New Online Slot Releases to Kick-Start 2021

By Daisy Williams in Slots
| January 7, 2021 9:19 am PDT
New Online Slots Early January 2021

It’s a new year, and online slot developers have outdone themselves in anticipation.

The new online slot releases to kick-start 2021 are some of the most entertaining games you’ll come across in top-rated gambling sites.

Aside from being fun to play with plenty of payout potential, they head in five different directions.

I’m introducing a first-rate Megaways game, cascading grid slot, and a five-reel experience that stops with three-symbol payouts (try to figure that one out!).

Riches of Midgard: Land and Expand

Just when you think you’ve seen every twist and turn in a slot game, genius developers come up with something new.

That’s the case with Riches of Midgard: Land and Expand, a new online slot release that you can play in NetEnt casinos to kick-off 2021.

It’s a cartoonish depiction of the Asgardian cast of characters with Thor’s hammer playing the role of scatter symbol.

Are There Three Reels or Five?

Riches of Midgard is surprisingly a three-reel game. However, it’s not just a 3 x 3 setup, end of the story.

Instead, there’s a 1 x 1 reel on each side of the board. But the purpose of the single-symbol spot isn’t to create five-of-a-kinds.

Instead, matching symbols in both hot spot reels combined with the same image on at least two reels are enough to activate a mini-bonus.

Hot Spot Re-Spin

The hot spot respin locks the matching images into position and expands them to cover the reel. Then, you get one shot to land one more identical symbol on the third reel.

When that happens, it also expands, so you get all nine pay lines filled with threes-of-a-kind.

There’s also an exciting bonus round where thunder and lightning fill the skies, and four extra rows are possible. Every time another one of Thor’s hammers appears, two free spins are added, and one row opens up.

Riches of Midgard: Land and Expand has betting that ranges from 0.10 to 200.00. The top symbol is only worth X15 as a three-of-a-kind, but there are plenty of chances to fill the board with them.

IC Wins

Realtime Gaming’s IC Wins is another new online slot release for 2021 that’s cartoonish but gets the job done.

It’s got some interesting lighting effects and shaking reels that indicate it’s time for a free random re-spin.

The re-spins are the focus feature in the base game. They’re a surprise that comes with the occasional losing spin here and there.

Instead of just spinning until you win something, the IC Wins re-spins has an ice tower with rotating multipliers. So, your loss can turn into something significant, as every attempt to recoup your loss has a multiplier between X1 and X7.

Those multipliers return in the bonus along with eight to 16 free spins.

IC Wins is a 4,096 ways to win slot with the potential to pay 4,536 times your stake in a single ice-covered game.

Golden Osiris

Do you know the kind of slot that takes a while to figure out what’s happening on the screen?

Well, that’s the best way to describe Golden Osiris.

Golden Osiris is a new online slot released by Play ‘n Go. The game’s over the top features make it the ideal way to spend a few hours as 2020 turns into 2021.

Cascading Grid With Cluster Pays

The Egyptian-inspired game is a cluster pay slot set on a 7 x 7 grid. But it’s more than that, as it’s a cascading grid slot.

Winning combinations disintegrate, making room for new symbols to land. If those winning symbols cross paths with multiplying wilds beneath the surface, payouts increase by as much as X10.

That’s a lot, but it’s still just the beginning (I told you so).

Second Chance Scatters and Explosions

A second chance scatter feature kicks in whenever two out of three scatters high the board. Those two explode the surrounding symbols giving you a second chance at bonus activation.

You’ve also got pyramids with expanding symbols, free spins, and a top payout worth X12,000.

I could keep going for quite some time, but you really should experience this one for yourself – it’s something to see (and hear).

Queen of Wonderland Megaways

I won’t beat around the bush, as Queen of Wonderland is one of the best Megaways slots I’ve played.

The Queen of Hearts is Just the Start

Queen of Wonderland is iSoftbet’s end of 2020 online slot release, just in time for 2021. It’s beautifully designed, feature-rich, and full of fun surprises.

The tribute to Alice in Wonderland puts the spotlight on the Queen. She has her own re-spins round whenever five hearts appear on the screen.

Five hearts are enough to claim three re-spins with locked hearts. You’ll spin for more and, whenever a heart hits, the spin clock resets to three.

The round continues until you’re heartless, and then the cash adds up for some bonus love.

Buy One of Two Bonuses

There’s also a free spins round with an increasing multiplier. Both the free spins and the re-spins can be bought.

The Queen of Wonderland Megaways buy a bonus feature is 100 times your regular stake, and you’ll play either the free spins or respins, based on what the Queen decrees.

Like Golden Osiris, there’s a lot to this slot, and I hope you’ll check it out, even if just to take a peek at the design.

You’ll find even more surprises hidden inside this Megaways experience, including the MAX Megaways pop-up feature that forces the reels into 117,649 ways to win!

Crystal Quest: Arcane Tower

Thunderkick’s Crystal Quest series expanded just in time for 2021 with Crystal Quest: Arcane Tower.

Avalanches and Infinite Multipliers

The new online slot release starts with 4,096 ways to win. But then the fun really begins with dropping symbols and rising multipliers.

Arcane Tower is premised on winning avalanches accompanied by infinite multipliers. As long as the wins keep coming, the payout boosts continue to increase by X1.

Arcane Tower also has a linked reels feature that can grab hold of up to six reels at a time, giving you thousands of winning possibilities.

Exploding Wild Symbols Prompt Avalanches

The infinite multiplier doesn’t reset in the bonus round, and there’s another little free spins surprise.

A spin without a win could lead to exploding wilds that wipe out all of the symbols in their horizontal and vertical paths, prompting an avalanche.

Betting runs from 0.10 to 100.00, and Arcane Tower is another exciting new game for the new year.

Begin 2021 With the Best New Online Slots

I look forward to sharing new online slots with you every month. But I have to admit that this batch is one of the better ones.

If these five new titles are any indication of what’s in store for the rest of the year, online slot players are in for an exciting 2021.

It’s pretty amazing how real money online slots continue to get better and better over time.

While I typically like the concept of hundreds or thousands of ways to win games, Riches of Midgard: Land and Expand offers quite a bit in just nine paylines. The hot spot reels are a new way to activate re-spins. When you combine them with the land and expand modifier, you’re looking at one-of-a-kind gameplay.

And, I’ve played almost every Megaways game released in the past few years, so I’m not easily impressed. But just as Riches of Midgard caught me off guard, so did Queen of Wonderland Megaways. With its custom design and unique features, I declare it one of the all-time best!

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