RTG gaming The slot game giants of Costa Rica

Realtime Gaming has been making slot games since 1998, and has embraced a simple philosophy: taking gaming seriously. In other words, this is a company which is serious about creating outstanding online slot games for a demanding audience. Originally Realtime Gaming (RTG) were based in Atlanta, but they moved their base of operations to Costa Rica in 2007. Since then they have been taken over by the Curacao-based HBM Group. The company provides slots for a wide range of online casinos. Although RTG would not be regarded as a games provider in the same league as NetEnt, Microgaming or Playtech, they have carved out a niche for themselves and are one of the oldest active slot game developers.

RTG Casinos

Apart from 3-reel and 5-reel slot games, RTG also produce a number of other casino games. They have a selection of video poker titles, some table games such as blackjack and roulette, as well as progressive jackpot slot games. It must be said that RTG games have been accused of having a ‘samey’ feel. If you have played one RTG slot game it can feel like you’ve played them all. These are lower cost slots for online casinos, and therefore lacking the quality of the high-end providers in terms of visuals. You will not find RTG games in every online casino, but they do appear on a fair selection of sites. Lucky Red, Casino Midas, High Noon Casino, Bovada Casino and SlotoCash Casino are just some of the betting sites where you can check out the latest RTG releases.

In terms of their slot games, RTG have produced more than 300 over the years. The most famous of these fall into the category of their ‘Real Series’ of slots. These games include titles such as Aztec’s Treasure, Caesars Empire, Cleopatra’s Gold, Fruit Frenzy and Prince of Sherwood, among others. All of these are 5-reel games, although they have different amounts of pay-lines. The Real Series games all offer random jackpots, which probably helps to explain why they are the most popular Realtime Gaming slots. However, some critics have pointed out that each game in the series is pretty much interchangeable in terms of game-play, with only the symbols being different. Some of these games do look somewhat dated when compared with what is coming out of the bigger studios, but they do have their fans. More recent releases such as oriental-themed Fucanglong have a far fresher and more modern appeal.

Controversial

There has been a certain amount of controversy with RTG, with one incident in particular causing alarm bells to ring. In 2004 a player won $1.3 million while playing the RTG game Caribbean 21 at the Hampton Casino. Initially RTG refused to pay the player, as they stated that he was using a bot to exploit the game, although eventually they settled with the player for an undisclosed sum of money. The player was found to have been using a bot, but not one which could have helped him to affect the outcome of the game. RTG withdrew this game from the market following the pay-out, as they believed it to have a glitch. Earlier in its history, RTG Gaming had a somewhat chequered reputation in terms of the standard of casinos that it licensed its games to. However, in the last number of years the company has taken major steps towards rehabilitating itself in the eyes of the online gaming community, and there have been no issues in recent times.

RTG rely heavily on progressive jackpot slots to attract players. The biggest progressive jackpot games include Aztec’s Millions and Jackpot Piñatas, which have jackpots of more than a million dollars. The RTG progressive jackpots tend to pay out on a far more regular basis than games from other providers. While this is naturally good for players in one sense, it does mean that few of the 70 or so RTG progressive slots have a chance to build up to very high jackpots. That being said, there have been at least three progressive jackpot pay-outs of over a million, from the games Midlife Crisis, Spending Spree and Megasaur. Apart from slot games, RTG offer a wide variety of casino games – excluding Caribbean 21, of course. They offer a small number of scratch cards too, alongside a range of 15 video poker titles. RTG has certainly had some issues in the past, and some of the casinos offering these games are still somewhat suspect, but today they have recovered their reputation and are back to producing quality slot games.

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