Microgaming Software Systems (usually shortened to just Microgaming) is an online casino game design company founded in the mid-90s in the very earliest days of online gambling. As the longest-lived software platform in the business, Microgaming carries a lot of clout.
Unfortunately for Microgaming, longevity can also be a problem. Some specific complaints I have about the platform offered by Microgaming are that the site has too many similar games (particularly in their slots library), that many of the provider’s slot games are bland and have little replay value, and that they provide inferior mobile games.
Microgaming offers some of the most innovative and easy to play casino games in the industry. Its games are designed with user-friendliness in mind, ensuring that as players we are able to enjoy our time spinning the virtual reels or playing a table game without fighting against an obtuse user interface. Internet slots and table games alike have auto-play options, and the default strategies followed by the table game or video poker auto-play bots are generally optimal.
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• Battlestar Galactica – One of Microgaming’s most-popular licensed titles is this 243 Ways to Win game based on the popular TV series. Licensed slots can go one of two directions – they can be sublimely good or terribly bad. Battlestar by Microgaming is the former, including cool details like sounds from the show and even audio clips from the actors that played some of the early 2000s series’ main characters. A randomly-triggered expanding wild is the main attraction, though other bonuses and special features that make good use of the game’s theme are sprinkled throughout.
• Tomb Raider – This is a five-reel fifteen-pay line licensed title that’s arguably as popular as Battlestar Galactica, though less so in the years since interest in Tomb Raider the video game and film series has waned. A top prize of 7,500 coins is equally enticing. I have to say that the quality of Tomb Raider pales in comparison to some of Microgaming’s more-recent licensed games, but at the time it was released it was one of the better licensing jobs the company had ever released.
• Major Millions – I wanted to include a popular progressive jackpot game in this mini-review section because Microgaming is so well-known for them. This five-reel fifteen-payline title allows wagers as high as 300 coins (or $60) per spin. Major Millions includes some features of classic titles (simple layout and reel-pay line arrangement) as well as some features of more recent style slots, like high jackpots and the inclusion of a progressive linked top prize.
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Though Microgaming made what now appears to be a foolish investment in Live Dealer titles a few years ago, they also started developing casino titles for smartphones and tablets in 2011, and that has paid off in spades. Mobile gaming (and mobile slots) are the biggest things in the modern gambling industry, and Microgaming now has as much experience as any other mobile provider.
The problem with this company’s mobile service is the same problem I have with lots of their traditional Web-based games. The library is so large and so familiar that mobile casino games start to look the same, and it can be difficult to tell one mobile casino apart from another without looking at their promo page.
Microgaming’s mobile collection contains dozens of games, some with versions specifically for tablet-size displays. Smartphone, tablet, or any other mobile device, it’s very likely that the HTML5 language Microgaming’s mobile games are written in will be compatible.
For slot players, variety is a big deal, and Microgaming appears to have it in spades just based on the sheer number of slot titles in their library. Though the “re-skinning” of titles (from “basic” to “gold” versions) does fluff up the number of total games, it doesn’t actually add to variety. Still, with a blend of licensed titles (Batman, Playboy, etc.) and popular titles like the Thunderstruck Series, entertainment value is still pretty high.
For fans of progressive jackpots, it’s common to see seven figure totals for the jackpot games on Microgaming’s massive network. Again, the sheer size of the player pool drives these jackpot totals up higher and higher. The largest progressive prize paid out online was a Microgaming titles – more than $9 million total to a single player back in 2009.
Live Dealer games didn’t ever quite take off the way some gaming sites would have liked. Microgaming invested pretty heavily in Live Dealer technology when it first became a big deal a few years ago, but the webcam-dealt games pale in popularity to mobile casinos and apps. Currently, some forty different games are available with a live dealer option, with dealers available that speak 20 world languages. That’s pretty impressive, even if Live Dealer titles as a gimmick are sort of already dead.
Microgaming is one of the oldest names in the industry, and their software is the widest-available by far. Production values are a little above-average – I like Microgaming more than RTG but not as much as BetSoft or NetEnt. It’s nice to see a designer spend a little extra time on their non-slot titles, and Microgaming’s table games and live dealer titles add a lot of spice to the mix. It’s also nice that Microgaming software powers some of the most popular betting brands in the world.
Though some Microgaming-powered sites have achieved rogue status at a few review sites, the company appears to be trying to get rid of licensees who don’t operate above-board. Playing at Microgaming-powered casinos is safe; just make sure you do your research on the site’s legitimacy before you make a deposit. Don’t trust a site just because of its affiliation with Microgaming.