European Gaming Technology (or EGT for short) is located in Sofia, Bulgaria. In addition to their extensive range of free online slots, EGT has been supplying games to land-based casinos for many years. While EGT do not yet have the awareness among slots fans of some of the bigger software brands – they are constantly partnering with new casinos. This will mean more and more players have the opportunity to come across their products.

You’ll find a wide range of themes and levels of complexity in EGT slots. These range from the simple fruit-symbols of the ‘hot’ range, though to some very interactive video slots. There are jackpots, feature rounds and plenty of games with novel on-reel behaviour too. Many titles feel a little retro, like the less complex games from bars and small casinos of the last decade have been transported online. At the same time, there are some great graphics and novel features coming though – a sign that their R&D department are busy pushing the limits.

Company Overview
EGT has been a big success story since they were first formed back in 2002. They now have more than 800 employees, including a research and development staff that is busy creating innovative video slots for release into the booming iGaming market. Based in the Bulgarian capital city Sofia, EGT is active in 65 countries around the world (this may include the locations of online casinos which host their games).

EGT titles are primarily created using Flash technology. This makes them available in browsers without the need for downloads across multiple devices. Apple users will be able to find a smaller selection of EGT games are build using HTML5.

They state their corporate mission as ‘to generate a constant flow of revolutionary ideas, technologically advanced and carefully designed gaming products’.

Hallmarks of EGT Slots
One aspect of all EGT slots which you can’t fail to notice when you start playing is the numbers above the reels. There are 4 of these, all rapidly moving upward and each one associated with a small playing card suit icon. These are the progressive jackpots, which can be won at random while you play. When the ‘lucky lady jackpot game’ triggers, you’ll see a screen with 2 ladies and 12 face-down playing cards. You choose these (all of them are queens of different suits) until you hit 3 of the same suit. This triggers the jackpot linked to your suit.

Another hallmark is the ‘flaming animations’ of the ‘hot’ series of games. These are simple slots, with fruits and other classic symbols on the reels. When you hit a winning combination, the reels burst into flames while your wins are totalled up.

Finally, when you hit a win, you’ll hear a ticking sound, together with a computer-generated tune. This alerts you to the gamble after win feature. You’ll need to hit either collect (the start button) or gamble. If you choose to gamble then you have to guess the colour of a playing card, you can do this repeatedly if you wish.

The themes of EGT slots are varied, some are the classic Egypt / Asian / Forest type games, while others are a little odd (for example Imperial Wars or The explorers). All of these games are solid, playable and entertaining.

Best EGT Slots
#1 Circus Brilliant: To me the title feels a little odd, though the entertaining slot game does make up for this. There is an element of humour on the reels (bicycle riding bear and so on). There are some solid financial reasons to try this colourful game too – a 10,000 coin top prize from regular play and a free spins game with 2x multipliers on all wins.

#2 Dragon Reels: It is hard to create an Asian themed slot which holds its own in this crowded niche. EGT has managed it with Dragon Reels, which has detailed graphics and smooth game-play. Other than stacked wilds, the main attraction is the free spins bonus game. This has 2x multipliers and a unique way of retriggering were the scatters and wilds combine to give you 5 more free spins each time.

#3 Halloween: You have to get beyond your first impression to enjoy this slot. At first it looks like a randomly thrown-together jumble of anything Halloween related. After you spin, the features (and some humour) make up for the odd design. One thing you should look out for is the special wild symbol which turns all the playing card symbols into wilds. This can turn an ordinary spin into a very profitable one.

I would sum up EGT slots as a mixed bag. Some are complex and entertaining video slots with multiple features. Others feel a little dated, and would be better suited to live casinos or bars. There are some great designs in the EGT range, though the detailed symbols and overall frame of the game often hang together badly, rather wasting the detailed drawings and animations. Having said that, there are some good titles coming through from this software house; and with a global reach – many more players will be discovering their games in the near future.