Microgaming was founded in 1994 so has been around since online casinos first began.
They’ve developed a reputation for reliability and quality online slot machine development. However they have been criticised for allowing some of their older slots to go a bit stale. A fair point considering they still have bad looking three reel slots that make even typewriters look modern. That said, their video slots are some of the finest the industry has to offer.
Take the cheekily named Rhyming Reels Hearts and Tarts slot for example, you’ll rarely find such a well designed game that takes gaming to a whole new level. On the progressive jackpot front, Mega Moolah and Major Millions, still remain to be some of the most playable and rewarding game out there and fail to show their age – they’ve been around since 2007 and 2006 respectively.
During their time in the industry, Microgaming has grown into a huge company with hundreds of developers working on new games. This gives them the power to develop and release as many as four new games every month. Sometimes we wonder if they even have time to sleep.
With so many games on offer (they now have a selection of more than 600), it may be hard choosing which ones to play. So, to help you out we’ve picked a few of our favourite Microgaming games – enjoy.
We’ve chosen to highlight High Streak European Blackjack Gold. The game includes high betting limits for the high rollers and offers an enticing side bet. The High Streak side bet starts to payout when you beat the dealer for more than one hand in a row.
These payouts make this blackjack version very tempting but it’s worth bearing in mind that the dealer stands on all 17s as opposed to just soft 17s. Also, the addition of a side bet can increase the overall house edge so play carefully.
With more than 60 different versions of Microgaming blackjack games, finding the right one can be tricky. Among the other variations are multi-hand, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Spanish versions of the game.
Roulette games tend to be fairly standard but, with Multi-Player Roulette, Microgaming provides something a bit different. Its luxurious look and feel as well as ability to watch other players place their bets helped it become our Microgaming roulette game of choice.
This game uses a single zero so you have a much nicer house edge and even allows you to choose between 20, 40 and 60 second intervals between spins. Other contenders were Roulette Royale which includes a hefty progressive jackpot and European Roulette Gold High Limit.
Somehow we managed to pick just one game from the 400 slots available to call it our top slot pick. That game is Thunderstruck II. It has 243 winning combinations on every spin and a golden progression bar which increases every time you spin and triggers bonus features.
Of these, the one to look out for is The Great Hall of Spins which may sound like something out of Harry Potter but is actually a very good free spins feature.
When it comes to films, sequels are often a bit of a let down but this slot didn’t disappoint when it was released in May 2010 to follow up on Thunderstruck I.