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Best New Online Slot Releases of Summer 2020

By Daisy Williams in Slots
| September 2, 2020 10:58 am PDT
Best Slots Released Summer 2020

With the summer months of 2020 dragging on with a pandemic prompting all of us to remain home much more than ever, gambling sites have taken on a more significant role.

Instead of making the trek to local casinos, players now rely more on their go-to online casinos. So, I thought you might find it handy to take a peek at some of the best new online slot releases of the summer.

Every week, something new is hitting the virtual gambling world, and innovations in real money slot gaming are becoming even more impressive. Software developers are switching things up with more paylines, extra sets of reels, jackpots, and features only possible in video slot format.

My list of ten new summer online slot releases touches upon a bit of everything. I’ve got a few reboots of past player favorites, symbols in a cylinder, or within a honeycomb-shaped game screen. There are cascades, pops, unbreakable wilds, reanimated free spins, win both ways, and multiplier trails.

Oh, and if you’re looking for something really out there, one of the new online slot releases features horizontal reels with “hero versus villains” battles for cash supremacy.

Gonzo’s Quest Megaways

You know it, you love it, and it’s now supersized in the summer of 2020. I’m talking Gonzo’s Quest, which now has a Megaways variation.

NetEnt first introduced Spanish explorer Gonzalo Pizzaro in 2011 in one of the first avalanche-based games. It was an instant hit with online slot players even with its 20-payline constraint. Now, in the new online slot release, Gonzo is supersized with 117,649 ways to win.

If you’re a fan of the original, you’ll note quite a few similarities in the visuals and mechanics of the game. But, in addition to more winning ways, earthquakes remove low pays and a top prize that jumped to X20,000. You’ll still play with avalanches and increasing multipliers, but also unbreakable wilds and a betting range of 0.20 to 4.00.

Fortress Charge

Gonzo’s Quest is a slot expedition. Now, I’m moving on to Microgaming’s Fortress Charge, with heroes versus villains theme playing on a cross-screen journey with 0.10 to 15.00 stakes.

Not only is Fortress Charge one of the best new online slot releases for summer 2020, but it’s incredibly unusual. Instead of matching up symbols, your hero is collecting prizes, multipliers, and weapons, and battling villains, all on your behalf.

It’s a six-reel slot with images that unveil themselves one by one. You need a hero to land on the first reel to start the eastward trek. From there, he advances one step at a time. When a bad guy emerges, it’s a fight to the finish. If your good guy wins, he moves to the next spot. But, if not, then it’s game over unless you have another hero on a quest.

The goal of the charge is to reach the sixth reel. Castles rest on the end spots, displaying the most significant rewards. Of course, you’ll still collect cash and multipliers along the way, but getting to the finish line is the ultimate payout in Fortress Charge.

Vampire Senpai

I just can’t avoid using the word cute to describe Vampire Senpai. It’s a cartoonish and entertaining new online slot, released by Quickspin in the summer of 2020.

The Asian-inspired game plays out on a 5 x 5 screen but has 40 designated paylines instead of cluster pays. What makes the Vampire Senpai experience a real winner, though, are the two wilds. Talismen appear out of the blue, taking over random spots and turning them wild.

Vampire wilds have more predictability but, possibly, more power. They circle the reels, but when one lands, it turns all medium-value symbols in its wake into wilds. So you get closer-knit wild coverage with this particular feature.

Betting in Vampire Senpai is slightly higher than Fortress Charge and Gonzo’s Quest Megaways with a 0.10 to 50.00 range. That includes trips to the Reanimated Free Spins round, where the playful wilds stick around for a while.

Wild Pops

The fun continues in new summer slots with Wild Pops by Yggdrasil Gaming. It’s a quick follow-up to Pop Rocks, released in the spring. Both sister games include a new mechanism called Pop Wins.

In Wild Pops, you start with a 5 x 3 screen and not just 243 ways to win, but 486 as it’s a win-both-ways game. That’s only the beginning, though, as pops prompt expansion. Pops are prompted by winning combinations. You’ve probably seen a similar setup in many other cascading reels titles. However, in this case, more than symbol replacements come in the picture.

Each symbol pop does the following.

  • Adds two symbols vertically on the same reel
  • Prompts a rise in the multiplier meter
  • Opens the door to new symbols dropping in to play

Stakes are similar to Vampire Senpai, with a slightly higher 0.20 minimum and the same 50.00 maximum. The Wild Pops screen can expand to seven rows high, accommodating up to 33,614 ways to win. I think it would have been fun to have popcorn symbols. Instead, the theme is rather unimpressive, but the gameplay is exciting and entertaining.

Gun Spinner

I’ve got to include a wild west game in the list of new online slot releases for the summer, as Gun Spinner warrants a place.

Gun Spinner is a 20-payline online slot by Booming Games that has authentic music in the background that’ll make you feel like you’re watching a tale of the old west play out on the big screen.

You’ve got access to a broad range of betting options in this slot showdown with a minimum of 0.20 and a relatively high 400.00 maximum. While there’s a ten-game bonus round with locked wilds, the premier feature in Gun Spinner is the random bonus reel, which appears from time to time on the middle reel.

Bonus reels feature a combination of scatters, wilds, X2 wilds, and double gold bars. The double gold makes it possible for you to get a six-of-a-kind when it’s used in combination with standard gold. In the free spins, +1 and +2 scatters are added on that third reel to keep the bonus action going for quite a while.

Wild Catch

This blog is all about the best online slot releases in the summer, and Wild Catch will bring the warmer weather fun to you, even amid a snowstorm.

Wild Catch is a 50-payline game by Microgaming with 0.20 to 20.00 low stakes betting. You have to get to the lake first, and then you can hop on the multiplier trail after you reel in the proper bonus combination.

What I like about this game is that both its imagery and gameplay stand out from other titles. It’s a peaceful fishing spot, but rolling reels and splashing wilds wreak havoc on your spins, and you won’t mind a bit.

As Wild Catch is a fishing-inspired game, wild symbols become your bait. As you play, wild symbols are collected and turned into gold coins. That may seem like an odd chain of events, but the coins stack up and could prompt random activation of one of three jackpots, including a grand prize valued at X2,000.

Io

Two letters: I and O. What’s this new online slot release all about – can you guess?

Of course not, as it could be about anything and, even though I’m going to give a description a shot here, I won’t hit the mark entirely as it’s a unique game with an out of this world premise. I liken this game to marbles in a cylinder in space.

So, here’s the scoop. All of the symbols in Io are little spheres. They drop, roll around, and take on new images. It’s the rolling that makes the difference in this game, though. Even though it doesn’t look like your typical six reels slot, it is, and rows can hit the eight mark.

You’ll bet between 0.20 and 100.00 and start the game with 4,096 ways to win. Winning combinations are based on adjacent symbol matches, and not cluster pays. Every time you’re successful, the symbols leave, but replacements don’t immediately arrive. Io is based on gravity, so the marble-like icons that remain will roll around and fill in gaps first. Then, additional ones drop, prompting a rise in the winning way possibilities.

There are lasers that clear symbols, crossing lasers creating wilds, and wild forges that fill in gaps with multiplying wild “marbles.” Phew! You’re probably still confused, right? Just give it a try, and it’ll all become clear (well, maybe).

The Hive

The Hive is a new summer online slot for North American players, as it’s a Betsoft release.

Like Io, it’s tough to distinguish the payline direction in this 30-line game, as the board takes the shape of a honeycomb. You can win in both directions, but the lines seem to zig-zag. Of course, that gives you surprise payouts from time to time, which is always fun.

You’ll play The Hive with 0.10 to 90.00 stakes and a swarm of bees who can drop special features like stacking multipliers. I noticed, though, that they’re mischievous and tend to fake you out sometimes. They can hover, but they don’t always drop some slot love for you.

Filling the honey meter gets you some bonus time. That’s when honey burst spreading wilds come out to play. Those wilds are integral to this particular slot, as payouts are relatively low, so you need to build them up, just like the honey in the jar.

Gold Digger

Mining for gold could turn up slot riches in Gold Digger, a new summer of 2020 online slot by iSoftbet.

Gold Digger is hosted by the old miner who keeps his finger on the trigger, the TNT trigger that is, as it’ll explode with unique features. In comparison, the 20-line game isn’t all that spectacular in the base game. I play this one to get to the Gold Link re-spins. Forget about one freebie here and there. You start with three re-spins but can keep going for quite some time.

The re-spins are played deeper in the mine shaft. They’re filled with payout boosts and modifiers, including multipliers and expanding rows.

Low stakes betting of 0.20 to 20.00 is the best that you can do on your end, but the explosions and re-spins can still produce some exciting rewards. It’s cartoonish and fun, and the ideal online slot to keep you entertained for a while.

Aztec Gems Deluxe

Deluxe is the key word in the name Aztec Gems Deluxe, my final pick for the best new online slot releases of the summer. It’s a follow-up game to Aztec Gems.

While the two bear a close resemblance, the gameplay is so much better in this new deluxe version. The original provided five paylines and a fourth multiplier reel, but it could take a long time to get a single win. In the sequel game, five paylines become nine. Symbols look similar, but this version has a symbol combination payout.

The most significant difference, though, is with the addition of Money Re-spins. Four money symbols get you three attempts to add at least one more blue cash image. If you do, the three-count re-sets and you keep going. Filling the 3 x 3 board with nine of those images gets you a prize multiplier or a spin of the jackpot wheel where top prizes valued up to X1,000 are possible.

Stakes are also higher when you go deluxe. While you can get away with 0.09 a spin, a maximum of 90.00 is also allowed.

Conclusion

You can’t head out to fairs, festivals, and concerts, and even enjoying a good meal in a restaurant is off the table for most. However, the summer of 2020 has introduced some fantastic new online slot releases to fill some of the gaps anyway.

Gold Digger was a pleasant surprise to me, as it initially didn’t seem like it would offer anything new. But give it a few spins, and you’ll see what I mean. I like the original Gonzo’s Quest, and the new Megaways version is even more entertaining. Fortress Charge will keep you on your toes as it doesn’t even play like a typical slot.

There have been so many top-notch releases in 2020 that it’s hard to pick a favorite. If you’re looking for something fresh that’s still close to traditional slot gaming, then I suggest Gun Spinner. For the best jackpot potential, you’ve got Wild Catch and Aztec Gems Deluxe. But I think that my number one selection from the new online slot releases of the summer is Wild Pops.

Head to one of the top online casinos to give these games a try.

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