The Stats Reveal: The Most Played Online Slots in the EU 2023
At Slotsoo, we like to keep our fingers firmly on the pulse of the latest slot trends. That’s why we asked some of Europe’s best online casinos to provide us with their ten most played slot games in the EU, based on number of wagers, from 1 January to 31 December, 2023. Below, we’ve put together an average ranking, based on their statistics.
1. Book of Dead (Play’n GO)
The ancient Egyptian-inspired Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead slot is still a captivating experience despite being around in the industry for some time now. Heavily inspired by the Indiana Jones movie franchise, Rich Wilde has cemented himself as the most popular slot protagonist.
Play’n GO’s flagship slot may only have one free spins feature but it’s still one of the most atmospheric slot games to play on any device.
2. Wanted Dead or a Wild (Hacksaw Gaming)
Take a trip to the Wild West and America’s Frontierland for Hacksaw Gaming’s Wanted: Dead or a Wild slot. Launched in September 2021, the highly-volatile slot is crammed with reel modifiers which make every spin interesting.
Whether it’s the sticky wilds, random VS win multipliers or the ‘Duel at Dawn’ free spins feature, this is a gunfight worth being a part of. The comic-style animations also help to create a sense of nostalgia for players of a certain age.
3. Gates of Olympus (Pragmatic Play)
The beard of Zeus awaits on the reels of Pragmatic Play’s Gates of Olympus, inspired by ancient Greek mythology. This epic slot quest is set within a six-reel grid, with ancient Greek columns and temples for company.
During any base game spin, win multiplier symbols worth up to 500x can land and maximise your win potential. There are also free spins and an ante bet to increase your chances of triggering that free spins round.
4. Pirots (ELK Studios)
ELK Studios is one of several slot studios to feature heavily in this list. Their slot innovation and unique game themes are some of the main reasons why they stand out from the crowd in the European iGaming scene.
Pirots is a slot powered by the CollectR game mechanic, with an expanding reel grid, upgrading base game symbols, wilds and a free drop feature. Watching the Pirots’ in-game characters eat their way around the reel’s gems, it’s almost like playing Pac-Man in slot form!
5. Legacy of Dead (Play’n GO)
Play’n GO was the only slot studio to be featured twice in the top five this year. Legacy of Dead is yet another inspired by ancient history, with ancient Egypt back in the spotlight here. As one of their newer mythological slots, the visuals have been dialled up a notch or two.
The familiar free spins bonus feature remains the same, although in this version one random base game symbol is picked to become the ‘special symbol’. Whenever it lands it fills entire reels to maximise your win potential.
6. 7 Fortune Frenzy (Betsoft)
7 Fortune Frenzy was Betsoft’s most popular slot in the EU market in 2023. This game is a fusion of old-school fruit machine gameplay within a cosmic setting. The three-reel grid is overlaid on an intergalactic world.
There’s also a fourth bonus reel. If you land a winning payline and a bonus symbol lands on the fourth reel, it’s applied to the win. There’s also the chance to trigger free respins too.
7. Sweet Bonanza (Pragmatic Play)
Get set for sweet success on the candied reels of Pragmatic Play’s Sweet Bonanza. Set within a delicious, sugary wonderland, this six-reel game is a win-all-ways slot, powered by Pragmatic’s well-known Tumble game mechanic.
The buyable free spins bonus is where it’s at in this slot. Land between four and six lollipop scatters to get ten free games, with re-triggers available, as well as sugar bomb multipliers!
8. Lost Mystery Chests (Betsoft)
Betsoft has leapt on the back of the success of slots based on intrepid slot protagonist, Rich Wilde, and released its own Indiana Jones-esque slot, Lost Mystery Chests. A reboot of Betsoft’s Gold Tiger Ascent, this game is set within a pharaoh’s tomb, with ancient Egyptian artefacts and treasure lurking on the reels.
It’s a low-volatility game, with a popular free spins bonus, with up to ten free games up for grabs.
9. Fruit Zen (Betsoft)
Betsoft is an expert in designing retro-style slot experiences – and they are going down a treat with European slot players. Fruit Zen was another hit in 2023, especially with low-rollers and slot newbies due to its simple game mechanics.
There are no bells or whistles in this slot, but maximum potential payouts of 2,500x are enough to entertain and still provide a sense of slot nostalgia.
10. Retro Tapes (Push Gaming)
The neon-lit Retro Tapes slot is powered by the Cluster Link game mechanic, building on Push Gaming’s hit titles, Jammin’ Jars and Jammin’ Jars 2.
The 6×9 reel grid plays to an 80s soundtrack, creating a disco vibe as you search for wilds, instant prize multipliers and magnets to create cluster wins.
11. Captain’s Quest Treasure Island (Betsoft)
Set sail for a pirate’s life in Betsoft’s immersive Captain’s Quest Treasure Island slot. Ride the high seas in search of captain wilds and free spins.
During the free spins mode, all reels with captain wilds will become ‘Treasure Reels’ with 2x reel multipliers applied from the first free spin.
12. Midas Golden Touch (Thunderkick)
The Greek mythology hype train returns with Thunderkick’s Midas Golden Touch slot. There are heaps of features in this game, with wild multipliers capable of magnifying payouts up to 32x.
There’s also a free spins bonus and a sticky respin mode, which can combine to generate out-of-this-world returns worth up to 10,100x your initial wager.
13. Razor Returns (Push Gaming)
Head into the deep waters of Push Gaming’s Razor Returns, in search of razor-sharp wins. A sequel to its successful Razor Shark release, this ferocious underwater slot has heaps of critters and deep-sea diving paraphernalia on the reels.
There are lots of features here, ranging from mystery symbols, free spins and the ‘Razor Reveal’ bonus.
14. Chilli Pop (Betsoft)
This colourful, Mexican-infused slot delivers red-hot action on the reels. Don your sombrero and start spinning on this three-reel slot, which is powered by Betsoft’s Cluster Pays game engine.
Look out for the pinata wilds which can multiply wins whenever they form part of a successful cluster and trigger prizes worth up to 1,000x for clusters of pinata wilds.
15. Bonanza (Big Time Gaming)
It’s all about the free spins mode, which can unleash five additional spins for every gold bar landed.
16. Take the Bank (Betsoft)
This heist-themed slot is another European hit from Betsoft. Crack open those vaults in search of big wins in Take the Bank. Detonate wilds can explode and increase your chances of wild combinations, while 15 free spins can also be triggered with detonate wilds in-play.
A double-up gamble feature also gives you the chance to gamble your wins in a double-or-quits game.
17. Cygnus 2 (ELK Studios)
ELK Studios returned in August 2022 with a reboot of its successful Cygnus slot. Cygnus 2 has a very different look and feel to the original, with the game grid set within an observation room, capturing the Cygnus star constellation.
Rising multipliers, free drops and the X-iter bonus buy function are all in-play in this action-packed slot.
18. Golden Dragon Inferno (Betsoft)
Betsoft is back with a fire-breathing slot inspired by Asian folklore. Golden Dragon Inferno also includes a quartet of fixed jackpots, ranging from Mini to Grand Jackpots.
Look out for stacked mystery symbols which can help to build combinations on any of the 243 paylines.
19. Book of Toro (ELK Studios)
It’s yet another ancient Egyptian exploration of the reels of the Book of Toro. With the Eye of Ra, the scarab beetle and many other Egyptian paraphernalia on the reels, it’s another step back in time for this game’s animated slot protagonist.
Mummy respins, free spins and ELK Studios’ popular X-iter bonus buy option are all on show here.
The Top 10 Slots at Tsars
- Wanted Dead or a Wild
- Gates of Olympus
- Sweet Bonanza
- Retro Tapes
- Midas Golden Touch
- Razor Returns
- Cygnus 2
- Book of Toro
The Top 10 Slots at PalmSlots
- Book of Dead
- Legacy of Dead
- 7 Fortune Frenzy
- Lost Mystery Chests
- Fruit Zen
- Captain’s Quest Treasure Island
- Chilli Pop
- Take The Bank
- Golden Dragon Inferno
- Gates of Olympus
Our Final Thoughts
Looking at the top ten slots played at Tsars and PalmSlots, only Gates of Olympus ranked in both lists. This demonstrates the depth of quality in slot games available to players across the EU nations. It’s no surprise to see the likes of ELK Studios, Pragmatic Play and Betsoft feature multiple times. These studios are committed to designing unique and innovative slot experiences, playable on any device.
We would like to thank both casinos for their participation and we will be back with new stats in the beginning of next year. (Hopefully we will have many new MGA casinos taking part in this study then too). Let’s see if Book of Dead remains at #1 or if a new slot will steal the crown as the most played slot game 2024!