Just two years ago there was only one Australian name associated with the cutting edge of online video slots, and that was Big Time Gaming. Their Megaways™ game engine, the foundation for ground-breaking slots like Bonanza and White Rabbit, has revolutionised the industry. Now, licensing deals with many big studios including NetEnt through their Red Tiger purchase, means that BTG’s expanding reels format is ubiquitous, making them the most popular studio at licensed casinos and slots sites everywhere.
But those with more than a passing interest in the very latest online slots technologies and gameplay may well have noticed that another innovative and highly creative game studio is fast making ground on their rival with a road map of incredible games that mix up high octane gameplay, massive payout potential and new and compelling themes.
That studio is Nolimit City.
Recent releases like San Quentin xWays, Punk Rocker, Deadwood and Barbarian Fury are stylish, engaging, and crucially showcase ingenious new Trademark features that make them stand out from the crowd. The quality of their work has been recognised as they were crowned slot studio of the year 2020 at some of the top casino affiliate sites and shortlisted for Slot Supplier of the year at EGRs Virtual B2B Awards in 2020.
There is no question that this young game developer is the one to watch and whilst they may be some way off catching their Antipodean counterparts, Big Time Gaming, if they continue like this it won’t be long before they have a profile to match.
Here are 3 of the very best releases by Nolimit City so far.
Tombstone was the first in the Wild West series of games from Nolimit, released in May 2019 and followed-up a year later by Deadwood. Like much of their catalogue, both these games operate on very high variance. Volatile outlaw slots like these are not uncommon – NetEnt’s Dead or Alive 1 and 2 are good examples – but Nolimit’s use of Wild Nudges, Wild Reels and 3x Multipliers sets this one apart from its rivals. This is one of their first games to use the xNudge wild format and it’s eye-catching 11,000x top win and slick visuals have made it a very popular game amongst the streaming community which is always a good sign.
San Quentin xWays
The first video slot game to be feature one of the US’ toughest prisons was released in early 2021 to a huge fanfare and San Quentin xWays has already become hugely popular amongst high risk slots fans thanks to its mesmerising mix of relentless feature-driven gameplay, clever interweaving of prison imagery – Lockdown Spins and Enhance Cells – and massive payout potential. The top win of 150,000x will rarely, if ever, be triggered, but it’s a figure that entices many players to test their luck on the reels, and across those 13 milllion paylines that appear as the cells on the reels all split and split again!
Book of Shadows
Of course, like all good video slots studios with a stake in the high variance market, Nolimit have brought out their own take on the Book Of … series of games made famous by Play n Go and Novomatic. Most regular reel players know how the stories go – one symbol is chosen for the bonus round as the special one. Whenever these land they expand to fill an entire reel. If the chosen icon is the top paying one in the game then players stand to win big. There have been many Book of … games, usually with an Ancient Egyptian theme, but it’s safe to say none have chosen the horror theme that Nolimit have. The artwork is enough to send shivers down any spine and the gameplay delivers big time with a big free spins round and a top payout of well over 30,000x the stake on each spin.
Those are just three of the best games to come out of the Nolimit City studio so far. Based on this evidence it’s fair to say this Australian studio is the one to watch in 2021, not just here to stay, but going places to!
The Meteoric Rise of Nolimit City Slot Studio was first seen on Casino Life Magazine