A Swedish game studio founded in 2011, Quickspin casino software platform focuses on play-anywhere video pokies for real money and free social games. The company first grabbed attention with its quirky artwork and innovative game play concepts. Focusing only on pokies, and developing only in HTML5 for seamless play within the browsers of any computing and mobile device, Quickspin quickly carved out a niche for itself by demonstrating innovation and creativity in its themes. The company has recently complemented its game offerings with a solid gamification offering that rewards loyal players for various achievements during the pokie play. Quickspin was acquired by Playtech in 2016, but the company still retains its unique identity and distinctive design flair.
The Quickspin portfolio consists of just over a dozen titles. Well-known games include Dragon Shrine, King Colossus, and Big Bad Wolf. More recent releases include the oriental styled Sakura Fortune, the Irish-themed Leprechaun Hills and the fun and funky Hot Sync. A quick survey of these games shows why Quickspin is known for being clever in concept, whimsical in design, and fun to play.
Although a dozen-plus online casinos, including some big names, have integrated the Quickspin pokie platform directly, the company’s games are more likely to be discovered in the wild on the Microgaming QuickFire platform, which enabled Quickspin to reach a much wider audience and, no doubt, attract the mighty Playtech’s attention. Another mass-market venue in which Quickspin titles can be found is Plumbee’s Mirrorball Slots, a game app found on Facebook. Quickspin games have clearly wowed industry insiders, and Playtech obviously, with first-class workmanship and production values. The company stands out for its distinctive graphic design look and feel, especially in thematic illustration, and perfectionist artwork.
As a relatively new kid on the casino software block, Quickspin clearly made prudent choices in focusing on areas where it could stake a strong position. It develops only slots, ignoring table games, sportsbooks and other casino options. It does not touch PC download software or Flash, focusing instead on the lighter weight and more universal HTML5 for mobile-friend browser based play. The benefits for the player is pure fun: the games are lightweight and entertaining, with minimal load times and virtually flawless execution for pokies on the go.
In 2017, the company launched its Achievements Engine, an innovative gamification module designed and developed to help casinos engage and retain players by providing more fun and rewarding experience. Marketed as Quickspin Promote, the engine makes use of six unique game events that take place in all Quickspin pokies, such as the appearance of a scatter or win with two wild symbols, rewarding players with tokens which they can accumulate and redeem later, such as to trigger the game’s bonus feature, such as free spins, re-spins, side games, and more. First integrated in Sakura Fortune, the gamification module also provides a strong token tracking component. Players can easily track their token totals as well as claim and collect rewards on a designated page within the pokie. The extra tokens and bonus features give players the feeling that they have a tool providing an extra measurable advantage over time. A very nice lightweight feature set that should make pokie play even more enjoyable.
The acquisition of Quckspin by Playtech in 2016 attests to the respect that the Swedish design studio managed to achieve in its prior five years of existence.
By focusing only on video slots and browser-based HTML5 games, the company became a well-regarded boutique design studio which won praise all around for its small but impressive collection of professionally designed, innovative real-money and free social games. While the acquisition raises question about the Swedish group’s ability to maintain its unique identity and innovative street-cred, so far indications are that Playtech intends to allow Quickspin to keep following the winning formula that it has managed to do so well till now: crafting clever, colorful, often sweet-and-silly games which are fun and satisfying to play!