Summer is officially in full swing, even though it may not feel like it this year. With so many of us still in partial quarantine-induced hibernation, you may be looking forward to all of the new online slot releases coming out for July and beyond.
You may not be making a trip to an actual brick and mortar casino. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t play some fun new real money slots that’ll make you feel like you’re there.
July is kicking off with Dragons and Magic with a screen that can rise from three rows to six to give you nearly 8,000 ways to win. There’s also a film to slot conversion with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. And if you’re missing your trip to the lake this year, then you can reel in some wilds in Wild Catch, with jackpot prizes for the biggest haul.
I can’t send a cocktail server over to your seat. But I can point you in the direction of some brand-new online slots that are currently spinning in a virtual casino near you.
Lucky Neko Gigablox
Yggdrasil’s new online slot release, Lucky Neko Gigablox, is an ever-changing slot. It’s based on Daruma (Japanese wishing) dolls with a betting range of 0.08 to 100.00.
While the game starts with 40 paylines, it’s not played on a standard game screen, as the reels are always changing. The main focus of Lucky Neko is the gigablox, which are oversized symbols that range from 2×2 to 6×6 in size.
In the main game, the blocks can get to 4×4. But the free spins are played on expanded reels with 85 paylines and 6×6 gigablox possibilities. They can show up in any position, so you’ll see the columns change size to accommodate more colossal symbols.
What I noticed with this game is that you can play for a while without hitting anything, but big wins are circling. If you get a wild block, you could end up with a game-changing round even with three- or four-of-a-kinds.
Dragons and Magic
The gameplay is filled with all kinds of unique features, and the visuals are exciting in Stakelogic’s Dragons and Magic, one of the best new slot releases for July of 2020.
Dragons and Magic starts as a 243 ways to win game, but it can stretch to 7,776 ways to win in the bonus round. Every time a dragon’s egg drops, the reels expand and can get to six rows high. Expansion is even easier if you head into bonus play armed with five scatters, as they’re good for 50 free spins.
While the standard betting range is 0.20 to 40.00, you could pay double if you’re interested in Dragons and Magic’s Super Stake option. If you decide to go all in, you’ll have access to additional bonuses in the main game. So, you have to be a Super Staker to play with multiplier wilds and low-pay symbol removals.
I like the lightning effects in Dragons and Magic, as well as all of the creative features and Super Stake system. While 243 ways are quite a few, access to 7,776 is so much sweeter.
Microgaming’s best new slot release in July so far is called Wild Catch. The name means a few different things in this 50 payline game with 0.20 to 20.00 low-stakes betting.
Wild Catch is a fishing-themed game. The 5×5 board has a lakeside setting and all kinds of imagery to reel in cash. But wild catches also lead to three jackpots. On the left of the screen, Wild, Silver, and Bronze jackpots are on display, with a grand prize that’s worth 2,000 times your wager.
Claiming a jackpot takes a combination of wild collection and random activation. After every round, wilds turn into virtual coins to surround the jackpot amounts. The more wilds you gather, the better your chances are of claiming one of three prizes.
Besides the wild collection and pursuit of top awards, you’ll benefit from rolling reels. So, winning combinations keep the round active and give you a better shot at the bonus awards. There’s also a splashing wild feature that turns a reel wild and sticky. That may sound like enough, but there’s quite a bit of action happening at the quiet fishing spot, as you’ll also have your pick from three free spins bonus rounds with multiplier trails.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
The excellent adventure started in 1989 with the cult classic film starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. But the superb slot adventure is just getting started in July of 2020.
IGT’s best new summer slot release, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, follows the movie storyline in the bonus game as you’ll spin through the gaming world to gather up historical figures. Instead of impressing your history teacher, though, your credit balance will appreciate the effort.
Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth, Beethoven, and Joan of Arc will get you a lower-level jackpot. But if you lock up 15 symbols, you’re claiming the grand prize that’s worth 2,000 times your total bet. Even without an A in history, you can get Wyld for 500 credits.
Bonus rounds include Wyld Stallyns, where Bill and Ted could turn wild. There’s also “No Way, Yes Way,” which gives you a second shot at triggering the big bonus round.
It’s an entertaining 20-payline game with a wide range of stakes starting at just 0.10 and maxing out at 300.00. If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll particularly enjoy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But even if you’ve never seen it, I still think you may appreciate the high-energy music and gameplay, and the symbol collection bonus that could lead to an “excellent” grand prize.
My fifth pick for best new online slot releases to kick off July 2020 isn’t my favorite, but it has an unusual mechanism that I think you may enjoy.
Night Queen is a 20-line game by iSoftbet. It allows for 0.20 to 20.00 in wagering, and most of the gameplay is as straightforward as it gets. While the other slots on this list are feature-driven with quite a few game interruptions, Night Queen lets you keep the reels in motion.
Its distinctive feature, though, involves stacked symbols. Now, I know that many slots have them, but in this case, a stack can do a little switcheroo.
Let’s say that you end up with a pile of jacks on the second reel and a stack of aces on the fifth reel. The jacks aren’t doing you any good, as you have an ace on the first reel and the third. Because the tower of As better serves you, the two stacked reels will swap places so that you can claim your win.
To me, Night Queen presents itself similar to a bad romance novel. But it’s an interesting new choice for slot fans who don’t want anything too over the top. Instead, it has a feature that not too many other games have, as well as free spins to give you a little bonus boost from time to time.
My favorite pick of the week is Microgaming’s Wild Catch. Everything about it is just a bit different. After all, how often do you go on a fishing expedition within five slot reels? It’s got plenty of unusual gameplay enhancements, including three surprise jackpots.
If you don’t feel like casting your line in the slot waters, then you should enjoy at least one of the other four new online slot releases for the beginning of July. None of them are alike. So, you’ve got a simple game in Night Queen, the crazy gigablox in Lucky Neko, thousands of paylines in Dragons and Magic, and an ‘80s throwback with Bill and Ted.