Microgaming New Games Release Advisory: January 2008
By Staff
Leading online gaming software provider Microgaming launches its 2008 gaming calendar in style, releasing a range of no less than five quality new games for January.

All will be on show – alongside the full suite of Microgaming’s market leading technologies, at this month’s ICEi show (22-24 Jan – Earls Court, London). Make sure you visit the team at stand 5230.

Blackjack players who want exciting side action will welcome the latest addition to the Microgaming Gold Series of superior table games - EUROPEAN HIGH STREAK BLACKJACK.

Based on the European rules, this enthralling new game enhances the basic blackjack game by adding the option of a side bet known as the High Streak, where a player's success rate in consecutive hands enables progress along a chain of incentives that could deliver up to 10:1 rewards.

After a player has achieved a win in the standard game, the High Streak feature is triggered, with the first High Streak win paying 1:1, the second consecutive High Streak win 2:1, the third 5:1 and, for those on a major winning streak, the fourth at 10:1!

LITTLE CHIEF BIG CASH is a big 5 reel, 25 pay-line video slot that is chock-a-block full of excitement, rewards and really wild action with attractive features such as Wilds, Scatters, Multipliers, Free Spins and a second screen Bonus bonanza.

The colourful graphics include dream catchers, delectable squaws, arrow-ventilated Stetsons and a dangerous looking tomahawk, but it’s the Coyote and Little Chief Big Cash that offer the most player potential.

The chief is Wild, and when he helps to build a win combination the reward is doubled. Coyote is a multi-tasker of note, acting as a Scatter which can multiply wins in a combination, but more importantly as a trigger symbol for the outstanding Bonus feature on this free-flowing game. Three Coyotes open up the second screen bonus feature, where players are invited to make selections from five teepees until they hit the teepee hiding the coyote. Each selection has a random ranging reward that can be a credit prize as high as x40 the triggering bet, or up to 10 free spins where the prizes are doubled.

The luck of the Irish is in play in Microgaming's new fruit machine game TREASURE IRELAND.

Using a 3 reel, one pay-line platform, Treasure Ireland is an AWP machine with the traditional nudge and hold features that enable you to give Lady Luck an extra push to deliver on a whole range of opportunities and rewards. It has a typical lapper style feature board built around a treasure map with Feature and Nudge stacks and a cash pot.

With brilliant graphics and sound effects, the new game faithfully captures the UK 'pub' feel of these entertaining fruit machines with added appeal through a more complex playing experience in a truly dynamic game. Creating the right wild Irish atmosphere in this game is a gallery of likeable rogues that will keep players amused, from Jackpot Jack the clover leaf pirate to his grinning crew of reprobates and their glasses of Guinness, Jolly Roger flags, parrots and ancient treasure maps.

This 3 reel machine has a “3 in view” feature with the reel bands overlaid with game symbols. When all 3 reels carry the same symbol within the reel window, the feature launches. This is made up of a 14 position lapper board and 3 shot pots for features, cash and win spins. There are win spin shots, feature shots and “cash shots squares” that award the player a number of shots within the respective shot pot. There are also a number of bonus squares which award special prizes.

Players will want to see red-bearded Jackpot Jack himself for the jackpot win of 500x - a 5000.00 payout, or the loot-filled treasure chest for a 80x, but there are plenty of other winning chances before that in a game full of options and opportunities.

The new MARK OF MEDUSA video slot has a theme that is unusual enough to have players searching cyberspace for Greek mythology references!

Medusa is one of three Gorgons, so dreadful to look upon that they turned faces to stone. She tangled with the Gods and came to a sticky end, but the game bearing her name offers players a far more favourable outcome.

The really fierce looking three headed dog on the pay-table is Cerberus, who guards the entrance to the ancient Greek underworld, allowing the dead to enter but never leave, whilst the golden helmet, swords and shield are a salute to another offspring of Medusa, a tough and respected giant of a warrior called Chrysaor.

There's nothing mythical about this 5 reel, 25 pay-line slot powered by one of the fastest and smoothest software engines in the business. This is a video slot that can deliver between 15 and 25 Free Spins at a time with x3 multiplier punch and a re-trigger on the freebies.

Pegasus is the Scatter symbol here: get three and watch the free spins flow, tripling prizes and building winnings. Snake hips (and head) Medusa is Wild, helping to create winning combinations for the player.

Rounding up Microgaming’s January releases is, appropriately, POLAR BASH; this 5 reel, 20 pay line slot incorporates the best in the American bonus genre combined with the very popular Australian free spin gaming concept to deliver a game with multiple opportunities for reward. These include two scatter routes with multipliers, a second screen bonus and unprecedented generosity up to 25 free spins.

The theme at Polar Bash transports the player to the frozen white beauty of the Arctic and the land of the midnight sun, introducing a colorful cast of snowy critters ranging from a party-animal polar bear and freezer cocktails to huskies, penguins, Orcas and walruses - all waiting to take the player on an ice-fishing expedition for bonuses.

The ice-fishing bonus on a second screen is triggered when 3, 4 or 5 fish appear adjacent to each other. This reward includes not only entry to the ice-fishing, but also up to 10x multipliers depending on the number of adjacent fishes. Once out on the ice, the player selects three of the fishing holes, each with a random reward that could go as high as 7500.00.

There's another scatter opportunity in this game, too; get 3, 4 or 5 North Pole signs and depending on how many are adjacent there are significant re-triggered free spin wards at 2x multiplier, along with up to 50x multiplier on the signs.

Everyone can play this slot, which takes bets as low as 0.01 and up to 0.50 and pays out up to 60 000.00 in the base game, double that through Free Spins and a further 7500.00 on the ice-fishing bonus.

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