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  • Written by Anna Melnikova


Online slots are continuously updated with new releases that give players new ways to entertain themselves. In February of 2021 alone, hundreds of slots have been launched, and some of them claim spots in top popularity lists. Here is a breakdown of the best new slot games from the first month of 2021:



Fruit Shop Megaways



Fruit Shop Slot is a classic NetEnt slot that gets a beefed-up sequel with the Megaways engine. The Fruit Shop Megaways online slot features the same light-hearted fruit theme used in the first slot but with extra entertainment layers. The cartoon visuals in the first slot are also used in this title with a few apparent changes to the screen layout.



The playtable is the most significant alteration and features six reels in the place of five. Each reel holds between two and seven characters. The backdrop is changed as well to showcase a vegetation expanse that sits beneath a crystal blue sky. The unique free spins feature is the game's highlight and is activated by any winning combination of medium or low-value icons.



Lord Merlin and the Lady of the Lake



The pokie provider Play'n Go not only revived the 'Book of' slots initiated by Novomatic but also sent them to the top of popularity lists led by the Book of Dead Slot. The software developer has fun with the pokie series by exploring themes outside ancient Egypt. They take a trip to Avalon's mythical land with Lord Merlin and the Lady of the Lake slot game this time. The pokie is a reskin of Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter, but the title was limited to four casinos only.



Lord Merlin and the Lady of the Lake pokie puts the game's unique mechanic on display in more than a hundred casinos. The set comes at gamblers with the strength of a well-balanced theme featuring a male and female lead. The visuals are stunning as they give a view of the magical lake where Nimue resides, and the wooden reels provide a display of alluring characters waiting to trigger a payout or bonus which include;



  • Wins of up to 10,000 times the placed bet in a single round

  • A wild scatter appears as the sword of Arthur to replace other icons or trigger the free spins when three or more are in view

  • Eight free spins are awarded each time, and an icon is selected randomly to become the expanding symbol

  • Excalibur Spins that activates when two wild scatters appear and one round for each sword



Eye of the Storm



When one would think slots have milked the Egyptian theme dry, a new release is made to rekindle its popularity. Eye of the Storm Slot is the latest instalment in the category and is a sequel to the Eye of Horus pokie by Pragmatic Play. The game features classic Egyptian imagery, including hieroglyphics, pyramids, and ancient artifacts. The legendary Cleopatra is the wild symbol on the second through fourth reels. The pyramid plays the scatter and awards up to fifty times the total stake and twelve free spins.



Madame Destiny Megaways



Pragmatic Play brings back the crystal-gazing gypsy lady to tell players fortunes in Madame Destiny's Megaways slot machine. The first slot was not the most popular release, making it an interesting contender for a Megaways revamp. However, the set gets an overhaul in its visuals and payouts, which undoubtedly improves its predecessor. A giant six-reel red grid occupies most of the grid in the middle of dark forests lit only by lamps on each side. The 96.67% RTP slot has various bonuses like;



  • A wild denoted by the gypsy that appears on the second to the sixth reel

  • Tumble feature that eliminates any icons that are part of a winning combination

  • Crystal scatters that grant up to 100 times the total wager and the free spins round



War of Gods



War of Gods pits Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, against Hades, the god of the dead. The epic battle takes place on five reels with each deity showcasing their immense power through various bonus features. Gameplay activates with stakes of between 0.10 and 20 credits. With each round, players can enjoy any of these incentives:

  • Wrath of Zeus – triggered by two Zeus icons and reveals the high-value symbol on the reels

  • Hades Hellfire – triggered by two Hades characters to reveal only Hades symbols

  • Warring Gods – activated by landing Zeus and Hades in one spin to reveal only the gods on the reels

  • Combination payouts – grant wins for two or three to five similar items that go up to 3000 times the line stake.



Rome: The Golden Age



Most elements of modern life have their roots in the Roman civilization that dates back centuries. Rome: The Golden Age showcases Romans at the height of their prosperity, often marked with gladiators' bloodshed. Players visit the famous arena fights on a unique 3-4-5-4-3 playtable placed between marble pillars. Twenty paylines are used to activate winnings and accept up to 50 credits in stakes. The 96.06% RTP game has numerous features going for it including;

  • The Golden Age symbol that randomly turns into the Rome icon

  • Free spin multipliers that go up to 1000 times

  • Locked grid positions in the free spins that turn into wilds



Hot Wild 7s



Fruit slots never seem to go out of style, and Hot Wild 7s Slot is proof. This Pariplay pokie machine presents melons, grapes, oranges, and bells in stunning 3D designs. The game's five reels hold forty fixed bet lines that carry up to 100 credits in bets. The golden bells play the scatters that activate ten free spins and triggering wins of up to 1000 times the bet. The flaming seven plays the wild and pays up to 500 times the line stake for its combinations.



Parting Shot



More slots are set to roll out as the year goes by, and those released in January are a good start. These games are availed in free and real money versions, both of which are accessible in tens of gambling dens and affiliate sites.

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