Did you know that Microgaming developed the world's first ever online casino software? This was back in 1994, when the company — and the internet — was in its infancy, and since then the company has also become well-known for its pioneering mobile casino platform.
The firsts don't stop there. Microgaming released the first-ever licensed branded slot game with Tomb Raider in 2004, and this triggered a series of emphatic blockbuster titles which the company has become famous for. Jurassic World, Game of Thrones, even Playboy, are the household names that you can find within their selection.
Based on the scenic Isle of Man, Microgaming produce their software and games according to licenses which they hold with the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission. They are even founding members of eCOGRA (e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance), a body dedicated to fair and responsible gaming, so all their products carry a seal of authenticity.
The company counts several independent gaming studios among their partners and their collaboration with these allows them to improve and expand their range of online slots games.
Note: While Microgaming once needed the Viper client to run their slots titles — a separate tool that you had to download — nowadays you can play every title instantly, whether in their desktop, tablet or mobile versions.
If the previous firsts weren't enough before, then how about a world record? Microgaming's Mega Moolah holds the title of 'Biggest Online Slots Payout Ever' with its €17.8 million pay-out in 2015, earning it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
With that, a good place to begin a look at Microgaming's slots is with Mega Moolah itself. This five-reel, 25-payline title holds its four in-house progressive jackpots as its main attraction — they make those huge pay-outs possible after all — but, even without them, the game has great free spins, entertaining characters and nice graphics.
Immortal Romance is a Microgaming title that offers a slightly different take. Combining an intriguing vampire storyline with exciting graphics, the game offers generous bonus rounds including four different spin features and in-game wilds.
As mentioned, their themed slots are a popular choice and Jurassic Park provides plenty of thrills with its crisp-looking dinosaur reels. Players hope to get a five-reel combo as they spin and the T-Rex version pays out the most, incorporating a fun 'wilds' feature.
Microgaming have also revamped successful titles to cater for a more modern market. Thunderstruck II is a great example of this, taking their 2003 hit and adding HD gaming options, such as new features and rewards. The centerpiece of these is a 'Great Hall of Spins' feature which the player can access from getting three hammers from the God Thor. It works by giving you four bonus options to choose from, each with a different number of spins and features.
Apart from their slot games, Microgaming also produces traditional casino games such as roulette and video poker. Fans of these can expect to enjoy smooth gameplay and solid graphics as they compete for high stakes.