Some developers are instantly recognizable. You say their name, and people know exactly who you’re talking about. Sure, they may not be able to list all their slots, but they know their brand. In our experience, WMS Gaming usually falls into the opposite category!
You mention games like Spartacus and Raging Rhino, and players know exactly what releases you’re talking about. But their developer? They’re not nearly as well-known as their most popular slots. That’s a real shame, considering their awesome library of games! So, if there’s one developer deserving of a OG24 highlight, it’s this one!
Williamson Industries, or WMS for short, dates all the way back to 1943! They were mainly focused on arcade games and pinball machines, and wouldn’t enter into the slot market until 1994. In that regard, they started off at the same time as Microgaming and NetEnt. However, WMS chose to stick to what they knew best: physical machines! They created some good releases, which remain fan favorites to this day.
But that choice also meant they failed to capitalize on the massive popularity of online gambling. It limited their growth, and the entirety of Williamson Industries, Gaming division included, would be purchased by Scientific Games in 2013 for $1.5 billion. While they are a fully owned subsidiary, the studio kept its name, and continues to launch slots with those three familiar letters next to each game’s name.
The SG purchase would prompt the developer to bring their physical machines into the online space! We’re certain there’s a fair number of seasoned gamblers who are celebrating those news. If you’re looking to play your old favorite again, or to see what all this WMS hype is about? Now, it’s as easy as heading to your favorite casino and picking the release that sounds most appealing to you.
Players who like old school gameplay will fall in love with WMS slots. That’s one thing we always liked about physical machines: they’re very no nonsense. You play to win, or you don’t play at all, and their volatility and bonuses reflected that. Williamson took that formula, and added some fun and interesting themes into the mix. Leading to a great deal of engaging and lucrative games we still play to this day.
They also weren’t afraid of experimenting with new things! To this day, Colossal Reels remains a mechanic we look back on fondly. Of course, if you enjoy more traditional releases, WMS offers those too! With a library as big as theirs, you can find almost anything!
Finding your way through such a large pile of slots can be a daunting task! Not to worry, dear reader. Below, we’ll list some of our favorite games by this developer.
Spartacus: Gladiator of Rome: We played a lot of WMS releases, but none have ever topped this one! All the stars aligned when they made this slot. The Colossal Reels created awesome gameplay, and Spartacus makes for an awesome theme! There’s also a free spins round. Paired with the Colossal Reels, it allows for some massive wins, capping at 4000x your total bet. High volatility, high reward!
- Raging Rhino
- Monopoly Grand Hotel
- Zeus God of Thunder
If you’re looking for a trip to the African savannah, Williamson has you covered! You’ll be able to see all kinds of exotic animals on the reels. But let’s be honest, that’s not why you’re here. You’re here because there’s a massive board with 4096 ways to win! For gameplay, you’ll be chasing after free spins and multiplier Wilds. Is it super basic? Yes. Can you earn some massive jackpots winning them? You bet!
If you’re looking for something fun and simple, then this Aztec-themed slot is for you. It’s taking place in the midst of a jungle, with foliage and trees as far as the eyes can see! That means nobody is coming… and nobody can steal any wins you loot from that massive temple! There’s only one special feature: a free spins round, during which a multiplier up to 10x is applied to each win.
We don’t know how the original board game got as popular as it did, considering the drama it always causes! Slots prove their superiority yet again, as our version of Monopoly brings nothing but fun and wins! There’s a Go bonus that can award one of four fixed jackpots, a cash prize, or a free spins round. Free spins can also be activated separately, by landing six house or hotel symbols.
If you like Greek mythology, you can’t go wrong with this release. It’s got Zeus, mythical creatures, and some thrilling special features! It all begins with a wheel. That wheel can grant cash prizes, other special features, or a jackpot. Alternatively, you can also upgrade your wheel, which leads to improved bonuses and wins!