An older company that was purchased, refreshed and refocused on a particular market is the 10-word review of Habanero Systems. As you will see on this page, there isn’t much information about the earlier history of the company, with the only reference to speak of being the older-style games that are still in the company’s arsenal. The company has many popular slots games which we will highlight as well as giving you a small history of the firm as a whole.
A Brief History of Habanero Systems
Don’t be shocked if you haven’t heard of Habanero Systems in the past – we didn’t recognize the name either until we started playing some of their games. A group of European investors purchased the assets of this company in 2012, and add fresh new developers to the team to reinvigorate what was becoming a stale front-end platform. The company now boasts over 60 slots games to go along with a handful of Table Games and a Video Poker selection.
What is interesting about this company, which has four offices spread all over the world, is how it distributes its games. First, they are clearly invested in the café and standalone machine business in Asia, as they have series of games that can work in a ticket in/ticket out system. There is also a fully Asian side of the website (we didn’t try logging in). From the online side of the business, the team has pushed their games out primarily via the reseller networks that are popular in today’s market. Aggregators like EveryMatrix, BetConstruct, and SoftSwiss are among the partners listed on the Habanero site. This gives the company instant access to all the clients currently using those platforms.
There isn’t much information about the founders of the company on the website. In fact, we didn’t find anything about them anywhere. We also failed to find out any licensing information for Habanero, which leaves us a bit curious as most software companies try to get a gaming license from one of the online gambling jurisdictions.
Top Three Habanero Slots Games
Gold Rush is a Western-themed slot game with symbols that represent the Gold Rush era in the United States. This is a 5 reel, 25 pay line machine. While there are no bonus games in this machine, there are Scatter and Wild symbols, including the gold nugget. When you get 5 gold nuggets on any active pay line, you are rewarded with 1,000 coins. Players love the graphics and sound effects of this game as it transports them back to the days of the Wild West.
Here is a game that by name alone takes your mind to a time when the mob ruled, and when lots of gambling was happening in backrooms and saloons. This 1930’s themed game features all the symbols of that era – cards, cigars, cocktails, and guns – lots of guns. There are some shady-looking characters on the reels of the 5 reel game as well, and as you try to win one of the 25 pay lines, you are also looking for the Wild symbol which is a very mean-looking gangster with a gun. Reveal three of the wild or bonus symbols and you will be taken to a separate screen where your cash prize will be revealed, or you may be given 10 Free Spins to amass your wealth. Watch your back!
With an eye to the Asian market, there are several Asian-themed games in the Habanero stable. One of the most popular is Shaolin’s Fortunes. Designed to be played in small denominations, this 5 reel game offers a staggering 243 pay lines. Obviously, they cant all be displayed on the screen at once, so you are at the mercy of the game to tell you if you have won after the spin is complete. The board is covered with traditional Asian symbols that are meant to transport you to ancient China. We also see that this game has a progressive engine as well as a Gamble feature. This feature allows you to gamble your winnings from a spin by picking one of four cards and trying to get a card higher than that of the dealer.
While the first batch of games from Habanero was written in Flash, the newer games are all coded in HTML5. In both cases, the games are compatible with mobile devices and players can access the games without having to download any software. All players need to do is pull up a casino that features these games in the browser of the mobile device being used, and the games are ready to play.
While we would like to know more about this company, it isn’t for any other reason except that we love what the folks at Habanero have put together! There are nearly 100 games when you total up the slots, table games, and video poker machines. The slots catalog features many Asian-themed games which work very well in the cabinet-style offering Habanero has for slot parlors. The distribution of the games through the reseller network has clearly exposed Habanero to many more online casino operators in a short period of time than likely would have been the case with only an internal sales force. Overall, we are very impressed with what we have found at Habanero Systems.