Genii is an online game developer that has been around since 1998 but has somehow managed to maintain quite a low profile when compared to its more famous contemporaries. Fortunately, its games are a very different story and have captured the imaginations of players everywhere. There are more than 130 Genii games that can be played in over 40 countries, including New Zealand. In this review, we'll provide you with some background on the company and where it operates. We'll also put the spotlight on several of its most popular games.
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Genii Info & Facts:
License: Licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission
Games: 130+ available in 40+ countries
Genii was founded in 1998 by a group of entrepreneurial gaming industry professionals who wanted to bring a fresh and innovative perspective to the fast-changing online gaming landscape. It describes itself as having a lateral thinking process that it calls an "opportunity mindset", and that approach has enabled it to come up with "unorthodox solutions" to a range of challenges.
Of course, that's all very much behind the scenes as far as online gaming fans are concerned, but it's good to know that the Genii team isn't afraid to explore new and novel ideas in its quest to create "trailblazing solutions".
There are currently more than 130 titles in the Genii catalogue of online games. Almost all of these are slots, and that has allowed the company to create titles spanning the widest range of themes, formats and ideas. Whether you're a fan of nature, aviation, pirates, fairies, mythology, rock music, game shows or something completely different, the chances are good that Genii has at least a few titles to keep you entertained.
For those of you who want to explore Genii games for yourself, here are just a few of the most popular titles in New Zealand at the time of writing. Start with these and you'll get a good idea of the breadth of choice available to you.:
If you've ever fancied piloting a wartime aircraft then Queen of Aces could well be the next best thing. This five-reel slot was released in 2022 and lets you soar through blue skies with a military-style soundtrack accompanying your efforts. Symbols include various badges, blimps, mines, first aid packs and planes, as well as a random wild bomb and an expanding wild pilot. Get three or more scatter symbols and you can enjoy one of three different free spins rounds: Formation Free Spins, Dogfight Free Spins or Air Raid Free Spins.
Taking to the skies isn't the only way to get away from it all, and when you sit down to play Great White Buffalo you'll enjoy some quality time in the North American wilderness. The sun is setting on a majestic canyon, and your job is to spin the five reels and match animal symbols that include untamed horses, coyotes, bears, buffalo and bald eagles. The titular white buffalo is wild and a buffalo bullion symbol serves as a scatter. Land 3, 4, or 5 of these on the reels at the same time to trigger 3, 6, or 9 free spins.
Wheel Big Winner is a 2022 release, and this slot cleverly combines a traditional Vegas-style video slot with a Wheel Bonus game. The main slot has five reels bearing classic symbols like cherries, BARs, and variously coloured 7s along with money sacks, dollar signs and a Spin It wheel symbol. Land three special wheel symbols on the reels to trigger the bonus game. This gives you three spins to win Free Spins with all prizes doubled, Bet Multipliers or even one of three Jackpots. Get three money sack symbols on the reels and you'll be able to pick one to reveal a hidden prize.
Online slot players who have a taste for the fruit machines of old will love Triple Berry Wild. This breathes new life into the traditional fruit-based game with symbols that look thoroughly modern. The five reels are this 2021 slot are packed with peaches, grapes, kiwi fruit, bananas, limes, pineapples, oranges, plums, cherries and lemons. Watermelons serve as scatters and a triple berry symbol acts as a wild that doubles the value of your win. Get 3 or more watermelons on the reels and you trigger a free spins round with all wins tripled in value.
Following the success of Triple Berry Wild, and continuing with the wild fruits theme, is Bananas Wild. This is a tropical slot with a reggae soundtrack that was released in 2022, and all the action takes place on an idyllic beach under palm trees. Symbols on the reels are suitably tropical fruits, such as lychee, star apples, coconuts and bananas. Watermelons are wild, and when you get 3, 4, or 5 of them on the reels, you'll win 10, 20, or 50 free spins.
For those of you with a spiritual streak, Genii released a slot called 7 Chakras in 2018. Now we wouldn't encourage you to rely on any online gaming developer for spiritual guidance, but this is a stylish game with a traditional Indian soundtrack and classic chakra symbols on the five reels. A meditating lady with all seven chakras activated serves as a double high wild symbol and will double any win she helps to complete or improve. Getting three scatter symbols will trigger a Free Spins Ascension feature.
The games that Genii has released over the last couple of decades have proven to be incredibly popular with players in New Zealand as well as scores of other countries around the world. This alone is evidence that the development team at Genii knows how to entertain, and that its lateral thinking approach leads to the birth of some great concepts and ideas. Expect more of them to land at online casinos in the months and years to come.