As we’ve seen many times before, many of the world’s top online casino software developers have first made their mark by developing products for land-based venues. That expertise has given them insight into what makes games attractive to players – something that easily translates over to the Internet once they decide to go there.
One company that truly exemplifies this ideal is Games Warehouse. Founded in 2002, the Derby-based company quickly became one of the leading providers of gaming machines to bars, pubs, and arcades throughout the UK. Best known for their skill with prize games (better known as SWP machines), they have developed numerous products that have become beloved by casual gamers and gamblers alike, including their most famous creation, the Paragon entertainment software system.
In 2014, the company created an offshoot brand known as GW Games. This group first launched the portfolio of online and mobile games (along with some land-based products of their own) in January 2015, and have already seen their titles appear on a number of major platforms and at some of the biggest and based-known iGaming sites in the United Kingdom. While they may be a new kid on the block and have a limited geographic reach, Games Warehouse is definitely a major player in their home market.
A Few Good Slots
Given that this firm has only been developing slots for about two years, it is hardly surprising that they have yet to put together a very large portfolio. As far as we can tell, they have only managed to create about 15 slot machine, with no table games, video poker, or other options offered.
But while this collection may be small, it certainly isn’t lacking in variety. The themes we’ve seen in these games will take you from outer space to science fiction, from game shows to gold rushes. What struck us was not only the variety of graphical styles on display here – unlike many companies we’ve reviewed, there’s no single distinctive style that pulls together all of these games – but also the creativity on display, as these aren’t just cookie cutter ideas that we’ve seen developed 100 times over.
What do we mean? Let’s start with Project Pandora, a futuristic science fiction game that appears to be situated at a mysterious laboratory. The graphics definitely have a cutting edge look to them, with the reels seemingly projected on some sort of holographic screen in front of the backdrop. You’ll be matching not only the basic card game ranks, but also blasters, faces, secret files, and more. Wilds can help you make winning combinations, while Pandora herself can teleport around the reels, filling entire columns at once.
That’s only the start of the bonus rounds you’ll see in this game Wilds can also move around the screen in a bonus round, random wilds can be added via a “smart bomb” feature. Second screen games include one in which you are trying to crack a vault and a freefalling free spins game that lasts as long as you avoid setting off alarms. The “Above Top Secret” round even allows you to match symbols to collect some huge prizes.
Another fun title is Full Metal Dragon, a game that combines two of our favorite things: dragons and heavy metal music. Edgy music plays throughout this five reel game, where you’ll be trying to match poker ranks and dragons from left to right. Find a dragon eye on the reels, and you’ll enter into an exciting bonus feature that will see you rolling dice to move up a path (made of amplifiers, naturally). Each time you stop, you’ll add a multiplier, stopping only when you hit a “stop” symbol, at which point you’ll collect your winnings (multiplied by the cost of your triggering spin). Make it all the way to the end of the path, and you’ll make it to a second round where you’ll select drums to collect additional prizes. Throw in multiplying and expanding wilds that can instantly transform any spin, and this is a game that would make any dragon (or slots fan) feel like a rock star.
Finally, we wanted to look at something very different – and we’ve chosen Jackpots of Goo. This is more of a match game than a traditional slot: you’ll be watching jars of different colored goo fall into a 5×5 grid. If at least five of the same goo touch each other, you’ll win a prize. Those jars will then disappear, with new ones falling down from above to take their place, potentially triggering even more wins. Each combination also moves you up a path of bonus rewards that will see you replace vats, add wilds, and even put oversized jars on the reels that count as four-of-a-kind. This is a fun and creative spin on a classic gameplay type, and we think slots fans will really find a lot of replay value in this title.
There may not be a whole lot of games in this library, but those that are here are certainly entertaining. A few of the other titles that we really enjoyed while checking out this software include:
- The Baron
- Gold Strike
- Lucky’s Empire
- Robo Bucks Garage
- Frantic and the Monster Spins
- Spinner Takes All
Partners with Big Players in the UK
Typically, software providers have to spend their first few years figuring out how they’re going to get their products into the hands of operators. But that wasn’t a problem for Games Warehouse and their GW Games division. Having the advantage of being a part of a firm that already dominated one sector of the UK entertainment business, and being part of a larger corporate entity (the AMI Entertainment Network), they were able to quickly sign deals with some of the biggest names in the industry, meaning that in the United Kingdom, at least, you’ll find these on many of the top sites in the country.
These include the websites of major bookmakers like William Hill, Paddy Power, and Ladbrokes, along with online powerhouses such as Betfair, Bet365 and Mr. Green. You’ll also see these games included on some online software platforms, including Microgaming’s Quickfire and OpenBet.
The result is a set of games that, while small, are rather easy to find in this one market, and have earned the trust of players and operators alike. With some many well-respected names in their corner, this is a reliable and dependable software provider that is likely to remain quite popular for some time to come.
An Old Name Takes on a New Project
Make no mistake about it: while Games Warehouse may be relatively new to the online world, they’re an old hand when it comes to creating quality products that consumers will enjoy (and which operators know they can attract and retain players with). Their latest venture into the iGaming sphere is proving to be no exception to this rule. Each of their games appears to be carefully crafted, melding together gameplay and theme to create memorable experiences that are worthy of being included in any slots collection.
As we’ve said, you can’t really find these games everywhere yet: while they work with big name operators, they are by far the most prolific in the UK, and the list of companies that include them in their offerings reflects that. However, some of those big clients offer their sites in a variety of markets, which means that even if you haven’t heard of this firm in the past, you’ll still want to check them out. And if you can’t find these titles yet, we definitely recommend trying these Games Warehouse slots if you see them at your favorite site in the future.