There is a glut of pokie providers out there, developers that create the games you love. In the last few years, with the advent of online gambling and the huge number of gamblers it has attracted, that number has increased further. So, just who are the best developers of pokies here in Australia?
As far as many pokie fans are concerned, us included, you can’t beat Microgaming for the sheer volume and quality of pokies on offer. Microgaming were the first ever online casino and when they decided there was more money in licensing the games they created, they also became the first ever developer to license their software.
Microgaming also invented the progressive pokie and helped this industry to move forward great leaps. It is home to games like Rugby Star, Avalon, Thunderstruck, Girls with Guns, Mega Moolah and Major Millions, and some of the biggest casinos that use the Microgaming software include Spin Palace, which is also one of the longest running online casinos.
Often considered to the be biggest developer in this industry, Playtech tend to be preferred by casinos looking for the complete package, but players are split on whether they prefer this developer to Microgaming. Playtech offer a few things that Microgaming don’t, including the addition of binary options and other trading software, but while these offer a little something more to the casinos that license their software, few casino gamblers will be interested in these additions.
Playtech are the minds behind slots such as Chan Reactors, which has spawned several sequels and is easily one of their better slots. They don’t have as big of a selection and they don’t have as many highly rated slots as Microgaming do, but they do have some standout table games, including Switch Blackjack, which has a low house edge and allows you to play two hands at once, swapping the top cards between them both.
One of the most exciting pokie developers in the world, BetSoft create 3D slots for mobile and desktop use. With games such as Rockstar, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Night in Paris and The Slotfather, all of which feature big, bold, 3D graphics and animations, BetSoft have set the online gambling world alight in the last few years. These games are simply beautiful to look at and play, and they also have decent RTPs.
The only issue with BetSoft is that they are a complete software package for casinos, much like Playtech and Microgaming. However, they don’t offer a great number of games, so anyone choosing them will be severely reducing the games they offer players. Because of this, very few casinos use BetSoft.
RTG are often considered to be the third biggest developer, behind Playtech and Microgaming. They have one of the biggest selections of progressive slots and they also have a long list of video slots and bonus slots, as well as a number of table games. RTG allow for greater customization with their software than other developers do, and licensees of RTG can tweak the default Return to Player averages on all of the slots, which doesn’t always work in the player’s favor.
You can find IGT games online and offline. Some of them are uninspiring and unlikely to get you excited, but others are amazing and rank as some of the best slots around. Some of their most popular games have included Cleopatra, which is available both offline and online and has since spawned a sequel. Day of the Dead is also a hugely popular IGT slot, as are Black Widow, Miss White, Miss Red and the simply sublime Ghostbusters.
One of the biggest names in offline gambling, Aristocrat create the titles that are played by millions of people all over the world, from Macao to Las Vegas. If you have spent any time in a casino, including the Crown in Perth, then you will have played Aristocrat titles. They include games based on the TV comedy The Big Bang Theory, as well as ones based on Sons of Anarchy and other pop culture hits.
Aristocrat focus on advanced gaming machines that take the idea of the old-school slot and turn it into something that is just as fun, but is way more advanced. These are like high-performance online slots for the offline environment, improving the user experience and also making life easier for the casino.
Aristocrat are actually based here in Australia, with offices in New South Wales, but they have since spread across the globe and also have bases in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom, with their slots available in most countries.
Often shortened to Net Ent, this developer produces slots for the online and offline industry, focusing on big graphics, impressive designs and loads of bonus features. In fact, Net Ent have produced some of the biggest games of recent years, including South Park and South Park: Reels of Chaos, two games that are based on the popular animated TV series.
Net Ent don’t create as many games as the bigger developers and focus instead on a limited number, always choosing quality over quantity. This means that they are often added to Microgaming and Playtech casinos, and are rarely used on their own.