The games denoted with a * are not slots games; they’re card games. I’ve included them on the list because they offer a progressive jackpot.
One unusual aspect of RTG’s operation is that they offer very few licensed games. Most slots manufacturers focus a large part of their efforts on finding and licensing well-known intellectual property—think of the constant sounds from the Wheel of Fortune game show in any land-based casino. When I reviewed a complete list of RTG slots games, I only found a couple of recognizable licenses:
You’ll notice that the newest of these 3 IPs is “The Three Stooges”, which saw the most success in the 1930s. My guess is that they’ve limited themselves to properties that were in the public domain in order to avoid paying licensing fees.
Many of their other themes bear resemblances to popular intellectual properties, but none of them are clearly based on such a theme. For example, the Orcs vs. Elves slots owes a clear debt to the works of Tolkien as well as the game Dungeons & Dragons, but the game isn’t similar enough to either of them to require a licensing fee. The Sherlock Holmes game is based on the earliest of the Conan Doyle stories, which have fallen into the public domain—the recent Robert Downey Jr. movies and the Benedict Cumberbatch TV series aren’t represented by this game.
My favorite RTG slots game has always been It’s Good to Be Bad. Rumor has it that this game was designed by the Wizard of Odds himself, Michael Shackleford. This game demonstrates that you don’t need a lot of reels or paylines to create an interesting, fun slot machine game. This is also one of RTG’s progressive games. The game is available in a quarter version and a dollar version, each of which has its own progressive jackpot. You’re required to place the maximum 3 coin per line bet to be eligible for the progressive jackpot win.
The reason the game is called “It’s Good to Be Bad” is because of the unique trigger for the progressive win. To win the progressive jackpot, you have to rack up 29 losing spins in a row, without a single win anywhere during that time. You also receive bonuses when you rack up smaller streaks of losing spins. For example, after your first streak of 4 losing spins, you get a free spin that’s a guaranteed winner.
The game features an entertaining little devil character who laughs maniacally at various points in the game. My aunt had a big time playing this game on my computer one Christmas, and that little devil character was her favorite part.
I read an interesting thread on a slot machine players’ forum about how they won $17,000 playing PayDirt! Slots, so I thought it would be an interesting game to include as an example here. The game features 5 reels and 25 paylines. The symbols are all related to the Gold Rush era in California. For example, symbols include crates of dynamite, a cartoon-character miner, a pan used to pan for gold, and a cartoon image of a mine.
One of the things I like about this game is that they don’t use the J, Q, K, and A symbols that are so prevalent in most slot machine games. This shows an attention to detail that other games seem to lack. These images are also some of the cutest and most detailed I’ve seen online. My favorite game symbol is the miner’s dog, who is wearing an unbearably cute smile—he’s also carrying a gold nugget in his mouth. His tail isn’t visible, but I’m sure it’s wagging.
It’s not practical to list every slots game available from RTG, but I’ve included a sampling below to give you an idea of what they have available. You’ll notice that a lot of their themes are treasure and/or historical related. You’ll probably also notice that some of these titles are clever. That’s one of the defining aspects of Realtime Gaming’s approach to slots.
Realtime Gaming slots are generally clever and original, and they don’t rely on an abundance of licensed intellectual property. They have a reasonably good selection of progressive jackpot games, too. Best of all, most RTG casinos have no restrictions on real money play from United States players.