They say that time flies when you're having fun, so those of us who enjoy playing online pokies shouldn't be too surprised that we're almost halfway through the year already. There have been scores of new games released over the last five months, but which of them have been welcomed with the greatest amount of enthusiasm? We're glad you asked because today we're putting the spotlight on the four most popular new release pokies for 2022 so far.
This is a 6x6 grid pokie from OnlyPlay that, as its title suggests, is packed to bursting with all kinds of juicy goodness. The grid is presented against a relaxing animated outdoor backdrop, and the grapes, strawberries, apples and other fruit symbols are so succulently illustrated that your mouth will water just by playing.
Special features include a TNT Booster that juices all symbols, a regular Free Spins round and a special Free Spins round with TNT Booster. If you like the look and taste of these fruity reels and you fancy crushing it for cash prizes, play Juicy Crush.
Released in April by BGaming, Lucky Farm Bonanza is another game that takes place outdoors, and this time you're on a farm. The action is presented on a 6x6 grid, and symbols include a variety of fruits and vegetables, four farmyard residents, and a farm building, which is a scatter.
Trigger (or buy) the Free Spins round and as well as getting 10 free spins you can also benefit from a basket of fruit symbol. This can improve wins by a random multiplier value worth anything from 2 to 100, and the maximum harvest in this game is worth 15,000 times your stake.
Those of you who like your pokies to have rather more serious themes will want to take a look at The Bowery Boys from Hacksaw Gaming. This one is set in Hell's Kitchen, New York, and is based on the antics of a 19th-century street gang. It has a mature graphic novel style as well as an atmospheric soundtrack and is one of those games that really pulls you into the world it portrays.
This is a six-reel game with five rows, and to win a prize you need to get eight or more matching symbols on the grid in any position. Land one, two or three Bonus symbols and you'll trigger one of three Bonus Games that focus on Strongbox Storage, Daisy's Dynamite and the Bowery Savings Bank.
Finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow isn't as unlikely as it sounds when you play Clover Gold from Pragmatic Play. This is an Irish-themed five-reel pokie that emphasizes the mystical side of Irish folklore. Symbols include toadstools, a wooden tankard, an Irish maiden and a bearded leprechaun, as well as a Tree of Life bonus symbol on the middle three reels.
Money symbols in the shape of a four-leaf clover can also appear on the first four reels. These have cash values, which can be collected in various ways by landing special Collect symbols on the fifth reel. We consider the Money and Collect symbols to be a special feature in itself, but there's also a Free Spins round that you can trigger by landing three Bonus symbols on the reels.
The pokies featured here are the most popular releases of 2022 so far for a reason, and that's because they're all great examples of what makes online gaming so much fun. Visit any of the casinos shortlisted above and you'll have a great time confirming their merits for yourself.