- There are thousands of online slots across different online casinos for us to choose from
- We help you work out how to pick the right slot game for you
Progressive jackpots, number of paylines or just a brand we are familiar with; there are lots of things that we look out for when deciding what slot game to play next.
1. Slot Types
Online slots have come a long way from the old-school traditional three-reel slot, based on the fruit machines which started out life in land-based casinos, while the internet was still a distant dream.
Some players, love the old-school slot design and there are still plenty around today, although they are not as popular as games with more paylines. The most popular online slots are often based on five or six paylines and often include bonus rounds and improved graphics compared to the traditional three-reel slot games.
One of the newest developments in slots is the introduction of honeycomb models, where each symbol is diamond shaped in order to form a honeycomb image across the whole slot due to the interlocking diamond layout. Often on honeycomb slots players are trying to connect three or more symbols in order to achieve payouts, instead of matching symbols across paylines.
Players are also now able to try their luck on Avalanche video slots; this model was first introduced by developer NetEnt back in 2010 when they launched the popular Gonzo’s Quest slot. On Avalanche slots winning symbols will disappear and the space created with the disappearing symbols will be filled up with symbols that fall down as snow falls during an avalanche. Avalanche slots also offer players added bonuses, increasing the chance of winning.
The majority of big money online casino wins will come on progressive jackpot slot, with some offering players the chance to bag life changing prizes.
On progressive slot games a small percentage of every bet is added to the progressive jackpot, different online casinos add different percentages, with some adding up to 15% to the pool.
The jackpot continues to grow until it is won, some online casinos will link their slot networks so that several different slot games contribute to one progressive jackpot, regardless of where they are placed.
While progressive slots offer the highest possible jackpot, players will often have to bet the maximum stake in order to take advantage of the feature and regular wins will also be lower, in order to sustain the life changing progressive jackpot; with some even breaking the $1,000,000 dollar mark.
Other types of jackpots include, multiplier jackpots which pay out based on the amount staked and wagered by players, so if a player bets $5 and matches three symbols he would win $25 meaning a player who bets $50 would he win $250. There are also standalone slots which pay out according to a pay out schedule and often offer higher regular payouts but lower top prizes as they do not feature a progressive jackpot.
When I first entered the world of online slots, I had deposited £10, plus been given 15 free spins, and was ready to spin the reels for the first time, but what game did I pick.
Well being a novice and with no idea what a payline or a progressive jackpot was, I decided to pick a slot game based on the names I recognised so took a punt on the Pink Panther slot game and loved it.
It is not just beginners who are picking which slot to play at like this, when a new slot is launched attached to a franchise or person known globally there is always a sense of anticipation as people flock to give it a go.
Developer Scientific Games recently bagged an incredibly lucrative deal with the James Bond franchise to produce the first 007 slot game. Shaken or Stirred, this is set to draw a fair bit of attention from players and the brand predict it will bring people to online casinos for the first time.
The moral of the story, don’t underestimate just how important branding can be for people when picking a slot.
Here are some examples of the different themes and a slot based on each:
Adventure themed: Gonzo’s Quest
Aliens and space themed: Alien Robots
Animal themed: Razortooth
Comic book: The Incredible Hulk
Fairy-tale themed slot: Jack and the Beanstalk
Horror themed: Blood Suckers
Jewels and gems themed: Starburst
Lifestyle themed: A Night Out
Magic themed: Dragon’s Myth
Marvel themed: Iron Man 2
Movie themed: The Dark Knight Rises
Music themed: Michael Jackson: King of Pop
Retro themed: Stunning Hot
Sports themed: Frankie Dettori Magic Seven
Tribe themed: Rook’s Revenge
TV show themed: Deal or No Deal
4. Return To Player (RTP)
Most players wont have a clue what Return To Player is; RTP is a term used by online casinos to describe the percentage of any wagered money that will be paid back to players over time from a slot and this is often hidden in the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page.
If you love a stat then picking a slot by RTP isn’t a bad tactic and is one the best ways to improve your chance of walking away from a slot with a profit.
5. Mobile Orientation
More and more players are reaching for their mobiles in order to play online slots at mobile casinos but not all slots are able to be played in portrait mode on a smartphone, so if you are wanting a slot that you can play while holding your phone portrait then it is worth doing your homework to check that a slot is suitable.
Whatever methods you to use to pick an online slot, with so many out there, you are sure to come across a few that you are going to love and want to keep going back to and that is great. But, don’t be afraid to try new releases; you wont like every online slot you try but we think it is always good to try something new every now and then.
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