One of the most popular IGT games, Cleopatra, just got a makeover and it’s looking better than ever with crisp updated graphics and an added twist to the gameplay. But can the revamped version, Cleopatra Gold become another hit?
IGT is extremely prolific, releasing at least one slot title per month but frequently launching up to three titles per month. This is all the more impressive when you remember that IGT is not just an online game developer but also creates online table games, software for lotteries and for sports betting, and real-life slot machines.
Why play IGT games?
The IGT story is long, which is because it started off back in 1975, in Las Vegas. In fact, it started off as A-1 Supply, named by founder William “Si” Redd, then changed to Sircoma, and then to International Game Technology. The company went public a few years later, in 1981, buoyed by the success of its video poker machines, which served as a gateway into other gaming sectors for the company.
International Gaming Technology pioneered a number of technologies that are still used today by game developers designing new games. The company also developed important tools that players don’t see i.e. backend software used by online gambling sites for player management and tracking. It continues to offer a range of backend software solutions to this day.
Among its achievements, IGT counts the world’s very first area progressive slot machine system, which connected multiple terminals to a central jackpot. The jackpot started out at $1 million, which meant players were looking at the potential for multi-million dollar wins.
International Gaming Technology went on to build itself into one of the best and biggest studios in the industry. It was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, acquired several other companies, became a member of the Standard and Poor’s 500 list and opened offices around the world.
In 2015, the company was itself acquired by Gtech, which then took the name International Game Technology to represent itself. Such is the clout of the IGT name in this competitive industry. Today, IGT has offices all over Europe, the US and Asia, serving the varied needs of its international clients.
IGT slots and video slots
There is no shortage of slot games from IGT, both online and in land-based casinos. A quick browse of the IGT website soon turns into a rabbit hole, with all kinds of titles to explore. It offers video slot games that are virtual versions of its slot machines as well as original video slots.
We can see slots with all sorts of themes, from ancient Samurai to the colourful florals of Hawaii to pixies to ancient Egypt. It’s safe to say there is something for everyone.
IGT jackpot games
IGT was one of the first to offer players big jackpot wins through a network of slot machines but if you don’t fancy travelling to Nevada to spin the Megabucks slot machines, there is an online jackpot available.
Named MegaJackpots, the average win on this game is around the £800,000 mark, though some players have been rewarded with million-pound prizes. It pays out roughly every month and a half, which clearly shows that there is plenty of interest in this game if it can reach over 800 grand in 45 days.
There are multiple poker, blackjack, baccarat and roulette under the IGT banner, once again proving that this behemoth really can do anything it sets its mind to. A number of variations of each game available, giving players lots to choose from.
This is the one category IGT has not ventured into and some might argue that’s because it already has plenty going on without having to operate live streamed casino games as well.
Best IGT slots
After so many decades in operation, IGT has a massive library of games available with thousands of titles to explore. We have picked out top three IGT slots to talk about – we’d be here all week if we had to review all of them!
Da Vinci Diamonds
This is one of IGT’s crowd-pleasers and possible one of its best known slots. This one includes high value gems and instantly recognisable character symbols based on the Master’s paintings. Everyone loves Da Vinci and Da Vinci Diamonds is almost as popular. It inspired a number of sequel slots, including Da Vinci Diamonds: Dual Play.
It seems like every slot developer tries their hand at an ancient Egyptian themed slot and this is IGT’s submission to that category. Yes, it looks a little dated now (it was launched in 2006 after all) but it displays that uniquely ‘IGT’ style that ties all its titles together and we think that’s quite charming in itself.
Based not-so-loosely on the fairy tale of Snow White, Miss White features 1024 ways to win, paying out in both directions. Add to that the free spins bonus round and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a fan favourite.
What does John have to say?
Few game studios have the pedigree that IGT does and it continues to forge ahead, pioneering software and releasing exciting games in a variety of categories.