Stormcraft Studios is a developer that has given us some of the biggest online gaming hits of all time. This is the company that gave us games like Thunderstruck Wild Lightning, Fortunium Gold, Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx and Agent Jane Blonde Returns. Just as impressively, members of the Stormcraft Studios team have also worked on earlier games that went on to become legends in their own right, including Immortal Romance and Mega Moolah, so the talents and abilities of the people at Stormcraft are considerable.
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Having previously worked on titles like Mega Moolah and Immortal Romance for Microgaming, the Stormcraft team of industry veterans decided to set up their own independent game studio in 2016. Founded in South Africa, where the company continues to be based, Stormcraft Studios continued to work in partnership with Microgaming, which has since been rebranded as Games Global.
Its first game as an independent game studio was Fortunium, which was released in 2018. That title was a massive success, and it remains one of the most popular in New Zealand and around the world. Agent Blonde Returns was released in the first half of 2019, and in the second half of that year pokie fans welcomed Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx.
To date, Stormcraft Studios has released 15 games. That isn't the largest number by any means, but every title put out by the developer has received widespread acclaim, so it's clear that quality is much more important to this studio than quality. Stormcraft games are available in almost 400 casinos in over four dozen countries, with New Zealand being just one of them.
All of the games released by Stormcraft Studios thus far have been pokies, and there is no reason to believe that this trend will change anytime soon. Every title that has been put out by this developer is well worth playing, and the fact that there are only 15 or so means that it's perfectly possible to do that. Even so, if you'd like to get an overview of what Stormcraft stands for, here are the four key titles we would recommend starting with.
The first pokie to be released by Stormcraft Studios as an independent game studio, Fortunium is a five-reel pokie that takes place in a steampunk-style metropolis where skyscrapers tower high all around. Symbols on the reels include stylized versions of the playing card suits of diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs, as well as airships, treasure chests, ray guns and a green orb scatter. Land three or more scatter symbols on the reels to trigger 10 free spins with Mystery Reels.
Agent Jane Blonde first appeared in a 2008 pokie from Microgaming, and in 2019 Stormcraft Studios breathed new life into the popular character with this superb sequel. The action focuses on the adventures of the titular Jane Blonde, who is a much prettier female version of James Bond. Lower-value symbols include a watch, laptop, passports, a handbag with a pistol and a sports car, while higher-value symbols show Jane in a variety of action poses. Land two or more logo scatters to trigger a Respins Feature.
This 2019 game is a sequel to Jungle Jim El Dorado, which was released by Microgaming in 2016. As the name of the game suggests, this series focuses on the adventures of an explorer called Jungle Jim, and in this pokie, he's on a quest to find an ancient Egyptian treasure known as the Lost Sphinx. Symbols include various precious stones and artifacts, and a special scatter that can help you trigger 12 free spins with a multiplier trail. Get lucky and you could win up to 6,250 times your bet.
We said earlier that members of the Stormcraft team were responsible for bringing some big-name games to the world for Microgaming. Thunderstruck was one of those games, so it's no great surprise that Stormcraft has since given us a couple of sequels. Thunderstruck Wild Lightning was released in 2021 and gives players a chance of winning as much as 15,000 times their bets. Features include Thor wilds, Link&Win and the ability to win one of four different jackpots: the Mini, Minor, Major and Mega.
For a long time, the talent that eventually became Stormcraft Studios worked away quietly on games released by Microgaming. Its establishment as an independent game studio in 2016 brought that talent out into the limelight, and while this isn't the most prolific developer in the world, every title it puts out is a genuine work of art. Try playing any of the titles that we've highlighted here at one of our top NZ casinos and discover what Stormcraft is all about, then watch this space for news about upcoming releases as and when they are announced.