Playtech announce the launch of 8 new games

The guys at Playtech never seem to stop. Having finished 2011 by announcing a number of new acquisitions, they have started 2012 by expanding on what they have by announcing a range of new games which will increase their already wide selection of slot games while also adding to their table games and scratch cards.

Perhaps the most exciting of these new games is a new Mulitplayer slot – the first one that Playtech has developed. Yes, there have been multiplayer roulette and blackjack games in the past but Fishing with Buddies represents Playtech’s first multiplayer slot. Up to five people can play the game, which also features a two level bonus round.

If you’re a regular slot player, this game is fairly easy to get the hang of. At the start of each round, each player is asked to place his own wager independently of the other players although every player will be able to see what the other players around the table are spinning and how much cash they’re able to take down.

Given the name of the game, you’d obviously hope that there is some kind of fishing element to the game and Playtech don’t disappoint by providing each player with an avatar of a bear and a fishing line. This fishing line comes into play when the first level of the game’s bonus round is triggered.

Essentially the jackpot of this initial bonus round is decided by how quickly each of the different players take their turn and the deeper that each individual’s fishing line is being pulled into the water, the quicker the next player must take his/her go. If a player doesn’t take his turn quickly enough then the bear will fall asleep and the player will be excluded from the bonus game. When only three players are left, the bonus game will proceed on to the second level where the remaining players will battle it out for higher cash prizes.

The second new slot game to be released this month is Desert Treasure II, which is an improvement on the initial Desert Treasure which was released back in 2006. Symbols in the game are largely the same (although they look a bit sharper and are of a better quality) and the sound track has been reproduced to add much more depth to the game.

There are a number of changes to Desert Treasure II though. One of the most interesting sees the game’s Wild Symbol (The Gold Cobra) become an expanding wild. However, what Playtech give with one hand they’re taking away with the other as the Wild will no longer offer line payouts, which is slightly disappointing given the fact that the Gold Cobra was worth as much as 10,000 coins in the original game.

Never fear though, the 10,000 coin jackpot hasn’t been removed totally. It has simply been moved to a different symbol, the Arab Symbol and there has now been an increase in the number of free spins available to the player although again, this isn’t without its cost.

Desert Treasure only gave players 10 free spins. This has now been increased to 25 free spins in the sequel but unfortunately the multiplier has been reduced from 3x to 2x.

We do love a good bonus round though and so it’s pleasing to see that Desert Treasure II’s bonus game has been given a lick of paint as well. This time round, it’s a multilevel bonus with the first level taking place at the Oasis where the player must chose three treasure chests. Most of these chests will contain cash prizes, but a handful of them will contain treasure maps to the bonus’ second round.

While we’re talking about Playtech slots, it seems only right to point out that the Progressive Jackpot on Beach Life has now passed the $6.5 mark – the largest amount it has ever been.

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