Austria is a conservative country known for its long-established traditions. Novomatic was founded by Jonathan Graf as a gaming machine manufacturer. Its bread and butter was and is producing electromechanical slot machines, cabinets and content for the land-based casino industry in more than 70 nations. It’s in the top 5 worldwide. Early this decade Novomatic realized that it was falling behind in online gaming, missing out on the explosive demand for on-the-go gaming solutions.

In 2011, Novomatic acquired Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions, an industry veteran with vast online gaming expertise. They ported the casino content inventory for Internet gamers, adapting download software to instant play and mobile titles.They organized games into collections, such as Admiral, Novaline, Novastar and Gaminator. The company now pulls in more than $US2.5 Billion annually, with 20,000 or so employees spanning 45 countries.

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Novomatic is known for building solid, attractive, smooth-playing slots. But also for high volatily games and creative twists. Their game designers love innovation and gentle –sometimes not so gentle -- provocation. That may be found in the well-invested graphics, music and sound effects as well as the clever game play and bonus features. The online games we checked all appear to run on Motorola’s excellent Coldfire Processor.


Classic slots are the Novomatic speciality. They have around 40 slots, from vintage 3-reel fruit machines to the latest 5-reel and more video slots, packed with bonus features. Most are straight ports from land-based machines. The company’s slots are not progressive in the usual sense, but some feature monster jackpots which exceed 6 figures. Many slots offer a “gamble features”, which lets players parlay winnings into some extra coin, or lose them. Return to Player is reported to be in the middling 95-96% range. Novomatic also has released “deluxe” versions of its most popular games for slot connoisseurs to enjoy. Consider some of the standouts.

Golden Sevens

This retro 5-reel, 20-line classic slot is heaven for jackpot-lovers.We are talking about a prize of over 40 million coins, awarded randomly. That’s a lot of fruit for a fruit machine. Winnings can be gambled with a “skill test” feature: hit all the rungs of a ladder to double your prize – or lose it all.This instant-play game has been ported to run on all mobile devices.

King's Treasure

This is an “oldie but goodie” which challenges you to find the crown jewels. This slot will not wow you with its rather dated graphics. But the ever-mounting jackpot of this 5-reel, 20-payline video slot is seductive. The game is easy on the eyes and simple to play.

Book of Ra Deluxe

This 5-reel, 10 line slot is inspired by the famous Book of Ra slot machine. An explorer seeking a mystic book in ancient Egypt encounters the usual characters one would expect to find in an Egyptian tomb.Coin size ranges from 2 to 1000. The title symbol is wild. 3 or more wilds will trigger 10 free spins with an expanding symbol for good measure. Fill up the grid with these symbols and you can live like a Pharaoh. The gamble feature lets you bet double or nothing on your winning to guess the color of the next card.

Hit the Road

Feel a need for speed? Drive at your own risk. This 5-reel, 25-line medium volatility slots depicts the battle of the motorist vs. the traffic police. The Hit the Road logo is the wild, but if your foot is heavy on the spin pedal, watch out for the Radar Gun scatters. These trigger 10 free spins, with a multiplier increasing with each spin. The faster the button is pressed the higher the multiplier.But if your resist the urge for frantic button-pressing, you may be eligible for a Safe Driver bonus. Clever.

Dolphin’s Pearl Deluxe

This 5-reel, 10-payline slot is another of the many undersea adventures. It’s easy on the eyes, with colourful aquatic plants and shimmering sunlight filtering through the water. The various tropic fish and sea creatures are high value symbols. The Dolphin is wild and the pearl in an oyster is the scatter. 3 of them will trigger 15 free spins. Wins in the bonus sequence are doubled and can be retriggered if more scatters show up on the reels. The gamble feature let’s you go for double or nothing by guessing on the color of the next card.

Novomatic Table Games

Novomatic offers a standard Baccarat game, Blackjack, and four versions of Roulette, all with European single house pockets. The company’s Sic Bo is a standout, with winning probabilities well above the industry average.