Not all developers are treated equally. Some create smash hit slots and become immensely popular. Others fall by the wayside, and never quite hit their stride. This is the case with The Games Company, a software provider with lots of potential. The team was founded in 2012 by Hans Winkelmann and Ian Matthews. The goal was to deliver high quality gaming content. And by all accounts, it seems like the team succeeded! The company’s development team is based in Portugal, though the head office is located in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, with just one studio working on their games, their pace is much slower compared to larger developers. The team has a grand total of ten slots, in total!
It may sound like The Games Company isn’t doing so hot. But it’s quite the opposite! Their longer development cycle means each game they release has potential to become an amazing success. This talent was recognized twice. In 2018, BlockChain Innovations acquired the developer. This allowed The Games Company to further expand its support for cryptocurrencies, and gave them the opportunity to improve their technology. Not even a whole year later, Skyrocket Entertainment acquired the software provider. Nowadays, The Games Company is focused on producing high quality movie-themed titles using their Black Cow software.
Usually, this category is reserved for the very best games a studio has produced. But since The Games Company has so few titles, it’ll be more like listing each of their available slots! Don’t mistake this for an unearned endorsement, however. Every title on this list deserves to be there! So let’s take a look and see what this small and talented studio is offering.
Hippie Chicks – We’re sure everyone has one family member who’s hippie-like, if not an outright hippie. As a result, this 5x3 slot has a special place in our hearts. It brings back the era of long hair and calls for peace in the silliest way possible! The background image is a very detailed rendition of a hippie commune, somewhere in the wilderness, far from the noise and pressure of modern life. But just because they love peace doesn’t mean these chicks are peaceful! While hanging out with them, you can be treated to a variety of special features. There’s the Mystery Colossal Symbols and extra Scatters being added to the reels. It also has an amazing free spins special feature, which can award up to 200 extra turns played with a 2x multiplier applied to all wins.
Mariachi Mayhem – Do you hear the familiar strums of a guitar? The colourful outfits? The mariachi band is here, and they’re ready to woo you! The slot is played on a 5x3 board with 20 fixed paylines. The visuals are colourful, but ultimately quite simple. The real draw of Mariachi Mayhem is in its special features! There’s a small group of randomly triggered bonuses, which make playing this game a treat! Mariachi re-spins allow you to re-spin a Colossal symbol, and can even happen more than once! One of the reels can randomly turn completely Wild. Colossal icons can also shift one position to the left with every spin, until it disappears from the board. Last, but not least, we have the free spins bonus, activated by collecting three or more Scatters.
Cash Cowboy – Saddle your horse and put on your hat, because we’re riding to the land of fun bonuses and big wins! The graphics behind this slot are well designed, though we can’t help but wish for more animations. As for the theme, you’ll either love it or hate it. It all depends on whether you like cowboys or not! Even if you don’t, you might want to bear through the theme. It simply has far too many fun special features on its 5x3 board to pass up! There are a variety of randomly triggered reel modifiers which can spice up every spin you make. Re-spins with sticky symbols, sticky Wilds with multipliers, wagon cash prizes, mystery wins and mega icons are all waiting to be won.
KGB Bears – If a slot’s graphics quality is very important to you, then KGB Bears is a must play. The background and playing card royals aren’t that amazing. No, what won us over were the bear symbols themselves! Each one has a hilarious animation that plays every time you win. Our favourite is hands down the seemingly confused bear, who’s actually a super spy! Once you get past the Soviet aesthetic, you realize there’s just one special feature in place. On each spin, you’ll see a meter in the top left determine the number of free spins and a multiplier randomly. If you trigger free spins on that spin, the numbers in the upper left corner will serve to determine the number of extra turns and the multiplier.
Two Tribes – Conflict and humans seem to be naturally intertwined. A theme the developer explores in detail in their 5x4 slot, Two Tribes. The tribes which face off may be different, but there will never be a peaceful resolution to their battles. Which works just fine for us, since we’re profiteering off their battles to score wins! Each fight is its own special feature. Battles between dragons and skeletons creates extra Wilds on the board. Fights between knights and cavemen leave expanding icons on the board. Dwarves and wizards leave behind multiplier Wilds on the playing field in the wake of their own conflict. All of these are powerful boons which gamblers can use to gain a sizeable prize!
Witch of the West – Fans of magic will adore this release! It takes place in an innocent looking forest. Certainly not the location of an illegal potions making lab! Never mind the fact the playing card royals are literally glowing due to whatever mixture’s been poured inside them. Icon designs are truly what carry Witch of the West’s visuals. In terms of special features, it’s a rather simple slot. The Wild, Scatter and four top value symbols can appear as Colossal icons. At any given time, the witch can fly by and transform a Colossal icon into another top four value symbols. Finally, collecting between three to eleven Scatters grants anywhere between four to fifty free spins.
We’re certainly you noticed by now, but The Games Company loves their colossal symbols. We can’t blame them, they open up so many opportunities for fun special features! And honestly, that’s what this developers does best. Engaging, lucrative bonuses are present in almost every title this developer has ever made. If you’re looking for slots that will keep you entertained, we wholeheartedly recommend The Games Company.
Best we can tell, no software provider has all of their games listed, which is a shame. Still, you can find the most popular of the bunch all over the internet. SlotsMillion has a few games, as do BetVictor, VideoSlots and William Hill. We also suggest checking out Betfair if you’re interested in this developer. They’ve signed an exclusive games deal with The Games Company, which encompasses Witch of the West.