It’s been an action-packed 2019 so far with some big releases such as Dead or Alive 2 and Lil’ Devil already seeing much player activity and producing those dream hits in excess of 10,000x bet. We also learned that Netent have bought Red Tiger Gaming although this seems likely to be aimed at their far eastern markets rather than to supplement Netent’s design capabilities which despite some mediocre releases are certainly in better shape than many of their bigger rivals.
A sure sign of a major developer having some success is their use of trademarked themes or licensed material and Conan is Netent’s latest based on the 1982 movie but I think even that will not reach as many players as their impending game Ozzy Osbourne! It seems that hard rock and metal is making a comeback in slots if not the music charts, as we have seen with Play’n Go’s Sabaton or Demon slots and of course Netent’s own Motorhead. Now you may have seen an older ‘The Osbournes’ game from Microgaming but that was based on the popular MTV documentary rather than his music which this edition is.
Those of you knowledgeable about rock music may have noticed the Black Sabbath connection here as our favourite Brummie was the original lead singer in that band and his successor Ronnie James Dio featured on Big Time Gaming’s Holy Diver slot earlier this year. As a fan of Black Sabbath I’ll likely be unusual in not having a favourite of these two vocalists as they both impressed me with their material. You can be sure to hear Ozzy’s distinctive voice on the Ozzy Osbourne game and I’ll bet one of the symbols used is going to be a bat, hopefully a rubber one!
So how are Big Time Gaming hitting back? Well next up is a kind of sequel to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Megaways called Millionaire Mystery Box and we hear this will itself be followed by a Monopoly Megaways slot, probably due to the fact that WMS who often use that Monopoly theme are under the same Scientific Gaming platform as BTG. It’s a shame that bigger developers such as Microgaming, WMS and IGT seem to have contributed little to online slots in the last couple of years as a revival from those developers could have meant an embarrassment of riches for players this year, but even so it hasn’t been bad at all. Roll on Ozzy Osbourne – I’m sure it’ll be f-f-f-flipping good fun…