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The Best New Slot Releases of 2021



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As 2021 draws to a close, it’s always interesting to look back at the year and think about what has changed, which were the greatest sporting events, and how the year was different from what came before it. As slots players, there is one definite area of interest that is never lost on us – which were the best new online slot machines to find their way onto the web this year?

Admittedly, there are so many games released each year that you’d probably have to spend the entire year slotting to really give the most reliable verdict – therefore, we looked at a few of the biggest online casino sites and determined a selection of the best new slots through player numbers and revenue figures instead.

So, have you tried each of these new games? We all have our favorites – those games which we tend to fire up every time we make a deposit. With that in mind, perhaps it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and try a new machine or two before the end of the year? If you do, these four titles might be a great place to start…

Power of Thor Megaways (Pragmatic Play)

Megaways slots have been some of the hottest games around for years now. The creators of Big Time Gaming changed the industry forever when they created Extra Chili – the sequel to their previous smash-hit Bonanza – and decided to patent many aspects of the way the game worked. Collectively, these ideas defined a new type of slot game – the Megaways slot.

When slot producers such as Pragmatic Play want to create a Megaways slot, they need a license from Big Time Gaming. The fact that other slot producers are willing to pay just to attach the “Megaways” moniker to their machine demonstrates just how much money their Megaways slots were stealing away from other developers.

What to do with a Megaways Title?

Whilst some developers such as Blueprint are happy just to completely copy the Extra Chili formula – that is what they are paying for after all – others such as Pragmatic Play do interesting things with the Megaways concept, as they have in Power of Thor.

The only downer to this six reel, two-seven row game with up to 117,649 paylines is the limit on how much you can win – the bonus round can hit 5,000x your stake – Pragmatic Play are even kind enough to tell you the odds of hitting such a win – 1 In 867,302.

The RTP depends on whether you chose to play the game normally or go for purchasing the bonus rounds. The top figure of 96.55% isn’t bad at all, and of all the Megaways slots released in 2021, this one is surely the most interesting.

Amulet of Dead (Play’n’Go)

First a warning: one of the reasons Play’n’Go have become the formidable force in slots that they have so quickly is that they offer a wide range of RTP options to online casinos who license their slots. This one, Amulet of Dead, can be set to one of five different settings – roughly 96%, 94%, 91%, 87%, and… 84%! I’m guessing the last option isn’t intended to be used online, as it is very greedy indeed, and every time I load up this slot at an online casino it seems to be set to one of the top two modes. Look out for the 96.29% version – it makes a big difference to your playtime.


Is Amulet of Dead Really Just Book of Dead 2?

Amulet of Dead borrows more than a few hints from Play’N’Go’s smash hit Book of Dead slot – it uses the same symbols, the same five by three layout, but has a much higher maximum win of 5,000x your stake – typical of slots being made in 2021. You might well say that Amulet of Dead is really just a sequel or update to Book of Dead – but in truth, it really doesn’t matter, Amulet of Dead is one of the best slots of 2021, period.

Big Fin Bay (Thunderkick)

Thunderkick has been producing smash hit slots for a while now, and Big Fin Bay has more than a few similarities to the Megaways range of slots – though it doesn’t carry the title, telling you there’s enough new ideas here to get around Big Time Gaming’s licensing rules.

This six-reel, two to seven row slot boasts 5,040 to 117,649 paylines – that magic number that pops up so often in slots these days. The difference with Big Fin Bay is that they haven’t capped the wins you can hit with this slot – this is a super high volatility game with a maximum 2win of 15,040x your stake.

That’s some serious money – even when playing in penny denominations. With such high winnings on offer, you can be sure that Big Fin Bay is one of the most exciting releases to hit the online casino scene in 2021. Give this one a go – you definitely won’t regret it!

Hell’s Kitchen (NetEnt)

Completing our list of 2021’s greatest new slots is NetEnt’s take on the phenomenally successful Hell’s Kitchen – a Gordan Ramsay show that showcases everything we loved about shows such as Kitchen Nightmares. The thing about Hell’s Kitchen is that all of those elements have been turned all the way up to 11, to borrow one of Spinal Tap’s best lines.

The RTP of Hell’s Kitchen ranges from 96.07% to 91.02%, depending on the casino you are playing at, the options you choose to use in the game itself, and whether you prefer to spin the reels normally or skip straight to the bonus using the bonus buy feature.

But it’s a Low Variance Game – Does it Really Deserve a Place on this List?

It’s a five-by-three game with 20 paylines, so the layout will feel instantly familiar to every slot’s player out there. The maximum win is rather low at 500x your stake, though. This can be doubled to 1,000x if it’s your lucky day, and the special feature happens to activate at the same time as your jackpot spin – In truth, however, the probability of this happening is extremely low. It’s best jut to think of Hell’s Kitchen as a low volatility game, but one that offers a ton more fun than games with similarly low jackpots.

What matters is that Hell’s Kitchen is one of the most fun slots you can play right now, and the bonus features will appeal massively to fans of the TV show. NetEnt did an excellent job with this one, capturing the feel of the TV show and infusing it with the best ideas and features from their most successful online slots.

The addition of a huge range of exclusive Ramsay audio quotes makes Hell’s Kitchen one of the best licensed slots we’ve ever seen – not just in 2021. You’d be mad to miss this one, and could well find yourself seeking out the TV show after witnessing the red/blue team rivalry which is captured perfectly by this culinary delight of an online slot.


Michael Owen Announced as Brand Ambassador for Punt Casino



Michael Owen Announced as Brand Ambassador for Punt Casino
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English football icon and BT Sports pundit Michael Owen has officially joined the Punt Casino team as its new Brand Ambassador.

Michael Owen started a professional career in football with his Premier League debut in 1997 as a striker for Liverpool FC. Known as one of the “greatest living footballers” in Pelé’s FIFA 100, Owen is one of only 10 players to have scored 150 goals or more in his Premier League career.

Michael Owen has also received the most prestigious award in football, having claimed the Ballon d’Or trophy in 2001. He has played in three FIFA World Cups and even captained the England national team.

With this partnership in the bag and a true football icon on their side, Punt Casino is making 2022 a year to remember with the hottest action the industry has ever seen.

Hitting the back of the net

As a strong advocate for crypto and blockchain in general, Michael, along with his influential media presence and 3.7 million Twitter followers, will see Punt Casino secure its position as the fastest-growing crypto casino in the industry.

“Online casinos are more exciting than ever these days, but with its crypto focus, Punt Casino is doing something different – they really are changing the game,” said Owen, who has been involved with numerous crypto projects in the past.

He went on by saying “I’m a strong believer in the power of crypto, so teaming up with an innovative platform like Punt Casino feels like a natural fit.”

As a world-famous football commentator, respected businessman, and active media personality, Owen is the perfect representative to stand behind such an innovative crypto project. Digital currencies need every ounce of positive publicity they can get, and an endorsement from such a reputable name stands for a lot.

Michael Owen’s stamp of approval

The announcement comes with exciting news for crypto gaming enthusiasts, as Punt plans to take the industry by storm with huge prize-packed competitions.

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, Punt players can expect unique Michael Owen merchandise and football-related giveaways throughout the year in the build-up to the tournament.

Speaking on the announcement, Alexander Bowring, Head of Marketing at Punt Casino, said: “Michael Owen is a football icon in every sense of the word, so to have him come on board as our brand ambassador is a major moment for us. Since launching last year, Punt Casino has been changing the game, delivering exciting crypto casino action that our rivals just can’t match. Expect big things from Punt Casino in 2022 and beyond.”

Punt Casino is revolutionizing crypto gaming

Punt Casino has quickly become a strong player in the crypto casino scene with its super-powered giveaways and outstanding online casino platform. Players also get to take advantage of 24/7 customer support available instantly from the site to answer any questions or queries.

With a next-level gaming experience delivered by over 200 crypto-friendly (and handpicked!) casino games, Punt offers its players the advantage of using leading cryptocurrencies to deposit, withdraw, and play.

As crypto enthusiasts know, this allows for faster, safer, and totally anonymous transactions, which is yet another reason why Punt has become such a prominent online casino destination.

#OWEN10 has arrived at Punt Casino

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Bidstack onboard Highbrow Interactive with 4 exclusive new partnerships



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Bidstack, the leading in-game advertising platform, is pleased to announce an exclusive new partnership with Highbrow Interactive which will see four exceptional simulation games added to their portfolio. Founded in 2013, Highbrow Interactive specialises in game production, virtual reality and augmented reality and has seen over 80 million installs across its library of games.

The first two new titles to be added to Bidstack’s portfolio are Euro Train Simulator alongside its successor Euro Train Simulator 2. Boasting over ten million and five million downloads respectively, both games have provided train aficionados with first-class gameplay faithful to real-life experiences, with Euro Train Simulator 2 being the first mobile train simulator to feature officially-licensed trains from Germany’s largest railway company Deutsche Bahn.


Indian Train Simulator also joins the Bidstack portfolio. A game with stunning attention to detail, it has seen over ten million lifetime installs and has enabled access to a more diverse player base through translations. Indonesian Train Simulator is the final game to be added. With high-quality graphics and sophisticated AI trains contributing to a comprehensively authentic railroad environment, it is no wonder the game has garnered over ten million installs.

Through Bidstack, Highbrow Interactive will be able to take advantage of their in-game, in-menu and rewarded video products creating a new revenue stream whilst also contributing to the accuracy of its games without compromising on the player’s experience.

The addition of these four games to their portfolio will see Bidstack’s simulation vertical continue to grow, allowing them to provide brands with a greater selection of high-quality inventory for them to reach and engage diverse audiences.

Of the partnership, CEO and Co Founder at Highbrow Interactive Jeno Manickam Durairaj said, “We’re excited to be taking this step forward with Bidstack in enhancing our players’ experience through the use of non-intrusive advertising. Bidstack’s revolutionary technology that makes advertising seamless and organic in open-world games perfectly fits our catalogue of simulation titles. We believe that this partnership will help our games grow closer to the thrill and reality of trains and railways whilst also diversifying our revenue streams. The Bidstack team has been consistently attentive making onboarding and integration simple and hassle-free.”

Bidstack’s VP of Gaming Antoine Jullemier added, “We’re delighted to be partnering exclusively with renowned game developer Highbrow Interactive. The addition of four of their high-quality games to our growing mobile vertical stands testament to the quality of our technology and gives our brand partners access to a rich global audience of gamers.

The highly detailed gaming environments provide optimal housing for seamless in-game ads, accurately simulating true train travel without detracting from the gaming experience. We look forward to a future of delivering first-class campaigns for our new partner.”

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N1 Partners shortlisted in two categories at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2022



N1 Partners shortlisted in two categories at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2022
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N1 Partners, an affiliate program, shortlisted for the AffPapa iGaming Awards in two categories at once – Affiliate Management of The Year and Multi-brand Affiliate Program.

The AffPapa iGaming Awards is an online event dedicated to affiliates and operators who have proven themselves to be excellent partners and contribute to the development of the industry.

N1 Partners is the nominees in two categories – Affiliate Management of The Year and Multi-brand Affiliate Program. Each of these nominations confirms the basic principles of N1 Partners – reliability, transparency, and honesty in relations with partners and clients. These principles are the platform for building long-term relationships with partners and strengthening the company’s position in the market.   In the first quarter of 2022, more than 800 new partner accounts increased to the program, and affiliates’ payouts doubled.

The nomination of N1 Partners in the Multi-brand affiliate program of the year underlines the company’s desire for continuous development and growth among other members in the iGaming market. The product portfolio of N1 Partners Group includes such brands as N1 Casino, Slot Hunter, Joo Casino, and others.

Online voting for the best brand in each category will begin on May 23 on the award website. And on June 27, the AffPapa team will announce the winners.


About N1 Partners Group

N1 Partners Group is a company with expertise in the sphere of online entertainment. The team’s goal is to provide high-quality casino and betting products that meet the needs and expectations of players and partners alike. Today, N1 Partners Group unites N1 Casino, N1 Bet, Slot Hunter, Fight Club, Joo Casino, DasistCasino, and the N1 Partners affiliate program.

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