The year is almost out, and everybody is busy taking stock. But here at LiveCasinoRank, looking back at the successes of undoubtedly the best live casino software developer, Evolution, is more important. The year has seen Evolution introduce brand-new releases with cutting-edge technology and nice payouts. So, without dilly-dallying much, below are some popular live casino games from the aggregator in 2021.
Remember the original Gonzo’s Quest slot of 2011 by NetEnt? After Evolution purchased the brand at the tail-end of 2020, it was only a matter of time before the title made a comeback. Like with the original game, Gonzo’s Quest Treasure Hunt features the adventurous Spanish explorer, Gonzo, although this time he’s joined by a live dealer to guide players.
In this game, players select six differently colored stones, each with an attached multiplier value (65x, 20x, 8x, 4x, 2x, and 1x). As expected, higher-value stones are more challenging to find. This live casino game also has the Prize Drop feature and a maximum multiplier value of 20,000x the stake. Add in the VR experience, and this is the game to play this Holiday season.
Evolution is widely considered the ‘father’ of live game shows, which this game sums up perfectly. It features a tantalizing RTP (return to player) of 99.59% and a maximum bet limit of $1,000. This makes Cash or Crash one of the best live casino games for high rollers and casual players.
Playing Cash or Crash is super-duper simple. Just choose a bet amount and wait for the dealer to draw the ball. If it’s a green ball, then you can continue playing, take all, or take half. But if it’s the ‘wicked’ red ball, the game round ends. In addition, landing the gold ball moves you a spot up the ladder and increases the multiplier value. The maximum multiplier? 50,000x.
This year also saw Evolution try to ring-fence its Asian territory by launching Fan Tan. This is a live dealer game that targets Chinese players or those who know a thing or four about Chinese culture. It features a more-than-average RTP of 98.75% and a maximum bet limit of $5,000.
To play Fan Tan, players choose the beads remaining after the dealer has finished the sorting process. The beads remaining can be 1-2-3-4. This is the Fan Bet, which is also the main bet. The payout ratio? 2.85:1. You can also place side bets like Odd (1 or 3) or Even (2 or 4) and Small (1 or 2) or Big (3 or 4). The side bets payout is 0.95:1.
If you’re a fan of Evolution, then you already know something about its range of Lightning live games. In November, Evolution was happy to announce the addition of Lightning Blackjack to that catalog. This live casino game is streamed in real-time from Evolution’s studio in Riga, Latvia, and maintains basic blackjack rules.
But Lightning Blackjack slightly differs from standard Blackjack. It adds multiplier values of 2x to 25x. To qualify for this reward, players’ winning hand value must be 17 or less, 18, 19, 20, 21, or Blackjack. However, a mandatory 100% fee is deducted to fund the multiplier. So, for instance, if you bet $5, an equal amount is deducted from your wallet to fund the fun.
This year has been a reasonably successful year for Evolution if the releases above are anything to go by. Apart from these partnerships, Evolution also managed to seal purchase deals for household names like Big Time Gaming and DigiWheel. Remember, BTG is the inventor of the popular Megaways slots mechanic.