Novomatic Slots Software
Novomatic is a literally huge global gaming company, with its base in a picturesque wine-growing region of Austria. It not only provides online casino software to some of the best online casinos, it also provides many of the real-world slots found in European casinos, and even runs its own land-based clubs and hotel resorts. Quite a player I’m sure you’ll agree, and if you’ve ever attended the International Casino Exhibition at the ExCel Centre in London each year you’ll know Novomatic are there with probably the biggest stand, and more slots than you can shake a stick at!
Like the US’s WMS gaming, Novomatic’s history begins with pinball machines. Novomatic’s founder, Professor Johann F. Graf (now there’s a name to conjure with!) began the business in the 80s importing pinball machines into Austria.
Moving into manufacturing too, Novomatic quickly built its business from supplying gaming machines across Europe and as the business grew moved into wider areas of leisure betting – Austrian sports bettors know the name well, in the way that UK punters know William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Turning to the online casino market, Novomatic was able to parlay the popularity of its real-world video slots into online hits too, so games like Book of Ra soon became important slots for online casinos to have as they were like catnip to slot jockeys who’d been enjoying these games in land-based clubs across Europe.
Novomatic also built its empire with careful acquisitions of other big players in the real-world and online slots business, with a notable example being the UK’s Astra Games who themselves have acquired some rip-snorting online slots developers such as Mazooma, Greentube and the stalwart Bell-Fruit Games.
Novomatic’s heritage in real-world casinos machines gives many of its online slots quite a classic feel in our opinion. They have plenty of appeal for what we would consider more traditional slot players, with presentation that’s quite conservative compared to the more quirky developers like Thunderkick.
If you like themed slots that stick to the basics of five proper reels, traversed by multiple paylines and a few bonus features, Novomatic has more than enough to keep you entertained, with games like Reel King, Rainbow King and Fairy Queen as great examples of what Novomatic do well.
With the explosion of interest in online slots, and the increase in computing power and broadband speeds liberating online slots developers to innovate in ways previously impossible, Novomatic’s slots can seem a little conventional in comparison to some rivals.
However, its games have no shortage of fans on the Internet, and exude a quality that does bring an authentic whiff of casino gaming onto your desktop. Cutting edge originality might not be its forte, but appealing online slots games aren’t in short supply from Novomatic software.