Historically, IGT have always held the licence for producing Monopoly slots for online casinos. However, from January 2015 WMS are licensed to produce the games and they are delving straight in with two early releases.
The ‘Super Monopoly Money’ game is the first release in January followed by ‘Monopoly Big Event’ at the end of Q1. Many of you will probably already know the Big Event Monopoly slots from land-based casinos in the U.S but for those who don’t, these are generally big game affairs with multi-player positions and big screen animations combining into a more social affair.
How this will translate to online play will be interesting. WMS are known for being innovative and their existing online slots portfolio has really muscled it’s way into the hearts of players. Games like the Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers and Zeus III along with the more recent Colossal Reels slots and the excellent Raging Rhino have become real favorites with both offline and online slots players. There is no reason to think that their Monopoly slots won’t do just as well.
I fully expect them to contrast sharply to the rather tepid IGT games. While IGT have released around 8 Monopoly games online (you can play one of their first Monopoly slots here), none of them have really caught the imagination. They aren’t all bad games – just lacking in excitement in my opinion. I am yet to hear if these games will stay online alongside the WMS Monopoly games or whether the licence has switched: guess we’ll find out soon!
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