February Microgaming Releases Include Cai Shen & Jackpots

Microgaming seems determined to release a record number of new online casino games in 2021. Last month, they kicked off the new year with a dozen new slot titles. This month, Microgaming and its studio partners are in the process of releasing 20 new games.

The latest games from All41 Studios offer Cai Shen and gold tokens, while Triple Edge Studios takes players to Doubloon Island and Old Skool Studios goes to Maui. And perhaps most exciting of all, Just For the Win is contributing a new game to the Mega Moolah series of jackpot games with Juicy Joker.

Our pick for the hottest new game of February is 3 Devils Pinball by Crazy Tooth Studios, though. It is due for release on February 18.

Let’s get to the details for February.

  1. Ingots of Cai Shen (February 2)

Already available in the top Canadian casinos online, Ingots of Cai Shen is the first February release for All41 Studios through Microgaming. Chinese religions and folklore hail Cai Shen, the god of wealth and fortune. And with Chinese New Year just around the corner, it is fitting to bring this god to the masses.

  • 5 reels (3 rows)
  • Paylines: 243
  • Max win: 1,000x
  • RTP: 96.42%
  • Volatility: high
  • Bets: $0.10 – $100

When players find a stack of three ingots on one reel, the Ingots of Cai Shen feature begins. Continuous spins bring more ingots until no new ones appear. Every one that does hit the reels will award the dollar amount or jackpot amount on them. There are four jackpots available: mini, minor, major, and mega. Cai Shen can trigger that feature randomly as well.

Sometimes, Cai Shen randomly adds ingots to the reels for fun. When three scatters appear, the player wins eight free spins, a feature that can retrigger during the free spins. If the player lands at least one ingot on the first reel during the bonus round, prompts Cai Shen to add two more and trigger that feature.

  1. Chicago Gold (February 4)

This is the first product of the new partnership between Microgaming and Pear Fiction. And it is an action-packed game using the setting of Chicago in the early 1900s. There are dancing women, police officers and bad guys, all offering unique features.

  • 5 reels (5 rows)
  • Paylines: 40
  • Max win: 5,000x
  • RTP: 96%
  • Volatility: high
  • Bets: $0.20 – $50

There is a lot happening in Chicago Gold. There are three major “collect” features: collect the money awarded, multiplied collect with a random multiplier, and respin collect to provide more chances to acquire more dollar amounts.

Three scatters trigger the free spins, which add jackpots, cash, and collect options to the reels. The four jackpots are: mini, minor, major, and grand. Players can retrigger free spins and collect achievements throughout the game. There is always something happening in this slot game.

  1. Juicy Joker Mega Moolah (February 9)

Just For the Win produces quite a few games for Microgaming, but this one may be the most lucrative thus far. That is because Juicy Joker is joining the Mega Moolah collection of games. When working across all casino sites that offer the game, the jackpot grows continuously until someone hits it big. That jackpot starts at $1M.

  • 5 reels (3 rows)
  • Paylines: 20
  • Max win: jackpot!
  • RTP: 92.03%
  • Volatility: medium
  • Bets: $0.10 – $10

There are jackpots lower than $1M. Players can win the mini, minor, or major jackpots as well.

When the player finds three Jackpot Jokers, he or she spins the Jackpot Wheel. It can hit a multiplier of 1x, 2x, or 3x, or one of the four jackpot options.

During regular gameplay, a diamond on the reel triggers a respin, and multiple diamonds pay out for that high-paying symbol. Players should also note the wild positions, which light up for the respins and ultimately fill with wilds on the final spin. Also, three scatters trigger 10 free spins, complete with juicy wilds and more wild positions.

  1. Carnaval Jackpot (February 11)

Pulse 8 Studios prepared a follow-up to a very popular casino slot for this February release. Carnaval Jackpot takes Carnaval to another level, as Brazil’s Carnaval often does in real life. This one has expanded features and a jackpot that reaches higher heights.

  • 5 reels (3 rows)
  • Paylines: 9
  • Max win: 4,000x
  • RTP: 96.04%
  • Volatility: medium
  • Bets: $0.25 – $40

The ultimate goal for players is to get a chance at the jackpot. Three or more scatter symbols trigger a Jackpot Respin, and any new scatters from the respin stick on the grid. Players move up the jackpot amounts to the left of the grid as more scatters stick. If the board fills completely with 15 scatters, that is the ultimate Carnaval Jackpot.

Jackpot amounts increase based on the bet amount. Wilds are also in play, offering quite a few payout opportunities.

  1. Maui Mischief (February 15)

An online slot game set in Maui is perfect for a February release, as people in colder regions dream of island warmth. Old Skool Studios mixes realistic and animated images in this ode to Maui, released by Microgaming just after Valentine’s Day.

  • 5 reels (3 row)
  • Paylines: 25
  • Max win: 3,000x
  • RTP: 96.47%
  • Volatility: medium
  • Bets: $0.25 – $75

Tiki Wilds can take up various spaces as a possible stacked wild. They not only substitute for regular symbols but offer 2x multipliers. The scatters (at least three) trigger the Maui Hook, at which point the player chooses from some options that determine how many free spins will occur. Scatters can also appear during free spins to increase the number of free-play spins, in addition to a 3x multiplier in play.

The graphics may not be particularly stunning, but the features and their frequency during regular gameplay make up for that. Every spin has the potential for some kind of action.

Microgaming Maui Mischief

  1. 6 Tokens of Gold (February 16)

All41 Studios is back at it, this time with 6 Tokens of Gold Hyper Hold. They take the traditional fruit, bells, and horseshoes as symbols to another level with the Hyper Hold mechanism. And Microgaming will release this game to all Canadian online casino operators next week.

  • 5 reels (3 rows)
  • Paylines: 20
  • Max win: 1,300x
  • RTP: 96.2%
  • Volatility: medium
  • Bets: $0.10 – $50

The wilds in 6 Tokens of Gold are substitutes for all other symbols except the free spins. And speaking of the free spins, it takes only three on the board during regular gameplay to trigger the bonus round of five free spins. Wilds can also expand to comprise several spots on the board.

The ultimate goal, however, is to get those gold tokens, as six or more on a regular spin trigger the Hyper Hold feature. This keeps those tokens in place and tries to add more during respins. The mini and mega jackpot amounts can appear on the coins themselves, but the player must find coins on all 15 symbol spots during the respins to win the maxi jackpot of up to 1000x the bet.

  1. 3 Devils Pinball (February 18)

Crazy Tooth Studio came up with an extremely original and fun game for its February release with Microgaming. In 3 Devils Pinball, the developers combined traditional slot play with pinball-style action via the Power Path mechanism for a truly unique experience.

  • 6 reels (4-8 rows)
  • Paylines: 25-50
  • Max win: 2,597x
  • RTP: 96.7%
  • Volatility: medium
  • Bets: $0.20 – $50

The three little animated devils have a bit of an evil laugh but can deliver solid winnings. The three devil symbols and various colored fireballs are the board symbols. But one that can also appear is the pinball flipper. Those trigger the board to transform into a pinball game with multiple flippers and bumpers in play.

Players may receive extra balls to build on the original pinball win. Add in wilds and multipliers, the Power Path pinball feature can produce big wins and a very exciting alternative to watching traditional slots.

Three or more bonus symbols trigger the bonus round of 10 pinballs, as the entire game transforms into a pinball game. The bonus can have several rounds, too, with different layouts and number combinations for the balls to follow.

  1. Adventures of Doubloon Island (February 23)

Microgaming offers up another Triple Edge Studios release this month with Adventures of Doubloon Island. It combines an island setting with a pirate adventure and features the Hyper Hold mechanic.

  • 5 reels (3 rows)
  • Paylines: 20
  • Max win: 2,000x
  • RTP: 96.1%
  • Volatility: medium
  • Bets: $0.10 – $50

Pirates and cannonballs make this tropical setting an ideal place to seek winnings. There are wilds that can expand to take up several spots on the grid, and wilds are also the top-paying symbol. Three scatters trigger free spins, at which point only the high-paying symbols are in play and free spins can trigger again.

Another way to win is the Hyper Hold, the mechanic that allows gold coins of various denominations to stick on the reel. When six of them appear, the respins begin. All coins become sticky, and play continues until the player is out of free spins or open spots on the reels.

Through the Hyper Hold respins, players can win the denominations on the coins as well as a mini jackpot (25x the bet), minor jackpot (100x the bet), or major jackpot (500x the bet). And by filling the entire screen with coins, the player can win the mega jackpot, which is the max win of 2,000x the bet.

One more feature in this game is the Win Booster. Players can hit that button to the left of the grid to increase their stake by 1.5x per spin. If this is active when the Hyper Hold takes place, it doubles the value of the bonus win.

  1. Tropical Wilds (February 25)

Rabcat Gambling teamed up with Microgaming to release Tropical Wilds, a game that shows its uniqueness at first glance. The symbols hang in the air with no traditional boxes holding them on to the grid. The animations are equally different and fun.

  • 5 reels (3 rows)
  • Paylines: 25
  • Max win: 3,000x
  • RTP: 96.47%
  • Volatility: medium
  • Bets: $0.25 – $75

Tropical Wilds features regular wilds and the new Outburst Wild. The latter bursts from a box and explodes to turn other symbols wild. Three free spin symbols garner eight spins and the Tornado Wild, a kind of wild symbol that spins like a tornado to find new places on the grid with each spin. As they remain on the board, the spins are extras and not deducted from the spin total. The tornadoes will whirl off the board and then new ones reappear on a subsequent spin.

The wilds present an unpredictable and fresh feature in the slot world.

Microgaming Tropical Wilds

More Titles

As mentioned, Microgaming and its partners are releasing 20 new titles in February. These are the others that weren’t highlighted above:

The ones with links offer demo free-play versions of the games on their websites.

 

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen

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