Scandinavians and online gambling go together like Thor and his over-sized hammer, and as much as the population love a bet online, so Sweden et al have been responsible for launching some of the industry’s most innovative gaming firms.
One of the more recent entrants to the market – Quickspin – proves there’s definitely a lot of talent coming out of the land of roll mops, snow, saunas, snow, and snow (and saunas).
Based in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, Quickspin is not only pioneering new online video slots but also titles in the burgeoning social gaming scene. And with a CEO at the head who cut his teeth as Head of Product Management at leading developer, NetEnt you know they have the right people in charge.
In terms of slots, Quickspin’s portfolio – hardly massive but certainly still growing fast – is packed with games boasting slick graphics and seamless gameplay.
Sinbad slot has some beautifully-executed animation and neat features like random Stacked Wilds. Beowulf, meanwhile, features graphics so slick you have to remember you’re not looking at a video game. There is some of the best on-screen animation we’ve seen in an online video slot and a nice arcade battle scene where you take on the dragon in a battle to the death.
However, it’s in the area of social gambling where Quickspin is really making a name for itself.
Quickspin recently signed a license agreement with social gaming start-up Plumbee for delivery of its social gaming portfolio. If you haven’t heard of Plumbee you will have certainly heard of Facebook (unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past 10 years), and gaming on the social network site is big news in 2014. The licensing agreement enabled Quickspin to tap into a fast-growing market and deliver free-to-play games to a mass market.
Quickspin’s state-of-the-art slots titles like Rapunzel Tower and Goldilocks and the Wild Bears are available on Facebook through Plumbee’s Mirrorball Slots app, and we can expect more to appear over the year.
One standout game which highlights the firm’s talent is their Treasure Island Facebook slot, a game which features instant-play, tons of free spins, Stacked Wilds and great gameplay. A particularly nice touch is the pirate ship that fire cannonballs into the reels from behind to turn symbols Wild.
In recognition of Quickspin’s innovative titles, the firm won Game of the Year for its Big Bad Wolf slot at the 2013 EGR Operator Awards, a slot that can be played for money at various online casinos or for free as part of Facebook’s suite of social games. In the same year the company won an award – also at the EGR B2B Awards – for ‘Software Rising Star of the Year’.
All eyes will be on Quickspin to see what new games this exciting company will come up in the coming months and years. While this slots ‘rising star’ continues to make waves in the online and social slots market, it will be good to see what they achieve in the mobile gaming arm.