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Astra games is the igaming software developer behind Novomatic video slots like Forgotten Fortunes and Egyptian Experience.
*Astra Games is now part of Inspired Entertainment
Bridgend has proven to be a productive hotbed of igaming software development. Astra Games is the latest developer to demand attention for its igaming efforts in southern Wales. After initially forming as a software developer in 1992, the company has since made the switch to serving the online casino industry. Following 12 years of operation, Novomatic then acquired Astra in autumn 2004. Astra has operated as a Novomatic subsidiary ever since. Astra was branded as Astra Gaming Group in 2013.
Gaming Development Focus
Astra almost exclusively concentrates on slot game development. As of May 2015, the developer had created 92 slot games. Those are comprised of eight multiplayers, 11 multi-games, and 73 video slots. Novomatic uses its other software development arms to develop online casino and live dealer content.
From a quality standpoint, Astra does not have the licensing potential of industry leaders like Microgaming, NetEnt, and Playtech. Instead, the developer focuses on creating its own-brand games based on familiar themes from within the industry. For instance, Book of Ra features an Indiana Jones-style hero while God of Thunder has a main character who looks remarkably like Thor.
UK High Street Slot Machines
Astra works with other Novomatic subsidiaries to help provide physical slot cabinets throughout the UK. To ensure legality, Astra is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. Astra has helped Luxury Leisure to operate slot machines throughout the UK since it was acquired by Novomatic from Noble Leisure in 2012. These slot machines are found in 82 town centres throughout the UK.