Online Gamblers spoke with Kalamba Games’ Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Crosby, to discuss some of the exciting games the provider is releasing at the start of 2023, along with Kalamba’s ambitions for the North American market this year.
OG: Your next release is Divine Gongs. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this release?
Andrew Crosby: Divine Gongs has quite a few influences within both its game design and core mechanics. Its aesthetic draws inspiration from Asia, which has created an almost zen-like design for the background of the title, with sprawling fields inhabited by rabbits and pagodas present. This is also reflected in the music the title offers, which transports players to the orient within just a few notes. These aspects are juxtaposed against exciting gameplay and aesthetics within the slot itself.
Here the Asian influence extends to the symbols across this 5×3 release which depict vases, lamps, music boxes, and more, which must form matching combinations across the title’s 20 paylines to award a win. We also integrated some aspects of previous fan-favorite releases from our portfolio into Divine Gongs, with K-Cash mechanics making a return. These elements all work in conjunction to create a slot that has exciting gameplay contrasted with a relaxing atmosphere delivering players a truly unique experience.
OG: How do these K-Cash features work within Divine Gongs?
Andrew Crosby: K-Cash symbols reward instant cash prizes, and in the free spins round, each K-Cash symbol landed retriggers three respins initially unlocked by the player. However, there are multiple innovative game modifiers present that can augment the bonus round. These are gathered during the base gameplay, with each landed scatter symbol increasing the likelihood of one of the mechanics being present. These can increase prizes gathered, award an extra respin or provide an additional game board to play on.
With numerous features available in the bonus round and base gameplay being able to directly impact the free spins gained, the replayability offered within Divine Gongs is astronomical. Players will be trying to fill each space across the 5×3 reels with K-Cash symbols in the bonus, as this also awards a K-Cash bonus prize. Additionally, a booster can be awarded to all wins gained, dramatically increasing wins gathered by a percentage amount.
OG: Are there any other releases on the horizon that players should be getting excited about?
Andrew Crosby: We have multiple new releases scheduled over the next few months. Following the network-wide launch of Divine Gongs, we will be launching 9 Blazing Cashpots Megaways™, which is a revamped Megaways™ release of one of our fan-favorite titles, 9 Blazing Cashpots. This will be closely followed by the Hit ‘n’ Roll mechanics being introduced to two other titles within our portfolio – Joker Leprechauns and Miami – both of which have developed an established core player base since their launch. We also have Megaways™ Duel Of The Dead coming later in the year, which is one to keep an eye on. The title will blend Megaways™ mechanics with an ever-popular Western theme.
OG: Kalamba Games has some strong aspirations and ambitions within the US market. Can you tell us more about these?
Andrew Crosby: It is clear that US consumers, when compared to European players, are perhaps more familiar with land-based casino styles of gambling. This is due to having a younger online gambling market that has in the past been dominated by being Las Vegas-centric.
We, as a company, have an affinity with Las Vegas, with many of our titles borrowing from Sin City’s aesthetic or paying homage to land-based titles. This is perhaps most evident in our title Vegas Blast which depicts the skyline of Vegas and has symbols borrowed from those found on fruit machines, such as lemons, cherries, and sevens. Additionally, one of our stand-out releases last year, Phat Cats Megaways™, displays a feline take on the murky world behind the scenes of Vegas and is inspired by the hit film Casino.
We have distinct themes, innovations, and mechanics that we are sure will be a hit within the market and will mirror our successful North American entry into Ontario late last year. We suspect local players will be drawn to our titles because of the high levels of entertainment each of them offers, and we look forward to delivering these across regulated states in the coming months.
Online Gamblers team wishes Kalamba Games an amazing 2023 year!
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