could it be? Is 2016 the year we see you fully commit to mobile?
We joke, but we’ve got to be honest, mostly what we get from Microgaming every month are some great online slots, and one or two old games turned mobile. That or it’s a big brand name like Bridesmaids, or the Game of Thrones slot.
And whilst we are not fool enough to say that this won’t continue, at least for February, we are getting two new Android and iOS slots that will be simultaneously released on desktop as well and… these are not big brand names.
They are genuinely, original, Microgaming slots games, with their own special graphics and gameplay.
Plenty actually, thanks in part to a couple of beautiful videos from both games.
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And what we found out is that, technically, Microgaming aren’t giving us two games, more like two games in one.
That’s right folks! It’s the famous ‘why not give players the same slot machine but with a different theme’ trick this software provider loves to dish out.
So whilst we would usually give you the videos of these games first, instead, we are going to talk about the mechanics.
Because they are both exactly the same, except for the theme.
What is the volatility of these slots? Microgaming have it down as ‘variable’ and all for one simple reason.
Not a new concept, but a slot feature that is traditionally incredibly hard to find, what the Dragon Dance and Bikini Party slots have to offer is those reel re-spins.
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Oh we suspect that that 3x multiplier in the free spins will come in handy, but the real star of the show is the fact that you can, at any point, simply spin one of the 5 reels individually of each other.
The only other mobile slot we know that has this feature (there are others online) is Madder Scientist by Betsoft Gaming.
So, on mobile at least, this is a unique and interesting feature.
Depends on how much of a thrill seeker you are. The fact that Microgaming haven’t committed to the volatility of these, will make for some very difficult mobile phone slot reviews to write.
Reasons being, different gamblers will play them differently.
Those of us who have a more conservative budget, and are risk-averse, will probably not even use the reel re-spin. They don’t come cheap, and there’s something to be said for just spinning all 5 reels and letting lady luck decide.
The rest of us who are after the big win thrill will be far too tempted to use those reel re-spins every single time there’s even a slight chance we could get a decent 4 or 5 of a kind win.
The trick will be finding a nice balance so your budget isn’t blown out of the water.
You can see exactly how it works in the slot videos below.
If the gameplay will be absolutely identical, the themes couldn’t be more different. One brings you all the celebration and joy of Chinese New Year, the other brings you all the celebration and joy of… big breasted girls in bikinis.
Sorry, there really wasn’t a more subtle way to say that sentence.
Microgaming call this Bikini Party slot theme ‘fun and light-hearted’ but that’s selling it a little short. Not a single girl here is anything less than a double DD, and all are wearing their little sisters two-piece.
Other than the girl who’s ass is in the air, a la porn star pose. Perhaps, due to to lack of boobs, she has to show off her more plentiful behind as an alternative, less she be mocked by her fair-breasted friends and spanked?
To say we didn’t love the theme would be a little bit of an understatement. Sexy is one thing – this casino games software did it beautifully in their Playboy slot – but this is just a little too obvious and in your face for us.
Then again, the male half of the team may be keeping quiet to avoid any confrontations on the subject.
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Watch the video and see what you think; this is one pizza delivery boy away from being called ‘Bikini Party Gone Wild’.
Thank-god, then, for the Dragon Dance slot, which comes just in time for the Chinese New Year on the 8th of February.
It is, granted, a far more boring theme, but only in as much as we’ve seen it all before. The Ace to 9 symbols are pretty standard, and the Chinese dragons and dancers as the high paying symbols complete the set.
The reds and golds bring a festive tone to the whole thing, whilst you’ve got to admit that the dancing dragon and the elaborate lion costumes are very well done.
There’s enough firecrackers in there to feel authentic, and whilst Microgaming have done about a million of these Asian online slots before (see Lucky Koi or Asian Beauties as mobile example), that doesn’t make them any less fun to play.
Pretty excited actually. Mostly, we’ll grant you, because we get two new Microgaming slot games that will be released on both online and mobile at the same time, so as far as we are concerned, it’s a win.
No, we are not enamoured with the Bikini Party theme, but then isn’t that the whole point of these multi-“same as the other”-slot releases?
We don’t have to like the theme of one, as long as we like the theme of the other, which at first glance, works for us.
And don’t worry, if you’re excited for Bikini Party, you’re probably not alone there either.
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