Australian game developer, Big Time Gaming, are hoping their new slot release for 2019 will challenge NetEnt’s Starburst slot and dominate the free spins market in years to come.
Perhaps that is why they have cheekily decided to name it Opal Fruits – the moniker formerly applied to the chewy sweet owned by Wrigleys!
Speaking to news site, CasinoBeats.com, BTG CEO Nik Robinson explained the strategy behind releasing this slot at this time: “With Opal Fruits, we wanted to build a chart-topping game with inherent longevity. It’s a 10p spin game so you can put in £10 and play it for a few hours, potentially. You might go up or down £5 or £10 – or you might win £3,000. In terms of bonusing and on-boarding, as a tool for giving away free spins, one game – that needs no introduction – has had that mantle for a long time. It’s ‘the giveaway game’, the entry point for on-boarding.We wanted a bonusing game that’s 10p a go and is light on the load for casinos that want to give bonus spins away. Opal Fruits is all about high turnover with low stakes.”
This is exciting stuff for BTG fans who may be getting a little tired of the many Megaways™ titles hitting the market each month.
Opal Fruits shows a new direction and includes a brand-new trademarked mechanic, Triple Action, which brings two extra 3-row reels to the set, creating a 3, 5, 5, 5, 5, 3 format, with 5,626 ways to win. It may be a game for players wanting low stakes action, but that doesn’t mean it lacks potential for high payouts. Like many Megaways™ games it uses a cascading wins feature to replace winning symbols with new ones and create consecutive win sequences with unlimited progressive multipliers in the free spins round (triggered by four scatters spelling out the word F-R-E-E) where re-triggers every time the multiplier hits a multiple of 10x makes for some seriously high-octane gambling.
Other features of Opal Fruits to look out for include a cool retro-feel, so typical of their design-style, including an arcade-style soundtrack.
Commenting on the 80-s looks and sounds, Nik Robinson said: “We’re using original samples from Williams Electronics‘ Robotron and Defender SFX. One example is the use of the ‘extra life’ sound in the classic, 80s coin-op Defender, used at poignant moments in the free spins.
“Scientific Games owns Williams (WMS) and agreed to the use of the audio samples as we’re publishing the game with them for an exclusive period. These sounds punctuate the game at critical moments and blend with the pure EDM soundtrack, where for the first time, we take the beat of the music and incorporate it into the gameplay. When you put it into autoplay, it plays different loops in succession and acts like a virtual DJ.”
Opal Fruits was released exclusively at Leo Vegas Casino on May 29th2019 before a full release later in the year. Check out another of their games from 2019, Lil Devil , in our slot games pages.