Slotomania’s Family Feud machine uses real questions and answers from the Family Feud TV show to recreate the experience of watching the show. Even though players don’t choose their own answers to the questions, waiting to see what answers land and how many points they award creates a satisfying cycle of anticipation and payoff without disrupting the flow of slots play.
Big Fish Casino’s Buffalo Gold Stampede Anniversary Edition is the first time we’ve seen a machine let players use app-wide currency to buy enhancements for a bonus. At the start of free spins, players can buy three tiers of chests that grant three random enhancements. With chests that cost $5–$25 worth of currency and produce over 50 unique combinations of enhancements, this mechanic has the potential to be a major revenue driver if introduced across multiple machines.
Clown’s Wheel in Jackpot World centers around a respin feature that creates two stages of anticipation for each spin: once when players wait to see which symbols land, and a second time as they wait for a wheel spin to determine the value of each symbol.
Cash Frenzy’s Royal Cruise targets players who prefer spins rather than elaborate bonuses while offering small innovations within each of its core mechanics. These innovations include a nautical-themed map progression that triggers two types of bonuses, respins that give each reel its own spin counter and jackpot, and a meter styled as a briefcase that players fill with poker chips.
myVEGAS’ Troy Infinite Link is one of the most thematically complete machines we’ve ever seen. Nearly every element of the machine—including visuals, mechanics, and UI—contributes to the machine’s Trojan War theme.
This month’s Slots Design Report focuses solely on teardowns of innovative machine releases. At the end of this month, you will also receive a Recap Report that examines major trends across markets from 2022 as well as areas of opportunity for 2023.