If you play video games, then the names of developers like Blizzard, Ubisoft, CD Projekt Red and Rockstar might evoke a reaction in you. Most likely, you will be a fan of the games they create and see their involvement in a project as a mark of quality.
In a similar vein, names like NetEnt, Microgaming, Blueprint and Playtech, are the developers of casino games for the online market, and they have become recognisable brands capable of arousing the interest of players.
While it’s always a subjective opinion to say which is the best, we know that Playtech is certainly the most successful. With a listing on the London Stock Exchange and 100s of games in its library, Playtech is the world’s largest developer of casino software.
As such, we would like to list the five best Playtech games to be released (so far) in 2020. You can check them out yourself by visiting this page, but below we will discuss what have been the standout titles from the venerable casino software provider:
Age of the Gods Norse: Book of Dwarves
There has been no franchise in the history of casino games more successful than Playtech Age of the Gods series, and the latest title, Book of Dwarves, continues the fine trend of exciting adventure games. Featuring video-game-quality graphics and gameplay, this fits nicely into the “Norse” range of AOTG games. This time, we get to look at the dwarves’ role in Norse mythology. It feels fresh compared to other mythology games, and there is a very lucrative bonus feature. As with all AOTG games, there is a four-tiered progressive jackpot game with a life-changing top prize.
Kingdoms Rise: Elvenstone
Playtech’s other big franchise, Kingdoms Rise, feels like a hybrid of the worlds of Lord of the Rings and World of Warcraft. The new title, Elvenstone, fits snugly into the series, as it features plenty of dragons and elven warriors of renown. To be frank, some of the gameplay in the base game can be a little bit repetitive. However, some of the special features, including the Dragon Bonus, are great fun and potentially very lucrative. As with all Kingdoms Rise games, you can collect special token for rewards to be spent in the “shop” for Elvenstone and other games in the series.
Gem Splash: Marilyn Monroe
It’s common enough for casino games developers to build a title around an element of iconic pop culture, and there are few icons quite like Marilyn Monroe. The star of Hollywood’s Golden Era is only involved in the gameplay superficially here, and Gem Splash is more of a traditional and less complex game compared with the other titles above. However, sometimes simple works in the casino, and they have crafted this one beautifully.
Buffalo Blitz II
We were considering putting Legacy of the Wild 2 on this list, but Buffalo Blitz narrowly shades it for sequels released by Playtech this year. The game is quite volatile, so perhaps not an option for new or casual casino players. But experienced high rollers seem to love Buffalo Blitz, and its sequel that has a new expanding reels feature. Playtech didn’t mess too much with the formula that made the original Buffalo Blitz so popular, but tweaked it enough to make it an exciting new release.
Age of the Gods Norse: Gods and Giants
Yes, this is another title from the AOTG series, but the franchise is so popular that we thought including a second title seemed right. Gods and Giants take a different part of Norse Mythology, this time looking at the battles between the likes of Odin, Thor and the Frost Giants in the old Norse tales. There are some hints of the Marvel film, Thor: The Dark World, with this game, but all the elements – bonuses, progressive jackpots, free spins – that make a great Playtech game are all present. A winning addition to a winning franchise.