Grupo MGA is one of the biggest names in the Spanish entertainment industry. With a wealth of experience behind them, having been founded way back in 1976, they have built their way up to being a household name in the country and further afield.
Famed at first for their family-friendly entertainment offerings such as arcade games, bowling alleys, and restaurants, MGA’s focus has always been partially on the world of casinos, although in the early days this was restricted to online casinos, mainly because the company predates the online casino industry by some 20 years.
However, since the launch and rising popularity of the iGaming world, MGA have ensured that this is another pie they have their far-reaching fingers in.
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When the Spanish government legalised and regulated online gambling in 2011, MGA was quick to act, capitalising on one of the largest gaming populations in the world.
The eyes of many a software developer and gaming company turned to Spain once the legal changes were made, but with MGA being a well-established name in the country already, they had a head start, and took full advantage, with many of the biggest licensed online casinos in the country now carrying MGA games.
MGA are old school in every way, and this shows in their games too. While their initial focus was on slots, as with most developers in the modern market, instead of the new age five plus reel video slots, MGA opted for a more classic approach, producing many three-reel slots.
What MGA’s slots do is bring the retro feel of three-reel slots into the future by adding creative graphics and animations.
However, to describe MGA’s slots as modern is to overlook the fact that women in limited clothing seem to be a heavy part of the theme of pretty much every game the company has developed up to this point, which is perhaps less retro and more old fashioned.
That’s not to say this isn’t an effective approach (just perhaps that it shouldn’t be), and the designs are good here, with colourful, cartoon like graphics adorning MGA slots.
Bucaneros is one of the most popular slots from the developer, a three-reel, single payline slot which has a classic fruit machine style to it, with the addition of symbols that give instant bonuses.
There’s a few slots that follow this trend almost to the letter, Champion Slots is hard to distinguish from Bucaneros while even those with more creative concepts such as Roma, Celtic, and La Furgo Hippy still follow the trend.
Five-reel slots aren’t entirely off the table here, as proven by five-reel, 10 payline slot Vampire Treasures. This isn’t exactly a unique slot, but it does show a willingness for variation from MGA that is not anywhere near as apparent from its other offerings.
MGA needs to bring itself out of the 70s a bit, scantily clad ladies covering three-reel slots should not be a recipe for success any more. However, there’s definite skill and ability here, so we can all hope for a better-quality output in the future.