Let’s face it: The online casino industry is not the first place you would think to look when searching for stunning artistic creations. But the industry is hugely competitive at the developer level; and, when there is intense competition, stylistic choices are integral to helping your creations stand out from the crowd.
Indeed, with the technology now available to developers, they effectively have a blank canvas to create what they want. Designers have broken the rules, and casino games no longer must be designed in a linear fashion.
Below we are going to look at five online casino games that stand out as, well, artistic creations. You can win money with these games, sure. But the designs are the real winners:
North Storm – Rabcat
A new game from up-and-coming developer Rabcat, North Storm captures one of the most popular themes in online casino gaming at the moment – Norse mythology. While other games with a similar theme have perhaps cashed in on the popularity of Marvel’s Thor movies, Rabcat has gone much more traditional with North Storm. The slot is beautifully-crafted, featuring Norse symbols and iconography presented on a 3D platform. The subtle hues of colour, as well as a 3D snow effect, add to a pleasurable atmosphere for gaming.
Quantum Blackjack – Playtech
One of the biggest trends in online casino gaming is the concept of progressive betting blackjack. In a nutshell, that’s blackjack as you know it, but with supercharged prizes added to the mix. Quantum Blackjack is very much of that sort, but the presentation is simply outstanding. Played live through a studio stream or in a virtual format, Quantum Blackjack features a jet black backdrop with stark neon lines shaping the blackjack table. It looks like the kind of casino game you would find in the movie, Tron.
White Rabbit – Big Time Gaming
In its base game, White Rabbit resembles most other slots. However, once the bonus game launches, this Alice in Wonderland-themed slot transforms into something else altogether. The bonus game is a series of free spins played on a new reel set, which expands when cupcakes land on the screen. To be honest, it’s a difficult concept to describe, so different is it to anything else we have seen in the online casino world. In true Lewis Carroll style, White Rabbit takes you to a world you have never seen before.
Age of the Gods Roulette Live – Playtech
With this one, the question of whether it’s stylish or gawdy is perhaps a matter of personal taste. Age of the Gods Roulette is played in a studio with real dealers, and it has become one of the most popular games around since its 2017 release. The studio is designed to look like Mount Olympus – the game has a Greek mythology theme – and the croupiers dress in garb to make them look like Greek gods. Sounds tacky? Perhaps. But it somehow works, and it makes an exciting change from the standard roulette games you find everywhere else.
Archangels: Salvation – NetEnt
This game from NetEnt hints at the future of online casino; namely, that video slots are becoming more like video games. The graphics on Archangels: Salvation are nothing short of sensational, and they would not look out of place on a PlayStation 4. The screen is split between a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ angel, both of whom can interrupt the play to add special prizes. It looks a little bit like World of Warcraft, but, of course, there is that extra allure of some massive prizes on offer. Top stuff from NetEnt, which boasts one of the best in-house design teams in the industry.