Thanks to advancing technology and strong competition between software providers, online pokies get better and better every year. 2017 is set to be the best year for pokies yet, with leading game studios like NetEnt and Microgaming striving to outdo each other. Check out some of the slot games being unveiled in 2017 and get a sneak peak at what the new year has in store for online players.
Pokies launching in 2017
Online game developers tend to be quite tight lipped about their upcoming releases, so it’s difficult to know too far in advance what new pokies are on the horizon. Luckily, the team here at OnlinePokieGame.com has managed to do some digging around to uncover some incredible game releases set for the first few months of 2017, and we’re excited by what we’ve found. Check out these first glimpses of some of the new pokies releases available in our recommended online casinos early next year.
NetEnt’s Divine Fortune pokies game is due for release on January 24th 2017 and with some of the best graphics we’ve seen, NetEnt will certainly be entering the new year on a high note. Divine Fortune uses a tried and tested ancient Greek theme, but the grandiose beauty of NetEnt’s design and soundtrack puts all other ancient Greece themed slots to shame. Sleek goddess statues stand to the side of the reels, with impeccable symbols made up of things like Medusa, commanding animals, mythical beasts, laurel wreaths and Greek iconography. The winged horse acts as the games wild and can become stacked across the reels as part of the Falling Wilds feature. Free spins are available, as is a progressive jackpot offering three jackpot levels – Minor, Major and Mega. It’s the first new progressive jackpot game we’ve seen from NetEnt in a long while, but with NetEnt currently pulling its large progressives from the Australian market, only time will tell whether Divine Fortune will be available for Aussies.
Due for release on February 9th 2017, Joker Pro will be NetEnt’s third most volatile pokies game, offering wins of up to 1000 times the size of your active bet. This is a five-reel, 10 payline pokies game that draws inspiration from the classic slot machines, with a joker theme that carries classic slot symbols like diamonds, four leaf clovers, horse shoes and liberty bells. Joker Pro aims to offer a no-frills pokies game that still offers the premium graphics and flawless gameplay that NetEnt is famous for. While it has minimal bonus features, you will find re-spins, sticky wilds and Hot Spot Wins.
Life of Riches
Life of Riches will be one of Microgaming’s first slot releases of the year, offering the predictable Microgaming pokies layout we’ve seen many times before. It uses a high-life theme, with symbols made up of all the fancy things you could blow your money on if you were to strike it rich in this game, like private jets, luxury yachts and sports cars. This one seems to be geared towards women, as Life of Riches reveals a bunch of ladies living the life of luxury, playing tennis, playing roulette at a fancy casino and jet setting off to exotic locations. The game offers bonuses like stacked wilds and free spins with a 2X multiplier, but other than that Life of Riches seems destined to fall into the basket of subpar Microgaming pokies, although with its high winning potential its sure to attract many players.
In October 2016, NetEnt launched the incredible Red Riding Hood pokies game, the first in a series of whimsical themed slots that will form the Fairytale Legends series. NetEnt has confirmed there are more fairytale titles planned for release in 2017, but as of yet no further information has been released about which classic tales will make it to our screens. We can only speculate at this stage, but have our fingers crossed for Cinderella, Rapunzel or Snow White and the Seven Drawves pokies.
Huangdi The Yellow Emperor
This early 2017 Microgaming release seems more promising than Life of Riches, straying slightly from the cookie-cutter Microgaming format we’ve grown tired of, but still leaving a lot to be desired. Huangdi The Yellow Emperor is themed around the Battle of Zhuolu, with symbols made up of historical relics from Imperial China. Physically, it’s a very attractive game, with bright colours and sophisticated Asian designs and there are some great bonus features like free spins, stacked wilds and expanding symbols. But in terms of innovation, Huangdi The Yellow Emperor basically follows the exact same format as the older Ariana slot game, with nothing new or exciting to be found.
Reviews of 2017 slot releases
As new games have been unveiled at our top-rated casino sites in 2017, we’ve had the pleasure of playing these games and writing detailed reviews so our readers know exactly what’s in store. Check out our pokies reviews of these hot titles dropping online in 2017:
- Lucky Fairy by Microgaming
- Jade Magician by Play’n Go
- Alchymedes by Yggdrasil
- Divine Fortune by NetEnt
- Wild Toro by ELK Studios
- Vikings Go Berzerk by Yggdrasil
- Life of Riches by Microgaming
- Huangdi The Yellow Emperor by Microgaming
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