The Games Company, which was created in 2012, is a UK-based developer which offers only 9 slot machines at the moment, but they’re titles of the highest quality. They have development operations running out of Portugal, and I love what these guys are doing. What we’ve seen them launch so far has been a mix of HTML5 titles, which are accessible on all platforms, including desktop and mobile.
The slot machines that they’ve released so far will be found at casinos which are using the Leander or GECO software platforms, but since 2018 they’ve also licensed the use of software from Black Cow Technology, and they used it to integrate their games at William Hill casino in late 2017. This new Remote Gaming Server allows the company to offer their licensees content from their own collection, along with titles from third parties.
The Games Company holds a Remote Operating License which was obtained from Alderney Gambling Commission, a fairly respectable jurisdiction, and one which you can trust to keep operators liable for their actions.
History of The Games Company
The Games Company has been founded in 2012, in UK. The company’s developers are based in Portugal though, while the gaming license is from Alderney. The founders of this company were Ian Matthews and Hans Winkelmann. Their experience came from running the game development team at bwin.party, where they helped create more than 50 slot machines. In 2013, they closed a funding round which came from veterans of the industry, allowing them to expand the size of their team.
Early on, they’ve signed a deal with Odobo, and so their first couple of games were made available via their platform exclusively. Later on, they would become available for GTS and Leander as well. Those first two titles were called Road to Rio and Football Crazy, being launched for the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. Also in 2014, they’ve launched Monster Mash, using both HTML5 and Flash. The next two slot machines released that year were KGB Bears and Light Racers, both still quite popular with players.
2015 was the year they got out their first branded slot, called Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. 2016 was a better year for them though, as they signed a license for a Remote Gaming Server from Black Cow Technology. They went live on Betfair that year, with exclusive titles, the first of which being Witch of the West.
In 2017, the big news from The Games Company was that they went live at William Hill, by using NYX as a supplier. Another partnership was the one they signed with Bede Gaming that year. They used their own RGS and the deal with Bede, to go live with the Rank Group.
As for 2018, so far the developer launched games like Furious Furry Friends, the hilarious Hippie Chicks and a Lucky 8 Keno title which they created for Loto-Quebec.
The Games Company certainly designs some impressive looking slot machines, and though they expand their collection and their reach fairly slowly, I’m sure they’re going to be around for a while.
The games offered by this developer are going to be slot machines for the most part, with 9 titles released so far in the last 4 years or so. They’re offering them in HTML5, they have great graphics, unique themes and fun features. The games are playable on both the mobile and desktop platforms.
As always, we look at the themes and graphics first, since those are the first ones we see when a game loads up. Some of the notable titles in that regard include Hippie Chicks (hippie-looking hens riding a VW Bus), Two Tribes (ancient tribes fighting each other in the game and modifying symbols) and KGB Bears (Russian Bears dressed like KGB officers, one of their more popular releases).
Their games will feature the usual 5 reels, but they also have one with cascading reels, where the size of the game area varies from one column to the next. Features will include a wide variety of options, so even though they have only a few games, they will keep you busy for a while, before you manage to explore everything they have to offer. Some of the cool options I’ve noticed include the mystery colossal icons and enhanced scatter reels from Hippie Chicks, the 6 reel modifiers and the 5 feature games from Cash Cowboy, or the war between tribes with 3 reel modifiers, multipliers and expanding symbols in Two Tribes.
Finally, payout wise the game looks pretty good, with the RTP often going over 96% (more on that below). The volatility is going to cover most people’s tastes, some even being medium/high.
Several games from this developer have found their way to the frontpage of the casino homepages a bit more often, and here you will discover slots like Light Racers, KGB Bears, Monster Mash, Cash Cowboys and Mariachi Mayhem.
Highest RTP Games
Overall, the slot machines coming from this developer tend to have at least decent looking RTP, with quite a few going over the 96% line which would meet our minimum requirements. Several do even better than that, examples being Two Tribes (96.91%), Witch of the West (96.68%) and Hippie Chicks (96.4%). Their lowest paying games will be at 95.1%, so they’re at least in the right area, RTP wise.