Top Online Slots of the Summer 2012

The Dark KnightAs the summer draws to a close, it’s a great time to look back at some of the great games that were released by online casinos over the last few months. It’s been a busy season for online slots, with some truly impressive titles having come out this summer. Below you can find the top four ranked slots of this summer.

The Dark Knight (Microgaming)

The Dark Knight has easily been the most talked about online slot machine of the summer. It was released just in advance of the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the third film in the recent Batman series of films directed by Christopher Nolan.

Following in the tradition of other Microgaming titles like The Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight features a cinematic style which includes some impressive backdrops that have you flying through Gotham. You’ll also have plenty of run-ins with both Batman and the Joker, each of whom will find ways to increase your winnings. Clips and images from the film are also scattered throughout the game, making sure you never forget that you’re in the world of The Dark Knight. Combine that with a chance to win the Mega Jackpot (the same one available through the Mega Moolah series of games), and it’s easy to see why The Dark Knight might be the best slot machines of 2012.

Read my detailed review of The Dark Knight slot game

It Came from Venus (Betsoft)

This game – the latest in the Betsoft line of 3D slot machines – is a homage to the classic pulp fiction sci-fi stories of the 1950’s. It follows the story of a mysterious plant that lands in a field on Earth, the farmer who cares for it, and the military officer who wants to take the plant in for study. As with most Betsoft games, everything about this machine stays true to the theme, from the many animations present throughout to the bonus rounds, which have you doing things like rescuing the alien plant from the military. All of these features make It Came from Venus one of the most entertaining slots of the summer.

Monopoly Plus (Wagerworks)

IGT has released a number of different Monopoly slot machines in live casinos around the world, and several of these games have also been released through their online subsidiary, Wagerworks. The latest of these is Monopoly Plus, a game that takes many aspects of the previous Monopoly titles and adds a few twists into the mix. As in other Monopoly games, the most exciting portion of the slot is the Board Bonus, where you travel around the Monopoly board collecting prizes. As you continue playing the game, you’ll also earn Monopoly money that can be used to “level up” and unlock bonuses, such as additional games that offer bigger rewards inside the Board Bonus.

Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business (Net Entertainment)

NetEnt’s Jack Hammer vs. Evil Dr. Wuten was already one of the company’s most popular slot machines, so creating a sequel was an easy choice. This game follows the continuing adventures of Jack Hammer, an old-fashioned comic book hero. The entire game is laid out in comic book fashion, featuring graphics that look like they could be lifted right from the pages of a golden age comic. Combine that with a great sticky win feature that gives you the opportunity to win again and again, and it’s no wonder Fishy Business has become one of the most popular NetEnt slots among their players.