Who Are These Guys?
Unless you’re living in Spain, it’s quite likely you’ve never heard of MGA (no, it’s not the Malta Gaming Authority). Machines Games Automatic is a Spanish game developer which has been operating for quite a while, since 1976 to be precise. They built their brand by supplying slots, Roulette machines and “family recreation machines” to land-based gaming establishments, including entertainment venues, bowling alleys, bars etc.
In 2001 the company has obviously realized there’s money to be made in the virtual world as well, so they’ve created an online gaming division and started supplying slots and Bingo games primarily (but not exclusively) for the benefit of Spanish online players.
Which Games Do They Provide?
The company currently provides about 45 online slots and Bingo games, all compatible with Flash and HTML5 platforms – meaning you can play them on most iOS and Android devices. In terms of visuals, you won’t find a lot of 3D graphics, mostly cartoon-style 2D executions combined with simple audio effects.While the basic gameplay seems to be replicated across the games in MGA’s portfolio, each offers a specific little twist on its own. There are typically only a couple of features, though with a bit of luck, they can be pretty generous. Simplicity actually seems to be the key word when it comes to MGA products, and if that’s how you like your games, you’ll probably enjoy every single one from their gaming catalogue.
MGA currently features close to 30 slots, most of which are (amazingly enough) 3-reelers. But not necessarily the simple fruities you’d expect! La Mina De Oro, for example, starts you off with a 3×3 slot with a single payline, but offers to transport you to 4 mini-games once you accumulate enough bonus points and/or hit a particular symbol combination. Mision Espacial, El Tesoro Pirata and La Mascara de Oro play in a similar manner. Quite a few, if not all of MGA classics provide a nudge function which can turn a near-hit into a win.
If you prefer 5-reelers, try Amazons. It’s a slot with 10 paylines, Scatter and Wild combined into one symbol, and a free spins round in which randomly-chosen base game symbol replicates over all icons in the same row. Vampire Treasure and Castle come with similar basic gameplay, though instead of the replicator they offer Gamble feature executed as a wheel of fortune.
MGA Table Games
MGA features no online table games for the time being…
Other MGA Casino Games
… but they do offer 16 Bingo games with different themes, many of which come with extras in the form of bonuses. Castle, for example, offers access to a bonus game when you match the figure in prize plan. One game consists of kiss throws executed in 3 rounds, a random number given in each and a prize hiding in hearts. The other is a race up the castle walls between 4 suitors; the one who reaches the princess first, awards the respective prize. In the third, you’ll shoot at a target with bow and arrows, and in the fourth, you’ll win prizes by moving within the castle walls. You’ll see similar action taking place in Bicho Farm, Zeus, and quite a few other MGA Bingo games.
MGA Live Dealer Games
At the moment, the developer doesn’t provide any online live games.
MGA still seems to be heavily focused on the physical world rather than online, so we’re not sure what to expect from this developer in the future. Will they be content with a limited range of online slots, similar in design and play to what they have today, or will they surprise us by going out of their comfort zone and venturing, for example, into table games segment? Hard to say at the moment, but Casino Bloke will keep an eye on them and let you know.