Scratch An Itch With The Upcoming Branded NextGen Scratch CardsFebruary 6th, 2015
NextGen scratch cards you say? Never heard of them you say? Well no wonder. When we say ‘new’ we mean ‘never seen before in the history of online scratchcards’.
NextGen Gaming are known for a couple of things.
For slot machines for one. Online slots to be precise. Also one of the widest variety of mobile casino slots for two; with each new release available both on desktop and mobile.
They have, as of yet, to venture into the wide world of other casinos games. Hence why finding a NextGen casino is nothing short of impossible.
You can’t have a slots casino only, even the most hardcore slotter (slotty? slotsters?) will eventually want to try their hand at a little blackjack or video poker.
But, it seems that things have changed a little as they are now introducing online scratchies to their portfolio.
9 New Scratchcards online and mobile
There will definitely be 9 of them, but we only know the theme for four.
The reason we know this is because they told us. No heavy investigation on our part.
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But it makes sense to use their most popular slot game themes on their new scratch card games.
The rest, we suspect, will be something a little different, or perhaps, on some of their bigger branded games such as Judge Dredd or the upcoming Psycho slot?
But we are just guessing at this stage.
“We are delighted to launch our initial range of scratch cards to the wider market… With this new product stream perfect for instant handset play, operators have another product set at their disposal” David Johnson, Commercial Director at NYX Gaming Group (mother company to NextGen).
We just want to point out the words ‘instant handset play’ there. That’s code for ‘mobile’.
Theme 1: Merlin’s Millions Superbet
The wizard of spin is here! And this time his magical shots of electricity will be scratching, rather than spinning, some big wins.
With a slight 3D cartoony feel about him, this Merlin wizard is fairly youthful looking, even with his white beard.
If it’s a match symbols to win cash game, like Playtech’s Pink Panther scratch card, expect to find a moody owl, a book of spells, and the famous wizard staff that shoots electricity on big wins.
There are two versions of the original, but both are so similar we probably wouldn’t be able to say which one it’s based on.
Theme 2: Doctor Love
Probably our least favourite theme, yet clearly we are in the minority as the Doctor Love and Doctor Love on Vacation slot games are two of NextGen Gaming’s most popular machines.
So when they decided to create a scratch card game, it made sense to bring the blonde Doctor with his famous love injections to the table.
And if you think that pun was cheesy, but funny, then be prepared for the funniest theme you’ve ever seen, with teddy bears, heart thermometers and sexy nurses all here to help you feel better.
Oh and money. Money makes everything better.
Theme 3: Medusa
Now this, this is what we are talking about. Especially if they bring out the beautiful animations and graphics from the Medusa II slot.
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Not that the original wasn’t beautiful.
Just that they upped their game in the second, whilst still remaining true to everything we fell in love with in the original slot.
This story is one that focuses on the tragedy of Medusa, a beautiful woman turned monster by a vengeful goddess, who simply wants to be left alone.
Pegasus, ancient temples, soldiers and snakes all give you a perfect greek drama.
Theme 4: Foxin’ Wins
Another classic of a slot machine, and another theme that has 2 games they can choose from.
The first, and original, theme is Mr Fox himself, with his litter of cute little cubs, living the high life in their beautiful golden mansion. Add wads of cash, golden statues and expensive cars, and this is one rich theme.
There is also a lucky leprechaun they could add to the scratchcards because… at this point… why not?
It’s a family of rich foxes ok? Them stealing a leprechauns pot of gold is the least ridiculous idea of the lot.
The second theme is more nautical, with Mr Fox taking his family on a yacht to the Caribbean sea.
Which one will they take? Probably the first, and more famous, theme, but we love them both. So will be happy with either.
What it means for NextGen mobile casinos
It means providing more choice for their players. Though we don’t know if that choice will be any good.
“We are committed to a roadmap of further scratch card titles which will… [provide] a fun and profitable alternative to our classic slots.” continue David Johnson.
Having been a slot provider their entire life, it’s nice to be able to provide an alternative that isn’t so far away from your traditional slot machine.
After all, what is a mobile scratch card but a simplified slot? Instead of spinning to reveal the symbols, you scratch to reveal the symbols. The math are similar, if not exactly the same.
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And with some solid theme choices, as well as the hope that NextGen put a little of their magic to the scrathies, we think these might do very well indeed.
What do we mean by magic? Just a twist on the original concept, as they love do to. Perhaps a superbet option where we can buy wild symbols? Or the ability to ‘win’ some free cards?
You know. A twist.
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