[toc]In the past year, nary a week has gone by when a new game title (or two, or three) didn’t hit the NJ online casino market.
Rapid expansion was the theme once again for February and March, when no less than half of the industry’s 14 sites increased their game counts by at least 10 new products.
As of today, five NJ-based sites feature more than 300 games in their casino lobbies.
And it doesn’t look like we’ll have to wait too much longer for the first site to punch its 400 game ticket.
Movers and shakers
Not surprisingly, the three NJ online casino sites with the biggest existing game libraries were also the ones to add the most new games.
Resorts Casino was the most aggressive mover, adding 32 new slot titles and a new table game in the past two months. It was followed closely by sister site Mohegan Sun Casino, which added 31 new slots, and a new roulette title.
Dampening the duo’s accomplishment slightly is the fact that both online casino sites added virtually the same games.
The industry leader was active in other ways, having recently expanded the hours of its exclusive Live Dealer games to 3 p.m. – 3 a.m. daily.
Fourth place belonged to the industry’s fourth biggest site, Caesars Casino. The site rolled out 19 new games total from early February to the present, and continues to be the only NJ online casino under the Caesars AC license to put forth any sort of real attempt at improving its game library.
Other sites under the Caesars AC umbrella (888 Casino and Harrah’s Casino) feature fewer than 60 games at last count. That being said, even Caesars Casino isn’t exactly bringing much new to the table, as its latest additions can all be found on other sites.
Finally, the fifth biggest mover was Borgata Casino. This one does come as something of a surprise, as the operator had been taking a rather sedentary approach to expansion over the months prior.
Also noteworthy, is that the Borgata now features the largest progressive jackpot in New Jersey, with its linked Big Series jackpot at $2.01 million and climbing.
Changing of the guard
Resorts Casino has at least temporarily claimed the title of New Jersey’s most stuffed game library. At last count, the site features 381 games, just two more than second place Golden Nugget Casino.
The top ten are as follows:
- Resorts Casino: 381 games
- Golden Nugget Casino: 379
- Mohegan Sun Casino: 373
- Caesars Casino: 323
- Play SugarHouse: 312
- Betfair Casino: 218
- Borgata Casino: 210
- Pala Casino: 210
- Tropicana Casino: 162
- Virgin Casino: 162
There are a couple points of interest here:
- Play SugarHouse became the fifth NJ online casino to crack the 300 games benchmark, which is pretty remarkable for a site that’s only been around since last September. The operator has recently added two exclusives from Konami, Golden Wolves and Imperial Wealth.
- Pala Casino has turned a corner, moving from a relatively unknown quantity to the middle-of-the-pack in relatively short order. The site now features over 200 games and recently ran a promotional event celebrating its new products.
- Game library size is clearly just one component of a successful online casino. Despite holding the first and third spots, Resorts AC consistently generates less gross gaming NJ online casino revenue than any other NJ online gambling operator.
Exclusivity a rarity
If anything, Golden Nugget Casino lost some of its exclusivity, as two of its formerly exclusive slots (most notably Cirque Du Soleil Kooza) have recently popped up on other sites.
More on Family Feud
Family Feud, which is based on the popular and long-running television game show of the same name, features 15 paylines, a multitude of betting options, and an exciting Bonus Spins Feature.
To activate the bonus, players must reveal three bonus symbols on any payline. They’ll then click on one of 15 cards to reveal a number of free spins or a win multiplier. This process is repeated until the “Play” card is revealed, after which the free spins begin.
During the Bonus Spins Feature, the bonus can be retriggered, adding even more spins and resulting in augmented wins.
There is also a scatter feature, although it functions a bit differently than what players are probably accustomed to. Instead of triggering a special feature, scatters pay out a multiplier based on the player’s initial wager. The more scatters (up to five) the larger the reward.
Scatters do not have to align along a payline in order to payout — they can be located anywhere on the reels.
As unique as this feature is, we were disappointed that the game didn’t make more of an attempt to incorporate Family Feud-like mechanics into its gameplay. As is, the intersection between the slot and the game it’s based upon is only skin deep.
And no Steve Harvey, what’s that all about?
Other notable new games
- 7’s Wild: Back to basics penny slot, featuring just five paylines — although they do pay left-to-right and right-to-left. Features wild symbols and a basic free spins bonus. Perfect for handle pushers looking to make the transition to online.
- Divine Fortune: Jackpot slot by NetEnt stuffed with extra features, including free spins, falling wilds, and a wild on wild feature which when activated sees an entire reel transformed into a wild symbol. And all this is forgetting about the Jackpot Bonus Game, where players can win one of three progressives, as well as other cash prizes.
- Joker Pro: Super high volatility game where the action is fast-paced and glitzy, and the wins are big (when they come). Boasts just one bonus feature, but it’s a good one. When players hit a joker symbol, that and the first and fifth reel turn wild for one exciting spin. Hit another joker and trigger a second respin. We can see fans of popular slot Twin Spin taking to this one.
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