Some things just never get old. Take James Bond films – they are watched time and time again – and are, in effect, timeless.
People can put the entire Beatles back catalogue on repeat and never get bored, and Shakespeare’s plays will always have an audience.
So it’s no surprise that when players find a casino game they love, they always find themselves gravitating to it before the play session ends.
With every new major video slot released, there seems to be an improvement in graphics, gameplay, complexity and general sophistication.
So how do these older slots compete? Let’s take a look at some of them and why.
Book of Ra
Book of Ra by Novomatic was a huge success and is one of the most revered slots of the last ten years. Its successor, Book of Ra Deluxe is astonishingly now ten years old, yet it still captivates players today.
On the face of it, this ten payline, five reel slot, featuring the usual playing card symbols really is as standard as it gets and has a sort of ancient Egypt explorer vibe in the mould of Indiana Jones.
But what gets players coming back is the volatility of the slot. This is an extremely volatile slot, meaning hitting the bonus feature is rare, but when it does trigger, it usually pays big.
That bonus round can pay up to 500,000 coins, and wins are generally pretty high in the bonus feature.
With such mouth watering prizes on offer, who cares if the slot is getting a bit long in the tooth?
WHERE TO PLAY: This slot can be played at Casumo Casino.
Book of Dead
At first glance, this really doesn’t look much difference to Book of Ra Deluxe – and it isn’t in the sense that it is an Egyptian explorer-themed slot with a big reputation.
Some have accused it of being a rip off of Book of Ra, but ultimately, this slot, which has been on the block for nearly a couple of years, is still pulling in the players.
This time we have our protagonist Rich Wilde, who is your Indiana Jones stand-in.
So think of this as an updated Book of Ra, although actually, the old timer stands up quite well to Play N’ Go’s modern incarnation.
Again, the volatility of this one keeps players coming back, so low-rollers might want to stay clear if they have a limited bankroll.
The 250,000 coin jackpot is also a big draw for players.
WHERE TO PLAY: Try this at Rizk Casino.
Big Bad Wolf
Quickspin’s cartoonish slot is now five years old, but people are still drawn to taking on Mr Wolf, but will he blow your bankroll down?
Big Bad Wolf is a 25 payline, 5×3 slot with an RTP of a fairly decent 97.29%.
This time it is not a highly volatile slot, so may be more suitable for players with more modest bankrolls.
In fact, it is considered by players to be a nicely balanced slot, mixing the right amount of potential for wins, with being generous enough not to wipe out bankrolls in short sessions.
The bonus features on this Quickspin slot include the Pigs Turn Wild feature, and the Blow Your House Down feature. The Blowing Down The House feature is known for its generous free spins, which can keep getting topped up with moon symbols.
WHERE TO PLAY: Huff and puff away on this slot at Unibet Casino.
Looking at it, it is no surprise to learn that this slot was released in the midst of the Twilight film craze.
That also means that it is knocking on in years now, being released in 2011.
This is a medium/high variance slot, meaning wins come steady and fairly generously. The thing that seems to keep players coming back is its ability to drop in a decent win in a relatively short playing time.
Each of the characters in the slot has their own backstory and the features also add a real depth for a slot of its age.
The Wild Desire feature can simply randomly arise turning five reels wild. Three, four or five scatters can trigger the Chamber of Spins round which can sequentially unlock other bonus rounds.
Each of the four characters can be activated for the Chamber of Spins, and each giving their own specific bonuses, from amounts of free spins (up to 25) to multipliers. The more times you enter the Chamber, the more features you can unlock.
This is a hugely appealing element of the game, and has kept players coming back.
It seems, like good music, a good slot will stand the test of time if it plays well.
Advanced graphics are fine, but if it hasn’t got the right feel and feedback in terms of payouts, players will drift away.
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