El Torero, Eye of Horus, Fishin’ Frenzy and Fruitinator are just some of the online pokies that have been produced by the ever-strengthening pokie maker, Reel Time Gaming. It may be a small, privately owned company with a headcount of fewer than 50 staff, but since its inception in 2009 it has grown to become one of Australia’s top e-gaming studios, comparable with firms such as Eyecon and NextGen. The company thrives thanks to the wealth of experience of their developers, some of whom have been involved in the gambling industry for two decades. Click here to read more.
Reel Time Gaming’s initial focus was on developing cabinet pokies for the players who prefer to go out and play on machines, but more recently they have established a significant presence in the e-gaming market. Over 100 titles have been developed and distributed, not just via online casino sites, but also installed in land based gaming cabinets stationed in a number of casinos. These cabinets are high tech real life pokie machines, with dual 22 inch screens with touchscreen technology and HD graphics, and they are available in multiple languages for sale to casinos around the world. With Reel Time Gaming’s “Game Rings” packages, cabinets come loaded with a series of 10 games, so casinos can select which games they want their pokie machines to play. While the game rings aren’t applicable to the online market, the concept promotes freshness and variety for bricks and mortar establishments, giving their customers a greater choice of pokies to play. With over a dozen game rings to choose from, and with several of the games appearing on more than one ring, the mix-and-match choice has made Reel Time Gaming a strong player in the land-based market.
In 2013, Reel Time Gaming made a deal with Game Account Network to bring all of their land-based pokies to the online market. This was a significant deal for the pokie firm – Game Account Network is a leading distributor of online pokies in Europe, and have some well known casino partners such as Gala Coral Group, Paddy Power and William Hill. This facilitated the distribution of their pokie machines throughout Italy, Spain and the UK.
For a small sized pokie development company, Reel Time Gaming looks prolific compared with others of the same size. Its website showcases over 20 of their games through short, video demonstrations. For the most part they concentrate on the 5 reel pokies, with involved, adventurous themes and detailed, beautifully rendered graphics. A good example of this is the pokie called Trophy Tycoon. This is a 5 reel pokie that takes you into the world of vintage racing, offering some glitz through its 3D animation.
Not All That They Seem…
Reel Time Gaming has a distinct art style that carries through all of their pokies. It’s a more traditional, hand-drawn look which lends itself to the fantasy and mystical genres, but they’ve made the style work well on the more abstract and fun themes, too. Even their Diamonds pokie, which is a simple game of matching up gems and Bar symbols, looks fantastic in this style. The art style of Reel Time Gaming’s pokies may not include the minimalistic look of modern games you see in casinos and online today, but that doesn’t mean that they’re backward in the way that some of them play. For example, Dragon’s Flame may not pop out at you from among the hundreds of other thumbnails in an online pokie site, but play the game and you’ll be wowed by the 3D animations that bring the beast alive when it appears as a stacked Wild. Likewise, Eye of Horus may look like any other Ancient Egyptian themed pokie until you play it, but the sound effects, lighting and animation build the mysterious mood and draw you into it.
While Eye of Horus and Pyramids Delux are both based around Ancient Egypt – a popular theme for used by many pokie developers – Reel Time Gaming has developed some games inspired by more unusual themes, too. Convertus Aurum is a game that is all about the mysteries and secrets of alchemy and ancient sciences. The bonus feature is tied into power to turn other elements into gold, which is harnessed in this pokie to boost your winnings. Another unusual theme is El Torero, with its sticky Wilds bringing the suspense and excitement of a bull fight to the reels.
From the Adventurous to the Light Hearted
Throughout its 100 plus pokies on offer, Reel Time Gaming covers themes of all genres, from action and adventure, to pure silliness and fun. Fishin’ Frenzy, with its brightly coloured and beautifully drawn animations encouraging you to catch as many fish as you can. The Boat Scatter will trigger up to 20 free games, where each time the Fisherman appears, your winnings increase. With a catchy theme tune and great sound effects, this is a fun pokie to play. Likewise, the cartoon style Holey Moley centres around the character of an impish mole, complete with spectacles and dungarees. The free spin feature has the mole popping up all over the 5 reels, Whack-a-Mole style, increasing the number of Wilds with his red-flagged mole hills. The expression on the gardener’s face as he tries to stamp them out again is priceless.
The business strategy that Reel Time Gaming has pursued has resulted in the company securing a strong foothold in both the land based and e-gaming markets. So whether you’re an armchair pokie fan, a mobile player that likes gaming on the go, or you’re an enthusiast that likes to get a hands on experience at a real life pokie machine, look out for Reel Time Gaming’s fare – you won’t be disappointed. They may be a small company but their pokies are bold, fun, and carry some exciting bonus features. They’re great to look at and fun to play. They may only have relatively few games compared with some pokie providers, but Reel Time Gaming is proof, if any were needed, that size isn’t everything.