We’re into 2023 and already it’s been an exciting year for fans of gaming, especially of slots. The industry is booming, with an army of players jumping online, logging into apps or visiting the sites of Costa Games or other operators and enjoying the thrills and spills of the online slots available.
Online gaming is a highly competitive industry and, endlessly, operators are seeking new ways to engage their players. As they channel their energies into this, the slots meanwhile remain very much in demand. Below is a look at some of the best slots to be released in 2023 and help to make this such an entertaining year for slots fans, plus a look at some of the slots operators will be able to offer later in the year.
Slots released in 2023
The year has seen some fabulous titles join the lobbies of online casinos. Adventure slots and more have all exploded onto the scene and helped operators inject extra variety into their offering, which is crucial in the gaming industry. Here are some of the titles that are winning the hearts of fans just now:
Gigantoonz came out on 27 January and is a sequel to Reactoonz 2 and Dr Toonz, so if you enjoyed either of these predecessors, you’re likely to have a good time playing the follow-up too. The game is slightly different in so far as that there are no paylines. Instead, it’s about getting as many symbols as possible in a cluster. Six symbols in a cluster will entitle you to a payment. The more symbols you get in a cluster, the more you can win.
The game has a return to player (RTP) of 96.25% and boasts cascading reels and mega symbols. These mega symbols create the opportunity for you to win much bigger payouts if you land them. The cascading symbols disappear after a payout, replacing themselves with new ones.
Agent Jane Blonde: Max Volume
Agent Jane Blonde Max Volume became widely available on 18 January 2023 and is hard hitting and engaging, with sound audiovisual features. This follow-up to Agent Jane Returns has a similar look to its predecessor in terms of the graphics, but there have been improvements in the features, which have helped to clinch the engagement of the player, as has the retro music.
The game has a default RTP of 96% and has gone from being a low volatility slot to a medium one. Players have further influence over this because they can choose the bonus game they wish to play, each one offering different volatility.
Land five scatters anywhere and you’ll trigger the jackpot feature, which will award you either 100, 25 or 5 times your bet depending on whether you strike gold, silver or bronze. If you happen to do this during a free spins bonus, the current multiplier will multiply your jackpot.
Extra Juicy Megaways
A megaways game is always a great game to play and Extra Juicy Megaways, which entered the market on 24 February 2023, is no exception. It’s ideal for anyone who likes a combination of conventional slot gameplay and a more innovative one, with the base game able to suitably hold the player’s interest if they fail to trigger a bonus game. That’s the mark of a good game.
The game has an RTP of 96.42%, is a high volatility slot and offers a maximum win of 5,000 times your stake. The balanced maths and the possibility of considerable swings in your favour during the game make it a pretty exciting game to play.
The year ahead for slots
So far, 2023 has seen some pretty amazing titles come the way of online slots fans. As operators look constantly to expand their offering to keep it fresh and engaging for players, fans can expect to see plenty more titles in 2023. Here are a few to look out for:
Eye of Cleopatra
Fans don’t have long to wait for this one, which comes out on 18 April 2023. It’s a high volatility slot and offers a default RTP of 96.5%. It’s possible to win 4,000 times your original stake on this Egyptian-themed game. Eye of Cleopatra also features the interesting possibility of an ante bet, a feature which enables the player to increase their stake by 25% and up their chances of winning free spins.
Sakura Fortune 2
Sakura Fortune 2, due out on 12 April 2023, is another game to which avid slots fans can look forward. The RTP on this oriental-themed game is 96.02% and, as a result of change in the reel patterns, the number of ways to win has increased to 576 in this sequel to the original Sakura Fortune.
Landing the Sword Scatter in the middle three reels of this five-reeler will trigger a re-spin of the first and final reels. The more Sword Scatters you can land, the freer Fortune spins you can trigger, creating the chance for Sakura Wilds to stick and provide scope to multiply your win in these Fortune Spins rounds.
As slots developers battle to bring out engaging new titles and operators strive to expand their offering, the year gets more and more exciting in the online gaming world. Variety is the slice of life and, in 2023, just as in any other year, fans can expect plenty of it from operators. The online slots world simply never gets boring.