TOP 7 Online Slots for 2018
There are hundreds of new video slots being released every year.
So, what are the very best for 2018?
Check out the quick video above with my top 7 and what makes them so special.
The review below comes with more highlights, including my bonus picks from studios like Thunderkick and Play’n GO, and a comments section to share your favourites too.
So, here are the “winners” and what to look out for as of May 2018, including the bonus features and slot sites where to play them for free or real money now or soon.
The games are listed in a random order, so be sure to scroll down as you might miss out on some really big releases.
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Here they are — 🏆 My TOP 7 new slots for the year.
Slot #1 – Extra Chilli by Big Time Gaming
Let’s begin this list with one of the biggest hits this year: “Extra Chilli” by Big Time Gaming (BTG).
Based on their magic MegaWays formula (which is now also licensed by Blueprint btw), there’s a whopping 117,649 ways to win alongside very high volatility, but also a great winning potential.
But what sets this one apart from the successful Bonanza, aside from the Mexican theme, is the V-Gamble feature for that extra bit of risk “Hot Ones”-style. I recommend you test it out in demo first (and use the Feature Drop) before you go on to punch your device for how many times it actually fails to produce those extra free spins.
Other bonuses include the Extra Reel and Reactions, Wilds, and an Unlimited Win Multiplier in the re-triggerable Free Spins bonus.
It’s out since April 2018, and there’s only one way to find out if you have the balls for it.
Slot #2 – Finn and the Swirly Spin by NetEnt
Picking one game from NetEnt’s many thrilling 2018 releases is tricky, but there’s one unique game that stands out above all else: Finn and the Swirly Spin.
It has become another one of their flagship slots among Aloha!, Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest (see below), and it’s the only one that doesn’t spin but swirls because, well, of the Swirly Spins feature. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The Finn slot also looks absolutely stunning on phones even in portrait mode, and has a total of 6 features, including 4 Free Spin games and 4 random bonuses! Also, watch out for symbol explosions, Sticky Wilds and a good handful of Irish-themed extras that make this online slot accessible for beginners as well.
There are many casinos to get your hands on this game and it’s surely a must-try for everyone.
Slot #3 – Gonzo’s Quest VR by NetEnt
Now they are finally ready to actually release one into the wild: it’s Gonzo’s Quest VR.
They’ve added more colour, more detail and also made it playable not only in Virtual Reality but also in 2D, featuring the same historic features like Avalanche Multipliers, Wilds and the Free Falls bonus. Now that you can get Oculus GO for a good price and the technology is getting better and better, VR gaming starts to make sense; so why not give it a try if you have the gear?
The launch date is to be confirmed, but they say it’s launching this summer.
🔔 Play: Best VR casino SlotsMillion.
Slot #4 – Afterlife by Leander Games
A high variance slot with an RTP of 96.5%. Featuring a max single spin win of 8,500x the stake. Plus, 3x Free Spins bonuses with unique features and Bonus symbols that pay up to 500x.
It’s the Afterlife: Inferno slot by Leander Games which is my 4th top game for the year.
The other reason I picked it is for its concept creator, who is a long-time player himself and who knows how a video slot should be balanced in terms of features and payouts. If you want to learn more about the maker and how the game came into being, read the Afterlife Slot Story.
I bet fans of Microgaming classics like Immortal Romance will like this one as well. The game is out since 22nd May 2018.
Slot #5 – Birthday by ELK Studios
The next one is from a Swedish iGaming developer ELK Studios, whose game “Wild Toro” won EGR’s Game of the Year award in 2017.
It’s called Birthday and it’s special for two reasons: 1) it brings out the best features which have worked well in the previous releases, 2) it will give casinos a unique way of awarding their players with bonuses like Free Spins.
Played with 178 ways to win and with a high 7 out of 10 volatility, familiar guest stars from previous ELK Studios’ games will make surprise appearances throughout the game, each one with their own features. This includes Happy Spins re-spins and Free Spins, as well as Walking and Sticky Wilds which are generously handed out during both the base game and the Free Spins bonus.
The opportunity to win up to 250,000 coins has already opened up on 23rd May, so you can give it a spin for free or real money without further delay.
Slot #6 – Dwarfs Gone Wild by Quickspin
Next up we have a highly-anticipated game from Quickspin.
It’s not Joker Strike nor Pirates Charm, but the next one called Dwarfs Gone Wild.
This fairytale-style 20-liner is going to be their next flagship slot with a whopping 7 free spin [Dwarf] features, a base game magic mirror feature; and a Collection feature that lets you save progress for later play (previously unseen).
So, based on the amount of effort they’ve put into this and the fact they claim it’s their most ambitious video slot to date, it’s bound to be a success. This overkill game is already out since 12th June and is easily this year’s must-try.
💥 Play: Try it at Unibet.
Slot #7 – Vikings Go To Hell by Yggdrasil
Before we get to the bonus list, another Scandinavian games studio Yggdrasil has more exciting slots coming our way, one of which is Vikings Go To Hell which I picked for #7.
Yggdrasil certainly has a lot more cool games planned for 2018, including their very first branded game with Nitro Circus, but the Vikings one stands out as a follow-up to the two very popular releases: Vikings Go Wild and Vikings Go Berzerk.
The 25-line Hell edition will have very high volatility and monstrous wins, including Sticky Wilds, more Treasure Chest bonuses, and two levels of Free Spins with multipliers!
The game launched on 24th May and it’s pretty darn epic indeed. Go check it out.
So, there you have it: the 7 top online slots in 2018. Be sure to check them out by giving them a try in the free practice play mode or for real money.
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Now, here are a couple of more noteworthy games of the year.
Slot #8 – Thunderkick’s Progressive Slot
None of the games above features progressive jackpots.
Thankfully, Thunderkick is going to fix that for us with their top-secret progressive jackpot slot that’s going to come out this summer (it’s their very first one as well).
Having proven that they are still very much at the top of popularity with recent releases like The Falcon Huntress (think Novomatic’s Book of Ra), and Pink Elephants (WMS’s Raging Rhino), I really believe what they have in the works is going to be something even more special.
Be sure to come back as I update this section when they finally unveil the game very soon, this summer.
20th May update: Thunderkick announced their upcoming June slot called “Yeti Battle of Greenhat Peak”. Unfortunately, it’s not the one with the jackpot, so it’s probably being delayed for a month or so.
🔔 Play: Try it at Casumo before anywhere else when it’s out.
Slot #9 – Gold King by Play’n GO
My second bonus pick for this list is Play’n GO’s golden slot: Gold King.
Played with 20 fixed pay-lines, this 5-reeler is special for two reasons: (unlimited) Super Spins and Super Stacks. Combine the two and you’ll get a highly volatile game with a maximum exposure of €/£/$500,000!
It’s already out and in the wild, so definitely worth checking out if you still haven’t.
Slot #10 — You Choose (Vote Now!)
What should be the 10th best video slot for 2018?
I’ll give this one to you to decide. Leave your comments down below with your favourite ones.
P.S. If you like this post, then I also recommend you check my top games for 2020!
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