It’s that time of the year when we start wrapping up things and summarizing what went well and what we could have done better while setting up new goals for the new year ahead.
It is also a good time to look back at an exciting year of new slots that we have tested, rated, and been entertained by.
The number of new slots has surely surpassed any previous years in online casinos as the competition among game studios is fierce, and some of these game developers release, on average, 1 new slot per week. That all ends up in a whole lot of slots.
But which slots were the best releases during 2023?
We went through all the slots, and after several discussion sessions, the CasinoWizard team agreed upon the following games:
10. Ronin’s Honour (Play’n GO)
Ronin’s Honour from the game studio Play’n GO is an exciting experiment where they added some extra effort into the game’s storyline, something we don’t see too often in slots.
While enjoying the beautiful graphics, you play with features like Mystery Symbols, Splitting Symbols, and Free Spins that can deliver wins of up to 30,000x the bet.
9. Zeus vs Hades Gods of War (Pragmatic Play)
Is it a good idea to allow players to decide the volatility of the game, or should the game studios just choose this for us?
In Zeus vs Hades Gods of War, Pragmatic Play allows players to choose between a high volatility or a VERY high volatility option.
The max win probability is about 1 in 1.3 million in the riskier option and 1.7 million in the other one.
The max win? 10,000x the bet.
8. Boss Bear (Push Gaming)
Boss Bear is a follow-up on the popular Big Bamboo slot, where the mechanics have been reused but with a new, more exciting theme added.
In Boss Bear, you play with features like Reveal Symbols, a Coin Feature, Free Spins, and a Gamble Feature, where you can risk your won spins in return for more.
Although the max wins potential has been sliced in half compared to the original version, it still boasts an impressive 25,000x the bet potential.
7. Pirots 2 (ELK Studios)
ELK Studios has launched several impressive slots lately, and our favourite in 2023 is Pirots 2.
The game uses an unusual mechanic where the birds collect symbols instead of using traditional pay lines or ways to win.
The whole thing resembles something seen in a video game more than a typical slot and might not fit all players, but we like it a lot.
6. Power of Merlin Megaways (Pragmatic Play)
The Megaways mechanic might have lost some of its allure, as there are so many of these games out there, but Power of Merlin Megaways finds its way into our Top 10 list.
The features in the game resemble those seen in slots like Power of Thor Megaways and Wild Hammer Megaways.
The 40,000x max win can be won with the help of the progressive multiplier in the Free Spins, which can reach some impressive heights.
5. Nine to Five (Nolimit City)
Nolimit City is known for its unusual and, at times, provocative themes with extreme volatility levels and huge max win potential.
Nine to Five is clearly influenced by the iconic MTV show Beavis and Butthead, but we also see some influence from the amusing Office Space movie.
What really stands out with this release is the higher-than-average chance to bag a max win as they trigger 1 in 148,000 spins in Nine to Five on average.
As a matter of fact, the CasinoWizard managed to land one of those 9,217x max wins himself without using the bonus buy feature.
4. Book of Power (Relax Gaming)
As we all know, the Book of Dead slot rules the most played slot categories in most online casinos year in and out, but that doesn’t stop other game studios from attempting to get their piece of the pie from the lucrative “Book of” genre.
In 2023, Relax Gaming released Book of Power, which the CasinoWizard deems to be the best “Book of” slot ever released.
It might not have received the attention it deserves, but it’s definitely worth a try and one of the best releases during the year.
3. Razor Returns (Push Gaming)
Razor Shark is one of those slots that remain popular over the years, and in 2023, game studio Push Gaming released the long-awaited sequel Razor Returns.
The max win potential in Razor Return has been increased to 100,000x and offers improved graphics, and extra Razor Reveal features.
Releasing sequels is no easy task, but Push Gaming managed to make something good even better.
2. Money Train 4 (Relax Gaming)
Come on, you knew that Money Train 4 would end up high on this list, and it is a no-brainer.
The Money Train series has been extremely popular, and Money Train 4 finishes off its legacy in a perfect way.
What do you say about an increased max win potential to 150,000x and 20 bonus features offered in the bonus game?
Money Train 4 is a masterpiece that will be remembered as one of the best slot releases in 2023.
1. Darkness (Print Studios)
Ready for a curveball?
Set in an underworld that is devoid of light, happiness, and hope, Darkness grabs you by the wrist and refuses to let go, as hard as you may try. It is the stuff that nightmares are made of, which is precisely the point.
Darkness is not your typical slot and won’t appeal to everyone, but Print Studios is not your average slot creator. It is an upcoming game studio to keep an eye on that has the guts to do different things and experiment like a few others.
We predict we will see more great new slot releases from Print Studios in 2024.
Meanwhile, you can try Darkness, a dark, brooding, and mysterious slot with a max win potential of 20,000x the bet.