Realtime Gaming (known as RTG) is an online casino game designer. Founded in 1998 in the United States, RTG moved to Costa Rica after its acquisition by Hastings International in 2007.
Though some casinos that license Realtime Gaming’s products have been identified as rogue operators (most notably the Crystal Palace group in the early 2000s), the company itself is an above-board operator, providing games of chance and skill to hundreds of sites based around the world, marketed to customers from hundreds of different countries.
The bottom line on the slots produced by RTG is that they are quick, about average in terms of audio and animation quality, and very easy to play. The company is best-known for its Real Series slot games, which are pretty much obligatory at online casinos these days. I like that RTG provides both download and instant play games, and that they have made a valiant effort to port many of their popular slots to mobile-friendly versions.
RTG Slot Games
A big downside (for some players) has to do more with a major policy of Realtime Gaming’s licenses than anything else. Most of the games contains either a rule or a setting that can be configured by the casino’s management. An example would be the fact that all RTG video poker titles have reconfigurable pay tables. Of major import to slot players – payout percentages can be altered by the casino that licenses the game.
Why is this a big deal? Because it’s impossible to say for sure what a particular slot’s theoretical payout percentage is, since these details are to be configured by the casino licensing them and not the game’s designer, in this case Realtime Gaming. If you’re any sort of advantage gambler, meaning a person who looks for a smaller casino advantage to bet on, you have to be wary of not really knowing what your expected losses are.
All that said, let’s look at some of RTG’s popular titles and a few other features of the service to give it a proper review.
Best RTG Casinos
Popular RTG Slots
• High Fashion – This is a five reel twenty-five payline machine with a scatter symbol, a wild symbol, and a bonus round. It’s easy to see why it would be popular – the theme is fun (shopping sprees and big spending), the bet variety is as good as any RTG game, and it has all the symbols and trappings of the world’s most popular slots. The top fixed prize of 2,500 coins may seem meager, but the game’s true top prizes are its Major and Minor progressive jackpots which randomly trigger and award an ever-increasing jackpot.
• The Naughty List – This is a five reel fifty-payline video slot with a scatter symbol, a wild symbol, and a bonus round. The top fixed prizes are a little on the small side, at a few thousand coins, but again the jackpot some players are chasing are the Major and Minor progressives, which on RTG’s massive network can easily get up into the tens of thousands of dollars. The adult-oriented Christmas theme is a lot of fun and makes the game a lot more repayable.
• Aztec Millions – I wanted to give an example of a Real Series game since RTG produces so many of them. Though I don’t particularly enjoy the Real Series titles, Aztec Millions is the game I’ve enjoyed the most. The theme is simple – symbols are based on a vague Aztec theme – and the game is identical in most ways to every other Real Series title.
RTG Mobile Games
Good news for fans of RTG that want to play on their smartphone or tablet – Realtime has done an awful lot of work and made a number of their most popular games available via mobile. The trouble is, a lot of the games made available to mobile casinos are of the mediocre Real Series variety.
Mobile players will only see the best side of RTG if they stick to their “video slots,” an alarmingly-small number of which are yet available at most RTG-powered mobile casinos and apps. It’d be nice if RTG could figure out a way to produce more mobile games like their video slot style and fewer in the Real Series line.
In my opinion, RTG’s greatest strength and weakness is its slots library. The dozens of video-style games they offer are far superior to the Real Series titles that most sites decide to host. For whatever reason, the simplistic style and gameplay appeal to casino management, probably because the games are easy to play and no doubt profitable.
I will say also that RTG has a decent selection of table games and other titles to bolster their slot collection. Again, I want to remind everyone that RTG software is configurable by the member casino that licenses the software, so it’s hard to say anything intelligent about payout percentages and odds.
As a slots player, I really enjoy some of RTG’s video games, and I don’t mind a few rounds at a Real Series title from time to time, provided I go into it with lowered expectations. Their games are certainly easy enough to find, with so many licensees it would take a few pages just to list them.
The company itself has a good reputation as a designer of online casino titles, though some of their member casinos are on review site blacklists. I have no problem recommending that people play RTG games, especially if they don’t care too much about theoretical payout numbers.