Many of the online casino software providers we talk about started with a group of developers who, first and foremost, wanted to create games. But that’s not the only path towards getting into this industry. In other cases, however, companies are more focused on the business-to-business (B2B) side of the equation. These firms are typically built from the ground up to provide products and services that allow operators to run entire casinos, including the technology to deal with banking, casino management, bonus and promotional schemes, and everything else that goes into running an iGaming site.
That’s the strategy that was taken by Oryx Gaming. Founded in 2010, it was launched with one goal in mind: creating a platform that gaming operators around the world could rely on to be among the best in the market in every area. The company, which now has offices is Malta, the United States, Estonia, and Slovenia, employs people from a variety of backgrounds in order to ensure that they have the multi-channel expertise it takes to create a flexible and powerful platform for their clients.
Of course, that’s not to say that Oryx hasn’t created their own games: after all, no casino would be complete without something to gamble on. Along with all of their work put into the overall package they’ve built, they have also created a suite of entertaining slots and other games that can serve as the backbone of an excellent Internet gambling site.
The Full Gaming Lineup
If there’s one thing that seems to apply to everything that Oryx has created, it is that it covers all of the bases for their clients. When it comes to games, that means that operators can count on getting a fully functional suite of casino classics that can be used as a base on its own, or integrated into a larger collection in order to increase a site’s game variety.
It all starts with a small but robust slots library. There are more than 20 video slots in total, covering a range of slight twists on a number of classic gaming themes. The developer has done a good job of turning these into fully-fledged entertainment products: many of the machines start with introductory videos, and they try to use a combination of graphics, animations, and sound effects that fully flesh out each theme. The graphics aren’t the highest quality we’ve seen, as they seem to be offered at a fairly low-resolution on some games, but they more than get the job done.
For instance, let’s take a look at Mundial Fever, a World Cup-themed machine that is obviously designed with soccer fans in mind. The game begins with players selecting the team that they want to represent them during play, choosing between caricatures of some of the most famous players in the world who represent the greatest national teams of all time: Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany, or Italy. While the other players will appear and grant large prices over this five-reel, 15-line game, your chosen hero will only appear in a special bonus round.
Speaking of special features, this game is loaded with them. Mr. Fair – the referee for the game – acts as a wild, while there is a Stadium of Glory symbol that can earn you a trip to a penalty shootout, where your player will score goals to earn prizes. In addition, hitting three Champions Trophy symbols will get you into “The Final Match,” a free spins game in which only your player and a single random opponent appear on the reels, making long matches a lot more likely. One cool feature here is that you get to choose your team’s “strategy” for the match, giving you either more free spins or a bigger multiplier depending on how many risks you want to take. There’s also an optional gamble feature after every winning spin that gives you a shot at doubling your money.
If you need a little more childlike wonder in your life, you might want to give Fairytale Forest a try. This machine is filled with the bright colors of a mystical fantasy woodland: purples, yellows and green, brightly filling the screen both on and behind the reels. Over this game’s 20 lines, you’ll be matching some fairy-tale styled versions of the classic card game ranks, along with lots of smiling plants and animals: mushrooms, caterpillars, and butterflies, among others.
This game isn’t quite as feature-filled as Mundial Fever, but there are still plenty of surprises in this machine. The Magic Fairy acts as a wild, while the Laughing Tree can earn you access into a free spins round where you’ll pick acorns to earn some number of spins and a multiplier. Meanwhile, three or more Lucky Leprechaun icons will get you into the Mad Hats round, where you’ll choose magic hats to reveal instant prizes. This mini-game has a press your luck mechanic, as you’ll get up to three picks – but you only get the last prize you reveal, so you may want to stop early if you’ve already uncovered a big win.
Finally, we’ll head where few men have gone before in Space Traveller, a machine that definitely has the ambiance of an old-fashioned science-fiction movie. There are 20 lines in play here, and much of the game is designed to enhance the space theme, including planets and aliens (and one Elvis pun). Once again, however, it is the special features that really stand out here. Along with wilds and free spins, we really enjoyed the wormhole concept: hit two symbols on the first and last reels, and you’ll play a game where you can pick up some instant prizes, while three of another wormhole on the center reels will give you the chance to return home – if you can survive a dangerous adventure.
Many of the Oryx slots fit this pattern: fun themes, attractive graphics, and a lot of bonus features that really do spice up the gameplay. A few more of our favorites from this collection include:
- Mission: Atlantis
- Reel Rivals
- Tortuga Gold
- Mini Panini
- Quick Slinger
- Dia de los Muertos
- Lucky Swing
- Broker Bear
The developers have also created other casino games, and while there are only a few games in this part of their software, most of the classics and “must have” titles are covered here. When it comes to table games, you’ll be able to enjoy blackjack, baccarat, or any of the three major types of roulette (American, European, and French). In addition, there’s a version of the increasingly popular Casino Hold’em game that takes Texas Hold’em and turns it into a player vs. dealer confrontation.
The video poker selection is fairly stingy, with only four machines offered: Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, and Aces & Faces. Finally, both bingo and keno options are available for those looking for something fast and easy to bet on. While it’s a little outside the scope of this article, it’s also worth mentioning that Oryx creates software for sportsbooks as well, which might appear on some sites that include this software.
An Endless List of Partners
We were sufficiently impressed by Oryx’s game selection, which, while small, certainly covered all of the necessary bases well. But even if they had never created one game, you would still see this software platform appearing at numerous websites. Why? Because of all the companies they have partnered with, allowing for games from all over the industry to be integrated on their platform.
To be perfectly honest, it might be easier to try and list what companies have not reached some sort of content sharing agreement with Oryx than to list all of their partners. Nonetheless, to give you some idea of who works with this company, here are some of their more notable partners:
- NextGen Gaming
Basically, anyone who is anyone is working with this firm. That also extends to live dealer options, with at least six different developers contributing their streaming table games to this package. With so much content available, it’s hardly surprising that many operators have turned to them, and we expect even more sites to be based on this platform in the future.
Great Games, Endless Options
As we’ve already said a couple of times, we were pretty impressed by the slots that were brought to the table by Oryx, and while their other offerings aren’t nearly as impressive, they’re certainly solid, too. The main downside is that it isn’t a very large collection, and if you were ever to play their games alone, you might quickly feel like they were growing stale.
But there’s absolutely no threat of that ever happening. With all of the other developers who work hand-in-hand with the company – not every provider appears on every site, but almost every operator integrates at least several major developers with this platform – you’ll be able to bounce around to play many of the best titles from across the industry whenever you interact with this software system. That makes it a powerful tool for operators, and a great place to enjoy some of the largest game selections online for players.