Novomatic was founded i Austria by businessman and billionare Johann Graf back in 1980. It is one of the oldes and longest running international gambling companies. Novomatic made it's name back in the days by providing land based casinos with classics such as Book of Ra, Lucky Lady's charm and Chicago. The games became instant favorites amongst visitors because of their simplicity, rythmic gameplay and not the least the great potential.
Novomatic realized early on that online gambling was going to be increasingly important, and when they saw the boom coming they acquired the iGaming company Greentube which had been founded in 1998 as Dürrschmid&Reisinger OEG.
For online casinos to host Novomatic slots is quite an exclusive thing and you will only find them on a limited number of casinos. Novomatic still has a very strong presence and focus on land based casinos, but new online slots are launched on a regular basis. However, most players seem to stick to the classics which, still to this day, despite their retro looks and simplicity, are some of the most popular and most played slots of all time.
Novomatic slots share very similar traits and are easy identifiable because of their design, sound and playability. Because of this, Novomatic slots tend to divide people, with some finding them repetative and less entertaining compared to modern slots, while other's appreciate them for their simplicity and the potential found in the bonuses that have a tendency to retrigger.
Novomatic offers slots of different variance, but the most popular ones are those of high variance such as Book of Ra Deluxe, Captain Venture, Rumpel Wildspins, Lord of the Ocean, Lucky Lady's Charm Deluxe, Book of Maya and Dolphin's Pearl Deluxe. These are games that can go many spins without a single bonus, and with pretty much all potential being allocated to the bonuses, it can be painful to chase a bonus. However, compared to many other slot providers, the bonuses tend to pay quite well and 100-200x wins are not unusual. In fact, Novomatic slots have the highest bonus wins on average of all slot providers. In games such as Book of Ra it is possible to land 5000x wins on single spins in the bonus and on Captain Venture a wild line in the bonus gives a return of 8000x.