If you want to create a successful line of slot machines, there’s a pretty simple formula to follow. You’ll want to have engaging themes, attractive graphics, and gameplay features that keep players interested in the long term rather than boring them after just a few spins. The formula may be simplistic, but actually delivering in all of those areas is a bit more complicated: even many companies that attempt to create high quality machines end up falling short of the mark.
However, there are plenty of developers out there that succeed on this promise. One such developer is Red Rake Gaming, a developer based out of Spain that has been developing online casino games since 2011. The studio features more than 40 workers who have created a bevy of titles, including not only their core slots collection but also bingo games and video poker machines. Today, the company has gaming options available in a dozen languages, is still pumping out 15 or more new titles each year, and has even jumped into the social gambling world, putting some of their games on Facebook for players to enjoy. While this may not be the largest name in the iGaming industry, Red Rake has created a lot of quality content that has made its way into casino sites around the world.
Entertaining, Attractive Slots Highlight Collection
Red Rake has prided itself on creating a suite of very high quality games, particularly when it comes to their slots collection. A mix of interesting themes, professional graphics and animations, and a level of detail that permeates through every detail of each title makes these games really stand out from the crowd, even if the themes themselves are fairly generic.
So far, the company has already produced more than 75 different slots, each of which offers something a little different for players. Even at a first glance, it is clear that most of these machines have had a lot of care and effort put into them: everything about them looks and feel modern, intuitive, and slick, the way any sort of online game should work today.
Let’s take a look at a handful of titles to get a better idea of what this firm has to offer. We’ll start with a look at Electric Sevens, a game that easily could have been a very simple nod to the classic slots action of yesteryear. The game itself is set up to look like a “real” machine in a brick-and-mortar casino, complete with other cabinets of the game that can be seen in the background, and the sounds of a crowd milling about around you. Graphically, it’s a sharp game filled with electric blue and bold, shiny colors on all of the symbols seen throughout the game.
The gameplay features a five-reel format with 30 paylines of actions, on which players are matching bars, cherries, and four different colors of sevens. Some of these sevens are very special, however: the titular electric sevens are able to turn other sevens near them into the same color, allowing you to have a better shot at connecting several in order to win prizes. There are also giant sevens that can entirely cover the center three reels, leading to some massive wins on several different paylines at once. Throw in wilds and a free spins game that throws in an additional row of symbols on top of the screen that can trigger additional features, and you have a seemingly “basic” game that actually has quite a bit to offer to players.
One of our very favorite games in this collection is Red Dragon vs. Blue Dragon. This is one of the many games in the industry that takes a page out of Chinese culture to develop its aesthetics, but this one is among the best, as it stars a host of Chinese dragons of various colors – the two most important of which are the red and blue ones, of course. You’ll be able to match the other dragons and other symbols like coins, fish, and lanterns to win regular prizes, but it is those two dragons that are the key figures in this 50-line machine.
Both the blue and red dragons are wilds, and both will often land to fill up an entire reel, making them even more valuable. The blue dragon in particular is quite valuable, as it will remain locked in place and earn you an instant free respin immediately following your current play.
The biggest excitement comes when you hit at least of the scattered yin-yang symbols, triggering a free spins game that will earn you between 5 and 10 additional plays. On these special spins, both wild dragons will show up on every single spin, greatly increasing your odds of winning on each spin. This is one of the most action-packed free spins rounds we’ve played in a long time, and the ability to retrigger additional bonus spins only makes it even more fun to play.
Another of the best games in the Red Rock collection is Riches of Camelot, a game that takes players back into the mythical medieval kingdom of King Arthur and Merlin the magician. This is an all ways style game that gives players 1,024 ways to win on every spin, as any left-to-right combination of matching symbols across the 4×5 format will get the job done if you’re looking to earn prizes. The graphics and music both add to the atmosphere: the reels are set against a royal blue tapestry, while a surreal but beautiful natural environment serves as the backdrop for your play.
Players will be matching a wide variety of symbols in this game, starting with some rather regally-styled versions of the classic card game ranks of tens through aces, and expanding to swords, shields, and rings. Wilds are present that can help you complete winning combinations, while some of the most famous legends of Camelot take on special significance throughout gameplay. Three King Arthurs will earn you five free spins, while the Lady of the Lake and Merlin can earn you even more bonus plays. There’s also a grail multiplier bar that will help you get – you guessed it – even more free spins, as well as earn bonus multipliers as you fill it during play. Each version of the bonus round has its own special benefits for players, making it exciting each time you trigger a new round even though, at their heart, they are each a simple free play feature.
These games are just a few of the many great slots that have been created by Red Rock. Not all of the games are quite up to this level of quality: there are older games that, while good, don’t have quite the polish as the newer titles in the collection. But even those are worthy additions to the library, and overall, this is quite the impressive portfolio. Some of our other favorites include:
- Myrtle the Witch
- 3 Butterflies
- Crypt of the Vampires
- Heidi at Oktoberfest
- Mega Stellar
- Mysteries of Egypt
- The Sherlock Files
As we said up top, however, this isn’t a company that has solely specialized in slot machines. They have also developed a number of video bingos, a genre that has gained in popularity in recent years. You’ve probably run into a few of these games before: they feature four “tickets” that players hope to complete various patterns on in order to win prizes in a series of random drawings. Players can also find their way into bonus rounds or buy extra balls in order to improve their chances of winning – for a price. Some of the thematic ideas that are used in Red Rake’s games include Haunted House, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and Carnival in Rio.
In addition, this provider can give clients a rather impressive array of video poker machines. Each of these titles allows players to enjoy up to 50 hands simultaneously, and with 20 different variants available, virtually anything you’ve enjoyed in a brick-and-mortar casino will be represented in the collection. Just a few of the variations provided are:
- Jacks or Better
- Deuces Wild
- Double Bonus
- Joker Poker
- Aces and Eights
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus
- Five Aces
- Aces and Faces
Versatility and Broad Reach Breed Success
Red Rake may not be the largest software developer in the industry, but they’re had quite a lot of success, particularly for a company that most players probably aren’t familiar with. A large part of this is likely due to the fact that this company has put a lot of effort into ensuring that their games are available to as many customers as possible worldwide.
That starts with making sure that their slots games are developed with mobile play in mind. Many of their top products can be enjoyed on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and even on many Amazon devices. But it can also be seen on how they customize their offerings for clients around the world. While their games are primarily developed in Spanish and English, they are now available in a dozen languages, including Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, and many more. This has given the company a worldwide range that can be particularly seen in their social offerings, which include regionalized platforms for both Japan and Russia. This is a company with at least some reach on every continent, making them a truly global firm with users (either real money or social) in over 100 countries.
Great Games from a Growing Company
One thing we do have to point out is that while they have a huge social presence, there aren’t that many real money casino sites that offer Red Rake games just yet. They are out there, but the relatively low number of such operations explains why many users are not familiar with this company yet.
To be honest, we think that’s a shame. This is one of the best slots developers we know of, as their team has a real knack for combining gorgeous presentations with machines that offer a ton of replay value. These aren’t games that get boring after one or two sessions; instead, these are machines that you’ll be happy to come back to time and time again. If you get the chance to try out any of their products, we are happy to recommend you do so, as you’ll likely have a great time in the process.