Hacksaw Gaming is a brand spanking new casino software company which has joined the industry in September 2018. With a little over a year of doing business under their belt, the team has managed to draw attention with their “rethink classic products” approach. Their primary angle was to freshen up the portfolio of scratch cards, something very few have thought of doing and now that they’ve succeeded in their initial intention the decision to start making slots came in the right moment.
The company is based in Malta and holds a license to operate issued from the Maltese gaming authority, which shows the brand is committed to being compliant with current laws and regulations. Also, Hacksaw has been granted regulatory approval to launch in the United Kingdom by the UKGC. Hacksaw Gaming has been accredited with the leading information security certification, ISO 27001, in December 2019, and a month before they’ve been nominated for their first award - "Instant win of the year" at the Malta Gaming Awards. Thanks to the brand’s integration with the Relax Gaming platform, Hacksaw’s products have reached online casino floors of some of the most respected operators on the web map.
Hacksaw Gaming has just taken its baby steps and entered the slots development industry, having before perfected the arts of reinventing the online scratch card game. The company’s portfolio consists of over 30 scratch tickets and 3 slot games. More is coming soon, as they announce it proudly on the website, and judging by what they’ve launched so far, it is going to be an exciting adventure getting to know their products as they come along. Hacksaw’s scratchy lotteries feature whimsical mechanics and sizeable jackpots and we have no reason to believe their slots won’t follow a similar layout.
Being a young developer, Hacksaw Gaming had to develop a distinct style in order to stand out and showcase originality among dozens of competitors on the market. The fresh and futuristic vibe which can be seen in their scratch cards spilled over onto their few slots, rounding up the idea of rejuvenating the casino content with something more off-centre, yet attractive and fun. Bright colours and straightforward cartoonish visuals seem to be the go-to combo for the guys at Hacksaw Gaming, so don’t expect anything ground-breaking from their initial releases. The team is just warming up.
Since the Maltese developer does not flaunt a big portfolio of slots, it’s safe to say their most popular titles are the ones that have seen the light of day so far. Stick ‘Em is Hacksaw Gaming’s first slot game release, followed by OmNom, the second to join the repertoire and the first from the company’s 'Pocketz' series. The third one is called Miami Multiplier and it brings all the neon you can handle across an unconventional reel setup.
Stick ‘Em is a 5x4 video slot machine which features a cute character named Canny the Can. Drawn in a peculiar vintage style, Canny the Can easily reminds one of the old Mickey Mouse cartoons. The developers said that they’ve teamed a cool, 30's style graphical theme with a gameplay that is easy to understand for this one, and you’ll see that it makes perfect sense once you start spinning the reels of Stick ‘Em. Nevertheless, however simplistic the game may seem, it includes plenty of special features, from sticky win spins and free spins to high paying icons and a bonus wheel mini-game with three levels of progression. The symbols include bundles of cash, stars, dice, diamonds, bags of moolah and pairs of aces, among other icons, and wins are achieved with matching adjacent symbols. Land the Thumbs Up symbol across the board and you’ll receive a balance boost worth 2,048x your initial bet.
OmNom initiates the 'Pocketz' series, a slot line particularly optimised for mobile gaming. Any dead space around the game interface has been bypassed with increased reel and symbol sizes to give a full-screen view. The game boasts a food theme and incorporates delicious treats such as donuts, pizza, fries, burgers, chocolate bars, ice cream, popcorn and cupcakes. The game’s logo on the side of the reels will produce a 'mystery' symbol and the player needs to match the 'mystery' symbol with a win. The game will then apply a 100x multiplier for a potential instant win of 4,800 times the bet. OmNom also packs free spins, a 4x4 grid and cute, unimposing animations.
Miami Multiplier is the latest addition the Hacksaw Gaming family, also within the mobile-friendly 'Pocketz' series. The game backdrop shows a barely lit brick wall decorated with graffiti (Canny the Can also makes an appearance), while the reels a completely transparent and feature neon symbols of cocktails, stars, palm trees, watermelons, cherries, ice cream cones, pineapples and dolphins. The symbols are styled as a throwback to the era of gorgeous neon signs that would mark all the popular joints in the city decades ago. As the name itself implies, the game is all about multipliers. The player needs to add them progressively across a 4x4 grid and bag a max prize during free spins.
Hacksaw Gaming has made its way into some of the most prestigious casino lobbies out there. They have reached a partnership deal and gone live with Videoslots in July 2019, an arrangement made possible through the Relax Gaming platform. In the same vein, they’ve struck an exclusive agreement with Leo Vegas when Stick ‘Em came out, making the game available only at this renowned casino site for two weeks before launching it with other associated operators. It is expected from Hacksaw Gaming to attract more clientele in the upcoming period, which is likely to happen when they reveal new slot products.