Pragmatism isn’t something you would normally associate with online video slots. Pragmatism means realism, and assessing yourself or the world honestly – a long way from the usually explosive and promising branding of the online slots world!
A quick look at their titles tells you that the Gold series of games has been the company’s biggest hit, but their top 10 titles are almost all in the UK top 100, which is an amazing record. Only the mighty NetEnt site is above them at the moment.
In this guide to this exciting slots provider, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to find and enjoy Pragmatic Play slots safely and to get the most out of the games from this exciting producer, including their 10 biggest titles.
Every slot developer has two faces. We’re not quite calling them hypocrites, but the truth is that they have two customers: there are the people who play their games (you, the punter, the general public), and there are the sites that host those games and who make a profit from them.
These two groups don’t always have completely aligned interests!
This conflict of interests leads to an interesting difference between how the company’s present themselves to their two client groups.
You, the punter, the general public, wants an enjoyable game, and most players want to win money.
The casino site wants you. They want you to spend as much time and money at their site as possible. The truth of the online gambling industry is that all the profit is your lost bets. So, in order to make a profit at all the casino site needs players to lost most of the time.
Games are set up for players to lose – on average, in the long term. There’s no reason why a single player won’t win a big prize, but the mathematics behind the games means that most players will, if they play for a long time, lose relatively small amounts of money. Of course, it’s possible to lose a lot of money and it is the player’s own responses to play that will decide how that goes.
Games still need to be entertaining, and they need to deliver wins, and here the needs of the casino site and the desire of the player briefly align.
Pragmatic Play’s clients are casino sites, and this is what they tell them:
The company offers slots, live casino games, bingo and other games via a single interface.
The games have in-game promotional tools.
The company tells its clients it is licensed in more than 20 jurisdictions, has won lots of awards, and that its innovative games can be played on mobiles and desktops in 31 languages and in all major currencies.
The company’s vision is to be the “leading content provider to the iGaming industry”. Not just “a” leading provider, but “the”! Quite an ambition.
In order to offer slots, Pragmatic Play must be licensed. It has licenses with:
They’re not lying about those awards either and can count the Which Bingo Awards 2020 prize for the best software provider, the Gaming Awards best iGaming Software Supplier 2020, and the Malta Gaming Awards best game vendor award for 2019 among a large selection of prizes.
You’ll need a casino site to play these games for real money and the company lists many of its partners on its site.
Games from Pragmatic Play are available at nearly 500 slots in nearly 50 countries.
These games are the 10 most popular Pragmatic Play games in the UK measured by the number of players and the game's visibility at casino sites.
Massively popular for a very long time, Pragmatic Play’s biggest game was released in April 2017 and is still in the UK top 10. Its big top prize has been an attraction for sure, with a 5,000-times stake available via a very clever and popular bonus game that has inspired a whole load of spin-offs and not a few copycats. The game’s big bonus features are its stacked wilds, the money respin, and blazing reels. The mathematics are very, well, average, in a good way. The theoretical return to the player is 96.01% (this is a long-term measure of the proportion of all wagered cash over the entire lifespan of a game that will be returned to players – it is not a personal prediction). The volatility is medium. Volatility or variability is created from a ratio of prize size and prize frequency. Big prizes paid out less often means the game is highly volatile, smaller prizes that trigger more often is the opposite. The set-up is classic too, with a 5 by 3 grid or symbols with 25 pay lines. There are eight standard symbols, topping off with a cougar, a mustang, an eagle and a bison that place us firmly in the plains of the central United States of America. The wolf is a wild that subs in. A desert valley is the scatter and it rewards free spins, during which you get the central reels linked as a single symbol. A moon is the money symbol and can reward a jackpot prize during the Money Respin feature. You need six moons to trigger it and the second set of reels opens up for a short game of moon-symbols only. If you end the game with reels filled with moons you get the Mega Jackpot. Wolf Gold is easy to play and to understand and has been winning fans to its pack since its release. There’s no reason to think it’s going anywhere in the short term.
A good measure of a game’s success is copycats, spin-offs, and sequels. This game was released in 2019, but you can certainly see it’s a relative of Wolf Gold as soon as you see the game design. Out go the wolves and in come wild horses, with golden horseshoes as the big paying symbol that can deliver the jackpot. You can win up to a 12,000-times stake. The game set-up is very similar to its parent titles. There are eight standard symbols, with a top-four of two cow-persons, and a black horse and a white horse. There’s a wild and a scatter, triggering free spins. The gold horseshoes are the symbol at the heart of the money collect feature and can help to award jackpots via the bonus game. The gameplay and design haven’t changed much at all, and this is a top 20 hit in the UK.
The wildlife in this title is Irish and mythical, with toadstools and shamrocks blooming out over these big paying reels. There’s a jackpot game here – many Irish titles are high-paying gamblers’ favourites – with a 100,000 coin top prize, plus up to 4,608-times stake as a reel prize. The volatility is high, as it often is in such games, but the RTP is a very generous 96.77%. There are nine standard symbols, a wild and a bonus, plus the Pragmatic Play money collect feature with a cauldron full of coins as the Money symbol.
This is a veteran title that keeps slots fans queuing up at the chilli pot. Mexican culture (to be kind to the designers here) themed games have come spinning off this big 2018 release. Again, we have the same Pragmatic Play set up with a standard five by three grid and a respin/jackpot game using a money symbol to deliver the big prizes. In this game, we also get high value-only symbols in the free spins round in a medium-volatility game with just over 96% RTP. The top prize is 125,000 coins, and you can bet from 0.25 coins to 125 coins. This is a decent looking game, with nice cartoon graphics that – our earlier remarks aside – isn’t overly offensive. Players certainly love it and have kept it at number 15 in the UK charts well over three years after its debut.
The Joker these days doesn’t usually summon up the actual card from the deck of playing cards. In slots, though, the joker still has that resonance, and that means that the appearance of the joker usually means that a game will be a retro, fruit-style game. This 2018 example from Pragmatic Play isn’t untypical. It’s based on an old cabinet game with the pay table blinking away in neon over a 5 by 3 reel grid with just 5 pay lines. The top prize is 1,040-times stake and the RTP is 96.5%. The betting starts at just 5p and runs up to 100 coins. The only extras in this game – these older-style titles often feature cut-down gameplay – is bonus symbols. Simpler games have been helped by the boom in mobile play, and Joker’s Jewels has obviously done something right to stay on the market for so long.
Very different is this rather sophisticated video slot from March 2019. Despite the age, it’s a very modern-looking slot with lovely, funny character cartoon graphics. Some of the mechanics look familiar though, with a free spins round, the main extra feature in this game with a 6,750-times stake top prize.
Just like jokers, gems and diamonds usually mean retro. Here it’s the aesthetics that come out of the past in this April 2020 release. The symbols are straight off the pages of a History of Slots book, but the gameplay is slick and features the jackpot games that have been such a big hit in other Pragmatic Play slots.
In April 2021, Pragmatic Play went back to the plains of the North American west with Megaways in their pockets and sent a herd of buffalo off over the prairies. This game feels like it’s from the Gold family, but doesn’t feature their jackpot games, subbing in the usual Megaways features, which are a-typical reel sets, high volatility, more than 100,000 ways to win and a big top prize of 5,000-times stake. Megaways have taken over the slots world in recent times, and everyone has to have at least one title.
We’re still in the top 100 of UK titles with this one, released in January 2021, and taking that favourite theme of slots designers, Ancient Egypt. It’s a 5 by 3 game with 10 pay lines and a 5,533-times stake top prize on high volatility spins with a 96.5% RTP. The game uses mystery symbols and expanding symbols to deliver its biggest prizes – especially in the free spins round. IN many ways it’s a standard Egyptian game, though you can tell it’s a new-ish release by the highly sexualised imagery of the main character.
Pragmatic Play games often do well when they first come out, which is a reflection of the company’s power in the market. This one features a cluster mechanism that awards prizes for big groups of matching symbols rather than for linear sets along pay lines. It is very high volatility and has a 5,000-times stake top prize. The game play in this fun magic game is sophisticated with a number of bonus features, including collections that trigger modifiers on the reels. It’s a fun play with a great soundtrack.
Casinos usually stock large numbers of games – sometimes over 1,000 – by multiple slots developers. So you’ll never find a completely dedicated Pragmatic Play site – at least not for a while – but you’re likely to find some sites giving more prominence to their games than others. The best way to find Pragmatic Play casinos is to consult review sites like ours or to look at the site of the developer themselves.
To play Pragmatic Play slots for real money you need a number of things. Frist, you need money, which you’ll have to deal with. Then you need a way to send money online, maybe via an online bank account, an e-wallet like PayPal, a prepaid voucher or perhaps crypto. Then you’ll need a legal, licensed site that you are legally entitled to play at. And you need to prove your identity, your age, and your location to that site. Put all those things together and you can start to play Pragmatic Play slots.
No. Pragmatic Play is a legitimate company with lots of licensing and auditing in place to let you know that they take seriously their duties to provide legal and honest games. The sites you play these games at also need to be safe and fair. TO find such sites you’ll need to use the licensing and regulatory framework where you are. Using licensed sites is the best way to stay safe while playing Pragmatic Play sites online.
Free play means no wagering, so you can’t lose any money but you also can’t win. You can play casino slots at many casino sites in demo mode. And you can also play at some review sites. In the case of review sites that don’t offer any wagering you should be able to play games after just inputting your date of birth. You can also play demo version of Pragmatic Play’s slots at the company’s own website.
Most casino sites offer bonuses and they may be linked to particular slot companies. These bonuses change often and it’s usually necessary to use casino news and reviews sites to keep on top of all them. If you like Pragmatic Play slots enough that you’d like to make them the make-or-break on whether you choose a site then a Pragmatic Play bonus is worth looking for. With such a bonus – usually available to new customers – you may get free spins or cash to spend on your favourite games. These offers are marketing tools for the industry and you should be sure that you understand how they work before you start to cash them in. As Pragmatic Play also make live casino games you may find live casino bonuses related to this company too.