From ancient China came the game of keno; from the ancient Roman culture, evolved the set of dice. If there’s one thing that is certain is that humans love to play games and have been gambling since time immemorial.
Online casino games have evolved a great deal today in New Zealand and elsewhere thanks to the advances by gaming software players. Here’s an ode to them.
It’s considered as the platinum standard in the casino world and has many firsts to its credit – online casino software in 1994; wide-area progressive slot Cash Splash in 1998; mobile gaming software in 2004. It’s also responsible for bringing the first branded slot game, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in 2004, the popular progressive slot Mega Moolah, first multiplayer slot, and the first online 3D slot.
Being the founder member of the gambling industry’s regulatory authority eCOGRA, Microgaming offers more than 1000 games, including the hugely popular Thunderstruck II, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Game of Thrones. It even came out with the first ever slot for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Been around since 1996, Net Entertainment is known for its innovation in software games. It’s responsible for bringing to life such gems as Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest, Jack Hammer, Mega Joker, and Jackpot 6000. NetEnt’s games are used by 300+ online casinos worldwide. There are also popular licensed titles like Guns N’ Roses, The Invisible Man, Elements: The Awakening, and The Planet of the Apes. Most of the games are developed using both, Flash and HTML5 technology and are easier to run on mobiles.
NetEnt has a feature called Engage that offers high-quality promotional features for live casino games. Players can get instant rewards in real-time, which are tailored to their playing habits to capitalize on in-game events and activity. Their games are said to be so good that rumours abound of NetEnt entering into deals with the shady operators to avoid getting ripped off.
It’s the king of live casino gaming. Though founded much later (in 2006) than Microgaming and NetEnt, Evolution Gaming has really pushed the boundaries of technology and game quality.
Their tie-up with PartyCasino has been hugely successful in making games popular on the new platforms. Their most played live casino games in New Zealand include Live Blackjack, Live Baccarat, Live Roulette, and Live Dream Catcher – a Wheel of Fortune-style spinning game where you win instant cash prizes. All games are streamed in high-quality HD and independently audited and certified from various regulatory bodies.
It continues to be in the news with the launch of a new Lightning Roulette game at ICE 2018; and 8th Live Casino studio, its first significant expansion outside Europe in British Columbia, Canada. Evolution also scored a double victory at EGR B2B Awards winning Live Casino Supplier of the Year for the ninth successive year, and Multi-Channel Supplier of the Year.
It’s highly popular among players from Australia and New Zealand, especially. Its first slot game – The Clubmaster – came out in the mid-50s with three reels and scatter symbols, which led to a spurt in the installation of new machines.
Aristocrat brought the first advanced 5-reel slot machine in 1970. Its gaming software is distinguished by unique themes and bonuses and offers a lot of nature and animal theme slot games and multilingual slot machines.
Aristocrat also offers the unique drag’n’drop wild option in its games, which helps players to move wild symbols to any place on the reels during bonus games. This lets players form winning combinations easily.
This is another top-rated player in the gambling industry. Playtech was the first company that asked a hefty upfront payment for its software going against the market convention of giving away software for free. Playtech was also the first to bring the first land-based European casino online in 2002. Besides the traditional games, Playtech ventured into the conventional 75-ball version of the bingo game.
It offers various online amusements, such as sports betting, bingo, casino, live gaming, poker, fixed and casual odds games. Purchases like sports betting platform BGT, PokerStrategy, Ash Gaming, and Aristocrat Lotteries from Aristocrat Gaming strengthened its position.
There are a lot of players in the market, but there is something about these five that makes them the top-notch. Don’t believe us? Try any of the live dealer casinos today.