Properly called the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are one of the most beautiful and iconic sights in the natural world. Caused by solar wind disturbing charged particles in the atmosphere, they create bands of colour across the sky that can be seen for hundreds of miles. As such, you can expect Northern Lights games to also be striking in appearance and thrilling to experience, and they do not disappoint.
Even before the company’s launch, the Northern Lights team was investing in ecommerce and online gaming to make sure it knew the market before it began. Since its foundation in 2017, Northern Lights has been based in both Manchester, England, and Stockholm, Sweden. Between them, team members have more than 50 years of experience from working at developers including Scientific Games, Williams Interactive and Barcrest. Rather than rushing its launch, Northern Lights did not release its first game until 2018 to make sure it did it right. Today, it still only has three titles (with a fourth on the way), but they are titles well worth playing.
The other thing Northern Lights has been doing since its foundation is formulating partnerships with some of the industry’s bigger names. This has allowed it to ensure it will be able to distribute its slots successfully before investing heavily in development. Notable partnerships include with the SG Digital Platform as well as with Yggdrasil. In fact, Northern Lights in the first independent developer to utilise the Yggdrasil Game Server (YGS) Masters for its platform. It shows Yggdrasil’s faith in Northern Lights’ future as well as helping North Lights slots spread to every casino that uses Yggdrasil software. Northern Lights also recently announced a content distribution partnership with Sky Vegas.
Northern Lights is mainly focused on producing games for the UK market, but it is also developing a worldwide presence. A licence from the UK Gambling Commission and an Alderney Gaming Core Services Certificate help solidify its place and guarantee that it will produce reliable games both at home and abroad.
Andrew Goodale is the CEO of Northern Lights. His knowledge and experience of the UK video slots market is undoubtable, with previous roles including oversight of the production of major games such as Rainbow Riches and Williams Interactive’s Monopoly franchise.
Peter Lundh is Northern Light’s CTO. He’s a system architect with over 30 years’ experience, including 10 years in the gambling industry. His work is with cloud-based server infrastructure, which he has used to develop high tech servers for online poker and casino games.
Robert Henrysson is Chairman of the Board. He’s another Williams Interactive alumnus, and he sold his own company, Jadestone, to WMS in 2012. His key talent is in obtaining contracts and licensing, having successfully negotiated in the UK, Alderney, Gibraltar, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, New Jersey and Canada.
Patrik Roos is Director of the Board and Acting CFO. Like Robert Henrysson, he was a founder of Jadestone before it was sold to WMS. His 10 years of experience in the gambling industry are just part of the 20 years he has spent in software development. This includes his role overseeing Williams Interactive launch into online gaming with its slots.
Northern Lights is taking the launch of its first games slowly and carefully, making sure it has everything in place to make them a success before release. As such, the three Top Slots produced so far since the 2017 launch have all been high quality and a joy to play. The company may still have a lot of growing to do, but these games show the firm is off to a good start.
The first slot that Northern Lights demoed to licensors and the rest of the world was Rocky’s Gold. Head into the mountains to seek the gleaming treasure promised by this game’s 96% RTP. With 5 reels, 20 paylines and three exciting bonus games, this slot truly is an opportunity to win your fortune, and all with the most impressive of 3D graphics. Cover your ears when Rocky starts wielding his dynamite, because this game has an explosive side. Even better, you can play it on mobile and tablet as well as desktop, with the picture either portrait or landscape.
Next is Electric Wilds and you’ll be shocked at how good it is to play. The classic theme on a 3x5 layout may look old-fashioned, but the retro charm is balanced with some very modern bonuses. Look out for the Lightning Overprint and Super Overprint features, as well as the repeater bonus. A 96% RTP ensures you’re still in with big chances to win and the graphics ensure you’ll stay engaged. This slot is best played on mobile, with the screen at portrait.
Northern Lights’ third (and currently last) slot is Blast Off, which unsurprisingly launches your game into the stratosphere. The five reels can change speed or direction as you hunt not just for big wins, but for entry into the bonus free spins that accompany level one. As the bonus level increases, so does your prize pot, and opportunities to upgrade keep on coming through bronze, silver and gold. Again the RTP of just over 96% means you could hit some truly thrilling rewards. This is another slot optimised for portrait on mobile.
If those three slots have whetted your appetite for more Northern Lights games, don’t worry. The next release, Niagara Falls, should be coming soon and if previous offerings are anything to go by, it will be well worth the wait. Northern Lights looks like a company with a long and bright future ahead of it.