This summer will see the release of a series of high-quality video slots set to take the industry by storm. If you are a fan of high-risk gambling, feature-packed gameplay and top production values then we recommend that you have a browse through these and take a spin on one that takes your fancy.

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Forge of Gems by Play n Go

Sweden’s Play n Go are a highly respected gambling game developer with decades of experience behind them so it’s no surprise that their showcase slot for summer 2022, Forge of Gems, is a highly-anticipated release. It is the fourth in the series of ‘Gems’ games, following on from Prism of Gems, Frozen Gems and Perfect Gems, and displaying the same high-quality graphics and adding further features to an already sophisticated game model.

The game numbers speak for themselves – Play n Go rate this as a 10/10 variance game. That means high risk gameplay with the chance to win big jackpots, but at long odds. So you will need a good-size bankroll to take this one on. The top prize is a 25,000x stake and the Return to Player is set to 96.2%.

The reason we decided to review this title is that it boasts features that Play n Go haven’t included in their games before. It’s innovative and clever, using Splitting Cells technology to increase the number to increase the number of paylines on any spin from 243 to 36,288. There are also win cascades, multipliers and wild reels (where every symbol on a reel turns wild).

We recommend this game if you enjoy dark and atmospheric slots – the setting is a fiery underground forge – and if high risk action is your preferences.

Funk Master by NetEnt

Scandanavia is a hub of game developers and bigger even that Play n Go are NetEnt, the kings of online slots. Their back catalogue of hits includes classics like Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest so any chance to test drive on of their new releases is not to be missed. This time out, for their big release of 2022, they have created a game that is themed around the dance floor. Fans of the studio may have come across a similar set up in their previous hit, Disco Danny.

Once again here the game is characterised by neon pinks and yellows and a thumping soundtrack. It’s disco fever for sure and it all plays out on an 8x8 game grid with the dancefloor in the background. If you’ve played and enjoyed games like Jammin Jars by Push Gaming then this will suit your tastes too.

One less likeable feature of Funk Master is it’s low top payout – just 3,337x – which is at odds with its high risk maths model. It means the odds are long but the payout is still quite low (compare it to Forge of Gems’ 25,000x jackpot). Nevertheless, we are prepared to overlook this in light of the quality of the production and features.

The gameplay centers on Dancefloor ‘Hotspots’ in which a 2x2 square is highlighted and when wins appear in this area, so extra wild symbols are added to the grid. There are also multipliers of up to 10x, and Dancing Wilds that move around the reels with each consecutive spin.

Grid slots always use an Avalanche Wins mechanic in which after any winning spin, winning symbols are removed from the reels to be replaced by new ones. That process repeats until no more wins are created. You get that here too and it’s another reason to gives this slot a spin. It means more win potential from every spin, and more chances to hear that booming house soundtrack!

Western Gold 2 Double Barrel by Just For The Win

Our third slot for summer 2022 is Just For the Win’s Western Gold 2 Double Barrel. Just For The Win are long time partners of Microgaming, a huge name in the video slots industry. Their games are regularly pushed out on MG’s own platform, giving them a wide distribution.

Western Gold 2 is on-trend as there are many new slots that have a Western theme right now, including the excellent Tombstone RIP by No Limit City (also from Sweden). Western Gold 2 is more light-hearted than that slot to be fair, but it offers equally good win potential with a 25,000x top payout and a 96.15% return on all money wagered.

If you want to have a crack at this game then here are a few things to look out for. The key events are triggered by cash barrels which are special symbols that trigger big wins when they land. Up to 10,000x can be won on a single spin in this way. Sheriff Badge icons get you free spins. And finally, there is also a super free spins round with enhanced payouts.

If short, if you like fast-paced gameplay and Western-themed slots with golden hues, lots of gun toting and grimacing sheriffs, then this is your go to game for summer 2022!

If you are ready to play and itching to get spinning on any of these games, makes sure you pick up some no deposit free spins first. There are some great offers available this summer thanks to a highly competitive casino market and some generous operators out there. You can pick up some good deals and turn free spins into real cash if you’re lucky! Of course, you should also play responsibly at all times too. Good luck!