Games in total: 29+
New games per month: 1+
Main focus: Slots
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Games in total: 29+
New games per month: 1+
Main focus: Slots
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Northern Lights is one of the most recent arrivals on the scene for online pokies providers. Launched in 2017, this small UK-based developer is fronted by a team with over fifty years of collective experience.
Naturally, the provider aims high; their ambition is to launch the best, high-end pokies to debut on the market, and all games are developed for casinos on mobile from the off.
While there are not quite as many Aussie online casinos featuring Northern Lights pokies as they are those from rival providers, the developer is starting to make inroads in the field.
Major operators began rolling out some of their limited portfolio back in 2018. Head over to any top Australian casino online, which features an array of games from various providers, and there is a reasonable chance you will be able to play Northern Lights pokies today.
Understandably, the portfolio of Northern Lights pokies is petite compared to those of larger counterparts, such as Microgaming. However, nobody expected Northern Lights to power Aussie casinos all on their own. Instead, this developer works in partnership with fellow providers (most notably Yggdrasil Gaming and their Masters Program) to ensure that their games get coverage.
It is not uncommon to find their games made available amongst those from many developers. Ordinarily, a collection of over ten pokies would not be enough to suffice players, but when mixed with those from rivals, there should be something you are guaranteed to want to play.
Northern Lights pokies are known for several things. Firstly, the software provider does not rush new releases. They take their time, and it shows in the quality of their titles. Each features 3D animation and crisp imagery. While they are not burdened with a wealth of special features, there are still plenty of bonuses for you to get to grips with. Most Northern Lights games are also medium variance, and their wagering ranges are affordable for all.
One of the more recent releases from Northern Lights, Golden Stallion, is a Wild West-themed release that pays special attention to horses. Expect to see mares and stallions, horseshoes, and shiny sheriff’s badges aplenty in this release, coupled with lower-paying wooden playing card symbols.
Of course, the devil is in the detail, so let us see what else Northern Lights’ Golden Stallion has to offer.
Playable for as little as $0.20 a turn, the pokie comes with a Horse Pre-Bonus, and a Golden Spin, upgrade-a-symbol mode. This can result in considerably better wins coming your way. The equine-extravaganza features an UltraWays engine in its free spin round, which can see up to 196,608 lines appear on each spin. With an RTP of 96.2% and top prizes of up to 6,000x a bet, there is much to like about this relatively modern Northern Lights pokie.
The first in a pair of what “should be” boxing-themed games surprisingly has little to do with pugilism at all.
In fact, Northern Lights’ All Star Knockout is a fruit machine that serves up five reels and twenty lines of juicy fruits and classic pokie imagery. As with most classic fruit machines, there is not much in the way of features, but Northern Lights is determined not to leave you empty-handed here.
Win Spins can appear in the base game, and there is a free spin bonus round which gives you the chance to “knock out” symbols. The longer the bonus continues, the better it becomes. Expect to see multipliers that can boost your prizes, with this pokie capable of delivering a non-progressive jackpot worth around 4,503x a bet.
That is up to $250,000 in real money. A fair RTP of 96.09% and medium volatility ensures that All Star Knockout is fair.
Launched in 2018, Electric Wilds was one of the very first Northern Lights pokies to debut at casinos down under. This pokie game stands out from the rest of those in the developer’s portfolio on account of its unique reel structure and gaming options. Electric Wilds is a 3×3 game, with just five paylines spanning the three reels. An old-school print matrix adds a retro look and feel to the release.
Despite being surprisingly basic in terms of appearance, Northern Lights have crammed quite a few features in the pokie. The game will set you back roughly $0.10 (rising to $100) a turn and comes with an Overprint Mode, whereby any complete line could see wilds pop up.
Moreover, a Super Overprint mode could expand the number of lines on the screen, while a Repeater Bonus can boost your wins by up to 4x. Like many Northern Lights pokies, this one has a top prize capped at $250,000.
Several Northern Lights pokies have titles that imply a boxing-related theme, and none of them delivers on it. Rocky’s Gold is another example.
This pokie is themed on The Oresome Mining Company and is played over 5 reels and 20 lines.
Rocky’s Gold can dish out three bonus rounds, not to mention it has a top RTP of 96.48%.
A randomly triggered round could see Rocky chuck sticks of dynamite onto the reels during the base game, delivering decent wins. There is a TNT Bonus, too, where locked symbols on the third and fourth reels could detonate to upgrade symbols into better-paying icons.
The Paydirt Bonus is arguably the icing on the cake, with this free spin round dishing out wild reels, locked reels, or modifiers to bolster your odds of success.
Launched in 2020 and arguably the most popular of all Northern Lights’ pokies is Rock the Cash Bar.
Available to play via Yggdrasil’s Masters Program, the game takes you back in time to a retro club, with neon lighting, fruity cocktails, and glitzy disco balls all part of this game’s decorum. A basic five-reel set holds 20 lines, with stakes costing as little as $0.20 a turn.
Rock the Cash Bar’s non-progressive prize is worth more than in other Northern Lights pokies’, being capped at 6,589x a bet. The pokie machine also comes with expanding reels (up to 16,000 lines), two free spin rounds (VIP and Invite) and a Club Night bonus round.
Keep an eye out for the VIP free spin round, as that can increase multipliers as you spin, resulting in epic wins if lady luck is with you.
The second game in Northern Lights’ All Star Knockout series, this is very much in the same vein as its predecessor.
You will get the same Win Spins, free spins with multipliers and payline structure as in the original release. Even the imagery that appears on the reels and the non-progressive jackpot are identical. What is the point of playing All Star Knockout: Ultra Gamble over the original, then?
This release also has an Ultra Gamble mode, as its title suggests, and this is what marks out the pokie from the original game. You can get a head start accumulating stars to knockout the symbols as you play by playing a little extra.
This should allow you to pocket more prosperous prizes as you spin the reels of this sequel in the long run. Like other Northern Lights pokies, it is available on Yggdrasil’s open gaming platform.
Niagara Falls has been designed and developed to resemble a standalone fruit machine in a casino. Fresh out of the Prohibition Era, it looks and feels the part.
You will see classic fruit, bells and sevens imagery on the reels and a token shot of the famous waterfall to boot. However, just because this 5-reel, 20-line pokie happens to be a fruit machine does not mean that it is devoid of features.
While spinning the reels of this release, you can trigger a Coin Drop bonus with golden coins. Here, meters can activate one of five different goodies, which include stacked symbols, multipliers, wild, shakes (which drop down extra coins), and free spins.
A Cash Fall round can turn the game into a Plinko machine, while the free spin feature can dish out sticky wild reels, which will last throughout the bonus round. For such a seemingly simple fruit machine, Niagara Falls does not half pack plenty of features.
Northern Lights’ 100 Fortunes allows you to get a slice of Asia. This strikingly gorgeous looking pokie gets its name because there can be as many as a hundred lines in play at once.
You will need to expand the existing forty lines to get there, though.
A cascading reels pokie, 100 Fortunes, costs between $0.20 and $100 a turn, has an RTP of 96.2% and can deliver prizes worth up to $250,000.
Like its MegaWays counterparts, Northern Lights’ own cascading reels game comes packing a wealth of goodies.
These include expanding reels (up to 100 lines), wild symbols, a free spin bonus round, multipliers, a clever symbol swap mode that will ramp up your chances to win, and a Super Free Spin round which “should” get you a touch closer to landing the top prize of 5,854x a bet.
Northern Lights’ games contain similarities with those from other providers. For instance, you will find cascading reels and expanding payline structures like those in BTG’s MegaWays games.
They have a fair bit in common with Yggdrasil’s pokies, aside from running on that provider’s Masters open gaming platform, such as zany themes and audio.
Ultimately, Northern Lights may be a small-scale developer (for now), but the pokie provider’s releases thus far offer a lot in terms of features, fun and fair play.
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