I wandered into the Empire Casino in Leicester Square the other day and was confronted with the Novomatic VIP beasts! If you haven't seen these, they are pretty awesome with wall-mounted screens and sound-enhanced seats!
A lot of the tried and trusted Gaminator slots are present and as usual, broken down into the game packs so each machine has a different set of games. Some of the classics you can now find online like Book Of Ra Deluxe, Lucky Lady's Charm, Power Stars, Spinning Stars and Dolphin's Pearl Deluxe sit alongside newer games like God Of Thunder, Golden Scarabs 2 and Monkey King.
I love the fact that the sound comes from behind you and that the seats are very comfortable recliners. I also love that you can switch the screen to play it on a tilted table-top in front of you or up on the wall in full view, the way I prefer to play. My only reservation being that when you win big, everyone sees it if you are playing on the wall-mounted screen and tha can be a bit uncomfotable.
All-in-all though, as a huge fan of Novomatic slots, this means when I'm in London, that's where you'll find me playing!
I'm pleased to say that as of 2015 many of the Novomatic / Novoline slot games are now available to play online, athough there are a lot of country restrictions in place.
The Novomatic games familiar to land-based casino players started appearing online late in 2009 and first up was the original Book Of Ra 9-line game which has since been superceded in land-based by the 10-payline Book Of Ra Deluxe. Both of these are now online along with a new 6-reel version that I'm not so keen on personally.
If you play the Novomatic slot machines in B&M casinos you have probably seen the Gaminator / Multi-Gaminator machines. These are the older Novomatic machines & normally feature several games. Each machine can be configured to a specific set of games. In the UK, the most common slots grouped together are the deluxe versions of the Book Of Ra slot, Lucky Lady's Charm, Lord Of The Ocean, Power Stars, Rich Witch, Mariella, Dolphin's Pearl Deluxe and Gryphon's Gold.
I've also seen some of the lesser-played and incredibly volatile games like the Katana slot and Mystic Secrets on Gaminator machines too but these are getting rarer as new games like "God Of Thunder" and the Extra-bet games like "Book Of Ra 2 Symbols" come in. I'd say that Novomatic probably account for over half the UK casino slots especially if you include the Multi Gaminator & Novoline VIP machines which each have upward of 5 games on them.
Several of those games are available - check out the list of Novomatic slots for a rundown of all the premium Novomatic games that are now online. More are online but most tend to be minority games or slots developed for online play.
A number of Novomatic slots are clones of each other. For example, Lord Of The Ocean is a clone of the Book Of Ra Deluxe and Gryphon's Gold is a clone of Dolphin's Pearl Deluxe, Sea Sirens and Lucky Lady's Charm.
There are some very unique games in the Novomatic portfolio which aren't often seen in some land casinos but have cult followings. Most notably, the unusual Power Stars slot which, while it doesn't have a free spin feature as such, has a very novel stacked symbol feature and the popular land-based Sizzling Hot Deluxe.
One of my favourite games is the Dolphins Pearl Deluxe slot which again is a 10-payline slot but a significant upgrade on the original 5 line Dolphin's Pearl. The latter was never bought online - little point really as the Deluxe version is far superior. The feature is tricky to get but retriggers are frequent and like Book Of Ra and Lord Of The Ocean, it can pay pretty well in the feature.
So, to the NovomaticSlots.org website. I have made videos of every slot game in the Novoline slots series and each one shows the feature round in action to give you a good feel for how the game works before you play. Throughout the site I have listed casinos that have the Novomatic slot games although by far and away the largest choice is at Star Games who are indirectly owned by Novomatic.
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