THE MONTH IN SLOTS: The best online slots in January 2018

There was no post-Christmas lull for slot developers this month.

If their New Year’s resolution was to pump plenty of new titles out to players, then they are already on course to stick to their word.

Also, we are but a few days now away from ICE 2018, the biggest online gaming expo in the world, where software developers are unveiling new titles in time for the launch.

While some of these may not be quite ready to play, they are at least fully formed and ready to go.

Already this year is shaping up to offer some great new titles.

Let us begin.

Quickspin’s Pied Piper

Quickspin is known for its advanced computer generated graphics, with a fairytale vibe, and so it was no surprise to see Pied Piper land this month.

Pied Piper slot
Pied Piper by Quickspin – will you dance to his tune?.

Will players be lured by the tune of this slot?

This 40 payline, five reel slot has an RTP of 96.32% and offers a medium volatility.

Land the Pied Piper fully on the reel and there will be a re-spin where the Pied Piper and mouse symbols move to the left after each spin.

The classic free spins round is also present, with three scatters triggering the bonus.

WHERE TO PLAY: Find this one live now at Casumo Casino.

Microgaming’s Lucky Little Gods

This slot, with its classic Asian animation style, evokes that cutesy, energetic style we come to expect from cartoons and video games from that part of the world.

Microgaming’s classic 243-ways-to-win pay structure is in play here with a host of bonuses available.

The Golden Tree bonus is a simple cash prize that could hit 40x the wager. The Treasure Pot bonus, however, offers from 20 to 100x the staked amount.

The free spins round offers a tantalising 433x your stake thanks to reels one to five having the potential to turn wild.

WHERE TO PLAY: This slot available from Feburary at casinos including 32Red.

Yggdrasil’s Ozwin’s Jackpots

Yggdrasil has pulled another fine looking slot out of the bag with Ozwin’s Jackpots.

Ozwin’s Jackpots free spins reels

This school of magic-themed slot sees Ozwin’s apprentice on a mission to secure magical items on behalf of the mighty eponymous character.

The game has five jackpots of varying levels, which Yggdrasil say will land with much more frequency than many slots, keeping players engaged.

That, coupled with the video game-like questing elements, offer more depth than your average reel-spinner.

There’s a spellbook bonus game which has a range of clickable bonuses and prizes. All in all, there’s a huge amount to explore here and players who like a bit of sorcery might well come under this slot’s spell.

WHERE TO PLAY: This one is available at many online casinos right now, including MobileBet.

Thunderkick’s The Falcon Huntress

The innovative slot maker is back with something a little more conventional, although a Mongolian falconry expert is still fairly new ground when it comes to slots.

The Falcon Huntress - that's right a 10,050x multiplier!
The Falcon Huntress – that’s right a 10,050x multiplier!

The Falcon Huntress is not available to play just yet, but so far we know it could pay 10,050 your stake – which is certainly a sky-high jackpot.

It is a simple slot in terms of its nine paylines, but it is looking like quite a volatile slot, meaning wins could be potentially huge (yes – a 10,000x multiplier) but they might be a long time coming.

It’s the bonus round that players will really want to hit, where winning lines always expand, bumping up wins.

WHERE TO PLAY: When this slot finally gets released, try it at Casino Euro.

NetEnt’s Universal Monsters The Phantom’s Curse

This slot by NetEnt rounds out our review of January and what was a hastily repackaged slot that was initially due for release in the Summer.

The Universal Monsters: The Phantom's Curse slot's base game.

Quite whether NetEnt knew that Microgaming also had a Phantom of the Opera themed slot coming out for that time at inception is anyone’s guess, but either way, this slot is still well worth a look now it has finally had its release.

What we get from NetEnt is another visually impressive slot.

The game really seeks to immerse the player into the world, with cutscenes punctuating the various bonuses and features.

The free spins round is particularly exciting, only ending when the Phantom cuts the chandelier’s ropes to ‘bring the house down.

WHERE TO PLAY: This slotting adventure can be had right now at Power Spins Casino.

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