The UK-based software company Realistic Games has been in business since 2002, which is a lifetime in the fast-moving online gambling sector. The business was formed by a group of like-minded individuals, who saw an opportunity in the real-money casino games industry. Their slots, table games, card games and instant win titles started to appear in online casinos and gaming sites around 2005, with a primary focus on the buoyant and legal UK gambling market. Around this time Realistic Games titles started to appear in retail outlets in the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) via the Cyberview platform. They could be found in Ladbrokes betting shops and also in the Czech Republic with VLT.
In 2008 the online gambling market started to change, with a greater focus on mobile games. Realistic embraced this change and focused their attentions on this particular market. They started building their own platform, rather than using third parties to distribute their games. In 2011 ‘ReGal’ (Realistic Games Library) was officially launched, allowing Realistic Games a greater level of control and management over their own portfolio. It has been integrated with a number of online casino operators.
The 5 reel slots portfolio from Realistic Games has a mixture of old and new in terms of playing experience. There are several titles in their collection that have a look and feel of something very old fashioned, with pronounced buttons, simple designs and clunky sounds. Presumably, this is targeting a crowd of gamblers who like things as they were in the ’80s and ’90s. They do also build games with a more modern feel and the company appear to have turned their attentions more towards this sort of game.