It’s hard to know where to place Blueprint Gaming when it comes to evaluating them within the online slotting world. Their presence in this sphere is a little understated when compared to major slotting companies such as NetEnt and Microgaming, but unlike those giants they have a significant presence in the real world too. If you’ve played in an arcade recently you may have seen a Blueprint Gaming cabinet where all this company’s video slots are available to play. The odd Blueprint Gaming cabinet may be found in your local pub, club or bingo hall too.
Read on to find out more about this slotting company that takes quite a different approach to how they do things.
Blueprint Gaming in Brief:
- Founded: 2001
- Based: Newark, UK and Zebbug, Malta
- Number of Games: 85
- Most popular games: Ted, Genie Jackpots, Luck of the Irish: Fortune Spins
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Who are Blueprint Gaming?
The name ‘Blueprint’ can be expanded to encompass two separate companies – Blueprint Operations and Blueprint Gaming. Both are owned by the German company, Gauselmann Group. Blueprint Operations deal with the hardware side of things, while Blueprint Gaming deal with the software side of things.
Blueprint Operations make cabinets that can be purchased or hired in the UK, Germany and Italy. These cabinets contain a screen, a player interface and a hard drive. On the hard drive are all of Blueprint Gaming’s slot releases. The hard drive can be updated so that all of Blueprint Gaming’s latest slots can be played. There are over 100,000 Blueprint gaming machines dotted all around Europe.
As well as these cabinets Blueprint Gaming make their slots available as HTML5-coded games at multiple online casino, slots, bingo and even sports betting sites. While Blueprint Gaming focus entirely on slots, the other side of Blueprint also provide bingo operations, although not online.
Blueprint Gaming are not the type of company to go around blowing their own trumpet, so very little is known about them. Their UK office is based in Newark, which is a market town in Nottinghamshire in the UK. They also have an office in Malta.
As previously stated Blueprint Gaming are now owned by the Gauselmann Group, who are based in Germany and who also own Edict and Merkur.
What Makes Blueprint Gaming Unique?
The first aspect that makes Blueprint Gaming unique is of course that you are able to play their ‘online’ slots ‘offline’ in pubs, arcades and bingo halls that have Blueprint Operations cabinets. You will not be able to do this with most other online slots providers!
Secondly, Blueprint Gaming are the type of gaming company that likes to search for tie-ins for major media franchises, including TV shows and movies. The now-cancelled Noel Edmonds vehicle Deal or No Deal has been a constant theme with Blueprint Gaming’s releases, with titles such as Deal or No Deal: Go ALL the Way, Deal or No Deal: The Perfect Play and Deal or No Deal: What’s in Your Box to name but three.
Among this company’s other tie-ins you will find Top Cat, Ted (which received a 2020 makeover as Ted Megaways), Beavis and Butt-Head, The Goonies, Viz, Sausage Party and Rick & Morty. The company also makes exclusive slots for online casinos, having done so for William Hill, Sky Vegas and Party Casino.
What Could Blueprint Gaming Do Better?
In short, more innovation. In recent months all Blueprint Gaming have been doing is leasing the ‘Megaways’ concept from Big Time Gaming and slapping it on their existing games. Among the titles to get the Megaways treatment are Thai Flower, Buffalo Rising, Legacy of the Gods and Wish Upon a Jackpot.
In the past Blueprint Gaming have managed to create many excellent titles but more recently their number of original games has virtually flatlined.
Three of the Best – Blueprint Gaming
• Theme – Film and Comedy
• Special Features And Bonuses –
The Ted slot game is based on the hit comedy film of the same name. This film was a huge success and the slot game lives up to the hype with its brilliant range of special features and bonuses!
Of course, Ted is your wild symbol in this slot game and he will substitute for other symbols on your reels to create new winning combinations. The only symbol he will not replace is the bonus icon.
Thunder Buddies Bonus
The big bonus feature in Ted is the Thunder Buddies Bonus. Land three or more of these bonus symbols on your reels and you will have the opportunity to spin the Wheel Of Fortune. There are five features that you could be awarded.
1. Flash Free Spins – Players will play on a 5×4 set of reels and with every spin you will get a bonus. As you progress through your pre-determined number of spins, the bonuses will get bigger and better.
2. Super Mart Free Spins – Players will be transported to a new screen with supermarket shelves and will receive five free spins. Watch out for the wild symbols which can jump around your screen.
3. Big Money – Head straight on through to the Big Money Bonus where you will be awarded a minimum of 1 large multiplier of your total bet.
4. Bar Crawl Bonus – Pick bottles to work your way around the board game. As you go, you will pick up extra prizes and win multipliers.
5. Wheel Of Fortune – Players will be presented with Ted’s and you can choose one to reveal your prize. This can be a multiplier boost or you could get to the Big Money Bonus round.
There are also six mini-features that can be awarded to you by Ted as you spin the reels. This includes the TV Remote Symbol Streak, the Psychedelic Super Spin, Laser Gun Wilds, Beer Streak, Psychedelic Colossal Spin and Psychedelic Bonus Boost. Each will help you in getting more big wins.
• RTP – 95.81%
• Volatility – Low to Medium
• Minimum Bet – £0.25
• Design – The Ted slot game bright and colourful and players will notice lots of references from the film as slot symbols such as Thunder Buddies and a goose. You’ll also spot Ted sleeping at the bottom of your 5 reels and 20 paylines, surrounded by empty beer cans which you will know is very fitting if you have seen the movie!
For anyone looking for a slot game that is jam-packed with bonus features, this is the game for you. Even if you are not familiar with the film, this is a slot that is hard not to love and we are confident will keep any player entertained for hours on end. Although, anyone looking to make those really big wins may find a jackpot game such as the following a better fit for them.
• Theme – Genie Jackpots has a fun magic and mystery theme to it that hypnotises its players.
• Special Features And Bonuses –
Genie Jackpots is a great game and it is the special features and bonuses that really make the game what it is and where all the big money wins lie.
The wild symbol in Genie Jackpots is the highest paying symbol on your reels and landing five in a row will award you a massive win of 500 coins. As the wild symbol, it will also replace other symbols on your reels to create new and big winning combinations.
Three Wishes Power Spin
The Three Wishes Power Spin is a feature in the game which is randomly triggered. When triggered, players will spot three lamps appearing over their reels and you can choose one to be awarded a bonus! There are five bonuses up for grabs and each one will help you to bring in more big cash prizes.
The Magic Carpet Bonus
The second feature that you may come across whilst spinning the reels of Genie Jackpots is the Magic Carpet Bonus. To trigger this feature you must land bonus symbols on the first and third reels and on reel five you must land the flying carpet symbol. This bonus feature is incredible fun as you will be transported to a different screen where there are lots of flying carpets and even a monkey. If you uncover ‘Advance’ on this screen, the monkey will make his way along the carpets, picking up great prizes as he does so. The round finishes when you reveal ‘Collect.’ Keep your fingers crossed you uncover the ‘Big Money’ icon as this will award you a huge win of up to 1000x your total bet size!
Mystery Win Bonus Round
This round is triggered in a similar way. Again, you will need to land bonus symbols on the first and third reels, but on reel five this time you will have landed the treasure chest. You will be transported to the Genie’s Cave where a golden treasure chest awaits you. Open the chest to unveil how much you have win which can be up to 100x your total bet.
• RTP – 96.49%
• Volatility – Medium
• Minimum Bet – £0.20
• Design – This slot game features 5 reels and 20 paylines for you to spin. The graphics all fit in nicely with the theme as you will find magical lamps, swords and crowns on your reels. This is a very colourful slot game that is sure to grab players’ attention from the moment they load up the game.
Genie Jackpots is the perfect slot game for those who love a wide variety of features to keep them entertained and on their toes. Players should also be aware that there is a Megaways version of this game too if they enjoy this game but want something a little bit different and more ways to win!
Luck O’ The Irish
• Theme – A fun Irish theme
• Special Features And Bonuses –
Luck O’ The Irish is quite a simple slot game that is the perfect introduction to this software provider.
The wild symbol in this game is the pot of gold and it can appear on your reels stacked.
Free Spins Feature
The big bonus feature in this game is the free spins feature and is triggered by the scatter game logo symbol appearing on your second, third and fourth reels. You will get 5 free spins plus have the opportunity to win more by landing more scatter symbols. During this round you will see other symbols appearing such as a stacked gold coin. These can change into other symbols to provide you with even more opportunities to win!
• RTP – 94.95%
• Volatility – Medium
• Minimum Bet – £0.01
• Design – This slot game features 5 reels, 4 rows and as many as 40 paylines. Behind the reels players will see the gorgeous greenery of Ireland as well as a rainbow, because it wouldn’t be an Irish themed slot without hinting towards a pot of gold at the end would it? This has all your stereotypical lucky Irish symbols on the reels like horseshoes and you will even find a pint of Guinness here too!
There are plenty of Irish themed slot games on the market and we are not going to pretend that this is the most original slot game that we have ever seen. However, it has seen a lot of success and is one of the favourites in the Blueprint Gaming catalogue, so we though it deserved a shout out. This is a light-hearted and fun game that does not take itself too seriously, which is exactly what many players will be looking to spin. There is also a megaways version of this slot game too.
The Bottom Line
As we mentioned in out introduction it is hard to know just where to place Blueprint Gaming. Are they an online operator, or are they a real-world operator? Lots have companies like WGS and IGT have made a success of both worlds, so it’s easy to see why Blueprint have done the same. The only issue is Blueprint Gaming are a UK company, and the UK does not have the same casino mentality that exists in the US (where WMS and IGT are based). This leaves Blueprint having to rely on pubs and bingo halls to pick up their hardware.
Blueprint Gaming are still capable are creating excellent slots though. We still get excited when a new Blueprint Gaming is forthcoming (less so if it’s just an existing slot with the Megaways concept applied), and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t too.