The craziest, strangest, most inventive slots of 2017 – and where to play them

  • From shooting Dictators to Darts players with superheroes, we list some of the more obscure slot releases in 2017
  • We feature some of the most innovative slots games to land on our desk in a epic year for slot releases

2017 has been a crazy year. The Trump presidency has been…shall we say far from conventional? There has been the threat of a nuclear war with North Korea and the seemingly mad rises of Bitcoin that has dominated headlines recently.

And it seems slot game developers have picked up on 2017’s crazed elements, putting out games that are unlike any seen before.

From high volatility, huge win potential and downright controversy, we chart some of the wackiest slot games to land this year and take a look as to what makes them quite so unique.


Mayana is a slot game developed by Quickspin and makes our list for its volatility and huge potential wins.

Perhaps not one for the rookie slot player, the game is played on a 3×3 grid however, as you collect more winning combinations the grid then expands to allow for more possibilities to win with up to 243 opportunities.

In our own words Mayana will ‘chew through your credits’ but the trade off for this is that big wins are in the pipeline for those lucky to land them.

For those who like high intensity action, the Mayana can be played at LeoVegas Casino.


Big Time Gaming’s (BTG) Bonanza slot game certainly lives up to its name and features as the win potential is almost unlimited.

In an era where it appears the bolder you are the greater the rewards, BTG have taken things to the extreme with their Bonanza offering.

Bonanza utilises Megaways instead of fixed paylines and with 117,649 possible Megaways, the pay outs could be astronomical.

Also, the RTP is 96%, so over the long term, your returns will on average be in line with most other slots.

If you want to try and claim a bonanza of a prize, then the game can be played at the aptly named Guts Casino, among many, which currently has a €/£300 welcome bonus offer.


We were not to sure what to make of this slot game when we first saw the trailer back in April.

Red Rake Gaming’s Wildcano breaks the mould of conventional slots as the gameboard is a 3D (almost like a roulette style) wheel in which there are three rings with progressively more symbols from the inner to the outer rings.

Red Rake Gaming certainly went to break boundaries with this game and is a nice attempt and one everyone should try at least if for nothing else other than the graphics and unusual board.

Some have found that it is perhaps too much of a feast for the eyes – and the rotating wheels may make a few heads spin.

Developed by a small studio, the game, which has an RTP of 96.3%, is not widely available yet. You can have a spin for free on the Red Rake Gaming website, however.

Flame Busters

Flamebusters from Thunderkick takes us back to our 1980s video gaming days where block graphics were the norm in a whopping retro slot game.

Help the fireman put out the fires in the fire drill random feature game and transform coins into higher value items.

The game is incredibly creative and it is a very faithful recreation of that old arcade game look. That bleepy-bloop electronic soundtrack is also right on-point.

Flame Busters makes the list for its comic fun and inspired idea. It’s 96.1% RTP is perfectly acceptable too.

The game was originally released at Casumo Casino and is still in their vault today.


What happens when you put Hitler, Kim Jong-un, Stalin and Napoleon in a room? Aside from mass war it appears you also get a slot game called Dictator from Betsense.

It comes across as somewhat of a risky strategy by Betsense to focus on some of histories worst characters but then a small studio can probably get away with it. You probably won’t see a title such as this gracing the games portfolio of a Playtech or Microgaming, for example.

Dictator slot game
Coming to a casino near you? You’ll probably need to look hard to find this one.

That is the exact reason why Dictator makes our list of the craziest titles released this year but the added bonus feature of selecting your favourite dictator to shoot. For every successful shot, a multiplier gets paid out on your bet.

Although most of the big-name casinos have swerved the game, you can give it a go at Betsense’s website.

Dart Heroes

Ever wondered what darts legend Phil Taylor would like as a superhero? Then wonder no more, featuring four of darts biggest superstars, Novomatic’s Dart Heroes takes your everyday darts player and turns him into a superhero with special slots powers.

Quite an odd combination, it has to be said.

The 3D game is played over five reels with 243 combinations, but it is for its daft take on darts that it makes our list.

The trailer is like something straight out of DC comics feature film and is completely unexpected.

The game can be played at darts loving Unibet casino and is well worth a go if you’re a fan of taking to the oche.

Jewel Quest Riches

Back to some sort of normality with this game however it is very innovative allowing players complete freedom to do whatever they want with the amount of moves they’re awarded in the bonus game.

This bonus game is similar to that of say Candy Crush Saga and a little break from the norm of a bonus game in slots.
Jewel Quest Riches is almost like the chess version of slots as taking the time to think about your moves will wield better results and more winnings.

Jewel Quest slot bonus round.
The Jewel Quest bonus round.

The game is well worth a try and can be played at Casumo online casino.

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