New video slots from Playtech, ELK Studios, Barcrest & Novomatic all out today

Enjoy a day at the races, head to the Himalayan mountains, go back to Arthurian times or take to the skies with some wild dragons in this week’s new video slot releases – read more about Ascot: Sporting Legends, Chi, Lady of Avalon and Elemental Dragons.

Ascot: Sporting Legends – Playtech

The new flat racing season is in full swing now which makes it an ideal time to have a look at Ascot: Sporting Legends. It’s a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot from Playtech that combines classy sound and visuals with some potentially exciting extras.

Central to the action are the trophy wilds. In addition to a standard bronze wild are silver and gold trophies which expand to fill whole reels and expand with multipliers up to 8x attached. There’s also a High Society Free Games feature that awards up to 20 free spins. You can expect to see extra wilds here. Those wilds can upgrade too so bronze wilds turn silver and silver turn gold.

This trip to Ascot also offers a chance of winning a weekly, monthly or the big Sporting Jackpots progressive jackpots – the Sporting Jackpots prize is over £800,000! Many similarly themed video slots have left us a little underwhelmed. This is rather good though. If you’re a lover of the sport of kings, then it’s well worth saddling up with Ascot: Sporting Legends.

Chi – ELK Studios

Chi is the latest game from ELK Studios and takes you high in the Himalayan mountains. With 5 reels and 27 paylines, you can win both ways meaning there’s 54 paylines effectively. Look out for animal guides Chi and Mow who add up to 6 wilds or multipliers up to 5x if the totems align.

The Free Spins feature gives you up to 20 free spins initially with Chi adding sticky wilds and Mow increasing the multiplier up to 5x – there’s also retriggers available. In the Stairway to Fortune Bonus Game feature, you go on a cash trail which can lead to the Fortune Reels. There’s a whopping 12,500 times your bet to be won in total from this feature.

Lady of Avalon – Barcrest

The third new arrival, Lady of Avalon, transports players back to Arthurian times. Created by Barcrest, it’s a simple 5 reel, 10 payline video slot. Keep a special eye out for Merlin the wizard who is the top paying standard symbol. Land 5 of these on a payline and he’ll conjure up an award of some 500 times your bet.

The main feature is the Free Spins feature – once triggered, you’ll receive 10 free spins. Before they begin, 1symbol is picked at randomly. Every time this symbols lands during the feature, it expands to fill the whole of the reel. You can also win infinite more free spins.

There’s nothing complex about Lady of Avalon either in terms of design or gameplay. If you want a straightforward slice of old English mysticism, that’s just what you’ll get here – you can also win 5,000 times your bet on every spin/free spin.

Elemental Dragons – Novomatic

Lastly there’s Elemental Dragons, a 5 reel, 20 payline video slot from Novomatic. Unusually for a game from this developer, there’s a whole lot going on here. The Dragon Wilds feature can randomly appear on the middle 3 reels and award a respin with sticky wilds, wilds that upgrade to scatters or wild reels.

Trigger the Sticky Wild Dragon Free Spins feature and you’ll get 10 free spins. A mysterious glow will appear around reel 1. Land a dragon head symbol on reel 1 and that turns into a wild and an extra free spin is awarded. Fill all 3 positions on reel 1 with a wild and the mystery glow shifts to reel 2 and the process is repeated. Any dragon heads that hit on reel 2 then turn wild. Turn the whole of reel 2 wild and you’ll receive 4 extra free spins and the glow shifts to reel 3. Turn that reel totally wild and 2 more free spins are awarded.

In the base game you could also benefit from the mystery glow which triggers the Power Reels Bonus feature. A dragon slides down each reel, dropping 1 wild onto each of them. A new payout calculation then follows with the extra wilds in place.

Elemental Dragons is a bit different from your standard Novomatic fare. It offers much more in the way of features than you might expect. What you can usually rely on is highly volatile action and that’s the case here. Dragons are a hugely popular theme at the moment (thank you Daenerys Targaryen). Novomatic, surprisingly, has managed to create something that stands out from that crowded field in Elemental Dragons.

Ascot Sporting Legends, Chi, Lady of Avalon and Elemental Dragons are all out now.