Fri, Aug 30, 2:23pm by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:08am
RealTime Gaming got its start as an online casino software developer in Atlanta, Georgia in 1998. RTG was one of the first US-based online pokies designers, though it moved out of the country in the 21st Century. When the U.S. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in late 2006, RealTime Gaming moved its operations to Costa Rica (2007). A year later, a Curacao-based firm, Hastings International (HBM Group), bought RTG, though operations continue in Heredia, Costa Rica to this day.
Through it all, RealTime Gaming has produced a huge volume of online video poker machines, table games, video poker, and specialty games. RTG is the largest supplier of casino software in the US gaming market, but it’s also a huge player in the Australian gaming industry, too. The company first got a name supporting world-famous casino/sportsbook/poker site Bodog (later Bovada), which conferred prestige and respectability on the RTG products.
These days, RTG software powers famous sites like Fair Go Casino, Ignition Casino, Slots.lv, Cafe Casino, Bovada, Bodog Asia, and 5Dimes Casino. Many punters have encountered famous RTG pokies on these sites, but we’ll review these games for the Aussies who haven’t.
RealTime Gaming developed over 230 online video pokies over the past 20 years. Some are more widespread than others, but anyone who’s played at an RTG online casino are sure to remember certain titles. RTG’s most popular bonus pokies include well known titles like Enchanted Garden II, Gemtopia, Cash Bandits 2, and Kung Fu Rooster. Its top 3-reel classics include the Three Stooges II, Sevens and Stripes, and Santastic!.
Many of RTG’s best games are in the Real-Time Series. Over 90 online casinos features titles like God of Wealth, Megaquarium, Cash Bandits 2, Fantasy Mission Force, and Swindle All The Way.
Punters in the in the Australian market can play the newest 5-reel online pokies releases. Newer title you won’t see everywhere include Dirty Martini, Treasure Island, Zombies vs. Cheerleaders II, Dragons, Hercules the Immortal, and DJ Moo Cow.
RTG has a number of wide-area progressive jackpots, which link the jackpot prize on pokies that multiple pokie license holders feature. Games in this category include Aztec’s Millions, Jackpot Pinatas, Megasaur, and Jackpot Cleopatra’s Gold. Aztec’s Millions and Jackpot Pinatas are progressive pokies with prizes ranging as high as AU$2.4 million. Megasaur sits around AU$1.2 million at its highest, while Jackpot Cleopatra’s Gold Pokies’ jackpot gets into the AU$500,000 range.
Several RTG table games also feature progressive jackpots. Caribbean Stud Poker, Caribbean Holdem, and Caribbean Draw Poker share a wide-area progressive jackkpot on their side bets. The prize amount gets as high as AU$200,000. Let ‘Em Ride, the company’s version of Let It Ride, has a payout that builds to roughly the same size.
RealTime Gaming also designs random progressive pokies, which are basically local-area progressives. Many of RTG’s “Real-Series Slots” collection fall into this category. The random progressive doesn’t require reel symbols to match up on a specific paylines. If enough of the right symbols appear anywhere on the screen, then the random progressive jackpot is triggered. This makes a game more dynamic by providing higher volatility.
Random progressive jackpots are much smaller than the wide-area pots. They range in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, instead of the hundreds of thousands or millions. Players searching for progressive pokies might be confused if they find Reel-Series Pokies listed as progressive games. Keep this in mind when you’re reading game reviews and you won’t be led astray.
Another aspect of RTG’s Real-Series Slots is their enhanced graphics. Some reviewers have compared RTG pokies to games from NetEnt or Betsoft over the years and claimed RTG’s graphics weren’t good enough. These games are designed to counter that idea by providing better graphics and more game features. RTG boasts dozens of random progressive pokies, which we’ll discuss in their individual pokie reviews. But that’s just the start of the list, which includes over 90 online random progressive pokies.
Over the years, RTG designed 236 online pokies. Of those, 231 remain active and available to Australian bettors. Based on the number of online casinos which feature these games (around 90), the most popular RTG pokies include The Nice List, Bubble Bubble, Lucky 7, Eternal Love, and God of Wealth. Those are the most widespread pokies, but RTG has games with all sorts of themes, jackpot sizes, features, and reel configurations.
The Nice List is a Christmas-themed pokie, while Bubble Bubble is a Halloween-themed game. Lucky 6 is based on Irish luck and leprechauns, while Eternal Love is inspired by vampires and supernatural romance. God of Wealth is a knock-off of Aristocrat Leisure’s Choa Sun Doa Pokie, based on the Chinese god of wealth Caishen.
Speaking of Christmas-themed pokies, RTG produced a series of games based on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that’s both fun and popular. Search for games like Rudolph’s Revenge, Santa Strikes Back, and Return of the Rudolph. Once you see these games, you’ll never think of Santa Claus and his reindeer in quite the same way.
The Three Stooges II Pokie is one of RTG’s first licensed pokies. Following up the Three Stooges Poker Machine, this 3-reel and 3-payline game boasts a random progressive jackpot, free spins, wild symbols, scatter symbols, and a bonus round.
In the past couple of years, RTG began producing Asian-themed pokies. Examples include Zhanshi Slot, Dragon Orb, Eagle Shadow Fist, Crazy Dragon, Ancient Gods, and Cai Hong. Our long list of RTG pokies reviews starts with games like Cai Hong and Ancient Gods, so you’ll get a taste of RTG’s Chinese-themed pokies from reading our game reviews.
With hundreds of games in the pokies catalogue, the list goes on and on. We’ll start our reviews with many of the old classics, such as Achilles, Aladdin’s Wishes, Aztec’s Treasure, Caesars Empire, Count Spectacular, and Coyote Cash.