A monthly report published by research and consulting firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) shows six new slot games have placed in the top 25 for December. The report is compiled based on game performance data captured from online casino sites across Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia.
New slots tracked in the list of 25 include:
- Lightning Blaze, by Light & Wonder
- Ted, by White Hat Studios
- 5x A Winner, by Design Works Gaming
- Wild Hot Chilli Reels, by Evolution
- Thor Infinity Reels, by Reel Play
- Dragon Treasure Pearls, by Konami
Based in Irvine, Calif., EKG recently released a page from their performance report showing only the top 25 slots. Known officially as Eilers-Fantini Online Game Performance Report, the full report is available on the company's website.Focusing on the top five, Lightning Blaze by Light & Wonder is ranked No. 1 after having no previous ranking in past reports.
Lightning Blaze was released exclusively via Paddy Power Betfair and Pokerstars for two weeks from Aug. 17 before its general release, according to an article by iGaming Future.
Lightning Box Games then announced on Oct 28 through Facebook that Lightning Blaze was available exclusively in Michigan through BetMGM. The game is now available at online casinos in Michigan, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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Following Lightning Blaze is Molten Hot 7s from Design Works Gaming (previously ranked No. 3), Slingo Shark Week from Gaming Realms (previously ranked No. 9), Split Dragon from High 5 Games (previously ranked No. 18), and Deal Or No Deal Megaways Golden Case from White Hat Studios (no previous ranking in past reports.).
Thirteen manufacturers are represented in the top 25 slot games listed. Everi and Light & Wonder appear the most with four games each; Evolution and White Hat Studios, three games each; Design Works Gaming and Gaming Realms, two games each; AGS, High 5 Games, IGT, Inspired, Konami, Reel Play, and 4ThePlayer, one game each.
Coming in at #1, Lightning Blaze is a progressive jackpot game. You win by lining up three to five matching symbols. This 3x5-reel slot screen will have you looking to hit those Wild 7 multipliers for big wins. Wild symbols substitute for all other symbols apart from a scatter and higher wilds. Hit on six or more lightning bolt scatter symbols and trigger the exciting Lightning Respin feature in the game. You can bet $0.40 to $100 per spin and win combos on 40 paylines. The game has a mini, minor, major, and grand jackpot that reaches $125,000. The game even has an animated handle that pulls down with each spin, for all you old-school players.
Molten Hot 7s
Looking for a hot machine in your local online casino? There is nothing “cool” about the Molten Hot 7s slot game sitting at #2 on the EKG chart. This is a classic three-reel game with massive prize potential. The slot is packed with 27 paylines and two progressive jackpots. This is a well-established fiery game online and in land-based casinos. It’s a simple three-reel screen with wild symbols to help boost your win lines. The game's volatility has been reported as medium with a Return-To-Player (RTP) rating of 96.6%. Bets range between $0.25 to $200 per spin. While playing, you'll notice the jackpots at the top of the screen increase with each spin preparing for a big win if you hit it.
Slingo Shark Week
With five bonus games and a shark wheel giving you the chance to play enhanced bonus rounds, it’s time to dive right in and sink your teeth into this jaw-biting adventure called Slingo Shark Week. Coming in at #3 in December, get ready to be hooked on the fun in this game. Spin the reel to match numbers off the grid. Landing Wilds and Super wilds allow you to click on the grid to choose which number to mark off. Mark five numbers in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row to get a Slingo. Completing five or more Slingos awards a cash prize and then the chance to play one of the bonus rounds. This game has an RTP of 95.36%.
Released in 2014, Split Dragon comes in at #4 on the list. The Orange Dragon is the key symbol in this game. The main aim is to try and line up as many Orange Dragons as possible on the five reels and 40 paylines this game offers. The Orange Dragons can appear in both single and double form, giving you the chance to lining-up 10 dragons on a pay-line. Bets in this game range from $0.40 to $2,000 per spin. The theoretical RTP for the game is 96.5%. The other main symbol to watch out for is the Golden Dragon Bonus Symbol. Hit three of these on reels two, three, or four and you'll trigger the free games bonus round of seven free games.
Deal Or No Deal Megaways Golden Case
Can you guess the correct case and unlock the golden one? Deal Or No Deal Megaways Golden Case is a six-reel smash hit slot featuring up to 117,649 ways to win as well as cascading symbols that can trigger one of three Deal Or No Deal bonus rounds or the all-new Golden Case bonus. The game has an RTP of 95.99% and is available online in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, according to game developer White Hat Studios. Bets range from $0.10 to $10.00 per spin. Achieving seven or more consecutive winning cascades, or revealing The Golden Case icon from the final case in Mega Deal or No Deal, awards The Golden Case bonus.