At the beginning of 2021, Betsoft Gaming was prepared for an exciting year. More people accessed the company’s online casino games in the past several years, and Betsoft set the bar high for creative games and unique player experiences.
In January of this year, Betsoft saluted the Year of the Ox with its Golden Horns slot release, followed by Take Olympus in February. As the halfway mark of 2021 nears, we can look back at some of the most exciting releases from Betsoft this year and what is on deck for the coming months.
Safari Sam 2: 22 April
Betsoft Gaming fans may believe that the name of this game sounds familiar. That is because the original Safari Sam hit online casinos a decade ago. Safari Sam 2 is an updated version of the video slot, complete with improved graphics and more features. The two explorers are back but with more tools and ways to win.
- 5 reels, 3 rows
- 50 paylines
- 3% RTP
- 505x max win
- $0.20 min bet – $100 max bet
- Medium volatility
Safari Sam himself is the most profitable symbol on the board, with the compass matching that 10x payout for five of one symbol on a payline. The female safari leader pays only 8x the bet. The lion is only half of the woman’s worth, with the zebra worth slightly less. The jeep and the tent round out the medium-pay symbols.
That aforementioned compass is a wild and substitutes for all other symbols except the Acacia Tree Scatter. The compass also has its own feature. The Call of the Wild can happen randomly on any spin and will replace up to four reels with compasses.
During regular play, Safari Sam 2 allows a unique payout. When three identical symbols stack on top of each other, it tallies that payout but then drops those symbols and replaces them with new ones. Safari Stacks, as it is called, can continue recurring until no more vertical matches appear.
And back to the Acacia Tree Scatter, three of them on a spin trigger the bonus round of free spins.
- Three scatters = pays 3x bet + 7 free spins
- Four scatters = pays 12x bet + 12 free spins
- Five scatters = pays 50x bet + 20 free spins
The bonus round will release the Call of the Wild on every single free spin, with up to four reels possibly covered by wilds. And when a vertical stack collapses and new symbols replace them, those new symbols will always be wilds.
Lava Gold: 20 May
In May, Betsoft developers took players to prehistoric times, where dinosaurs and other creatures ruled the earth and volcanoes erupted to spread their liquid gold across the land. This game looks and feels different from many others. Not only is it a 5×5 grid and cluster-pay regime, it utilizes numerous features and uses the latest technology to show it all in bright colors and vivid clarity.
- 5 reels, 5 rows
- Cluster pays
- 02% RTP
- 158x max win
- $0.25 min bet – $3.75 max bet
- Low volatility
Cluster pays offers a wide range of payouts, as any cluster of five or more of the same symbol equals a win. And after a winning cluster appears, it disappears, which leaves empty positions. Symbols touching those positions can grow into them, creating more winning clusters. This continues until no new winning clusters appear or until the grid is filled with just one symbol.
There are examples of cluster pays for Lava Gold. For example, the roaring dinosaur is the symbol with the most winning potential. Six of them in a cluster pay 1x the bet, but eight or nine pay 2x the bet, 10 or 11 pay 3x, and a full screen of 25 dinosaurs pays 12x the bet. The pterodactyl is the next most lucrative symbol, followed by the claw, the egg, and the flower.
The volcano is the wild and can substitute for any other symbol.
Most games use a scatter symbol to trigger free spins, but this one uses the Lava Meter on the right side of the grid. Every time the player finds a cluster of the symbols on the meter, it adds to the meter. Players need to find clusters with all of the symbols (in order) to fill the meter, which then awards 10 free spins.
During the bonus spins, the middle column transforms into one kind of symbol, guaranteeing a win on every spin. While symbols don’t grow into each other as during regular gameplay, there are multipliers. They start with 1x for any cluster and then increase up to 10x for each subsequent one.
(Note: This game is not for high rollers and people looking for life-changing wins. However, the low volatility offers frequent wins. And the symbols that grow into the empty spaces after a win are exciting and sometimes go on for quite a long time. So, even without big pays for any particular cluster, the wins can add up quickly via the unique features in Lava Gold.)
Hat Trick Hero: 27 May
Combining the globally popular game of football with online slot game mechanisms is the perfect combination for a game that appeals to everyone. The game sets the grid in a stadium, with the goal on one side and the ball on the other. And as any fan knows, a hat trick happens when a player scores three goals in a game, a goal that Hat Trick Hero builds on.
- 5 reels, 3 rows
- 25 paylines
- 23% RTP
- 1,260x max win
- $0.02 min bet – $10 max bet
- High volatility
The symbol with the highest payout potential is the golden trophy with the crown on top, which pays 10x for just four on a payline. The golden football and golden shoe are the next two most lucrative symbols, followed by the timer and whistle, gloves, and shirt.
Power Shots are the key to bigger payouts in Hat Trick Hero. The Power Shot symbol (matching the payout potential of the trophy) is the foot kicking the ball, which serves as a wild symbol. Three or more of them on one spin trigger the main Hat Trick Hero feature, which begins with a free respin. Power Shot symbols them move one position to the left, and another respin occurs. These spins continue until all Power Shots move off the reels.
Also, each time a Power Shot hits the goal, the Score Meter increases by one point. When it fills completely, the player receives an instant payout. But when the Hat Trick Hero feature ends, the meter empties and will start over when the next feature hits.
Mr Macau: 10 June
What would it be like to have a jolly tour guide take you through the magical city of Macau? Mr Macau is that guy, and he is happy to bring players along through his city filled with bright lights, neon signs, red carpets, and fireworks. Everything appears to be made of gold, and players enter it with high expectations and visions of big wins.
- 5 reels, 3 rows
- 20 paylines
- 07% RTP
- 4,338x max win
- $0.12 min bet – $20 max bet
- Medium volatility
The newness of Macau combines with the traditional slot machine look to create a throwback feel in Mr Macau. The lucky 88 symbol is the highest paying one on the reels, followed by Mr. Macau himself. Further down on the payout scale is the stack of chips, then the dice, and the blazing seven and cherries.
There are numerous features in this new slot game. One is the Stick and Respin, in which a random symbol can become sticky. This happens after a losing spin, but the respins then continue until that sticky symbol creates a win. Mr Macau’s Wild Boost is another random feature, this one highlighting a border around certain reels that then light up with wilds.
Speaking of wilds, all of them are sticky for two spins. They may appear on the second through fifth reels.
Triple 7 symbols are the scatters of this game, awarding 10 free spins when three Triple 7 symbols appear. They, too, only appear on the second, third, fourth, and fifth reels. And during the free spins, all wilds are sticky and remain thus throughout the bonus round. If a player hits four Triple 7s during base gameplay, that triggers 10 free spins plus a multiplier for the free spins, ranging from 1x to 3x.
Jungle Stripes: 24 June
The latest from Betsoft Gaming is Jungle Stripes, due to drop this week on most Aussie online casinos.
- 5 reels, 3 rows
- 10 paylines
- 03% RTP
- 500x max win
- $0.10 min bet – $100 max bet
- Medium volatility
The jungle background and soundtrack are new and unique for this theme. The lotus flower is the highest paying symbol on the board, followed by the mushroom.
Jungle King’s wild symbol is the tiger himself, and he substitutes for any symbol except the Moonglow. When he appears as a symbol, he immediately begins smiling and expands to cover that entire reel. (He only appears on the second, third, or fourth reel.) The tiger reels then stay in place as the other reels spin again. That respin can create another win. This can happen for up to three respins – and with additional wilds adding in – before that feature stops.
The Moonglow scatter symbol is a beautiful purple moonscape. It can also appear on the three middle reels only, but three of them trigger 10 free spins. When players are in the bonus round, more Moonglow symbols can retrigger the free spins.
Where to Play Betsoft Games
At the current pace, Betsoft releases at least one new slot game each month. It also previews them very early. For example, the company already notified its online casino partners that it will release Wild Drops, its latest game, at the end of July. The game is set below the earth’s surface, and the gem-filled action will provide a scenic backdrop and mining win opportunities on 16 paylines.
Betsoft is one of the few online games developer that offers free demos of its slots. Players of legal age can visit the games page of the Betsoft website, click on any game, and compete for play-money. Wild Drops is not yet available, but all of the others mentioned above are there in demo form.
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