Multi-award winning online casino Casumo has published a list of their most played slots of 2020, and the results may surprise you. Instead of a bunch of the latest cutting edge experiences, you’ll find five of the most reliable slots you could imagine. The games that made this list are true classics consistently proving themselves crowd-pleasers. All are fantastic games, though it probably helps they are often used in welcome bonuses or free spins promos. Kudos to Casumo for continually providing information many other casinos do not, so let’s dive in to take a look.
Book of Dead (Play’n GO)
Considered by many the quintessential ‘book of’ slot, it’s no shock to find Play’n GO’s classic on most-played lists. Graphically, Book of Dead might be starting to show its age a little, yet it more than manages to hold its own against most of the younger pretenders. What really counts is the gameplay, where expanding pay anywhere symbols have never been so much fun. Significant wins of up to 5,000x are possible in free spins when the top premium has been selected. Book of Dead was archaeologist Rich Wilde’s second appearance in what has turned out to be a tremendously successful series.
Bonanza (Big Time Gaming)
It’s no exaggeration to say Bonanza was the breakout slot which really put Big Time Gaming and Megaways on the map. Bonanza introduced players to its dazzling number of wins ways and reel configurations which changed up on each spin – not to mention massive potential. Plenty have followed, but Bonanza has remained the gold standard which all Megaways slots are judged by. There has been an absolute flood of Megaways slots since, but this gold nugget of a super hit continues to prove the saying ‘you just can’t beat the original’.
Netent‘s Starburst has prompted a host of imitators trying to cash in, but never quite managing to capture the original’s magic. Its beauty lies largely in its simplicity. A pay-both-ways system meshes perfectly with an expanding sticky wilds feature to create vintage slot moments. Triggering three respins when wilds land also makes solid payouts possible. Released in 2012, Starburst blends old school nostalgia with a quasi-futuristic look which is still able to charm. For newbies, Starburst remains an ideal stepping stone into the iGaming world.
Reactoonz (Play’n GO)
2020 was the year Play’n GO dropped one of the most highly anticipated sequels of all time, Reactoonz 2. However, excitement almost immediately fizzled out, sending disappointed fans back to their beloved original. It’s not hard to see why Reactoonz is still so popular. It’s got that fantastic mix of character, personality and playability that has made it a must try for all grid slots enthusiasts. Play’n GO has a knack for producing archetypes in a variety of genres, and Reactoonz continues to dominate the grid slot category.
Legacy of Dead (Play’n GO)
Proving that the gaming public can’t get enough ‘book of’ driven games, Legacy of Dead rounds off Casumo’s top five played list of 2020. Provided these sorts of games come with a twist, then players are happy to give them a spin; otherwise, they are likely to be ignored. Legacy of Dead comes with a masterful alteration to its free spins. Each time they are retriggered, another symbol is randomly chosen to be the special expanding one. It is technically possible all pay symbols are chosen, leading to crazy levels of expanding mayhem.
Casumo’s list has to be one of the least controversial things to emerge from one of the strangest years in living memory. If anything, it should warm the hearts of fans of (slightly) older classic games. Especially those unimpressed by the endless wave of new releases pouring out of studios at ever-increasing rates.
Despite chaos spreading across the globe in an assortment of forms, 2020 was a great one for slots. With San Quentin xWays from Nolimit City sending out shockwaves, 2021 is already shaping up to be an absolute cracker as well. Will the industry do enough to knock these games off the top five? Let’s check back in twelve months.