The land-based casino industry has been dominated by a handful of suppliers over its history, and when these companies decided to get involved in the online side of the business, everyone sat up to take notice. IT hasn’t been an easy road to success online for these firms, but they have the expertise and financial backing to push forward. Aristocrat, which has long been a leader in providing games to live casinos, is one of the companies that has built a steady business from online casino operators, so let’s take a look at how it made the transition and what games are the most popular among online casino players.
A Brief History of Aristocrat
Launched in Australia in 1953, Aristocrat was started by the Ainsworth family, who still retain a significant ownership piece even though Len Ainsworth went on to found his own gaming company. The company has grown over the years to sit behind only IGT in size in the land-based casino market. Aristocrat made the decision to get involved in the online casino market around 2010 and has continued to grow in that space since.
The major move that Aristocrat recently made to establish themselves in the social casino industry is the one that we think will have the biggest impact on the company as online gaming continues to expand. In 2017, it purchased the social gaming provider Big Fish Games from Churchill Downs for just shy of one billion dollars, giving it a stable of games that have millions of monthly active players. More importantly, the Big Fish games have been added to the websites of many land-based casinos in the United States as a placeholder for when real-money casino gaming is finally legal. Overall, we think this is an impressive move for Aristocrat to take and there aren’t many companies willing or able to take a billion-dollar gamble on the future of online gambling.
Top Three Aristocrat Slots Games
Sun and Moon
Here we have a slot machine based on ancient times, but instead of the typical Roman or Egyptian themes that are found all over the casino world, this game takes us to the Aztec period. This game features two prominent Wild symbols, the Sun God and Moon God. The great part about having two wilds is that when either appears on the reels, you are going to find an easier time making winning combinations. However, when both appear, that is when the fun really starts! Your winnings could double, or you could find yourself with up to 50 Free Spins! Overall, we like the graphics of this game, and it is easy to see why so many players enjoy playing this game online.
The sight of a Geisha takes our imagination right to an area of the world and a time period where the Geisha would do anything that their men desired. Now, while we don’t know how the Geisha are received in modern culture, they still exist in Asia, and this slot game wants to take you into their world. This game features and Asian-themed soundtrack, and symbols on the 5 reel, 25 pay line game include mountain ranges, peaceful doves and of course the beautiful Geisha herself, who is the Wild symbol in the game. While this game doesn’t have any jackpots, the gameplay is excellent and appeals to a wide range of slots players.
Queen of the Nile 2
This game is a sequel to what is possibly the most popular Aristocrat slot machine in any land-based casino. As you can imagine from the title, the game has an ancient Egyptian theme, which is one of the more common themes around. We like the graphics of this 5 reel, 25 pay line game that is set on a background full of hieroglyphics. You are trying to find the Scatter and Wild symbols, and Cleopatra features prominently in this game (no surprise there). The Cleopatra wilds will replace any symbol, and that means you are going to win more and faster when you see her on the board!
Aristocrat has been on the leading edge of casino game development for decades, and the same is true for the company’s mobile compatibility. The games are available in real-money format at many online casinos via the browser-based version, which features the same great graphics and sounds but also fits on the screen of most phones and tablets. The games are also compatible with iOS and Android devices via a native app, but these are restricted to countries in which online gambling is legal.
Aristocrat is not resting on its laurels when it comes to the online casino world. IN a highly competitive environment, the company is doing its best to develop new games for online players, while also making major acquisitions to stay ahead of many of its competitors. As the real-money gaming markets open up in the U.S. and other countries, Aristocrat has the size, game selection and distribution methods necessary to be a major player as they are in the land-based casino world.