IGT (International Game Technology) are perhaps considered to be the most successful online casino software company to make the jump from real-world slots to online slots. Their titles via real-world video slots cabinets are regarded as being somewhat legendary, and although the company has had its ups and downs it is still a very successful one, both online and off.
The most successful IGT title is Cleopatra, which is regarded as being worthy of a place in anyone’s list of the Top 10 online slot games of all time. It is amazing to think that Cleopatra has been around since 2006. There have been sequels and what can only be termed as ‘rip-offs’ from other software companies, but none have stood the test of time like the original game.
There’s more to IGT than Cleopatra, though. In fact there’s lot more to IGT than Cleopatra, as you will soon discover!
Who Is IGT?
The original IGT was founded in 1975 in Nevada by pinball machine guru William Redd, who was known as “Si” to all his friends (for reasons which have become lost in the mists of online wagering time). It was originally known as A-1, and changed to Sircoma in 1978. Redd tried to ‘get in bed’ with video slots giants Bally, but they would have none of it. Sircoma became IGT in 1981.
IGT began to find success in manufacturing real-world video poker games, and later real-world video slots. IGT was one of the first companies to allow casinos to offer VIP programs via monitoring of player activities.
When online casinos became hot on the internet (although not in the USA) IGT decided that they wanted a piece of the action. In 2004 they purchased the UK online gambling provider Wagerworks. There soon came a healthy portfolio of online slots and online casino games under the IGT banner.
In the summer of 2014 the giant gaming company Gtech paid $6.4 billion for IGT. The two companies merged and Gtech decided to drop their own name and became IGT PLC. The company is based in London, UK, but has offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Providence (all USA) and Rome.
IGT PLC has licences with the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority.
What’s Hot and Not About IGT
Most popular IGT games: Cleopatra, Da Vinci Diamonds, Prowling Panther, Family Guy, Sherlock Holmes: The Hunt for Blackwood, Texas Tea, Sumatran Storm, Natural Powers, Casper’s Mystery Mirror, Balloonies.
- You get to play Cleopatra! Probably the main reason anyone joins an online casino which has IGT slots is to play Cleopatra. The theme of the game (as you will have no doubt guessed) is based upon the most famous Egyptian queen of them all, who ruled between 51 BC and 30 BC (on the date of her death by suicide) for a period of 21 years. The video slots game Cleopatra is a very traditional-looking video slots game with Egyptian symbols and playing card values from nine to ace covering the reels. There are plenty of special symbols and other features, and big wins are surprisingly common, although not as common to make online casinos cease offering this game.
- There’s Da Vinci Diamonds too. Coming in at second position on the list of IGT’s best slots must be Da Vinci Diamonds. Happily, this has nothing to do with that unfathomably popular Dan Brown book The Da Vinci Code, or the even worse movie. This is a five-reel slot in a similar style to Cleopatra, but with its own interesting features.
- Plenty of variety. Unlike some software houses IGT does not follow a template when it comes to designing new slots. This leads to a very varied portfolio of slotting titles.
- Where are the games? IGT’s output of late has hardly been prodigious. They released ‘Wheel of Fortune: Hawaiian Getaway” in September 2018 then not another one until 2019!
- The retro-look is … not the look to go for. Even IGT’s newest titles look a little old-fashioned. They really need to modernise their look.
Our Final Thoughts
The success of Cleopatra has been a bit of a thorn in the side for IGT. Players tend to think of Cleopatra (and perhaps Da Vinci Diamonds) when considering IGT games and have not given any of IGT’s other titles much of a chance. This is a shame, as IGT has plenty of other great games beyond those two games.
Having said that, IGT seems a little loathe to leave its real-world video slots behind, as many of its games – even its most recent offerings – would look at home in a slots cabinet in Las Vegas. IGT should embrace the tech that online casino sites offer a little bit more, is our opinion.