With so many big names in the online casino software provider industry, it might be tempting to think that there is little room for newer, smaller firms to break into this market. But recent years have shown that this is not the case. More and more companies are being launched every year in the hopes of finding their own niche in the gambling world.
One of the newer firms that has made their way onto the scene is Arrow’s Edge. You may not have heard of them yet, as their games are only available at a small number of sites, but they have become part of at least a handful of US-facing sites. Launched in 2014, the firm initially focused on launching games for the computer market, though they have since expanded to mobile gaming as well, and have now developed a small suite that includes more than 30 titles in total.
A Full (If Small) Casino Experience
Arrow’s Edge is known for offering a little bit of everything to casino goers, making it possible for a site to rely completely on their games and still claim to offer a complete casino environment. Of course, that would be a very small site – as we said above, we’re not talking about a major developer with hundreds of games to choose from – but it’s still nice to see a selection that goes beyond slots.
Nonetheless, we’re going to start by talking about the slots they’ve created, as there are more than 20, making this the biggest part of their collection by far. As with most smaller studios, you won’t see any licensed properties being used as themes here; instead, you’ll see some more generic thematic ideas along with some thinly veiled parodies among the machines here.
For instance, there’s little doubt that Mad Road is an attempt to cash in on the most recent Mad Max film, while titles such as Star Slots, Cleopatra, and Bluebeard’s Gold are new takes on common themes.
When it comes to the actual content of these machines, they tend to be fairly run-of-the-mill. The graphics have a modern, computer animated look, with art that is mostly of industry standard quality: no better, no worse. Virtually all games use a five-reel format with varying numbers of paylines. Most games include bonus features such as free spins rounds, pick and win bonuses, and progressive jackpots that can be awarded randomly.
Some of the other popular slots options you’ll find at casinos featuring this software include:
- Lilly’s Pad
- Arcade Fortunes
- Top Dog
- The Winning Dead
- Game of Kings
- Around the World
As we mentioned, though, there are games beyond just slots in the Arrow’s Edge package. A small selection of table games is included, with four games currently offered: American and European Roulette, Blackjack, and Three Card Poker (known as Tri Card Poker here). The interfaces for these titles are all solid, making it easy to play, navigate, and place bets without running into any serious issues on computers or mobile devices.
The blackjack games offer multi-hand play, meaning you can bet on several hands each time the cards are dealt. Tri Card Poker is also notable for including a progressive jackpot on the Pair Plus bet. Unlike many casinos, where this jackpot is tied to making a big hand (often Ace-King-Queen of Spades), here the jackpot award is random: as long as you make the right bet, you’ll have a shot of winning after every hand.
Finally, there’s a surprisingly robust video poker selection. A number of classic machines are included in the package, with all games being available in both a single hand and five-hand format. There is one notable absence, however, as there is no Jacks or Better game included in this collection. Each of these games also includes a random progressive jackpot that can once again be awarded after any hand you play. The offered machines are as follows:
- Deuces Wild
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus
- Joker Poker
- All American
Jackpots, Features Are Main Attractions
Arrow’s Edge has quickly updated their game library since launching. Initially, there were some older games that were a part of their collection, that some of these titles may have garnered a poor reputation; however, it appears as though the company’s makeover is complete, and all of their games are now modern and work well on most browsers and mobile devices.
There are two features in particular that have proven popular among players and that are found in most of their games. First, there are the random progressive jackpots that we’ve talked about already on this page. These range in value: some, such as those found in video poker machines, tend to pay off fairly quickly and rarely rise above a few thousand dollars. Others, such as the “Super Slots” jackpot, can give out as much as $75,000 or more before a lucky winner is determined, paying out less frequently.
Another interesting aspect to the software is the inclusion of tournament support. This allows site operators to instantly hold tournaments based on any of the Arrow’s Edge games, allowing for any number of customized events with guaranteed or participation-driven prize pools. A tournament can make any game a bit more fun to play, as it adds an extra layer of competition to every spin on a slot or hand you play in blackjack.
Underwhelming, But Interesting
Overall, we can’t say that Arrow’s Edge offers anything that will send online gambling fans into a frenzy of excitement. The games here are quite average in quality and scope, and the small size of their collection means you won’t be overwhelmed by the variety, either. This is just a nice start for the developer, a little added bonus that they can offer to sites that have other games to round out their collections.
At the same time, that doesn’t mean that these slots and other games are particularly bad, either. We don’t see any reason why players need to avoid this platform, and those who enjoy playing in tournaments or like the CGI graphical style might even want to check them out. If they’re part of a site you already like, give these titles a look – just don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything special if you never get to play them.