While most players are primarily familiar with the many online casino software developers that are active in many jurisdictions around the world, many countries and areas that have regulated iGaming industries also have providers that are specific to those markets. These providers are specialists who have the ability to cater their products specifically for clients and players in those jurisdictions, ensuring that their games match the language, culture and other expectations in that region.
Italy is one of the markets that sees the most localization, with many Italian companies focusing solely on their home country. WMG is a perfect example of this. Formed in 2009, the group actually has roots that date back to 1982, as the supplier is actually the result of efforts from two existing Italian firms: MAG Elettronica and CMS Gaming, both of whom had been working on entertainment and gambling machines at home and abroad for decades.
The formation of WMG was originally designed to break into the video lottery terminal (VLT) business. Today, the company not only produces VLT games, but they manufacture the cabinets and the underlying systems themselves. More recently, they’ve moved into the online gambling sphere through a platform known as WMGear. While the studio has only developed a handful of titles for online casinos – some of which were ported over from their VLT creations – they are hoping to leverage their success and reputation in other gaming sectors to make a mark on the Italian iGaming industry as well.
Original Content Both Live and Virtual
While many of the newer wave of software developers have decided to focus solely on slot machines, MultiSlot has taken a more holistic approach. The company doesn’t have the largest collection of games we’ve ever seen, with just 30 games in their library at the time of this writing, but it does have a small selection of both table games and video poker machines as part of this offering.
Still, the library does start with slot machines, with 20 of these 30 games falling into that category. While that’s not a particularly large amount, there is a tremendous variety of themes, ensuring that players can feel like they’re getting true variety rather than just reskinned versions of the same basic game. Graphically, these games don’t share one distinctive style but instead conform to their various themes. What is constant is the high quality of the presentation, with sharp artwork, clean animations, and dynamic fonts, all of which make each game feel unique and engaging.
Setting Up the Board
Let’s dive into a few of these individual titles to get an idea of what to expect from MultiSlot. One game that particularly interested us was ChessMate, as chess is a theme we don’t frequently see in the slots world. It would be easy to imagine this as a stoic game about a stuffy board game, but this is a machine that bursts with color while still using familiar chess imagery – like the board pattern and silhouettes of the pieces – in the background.
The game itself takes place on a five-reel, 15-line layout in which players must match identical symbols across their active paylines. While gamblers can earn small prizes for matching the familiar card ranks from tens through aces, the real prizes are attached to cute animated versions of the chess piece icons. Strangely enough, the king and queen actually earn the smallest rewards of this group, while the bishop offers up the biggest payouts.
The knight acts as a scatter, helping players earn up to nine free spins if they can hit three or more on the same spin. A wild not only substitutes for all the normal symbols, but can always earn very large payouts on its own if you hit two or more in a row. Finally, three bonus symbols will trigger a bonus round in which players choose three spots, and win the largest prize they manage to reveal.
Let It Snow
To give you an idea of how wide-ranging these titles can be stylistically, we’d also like to shine a spotlight on Merry Christmas, a game based on the holiday. This is a machine that looks like a traditional Christmas painting, with a muted outdoor winter scene serving as the backdrop. Snowflakes fall throughout play, and even the spin button is decorative, being placed inside of a snow globe with Santa and his reindeer flying around inside.
The machine is a five-reel, 25-line slot that once again uses the typical poker ranks for basic wins. Of course, Christmas-themed icons offer up bigger prizes, with trees, wreaths, and snowmen offering up some of the largest rewards. If you find at least three presents on the reels, you’ll be presented with up to 30 free spins, while Santa himself serves as the wild.
These may be two of the most notable examples, but the entire collection contains outstanding and original themes that are anything but generic. Here are a few more of our favorite titles:
- Barnyard Bucks
- Goblins Hideout
- Classic Cinema
- Slot Wheels
- Construction Cash
- Vintage Toy Room
Rounding Out the Casino
As we noted, MultiSlot has ensured that their game collection can serve as the basis of a casino on its own. While most sites will choose to compliment this library with software from other providers, there is enough here to at least support a bare bones casino experience that covers most of the necessary games players look for in a gambling site.
For instance, there is a small table games selection that covers a handful of classics. There are four games in total, starting with blackjack, which is available in a multi-handed format. Gamblers can also enjoy baccarat and craps, though the lack of a roulette option is a notable omission. There is, however, a Pai Gow Poker game that adds some variety in a way we don’t always see from smaller developers. The video poker selection is very similar, with most of the basics covered but not much else available. Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Jokers Wild, and Aces & Eights are all offered in single-handed form, with Jacks or Better and Jokers Wild also being presented in a 25-line format for added action.
Taking Care of Business
When you provide all of the games an operator might need for their casino website, it’s important to include a way to deliver all that content. That’s why MultiSlot created a highly-customizable back office platform for operators. One the key features is an easy integration process that allows this system to be integrated with others in order to help it serve as a part of a larger casino, or alongside other gaming products like sportsbooks or poker rooms.
This integration has allowed the company to work with some heavy hitters in the industry. For instance, at the 2016 Global Gaming Expo, it was announced that the MultiSlot collection has been fully integrated into the BetConstruct platform. That provided a global distribution network for their games, expanding on their position that already included some of the largest European iGaming brands.
An All-In-One Solution
MultiSlot may not be the largest online gambling software developer in the world, but they are one of the more versatile brands in the industry. The ability to service both land-based and online operators of all types is a rare quality, and the fact that they can supply both the game and the back-end systems to support them makes them a valuable partner.
When it comes to players, we think that this collection won’t exactly blow you away, but there are some interesting ideas here that are worth taking a look at. In particular, they explore quite a few themes we haven’t seen many times before, and do so with some of the best-looking animations and thematic artwork that you’ll find anywhere in the industry. While it’s unlikely that you’ll pick a casino for these games alone, we would definitely recommend playing these slot machines if they’re offered on a site that’s available to you.