Top Low-Key Slot Releases Of The Year…So Far

Alaxe in ZombielandThere have been dozens of great slot games released in 2012, but not all of them have gotten the kind of hype titles like The Dark Knight slot received when they were released. These lesser-known slot machines may not be as popular as the big name games, but they’re just as fun and definitely worth checking out. Here are our picks for the top five games you might not have noticed when they first came out.

1. Alaxe in Zombieland (Microgaming)

This game – which is based on the Alice in Wonderland story – is one of the most inventive games we’ve seen in a very long time. The game is based around a dark, twisted version of Wonderland in which all of your favorite characters have been replaced by zombies, while Alice has become an axe-wielding zombie slayer! This game is incredibly stylish, using a mix of the bright colors that evoke the playful nature of Wonderland along with plenty of darkness to remind us that this is a dangerous place. It’s a truly scary combination that is perfect for the game’s theme. Combine that with several different bonus games that present you with different styles of play and decisions to make, and Alaxe in Zombieland is a game that every slots fan should try.

2. Around the World (Microgaming)

Chances are that you’ve at least heard of the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days, which is exactly what this slot is based on. You’ll travel around the globe, taking trains, hot air balloons and ships in an attempt to make your deadline. There are two different wild symbols, a free spins game, and a game where you’ll relive the adventure from the novel. In that game, you’ll have the chance to bet your winnings on your own trip around the world, trying to make it to each destination without seeing your trip come to an unfortunate end.

3. Black Gold (Betsoft)

For the last century, oil has been one of the preferred methods for getting rich. If you don’t have an oil field handy, though, Black Gold might be your best shot at getting some oil money of your own! In this new 3D slots game, you’ll match symbols related to the oil business, including some rich Texas barons, derricks and more. There are also oil-themed bonus rounds, as well as the same great animations and graphics you’ve come to expect from every Betsoft game.

4. Dawn of the Dinosaurs (888.com)

This exclusive slot machine is only available through 888.com and features everyone’s favorite extinct animals: dinosaurs! You’ll have the chance to match a number of different dinosaur species, with the mighty T-Rex earning the biggest prizes of all. There are also a number of prehistoric bonus rounds, like a Free Spins game that is activated after collecting lava rock symbols, or the Raptor Clash in which you’ll need to pick which dinosaur will win in a fight. Another feature, the Combo Completer, actually allows you to collect eggs over the course of several play sessions, saving your progress even if you leave the game!

5. Thunderfist (Net Entertainment)

This NetEnt machine takes high-flying martial arts action and combines it with some of the newest innovations in slot machine play. Thunderfist is a 243 Ways slot machine, in which you make just one wager to cover all of your possible winning combinations. With stacked wilds, a free spins game, and plenty of different multipliers that can explode your winnings Thunderfist is a game that any fan of Kung Fu movies should definitely check out.

Read my review of the Thunderfist slots game from NetEnt