Reel Kingdom is a relatively young developer, but it has a lot more experience than its tender age would suggest. To illustrate, the company was founded in 2020, but collectively, its staff members have over 150 years of design experience. That's why Reel Kingdom games like Bigger Bass Bonanza, Emerald King Rainbow Road and Floating Dragon Megaways look and play like classic titles straight out of the box. Today we'll discuss where Reel Kingdom came from, what it does best and what the future holds for this talented young company.
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Reel Kingdom was formed by a group of people who had previously been working in the land-based casino and street gaming sectors in the UK and Europe. This variation in background and expertise proved incredibly useful in sparking new ideas and innovations under the Reel Kingdom brand. The founders knew the gaming world, they knew what they liked and, most important of all, they knew how to give players something fresh and exciting.
The first title from Reel Kingdom was Hot to Burn, which was released - like most of its other titles - in partnership with Pragmatic Play. That game, which came out in 2020 was an instant success, and the company released Ultra Burn and Ultra Hold and Spin in its wake. Emerald King took things in an Irish-themed direction, and then the year was rounded off nicely with the Reel Kingdom releasing a game that would guarantee its success for the long term - Big Bass Bonanza.
Many other games have followed, and Reel Kingdom now has around 30 titles live in more than four dozen countries around the world. However, it is still most famous for Big Bass Bonanza and a number of follow-ups and sequels, such as Bigger Bass Bonanza, Big Bass Bonanza Megaways, Big Bass Splash and Big Bass - Keeping it Reel.
Reel Kingdom might have only been around for a few years, but its impact on the online gaming world has been massive. Its games are some of the most popular in New Zealand, and there are no signs of that changing in the foreseeable future.
This is a company that has managed to carve not just one but several niches for itself in the online casino gaming industry. Some online developers strike gold with a single concept and then seem to flog it to death for as long as possible. Reel Kingdom, by comparison, only releases sequels to its hits when there is a genuinely good benefit to players by doing so. In addition, it has several games that have become rather iconic in their own right, giving the company a number of different areas to explore and develop as time goes on. Here are just a few of the key titles that Reel Kingdom has released, and what makes them special.
Hot to Burn is the five-reel pokie that started the whole Reel Kingdom success story. It has a classic video pokie look, with cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, watermelons and red 7s on its transparent reels. Land a winning combination of symbols on any of the five pay lines and they will burn, with flames also being visible in the background, which is a nice touch.
One thing that surprises many players when they encounter this game for the first time is that it doesn't have any special feature round. We suspect that it's the simplicity of the game that has earned it so many fans because while it gives you the chance to win up to 1,000 times your stake, it won't ask you to do anything more complicated than spin its reels of fire.
Ultra Hold and Spin was a follow-up to an earlier Ultra Burn title that continued the flaming fruit machine idea. Some players had been a little disappointed by the lack of special features in those earliest games, so when this title came along boasting the titular Hold and Win feature, word got around pretty fast.
This is a three-reel pokie with five pay lines. There are plenty of traditional fruit symbols in play and more flames in the background. A Wild symbol can and will expand automatically to fill its reel if doing so will help you to win. Money symbols can appear on the middle reel, and when three appear they will trigger the Hold and Respin Bonus game. You'll get four respins to start with, and those will reset every time you land more money symbols. A diamond symbol can appear with a random multiplier value of 100 to 500 times your bet.
Talking about Reel Kingdom without mentioning Big Bass Bonanza would be a like discussing Steven Spielberg and never mentioning ET or Close Encounters. Big Bass Bonanza is the flagship Reel Kingdom game and it is still the company's most popular pokie with players. Released in December 2020, this is a five-reel pokie with ten pay lines, and what has now become a rather iconic bass fishing theme.
We don't quite know what made this unique pokie catch on so quickly, but its laid-back soundtrack, sense of escapism and great features all played a role, we're sure. Land three or more scatters to trigger a free spins round during which the fisherman wild can collect all money symbols that appear.
Big Bass Bonanza has since been followed up with other fantastic games exploring the same theme in different ways, so be sure to check out Bigger Bass Bonanza and Big Bass Bonanza Megaways at the very least.
There's a lot more to Reel Kingdom than fiery fruits and bass fishing, and if anyone disagrees with that observation, tell them to check out Floating Dragon Megaways. This is a six-reel pokie that uses the Megaways mechanic from Big Time Gaming to give you up to 147,456 ways to win. Symbols are illustrated in a traditional Asian style and include a variety of elaborate kites and money fish.
This is a tumble pokie, so winning symbols will be removed from the grid to make room for more, and for the possibility of follow-up wins. Trigger the bonus round to get 10, 15, 20 or 25 free spins with money fish worth up to 5,000 times your stake. Collect four ladies and you'll win more free spins and bigger multipliers. The maximum payout in this game is 20,000 times your bet.
Given the short amount of time that Reel Kingdom has been around, and the impact it has already made on the gambling world, we can expect it to become an even bigger player in the years to come. Its partnership with Pragmatic Play has ensured that every title it releases gets maximum exposure, and when its games have so much to offer that inevitably leads to hit after hit. If you haven't already enjoyed the games from this much-loved brand, do so now and you'll be as hooked as the Canadian players who have gone before you.