GameArt has been established in 2013. This company is based in Malta, and they’re mostly offering slot machines which are created using Flash and HTML5 technology. Available both for mobile and desktop platforms, their 60+ slot machines tend to be high-end as far as graphics go.
The game licenses which GameArt uses come from Curacao, Italy, Netherlands and The Philippines. I’m not seeing any truly reputable licenses for use in their games, and since they’re based in Malta I would’ve expected for them to get their main license from there. Curacao is a bit on the shadier side, as far as player protection is concerned.
Unfortunately, GameArt’s reputation is not that great at the moment, following a couple of scandals that I will mention in the History section of our review. As such, this is not a developer that I recommend you try out, as their fairness is not certain.
History of GameArt
GameArt’s beginnings have been recorded in 2013, when the company was founded by a couple of serial investors. The company is based in Malta, and it quickly started releasing high-quality games for the market. The usual followed after that, as they signed partnerships with other developers, software platforms and casinos, expanding and getting their games in front as many players as possible.
The respect that they got over the first couple of years suffered some massive blows in 2018 though. First, they got caught doctoring the demo version of Thunder Bird, one of their slot machines, to pay a lot more than it would in the paid variant. GameArt eventually confessed to having used a bigger RTP for demo games.
Another big issue they had is related to their claim that they have a gaming license from Malta. This was reputed on June 15th, 2018, when MGA announced that there is no connection between them and GameArt, and that their claims of having a gaming license from Malta are false and misleading.
Being caught twice already with their pants down, it’s clear that GameArt and the truth have a complicated relationship.
Over 60 slot machines are currently available in GameArt’s collection. The developer came out in a couple of short years with a decent number of high-quality slot machines, though that refers mostly to the graphics which were used in them, not as much to their features. They’re planning to release about 12 slot machines per year, so there is a new launch from them on a monthly basis.
Starting with the stories that these games are telling us, it’s going to be something interesting in many of them. Just looking at some of the games that they’ve recently released or announced, there are slots like Night at KTV, Joan of Arc, three different Chinese themed slots (using their legends and zodiac for inspiration), Flaming Reels (fireman themed) and Slot of Money (money/luxury themed). I’ve found plenty of unique themes in there, and that can only be a plus.
Generally, the graphics I find in GameArt’s slot machines are satisfying, well-designed and they’re using high-quality symbols, particularly for high-paying positions and features. Many of their games will resort to Royals for the low symbols though, and they don’t work too much on making them theme-related.
It’s the feature part that disappoints me most about their games though. There isn’t enough unique stuff there, but not all players care about that. The usual mix of features is a combination of wilds and scatters, along with free spins or a bonus game. Sometimes the wild can expand, other times you might get cascading wilds, but the slots aren’t varied enough for my tastes.
GameArt doesn’t seem to be the type of developer that pays huge amounts either. A lot of their slots only have a potential of something like 250x the stake, sometimes lower, other times higher. You do end up with a 96% RTP if you take into account the entire life of a slot, but the jackpot is not the type that gets your attention.
Certain games seem to rise above the others, in terms of popularity among players. Money Farm 2 is looking particularly good, along with slot machines like Spartans Legacy, Joan of Arc, King of Monkeys 2 and El Toreo.
Highest RTP Games
A majority of the slot machines which GameArt has been releasing in the last couple of years have an RTP which is set to 96%, but there will also be several titles which are slightly below or above that line. King of Monkeys is among the better ones, with its 96.2% RTP, but for the most part you get similar returns from most of their slots. There will be other ways for you to pick the games that you prefer, such as their volatility (if you want a highly volatile game, go for games like Wild Dolphin, Explosive Reels, Magic Unicorn or Phoenix Princess, among others).