Last year Caxino players were spoilt with an endless supply of stunning new games powered by a wide range of leading providers, from seasoned outfits to up-and-coming studios.
We’re looking back by hand-picking a selection of weird and wonderful releases that bookended 2020 for you to give a spin.
To top it off, we’ve profiled one game that got everybody talking by kicking off the new year in explosive fashion…
San Quentin xWays (Nolimit City)
The opening month of 2021 saw slot fans hold their collective breath after daring game provider Nolimit City teased their first release of the year. The bar had been set supremely high following a stunning 2020 that planted Nolimit City squarely at the forefront of the industry as one of the best in the business. And it’s fair to say San Quentin xWays did not disappoint, pairing more standout features with some truly astronomical potential.
It all unfolds within the high walls of the notorious San Quentin prison, where five inmates hold the fort. They are: Beefy Dick, Loco Luis, Heinrich 3rd, Biker Bill, and Crazy Joe. Make of those names what you will…
Added to some questionable symbol choices (think bars of soap..), it has all the ingredients of an epic game-changer designed to court controversy while making everyone sit up and take notice. Online casino’s answer to Grand Theft Auto, maybe.
A high powered theme deserves a high powered math model, and this is exactly what we get. Not for the feint hearted, San Quentin demands patience of anyone brave enough to step up to this punishing yet highly rewarding game. Wins worth an eye-popping 150,000x your stake are possible inside the prison walls - far and away the biggest max win potential we’ve ever witnessed. It is the true epitome of high-risk, high-reward gaming.
Don’t just take out word for it. Step inside San Quentin today for a slot romp like no other. Just watch out for the soap..
Rednex K.O. (Green Jade)
“Where did you come from, where did you go, where did you come from Cotton Eye Joe?” goes the song from 90s smash hit Cotton Eye Joe that hogged airwaves right across Europe.
We’re not entirely sure where the star of the show got to in the intervening years since the one-hit-wonder, but he’s somehow turned up decades later gracing Green Jade’s reels in this madcap pokie parody of Redneck life.
A collaboration between Greed Jade Games and multi-platinum artist REDNEX, the branded slot invites you into the world of tobacco-chewing hillbillies. It’s a world filled to the brim with whacky bonus features that propel you to the big wins as you tap along to the infectious earworm. You’ll get to knock out game symbols for a more engaging experience, and indulge in some explosive Dynamite Fishing for landing 4-6 adjacent suitcases.
Rednex K.O. blends an iconic song with some truly chaotic gameplay. The result is a slot as barmy as it is contagious.
Katmandu Gold (ELK Studios)
Budding game studio ELK studios have quietly been carving out a reputation for producing some knockout slots in recent times, and Katmandu Gold is another quality addition to that growing list.
The fifth instalment in the developer’s Gold Series charts the fortunes of intrepid wonderer Kane as he seeks out solace after more globetrotting. His chosen resting place is high up in the Nepalese mountains which ELK have represented in stunning graphical production, complemented by a mystical backing track.
Played across 6 reels and 4 rows, Katmandu Gold is replete with bonus features that all enhance your earning potential to varying degrees, including Avalanching reels, Big Symbols, and of course, Free Spins. What opens with 4,096 win ways can soon escalate to 531,441 in this absorbing game that boasts a sizeable 10,000x may payout.
John Hunter and the Mayan Gods (Pragmatic Play)
One of casino land’s most celebrated explorers swaps the tombs of Ancient Egypt for the deep Mayan jungle on the hunt for more sacred treasure in Pragmatic Play’s thrilling adventure slot, John Hunter and the Mayan Gods.
On his latest expedition, Mayan chiefs await the Indiana Jones doppelganger across the game’s 5-reel, 10-payline reel setup, with Expanding Wilds and abundant Free Spins lying in wait.
Wild symbols play a critical role both in the base game and more lucrative bonus feature. During the base game, Wilds expand to cover entire reels whenever they latch onto wins in any middle reel, but the game cranks up a notch for landing 3 Scatters. This equips you with 12 Free Spins to assist you on your journey, plus a progressive multiplier value starting at 2x, 20x or 50x.
The appearance of a Wild now adds an extra free spin to your tally, while awarding one level-up for each triggering symbol. Unlock the highest level to upgrade all symbols into John Hunter for a shot at the maximum 500x top prize.
Maze Escape Megaways (Fantasma Games)
Fantasma Games are a studio who like to tear up the rule book by experimenting with tried and tested formulas. Maze Escape Megaways takes us further into unknown territory with their unique take on the classic MegaWays format. You could be forgiven for confusing this with any old grid game, but dig a little deeper to discover an intricately conceived slot that boasts a wealth of features.
The creative team at Fantasma Studios are experts at the whole mystical theme, too, and this slot showcases their talents to full effect. On this occasion we’re transported to a Greek labyrinth steeped in mythology, where a series of marble ruins peer over the large playing grid.
Applying a fresh take on the traditional MegaWays format, we get some fairly non-standard gameplay in the provider’s dream-like production, which demands patience of anyone hopeful of escaping in profit.
The secret is to get the mix of innovative features snowballing. Shifting Maze Avalanche, Guidance of Athena, Minotaur Wild and Labyrinth Free Spin features can all fire off to devastating effect when in full flow, with a top prize of 25,000x your bet in the offing.