When you think of most casino games, whether that’s online or in a real casino, you automatically think of the classics – blackjack, roulette, poker and so on. Of course, most casinos players will appreciate that slot machines have become the most prominent of all games. But no casino game is perfect, not even the classic games, And, with the tech available to developers, they can create some marvelous stuff these days.
Yet, there has been a drive to ‘improve’ upon established games in recent years, especially online. This could come in the form of using technology to add a new twist to one of those classic games or releasing a blockbuster sequel to a popular slot game. Sometimes they use new tech to bring something different to life, other times they just add some clever twists.
Below we look at thee of the best upgrades to casino games in the last decade.
Avalon is a simple, but rather bland casino slot. It had a mystical theme based on Arthurian legends, as does the sequel. However, comparing the Avalon II to its predecessor is like comparing Asteroids to Call of Duty. Avalon II invites you to enter a world of myth and legend, with interactive bonus games and stunning special features. It records your progress across a map leading to the Isle of Avalon, meaning you can come back and pick up from where you left off.
The game has actually been around for a few years, but the gameplay and graphics feel way ahead of time. There are eight different bonus game features on the map during the Grail Bonus, and there are different routes you can take to complete the bonus to get to the Isle of Avalon. Truly revolutionary stuff.
Dead or Alive II – NetEnt
Dead or Alive was one of those ‘lightning in a bottle’ moments for top casino games developer, NetEnt. So, the buzz around the sequel before its release was nothing short of extraordinary. We saw it at Mansion Casino, a top choice for slots in the UK and one of the best options for NetEnt and Microgaming titles.
What does Dead or Alive II do that the original does not? Better graphics and gameplay for a start, as well as more lucrative bonus feature and more paylines. It isn’t a complete departure from the original, but it’s arguably one of the finest examples of what you can do with a modern slot game in terms of presentation.
Age of the Gods Roulette Live – Playtech
We mentioned earlier that you can use technology to improve classic casino games, but you do not really want to mess too much with the elements that made the game popular in the first place. Playtech have got that balance right here. Age of the Gods Roulette is a live dealer game, which means it is played with real dealers and streamed to your device. That in itself is a great use of tech, but more impressive is the progressive jackpot technology that connects everyone playing the game.
Anyone playing the game at any casino, at any time could randomly trigger the Age of the Gods jackpot game, which guarantees one of four jackpots (the biggest is a minimum of £100,000). You don’t even have to have a winning roulette spin to trigger the prize.