Many players can have a fairly narrow view of the online gambling industry, as they’re only exposed to the operators and software providers that are active in their neck of the woods. Even if you do think about the world outside of your jurisdiction, you probably mostly think of gaming hotspots like the UK, United States, and Australia.
But gambling is a pastime throughout most parts of the world, and software developers servicing the iGaming industry exist in a wide variety of countries. For instance, SYNOT Games is a gaming firm that is based in the Czech Republic – not one of the noted centers for iGaming around the world. The group is a division of SYNOT, which was first founded in 1991 and has become one of the largest distributors of lottery equipment in the country.
Today, this company now operates in in more than 20 countries, including Slovakia, Spain, Greece, and Poland, among others. The SYNOT Games division produces more than 20 games a year, and draws upon a team of 35 experts to create a variety of slots and table game experiences. With a collection of creative themes and entertaining gameplay features, this is a collection that can add a lot of depth to any online casino.
Vivid Slots Stand Out
While SYNOT has created a small number of table games, like most creators, they’ve focused their efforts primarily on their slot machines. The collection is visually impressive, featuring some very creative themes that are gorgeously designed in and displayed in HD, which does a great job of showing off the artistic talents of the team behind these titles. There’s no single style or design that permeates all of these machines, either, meaning there’s plenty of variety to the games.
That goes just as much for the gameplay elements, which vary tremendously between the various offerings. There are both three-reel and five-reel layouts, with many different numbers of paylines available, and there’s a great variety of special features that help make each creation feel unique. We also like the fact that all of these games have been created in HTML5, which ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy these machines whether you’re playing on a desktop computer, a smartphone, or anything in between.
Let’s start our look inside this collection with one of the more unusual games produced by SYNOT, Lucky Pot. This game has a serene Irish theme, filled with rolling green hills, country roads, and magical leprechauns. A soft, traditional-sounding tune plays throughout gameplay, while the reels and symbols have very Gaelic stylings in keeping with the theme. While the animations are subtle, they’re also effective and do a great job of fitting in with the atmosphere, such as grass blowing in the wind behind the reels.
As for the actual gameplay, that takes place on a rare four-reel layout with 25 paylines. In order to score wins, players will need to make matches of identical symbols from left to right, with at least three in a row needed to earn a payout. Smaller wins come from the typical card rank icons (jacks through aces), while horseshoes, clovers, and leprechauns can earn bigger rewards.
There are also a couple ways to increase your winnings. If you manage to fill an entire reel with one of the card rank symbols, you’ll add a 2x multiplier to your wins. Meanwhile, hitting three or four scattered mystery symbols will result in a random payout. This can be as much as 64x your spin bet if you hit three, and as much as 128x if you’re lucky enough to find four on the same spin. There’s also an optional gamble feature available for those who want to risk their winnings at the end of a successful round.
A Slot of Ice and Fire
Another interesting format is at play in Blazing Ice. This game revolves around the interplay of ice and fire, with these two elements offering up the biggest wins for players and dividing up the background image in a striking contrast. However, this machine is also designed to be a fairly traditional game in some ways, with simple fruit icons making up the majority of the symbols you’ll encounter during play.
This is a three-reel slot machine, but it uses an all ways format, meaning you’ll have 27 ways to win on the 3×3 layout. The smallest wins come from hitting three cherries, lemons, or oranges, while plums, grapes, and watermelons offer larger rewards. The ice and fire symbols can each earn you 100x your bet, and also trigger free re-spins if you find just two on the screen, giving you a second chance at scoring a big win. This game once again uses a mystery symbol, which can pay out anywhere from 2x to 100x should you find three on screen.
The Wild West
One of the five-reel games in this collection is The Wild Job, a game that puts you in league with a gang of three outlaws looking to make a bank heist in the old west. The graphics and fonts of the machine are period appropriate, and the music used in the game is perfect for a classic Western. As usual, the graphical quality is high, but the true standouts are the three main characters, all of which have distinctive designs – particularly in their expanded forms.
This game uses just nine paylines, with a similar mix of symbols as other SYNOT titles: generic card ranks for smaller wins, with thematic icons – money bags, gold bars, and diamonds – for bigger prizes. Wilds are available in order to help complete winning paylines, and can also score their own large wins in combination. If you find all three outlaws on screen at once, you’ll trigger 10 free spins, during which these characters will become expanded wilds that can cover entire reels on their own.
As you can see, there truly is a wide range of games in this interesting library. A few other SYNOT machines that are worthy of attention include:
- Golden Myth
- Moonlight Fortune
- Alchemist’s Gold
- Fire Spell
- Crazy Grizzly Attack
Pick a Number
This developer hasn’t built much outside of their slots collection, but there are a few roulette titles that they’ve created for their clients as well. These come in two varieties: Roulette Diamonds, and Roulette Ultimate. In both cases, the player-friendly single-zero European roulette layout is used, with all bets available, including the “racetrack” wagers that are commonly seen in European casinos and in high-limit rooms elsewhere.
Comparing the two versions, “Ultimate” is the newer of the two, with a slightly-sharper looking layout. However, both are largely the same, using identical rules and fairly comparable graphics. VIP versions of both have also been created for high limit gamblers, and there’s even a mobile version of the Diamonds machine that allows for play on tablets and smartphones.
Easy to Work With
SYNOT prides themselves on being a flexible solution for their partners, which shows in the fact that their products are easy to integrate into existing solutions. They work to take care of any inter-system issues on their end, ensuring that their games perform flawlessly for a client’s players. Games can also be presented in a number of different HD resolutions and several different languages to further accommodate an operator’s specific needs.
While this company may not be widely-known in the English-speaking world, they’ve done their best to get themselves out in front of the industry as a whole. This has included being in attendance for a number of different festivals and trade shows, including several appearances at ICE Totally Gaming in London. They’ve also showed off their products at more regional conferences, such as the International Game and Gambling Trade Show in Madrid.
A Growing Contributor
While they may not be known in all parts of the world just yet, SYNOT Games is well-respected in the areas where they do business, which helps explain why they’ve enjoyed expansion to many new markets in recent years. These slot machines feature beautiful design work that stands up against anything that has been created by some of the best known companies in the business, and they feature very strong gameplay as well, meaning there’s just as much substance here as style. If you’re in one of the countries where this group operates, we’d highly recommend taking the time to give SYNOT’s portfolio a try.