All You Need to Know About Realistic Games
It’s great news for avid online gamers that in amongst all the giant software designers which dominate the industry, there is still room for the little guys. Players looking for something just a little bit different from the homogenous masses will surely find a new challenge amongst the small but perfectly formed output of this innovative outfit.
Realistic Games are responsible for the employment of fewer than fifty people. They are also based in a large but relatively unglamorous suburban English town. Yet despite these unpromising characteristics, they have a worldwide reputation for producing an excellent collection of casino games.
Founded in 2002, the company is based in Reading on the M4 corridor around forty miles west of London. It has remained close to its Berkshire roots throughout its existence, and the majority of its staff continue to live and work in the local area. The majority of the company’s output is focused on slots, but Realistic Games also design more traditional table game formats too. They have produced around a hundred different games in total, and are a regular choice for casino operators looking for talented software design companies to licence for their casinos.
The Early History of Realistic Games
Realistic Games was formed by a group of gaming experts, who had spent time gaining experience in a wide variety of industry roles. With backgrounds such as casino operators, games designers and of course avid players, they had the perfect suite of skills to make it on their own.
The company spent its formative years producing games for big name high street brands’ online casinos such as Bet 365, Bet Fred, Ladbrokes and Stan James. Early designs focused more on the traditional side of the casino, with Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette. These proved to be successful, so Realistic Games soon began to branch out into producing their own slots, for which they are now so highly renowned.
Always looking to innovate and to keep up to date with the latest industry technology, the company were early adopters of the new HTML5 software protocol which was at the forefront of the new movement toward mobile gaming. Realistic Games were one of the first companies to launch games designed in the new format.
2013 saw the release of their first truly smash hit slot. Super Graphics Upside Down remains a ground breaking game even today, around a decade after its original launch. Its revolutionary reversible mechanism made it a truly unique game which took the industry by storm. It was nominated for the industry Game of the Year award that year, and remains a firm player favourite.
The following years saw further excellent slot releases, with more and more big name casinos adding the company’s titles to their lists of games on offer. This enabled Realistic Games to continue to grow.
Indeed, this success was cemented when the company established a new office and operation on the United Kingdom overseas territory of Gibraltar – long regarded as one of the established gaming capitals of Europe and perhaps the world. This territorial expansion enabled the company to further expand its influence beyond its existing United Kingdom and European markets.
Today, the reach of Realistic Games continues to expand as the company forges new links with more and more online casinos and enters additional overseas markets. During the spring of 2020, the company made another breakthrough as it signed a new licencing agreement with industry giants 888 Gaming, and entered the lucrative Swedish market for the first time.
Realistic Games – Some of Their Creations
The slots which Realistic Games have created have taken the industry by storm. Players love their innovative features, and some of their designs have been very influential on other companies’ output and indeed the industry in general. ‘Super Graphics’ is a prime example of this, but there is far more in the Realistic Games locker than just this iconic title.
All the main conventional genres are covered, but it is the company’s more quirky, unusual themes which really stand out. It Came From The Moon is a good example of this ability to combine exciting slots with humour. Go Wild On Safari is another which has a classic feel, but when combined with its cartoonish graphics, it adds an extra wacky dimension. Meanwhile, Double Your Dough is a nice re-formatting of the traditional classic 1960s TV game show Double Your Money.
Other titles in the company’s repertoire are also pastiches of familiar TV game shows. Bully 4 U bears more than a passing resemblance to a classic but sadly no longer in production darts based TV series, while Snakes and Ladders re-purposes a different kind of game altogether.
But there really is something for everyone here. Even football fans are well catered for, with The Million Pound Goal and Slot It In offering plenty of goal bound action. Fans from the red side of the city will also enjoy the officially licenced Liverpool slot, although maybe only those of a certain vintage, as the featured stars are from the 80s and 90s rather than today’s superstars.
In addition to the dozens of slots and traditional casino games, the company also produce a number of other instant games. Using an unusual ‘pull tab’ mechanism, they are in effect similar to scratch cards.
Realistic Games’ Commercial Director Robert Lee continues to steer the company in the right direction. Further imaginative and innovative games continue to leave the company’s production lines, like the amazing slot / board game hybrid Game Changer. This appropriately named title adds the thrill of the traditional board game, plus some rolling dice to shake up the industry once more. Additional titles using this revolutionary mechanic are sure to follow. I would say that this radical new format will turn the industry upside down, but Realistic Games have already done this once before…
Given the company’s track record of consistent progress and its stable leadership, it is surely reasonable to expect similar spectacular fireworks where this came from. So look out for further new Realistic Games slots at your favoured casinos.