Review of the Online Slots Range from Cryptologic
Cryptologic were one of the original casino software houses, going all the way back to 1996 – only MicroGaming go back further. I have to admit that I missed the improvement in ‘Crypto’ slots over the last few years. I had a mental picture of these as ‘ok, though old school / boring’. The latest titles are anything but old-school – with some great innovations including ‘Flip-Out’ wins, 243 way setups, 3D graphics and some excellent break-out game type bonus rounds.
This page will bring you bang up to date with Cryptologic Slots, and show you where you can find them online.
First of all below is a quick overview and history of the company, which is now owned by Canadian gambling giant Amaya. After that some detail on their slots, starting with the features and 3 recommendations which showcase the latest developments. The legacy slots are covered after that, along with my pros and cons of this brand compared with the other software houses.
Overview and History of Cryptologic
Unusually, Cryptologic not only developed slots and casino software, they also ran online casinos though their subsidiary WagerLogic. This outfit started in Dublin in 1995, going live via the InterCasino brand in 1996. At one point they enjoyed massive growth, particularly in the US. In addition to the casino games, there was a poker network which powered some big brand names.
Things went south after 2006, when the UIGEA forced Crypto out of the US – their biggest market. They continued on a smaller scale for many years, eventually being bought out by Amaya (the Canadian Gambling giant) in 2012. WagerLogic was sold in 2013, along with several casino brands.
The focus is now on software development, and the licensing of games to big name casino brands. No casinos I know of exclusively use Cryptologic software, this is an add-on, using in-browser technology to adapt to a range of mobile and desktop devices.
New Slots by Cryptologic
The newest slots compare very well with the titles from PlayTech and MicroGaming. These contrast with the slots produced during the lull of the mid to late 2000’s – which is where I got my impression that these were not the best games.
Once you see the latest Superman, Gulliver’s Travels and Zombies games, I think you will change your mind about Crypto too!
Superman: Last Son of Krypton: This is the latest licensed Superman slot, it has some excellent in-reel action as well as break out features. This slot features 3D graphics, with animations both on the reels and in front of them. The Lex Luthor frozen wild is a great example, with Superman and Lex battling it out from either side of the reels (Superman makes entire reels wild, Lex Luthor destroys them). There is also a Lois Lane love bonus and Clark Kent’s on the reels can morph into big wild wins too. This is a top quality slot, and a great starting point to see the improvements from this software house.
Gullivers Travels: There are some new ideas introduced in this game which you will not find elsewhere. The first is the ‘Flip Out’ wins. What happens is that when you win, the money is booked, and then the symbols flip, turning into new symbols. This can create some more wins, which then also flip – and so on. This reminds me of the Cascading Wins at NetEnt slots in many ways. The other different feature is the ‘Mega Lines’. You start with 25 lines. If you hit the Mega Lines in reel 5 you go up to 40 lines, and then 243 ways. There is also a free spins feature with a pick-em screen featuring old ships. This is a very professionally put together game and shows some of the innovations coming through at Cryptologic.
The Zombies: A family-friendly Zombies game. This one also includes the Mega-Lines feature. The reason for highlighting this one here is the 3D graphics, with a couple of Zombies in front of the screen which react to the outcome of the spins.
Aristocrat Slots at Cryptologic
You’ll find 6 titles from Australian software giant Aristocrat available via Cryptologic. These are the top titles including Choy Sun Doa (God of Wealth), Lets Go Fishin, Pompeii, Wild Panda, Where’s The Gold and Silk Road.
Other Slots from Cryptologic
Of course, slots do not have to be full of complex features and 3D animations to be entertaining. 300 Shields is an example of a slot which manages to be massively popular without going over the top with the interaction. This is based on Sparta, and has huge payouts for when you are lucky enough to get a good run at the 300 shields feature.
Crypto also feature Marvel / DC Comics slots. In fact this was the first software house to host these games, with PlayTech taking over much later. Some of them feel a little dates nowadays, with the Green Lantern and Superman 1 worth a look. There are many other movie themed games to try including King Kong and even Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Many of the best titles from the older range are not the big name tie-ins. Blackbeard’s Gold and Rags to Riches both have a lot of fans.
Pros and Cons of Cryptologic Slots
I have changed from ‘Neutral’ to ‘Positive!’ on these games. The latest titles seem to have really pushed what was starting to be a tired range of games forward. The ‘Flip-Out’ feature is good enough to get copied soon! These games work using Flash and can be played on Android and Windows tablets with no problems (plugin needed for Apple).
The main negative is that not too many casinos have the full range of these games these days. They are tagged on as an afterthought at many bigger portals.