In recent years, the UK has emerged to become one of the epicenters of online gambling. This is largely due to two factors: their large, affluent population, and the fact that they have one of the most trusted and respected regulatory systems for the iGaming industry in the world. While there is always a bit of a tussle between grey markets and jurisdictions where licensing rules are enforced, there is little doubt that the United Kingdom is one of the most sought after gaming licenses in the world.
Because of that, many gaming firms have sprung up throughout the UK, helping to serve both their home market and the rest of the world. One such company is BeeFee Games, which is sometimes also known as BF Games. The studio prides itself on a variety of products, ranging from the typical online slots that most developers produce to casino platforms and web development services. With dozens of high quality games and a fully functioning backend system available for their clients, this is one studio that has a lot to offer for operators even if it hasn’t caught on all that widely as of yet.
When it comes to casino game creation, BeeFee is a company that has focused nearly entirely on slot machines. Their collection includes nearly 30 different machines that cover a wide variety of themes. While the exact style of each one varies, the first thing you’ll notice when browsing their collection is just how gorgeous each of these creations truly is. The graphics, which in many cases have a lovely hand-drawn feel to them, are detailed, colorful, and of nearly uniformly high quality, making these some of the better looking games on the market today.
Let’s begin our tour of their collection by taking a look at one of their featured games, Pyramid Treasure. This machine uses the always popular Egyptian theme, with all the graphical presentation you’d expect as a result. The backdrop features an Egyptian desert, complete with pyramids, with some additional light animated touches to breathe some life into the game: clouds floating across the sky, sparkling gems, travelers moving across the screen behind the reels, and a bobbing asp.
The game itself takes place on a five-reel, 10-payline format, where the object is to match symbols from left to right across your active lines. Like the majority of games we try these days, the smallest wins come from hitting the poker rank symbols, ranging from tens through aces. Larger wins belong to more thematic icons: cats, scorpions, mummies, and an Egyptian queen.
There’s only one special symbol on the reels: the pyramid, which performs a lot of duties all at once. First, it is the wild, substituting for any other symbol in order to form winning lines. Next, it also acts as a scatter. While these can generate prizes, their more important function is acting as a way to get into the free spins bonus round. You’ll start with 10 plays, but can retrigger the feature to earn 10 extra spins at any time. All of these rounds take place on an alternate set of reels that include extra pyramids, making it easier than ever to win. Finally, there’s also a gamble game at the end of each winning spin, in which you’ll have the option of trying to double your money by guessing whether a red or black card will be picked next from a deck.
Another attractive and atmospheric game in the collection is Cold As Ice, a wintery-themed game that fills the screen with frozen icicles and plenty of falling snow. It’s a very cool look – both literally and figuratively – and the graphics really pop on screen, especially as the colorful icons on the reels stand out against the very white and blue backdrop.
This game uses a more limited format than Pyramid Treasure, featuring just five paylines across its five reels. The machine also uses a lot of very classic symbols, ranging from fruits like cherries, plums, and lemons, to bigger winners such as bells and sevens. There are a few twists, however: dice icons also award prizes, and the fruits can award bigger payouts if you should find yourself hitting nine or more of them in total across the screen. Nine will see your winnings tripled, while 12 will add a 4x multiplier, and filling all 15 positions with the same fruit will earn you a 5x bonus.
Once again there is just a single special symbol: a frozen star, which acts as a scatter. Other than that, you’ll be dealing with a pretty straightforward experience here, with the notable exception of the post-win gamble game, which works in the same way as in other BeeFee titles.
Finally, we’d like to shine a spotlight on Mad Men and Nuclear War, a game that has a rather interesting Cold War theme. The presentation is rather provocative, with what appears to be a city being engulfed in a fireball in the background, but also very much a timepiece: all of the icons look like they could have come right out of the United States in the 1950s, featuring everything from the frightening prospects of nuclear war to everyday aspects of life and entertainment.
Over the game’s 20 lines and five reels, players are set with matching everything from hats and glasses of scotch to bombs, fallout signs, and the men and women of the day. Unlike other games from this company, there are a bevy of special icons throughout this machine, giving you many ways to earn additional rewards. First, there is a wild jukebox that can substitute for any of the normal symbols, or create its own prizes, which rank as the largest in the game. Next, there’s a briefcase that acts as a scatter, earning prizes if three or more appear anywhere on the screen. Finally, the fallout shelter acts as the gateway to a bonus round, earning players 10 free spins with a 2x multiplier if you can hit three on a single spin.
With about 30 titles in total, this is a collection that includes a great many interesting slots, all of which feature engaging and visually appealing presentations. The gameplay tends to be relatively straightforward, but for those who like classic slots action, this is definitely an excellent library of machines. A few of our other favorites include:
- Transylvanian Beauty
- Voodoo Candy Shop
- Stunning 27
- Golden New World
- Alice in Wonderland
- Pharaohs and Aliens
- Steampunk Big City
- Rome Warrior
Great Variety with Full Integration
While we’ve only talked about BeeFee’s slots so far, there are other gaming products that they have developed for clients. The company advertises its ability to provide both sports betting services and live dealer games, two areas that give this company a lot more reach throughout the iGaming world.
Perhaps most importantly, the company has created platforms that can support both casino and sports betting operations, each of which can be completely integrated with the games and products of a great many other developers. These platforms come with promotions handling, player management, and banking systems – all of which are necessary for running a successful iGaming site. These websites support both PC and mobile play, and BeeFee has even created their very own e-wallet system that can serve as an additional payment gateway for players. Their studio has also created land-based machines, and can additionally offer up exclusive games for clients who want them.
Given all of these potential services, it might be surprising that we only know of a few online casinos that currently use this software package. However, they have been making strides in getting the word out. For instance, the company appeared at the 2017 ICE trade show in London, where they were able to show off their offerings alongside more than 400 other brands.
Great Games and a Powerful Package
While BeeFee Games may not yet be a major name in the online gambling industry, we think there’s a lot of potential for them to grow. Players need look no further than their growing game collection, which is filled with slots that stack up nicely against just about anything else that is being released in the industry. Colorful, interesting, and (most importantly) fun, any slots lover is sure to find at least a few games that they’ll get enjoyment out of in this portfolio.
Just as importantly, however, this firm has a lot to promise gaming operators in a variety of different areas. Their ability to deliver both casino and sports betting products is a big deal, especially in the UK market, where both services are regulated and in demand from gamblers. Plenty of other markets also have no shortage of users who would like to move back and forth between slots and betting on football and other competitions, making this a potent combination that we think BeeFee will deliver more of in the years to come.