If you’re looking for a gaming company with a long, solid history of making high quality slots and gaming machines, both for land-based and online customers, you can’t hope to do much better than Barcrest Gaming. This company has dominated the English gaming sphere for close to 50 years, with popular slots like Monty’s Millions, the Wild Knights Franchise, Ooh Aah Dracula and the tremendously popular Rainbow Riches series of entertaining slot games.
For a company that began their climb upward in the market long before many of their present day competitors even had a notion to enter the industry, it’s no surprise that Barcrest Gaming has consistently been at the forefront of casino gaming innovation for practically their entire tenure. Other companies that occupy a large share in the UK gaming markets pay homage to one of the old classics: here is a brief summary and review of the assets, holdings and titles that make Barcrest Gaming a titan of their region.
To learn about the roots of Barcrest Gaming, you have to travel back to 1968, the year that the company was founded, in the city of Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester, in England. When they went into business, the Barcrest team looked, understandably a lot different than it does now. There were no online slots, so the company first had to innovate the land-based gaming sphere, and of course, they did just that. The Barcrest name appeared on practically every gaming machine in every pub, bingo hall and arcade until sophisticated slot machines started to rule the world of casino gaming.
By the time 1980s rolled around, Barcrest was still seen as a leading innovator in producing cutting edge land-based gaming machines, basing their products on popular franchises such asThe Terminator and the early start of the Star Wars franchise. This helped them grow their loyal following throughout the latter half of the 20th century.
In 1998, the U.S. based company Internation Game Technology took notice of the success that Barcrest was having in Europe and bought the company to lead its European gaming division.
When video slots began to become popular in the early 2000s, Barcrest was, once again, at the forefront of the hobby. The company released some of the earliest popular slots, names like Ca$ino and Monty’s Millions. As the years moved forward and slot games became more advanced and sophisticated, Barcrest Gaming didn’t slow down and continued to release graphical masterpieces with clever themes and user friendly interfaces, until 2011 when Scientific Games acquired Barcrest from IGT for 33 million dollars.
As a subsidiary of Scientific Games, Barcrest has continued to shine in the industry, releasing several more award winning titles on the label of the parent company under which Barcrest remains as of 2017.
From the company’s first fruit machine showing up in a Manchester pub to their current domination of Europe’s gaming market, Barcrest has been the model of consistency in the games they produce, totaling over 50 modern, sophisticated slots as of 2017.
Barcrest games are playable in land-based casinos around Europe, but primarily in the UK where the company started and is still majorly popular today. Online, there are several companies that carry Barcrest’s library of gaming assets, including but not limited to:
If you yourself are an online casino enthusiast, you’ll notice that although most of these sources are European casinos, there are several sites where players can use the US dollar ($) to play Barcrest slots. As usual, each casino has its own unique policies and terms, as well as bonuses to lure in players, ranging from deposit matching opportunities to free spins before a player puts down a deposit into the game.
Unfortunately for players, Barcrest only allows online casinos to offer 10 of their slots at any one time, and that selection changes as the company sees fit. These games are playable for real money on the previously mentioned online casino sites, as well as for free through various ‘renegade’ online sources.
As far as the software that Barcrest games use to run their specific interfaces, many of the casinos that offer the company’s many games use NetENT software, although several favor the software of the company’s former parent corporation, IGT. Mobile versions of the company’s available games are compatible with Android and iOS on the various apps of the online casinos through which this gaming juggernaut’s slots are played.
In the market for the ultimate casino gaming experience, slots usually reign supreme, and in their modern existence, Barcrest knows what its priorities are. Although they release few for online play at any one time, the company’s games are graphically rich, entertaining and innovative, with several recurring features that you just don’t see anywhere else. If you’re interested in taking some of Barcrest’s slots out for a test drive, here’s a little taste of what you can expect from the company’s most popular productions.
It’s worth a bet that fans of the classic game Monopoly are always searching for a video slot that does their favorite game justice. With Barcrest’s Monopoly Big Event game, it appears that they finally have struck the jackpot, so to speak.
This entertaining “spin” on the classic game of Monopoly has all the icons that you expect from the game, including metallic icons depicting the playing pieces of Monopoly: the dog, the ship, the top hat, the thimble and all the characters that Monopoly conjurs in the mind.
These symbols, combined with the classic poker cards, multiply the player’s initial stake by up to 2000 times, depending on the symbol and the payline, of which there are 20. By far the most entertaining and unique property of Monopoly Big Event is the “Big Bonus Game” options. Players that opt to test their luck on the Bonus Big Game can choose between a progressive multiplier game, in which 5 consecutive spins multiple winnings by 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively, or a prize wheel that when spun yields a persisting wild game, a progressive multiplier or a series of 5 spins with a multiplier of 5 times.
A big win here sends you to the “superbonus” Dancing Wild round, where you get to choose between chance and community chest cards for huge bonuses. After one trial of this Monopoly game’s bonus offerings, I had won much, much more than my initial wager.
If this doesn’t make much sense, I would recommend that you just play the game. As if it isn’t entertaining enough as an entertaining 5-reel slot game, the variations and bonus rounds will keep you playing into the wee hours of the night.
Monty’s Million’s is one of the first Barcrest slots to become a worldwide sensation among video slot enthusiasts, and after just a few spins, you can pretty easily see why. The theme of the slot is the life of a rich man, Monty, and the various symbols of his wealth. Mansions, fancy cars and money chests spin by on the 5 reels of this slot as players hope to line up these payout symbols on one of its 40 variable paylines.
Bolstered by wild symbols and “super wild” symbols, which are both icons showing the titular character carelessly throwing his money into the air, players have the opportunity to win huge payouts, which may explain part of the reason why this game has been a classic since the day it was released.
If you want to experience all the games that Barcrest has to offer (or at least the ones they allow their contracting casinos to release), you’ll have to join an online casino or find a free gaming site.
A quick review of Barcrest’s products and history prove that it’s no accident that the company has garnered as much popularity and following as it has, especially in the UK market. A company that was founded in 1968 under fairly humble pretenses slowly grew into a multi million dollar gaming giant, and has as a result, been right on the cutting edge of developments in the gaming sector ever since. Barcrest Gaming, from close and from afar, is one of the gaming company’s that just seems to do everything right.