Although the name Novomatic probably won't be familiar to a number of players in North America and Asia, it is a big
brand in Europe an South America and just about every casino you walk into in Europe has Novomatic slots. In fact,
Novomatic even *own* casinos in some European countries (Admiral Club).
The Novomatic machines are normally recognisable as they are branded as "Gaminator",
Multi Gaminator or Super V+ Gaminator or more recently as Novoline or Admiral. It's the original 'Gaminator' machines which tend to house the older versions of the games. The Super V+ Gaminator kiosks generally have the "Deluxe" versions
of Novomatic games and sometimes Progressive Jackpot versions.
Additionally, the Super Gaminator machines typically have 5-10 slot games on each one, accessed via a Game Menu, while
the other variants most often either house 1 game or up to 5 older versions. Generally it's the newer Deluxe versions
found on the Super Gaminator machines that Novomatic have chosen to bring on line. To be honest, their isn't a huge difference
between the older Novomatic slots and the Deluxe versions: one extra payline running from bottom left to top right (10 paylines
instead of 9 to be exact) and updated, refreshed graphics. But they do look a lot better in my opinion.
Novomatic, via their online subsiduary Greentube, have developed a 6-reel version of their popular (and volatile!) Book Of Ra slot machine for online play.
Imaginatively dubbed 'Book Of Ra 6', the game features a 6th reel that can be activated or deactivated via an 'ExtraBet' button. Aside from that and the re-arranged paytables needed to accommodate the change, the only other differentiator between this version and the Book Of Ra Deluxe is the slightly increased volatility.
The original 9-line 5-reel Book Of Ra and 10-line Book Of Ra Deluxe machines are also still available to play online.
At present, the new game is only available at Star Games which means UK, US and Canadian players don't have access.
As with most games providers (IGT is reviewed here), Novomatic have been selective about which games
are available online for fairly obvious reasons. The most popular games were the first to arrive and I have main game that
most players will know here at OCV of course: Book Of Ra (Deluxe) is absolutely
typical of Novomatic slots with an innovative bonus round featuring expanding scatters (now often copied by other slot game
manufacturers like Playtech).
Worthy of a mention is that Novomatic have also bought most of their "Hot Slots" series online: "Xtra Hot", "Ultra Hot",
"Sizzling Hot" and "Power Stars" all have a very similar theme (fruits, sevens and stars) and are very popular in Central
European and some countries in Eastern Europe particularly. They are notable because they break the mould of having feature
rounds (although Power Stars does sort of have one!) and instead introduce features into normal play, such as expanding
wilds, sticky reels and multipliers.
Because OCV is largely a global site, I haven't gone overboard with the free versions of Novomatic games here, however on OCV's
UK-focused sister site Games & Fruit Machines you will find some
more, including my personal favorite "Katana" alongside "Lucky Lady's Charm" abd "Dolphin's Pearl Deluxe". In fact, if you
want a complete rundown of every Novomatic slot available online, complete with videos, then Slotjunkies has
a full list of games from not only Novomatic but IGT, WMS and
Aside from a number of popular Gaminator slots you see in land-based casinos, Novomatic have also started producing a few
In the meantime, you can find various Novomatic slots at the following online casinos. There are some exclusive agreements
in place on who has what game, so it might be worth using the "Games List" links in the grid below to see who has which games:
Online Casinos featuring Novomatic slots
Unfortunately you can see that Novomatic games aren't so widely available online and those casinos that do have
them sometimes restrict play from certain countries where Novomatic have land-based interests to protect and are therefore keen
not to upset the regulators! The grid above shows casinos that should take players from your country (based on your IP address)
although some places, like the USA, will not be able to play Novomatic games online at all (yet, anyway!) - sorry.
Also, the quality of the customer service at the casinos above varies! I have played all of them and they are all safe and pay
out fine: just that some are quicker than others. For example, Star Games have easily the biggest selection of Novomatic slots
(I am told that they are owned by a company who in turn are part of the Novomatic Group but they can be horrendously slow
replying to emails and paying out winnings: up to 2 weeks in my case! But they did pay, eventually!
Compare that to somewhere like MyBet who have slightly less Novomatic games (but all the main ones) yet pay out very quickly,
or the UK-centric Sky, Blue Square and Mecca who again only have a few of the slots but pay out very quickly. I guess it really
depends how patient you are: if you don't mind slow pays then Star Games is the best option for choice but personally, I'd play
at any of the others.
Finally, I'd add that all of the online casinos above also carry slots by other well-known names aswell as Novomatic. For example,
MyBet casino now carries some Aristocrat slots aswell as Net Entertainment games, Sky Vegas (UK only) has IGT games and both
Blue Square and Mecca Games have IGT with the latter also having some Aristocrat games too. Star games are exclusively
Novomatic (Greentube is the production company that make the Novoamtic games under licence and like Star Games, are part
of the Novomatic Group!).
* "Gaminator", "Multi Gaminator", and "Super V+ Gaminator" are trademarks
of the Novomatic Group Of Companies (IGT)