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2021: A Casino Year In Summary

  By benboland – Last updated 29 Dec 2021

2021 has been another bumper year in the world of online casinos and the UK has been at the forefront with a host of impressive new releases. From unique game releases to casino newcomers, this has been 12 months that has never been dull. On this page, we are going to unpack the highlights in case you missed anything.

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Trends

The past 12 months have seen some truly memorable casino game releases in a variety of categories. Firstly, Slingo has become much more widely available at UK casinos, with now basically every website offering the modern slot twist if you are after something a bit different. This popularity will likely mean that many more games in this genre will be launched in 2022 and beyond.

Live dealer titles have also seen something of a resurgence with multiple casinos now offering a separate welcome offer from sports betting and slots; Evolution remains the market leader in terms of game development.

In terms of new UK casinos, there have been tens of great fresh releases including some with very unique themes and concepts – each has brought with it a different welcome offer so players have rarely had so many options.

One such casino is Cozino, which stands out from the crowd with its Wild West theme.

Huge Slot Releases

There were hundreds of slot releases in 2021, with all the major developers publishing multiple titles a month. Some studios focus their efforts on a handful of memorable games, with others launching across multiple themes to varying degrees of success.

Below are our slot picks of the year; if you want to find out more then we have a full review for each.

Mental x9,999

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by Nolimit City
RTP
96.06%
Type
Video Slot
Volatility
High
Highest Jackpot
66,666x

It is common for a few slot releases each year to live long in the memory, and Mental x9,999 by NoLimitCity does just that with a gruesome horror theme and disturbing imagery which means that this will be played for years to come. If you are not of a sensitive disposition then this game has a huge max. win and high volatility.

Beef Lightning Megaways

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by Big Time Gaming
RTP
96.43%
Type
Video Slot
Volatility
High
Highest Jackpot
56,000x

From the horrifying to the serene, Beef Lightning Megaways is set in a farmyard and the relaxed environment has beautifully crafted imagery with horseshoes, cowbells, cows and bulls all offering large payouts should they land on the reels.

Game of Thrones Power Stacks

RTP
96.20%
Type
Video slot
Volatility
High
Highest Jackpot
25,000x

Fans of the TV series adored this August release. Unlike the two slots above, Game of Thrones Power Stacks has a very simple 5 reels, 4 rows and 40 paylines layout that most players will be well acquainted with. Add to this the great range of gameplay features and 25,000x maximum win and you have one of the best slots to be released in years from Microgaming.

Bigger Bass Bonanza

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by Pragmatic Play
RTP
96.71%
Type
Video Slot
Volatility
High
Highest Jackpot
2,100x

We finish our shortlist with another quirky slot. Bigger Bass Bonanza is part of an excellent fishing series by Pragmatic Play. While the graphics may not be as advanced as some other 2021 releases, the laid-back angling theme works well and the 96.71% is well above average.

Regulation

Talk of major regulation changes has been on the lips of industry insiders for months now, but nothing major has yet been announced by the UKGC regulatory body. 2022 could well see some news that affects players – if there is any, then it will be reported right here at Slotsia.