Everything about video slots, jackpot slots and slots
This page is about what video slots, slots (fruit machines) and jackpot slots have in common. Aside from having many similarities, there are certainly differences.
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Video slot games are extremely popular in both land -based and online casinos . In America, around 70 percent of casino revenues come from these devices. Of course, the current video slot games originated from the well-known slot machines, which still worked with a physical mechanism instead of a computer-controlled animation. Nowadays there are a lot of variants of the video slot games available from various land-based and online providers. You can read all about it in this article. We first explain what video slot games exactly are and discuss their origin. Then we will discuss the different types and the best-known providers at the moment.
What are video slot games?
Video slot games consist of various reels with symbols on them. There are always at least three roles present. Many games now use four or five reels. If the correct symbols appear on the reels in the correct order after your spin, you will win back your bet in multiples. Exactly how much you can win depends on the size of your bet and the video slot you play. Video slots nowadays work with a so-called Random Number Generator. This makes the outcome as random as possible. Many of the latest video slot games are beautifully designed and have an elaborate theme with accompanying music and animations. This makes them fun to play not only because of the win, but also because of the beautiful appearance.
Video Slot History
Video slot games can be seen as the digitized versions of slot machines. These slot machines are also called one-armed bandit, slot machine or simply slot machine in the Netherlands. The devices were introduced in New York in 1891 and quickly became very popular worldwide. The first were given the name ‘liberty bell’. At that time, the slot machines were mainly in bars and you could earn a free beer with a winning combination, for example. The term one-armed bandit comes from the fact that a lever had to be pulled to get the reels moving and slot machines, like a bandit, could take a lot of money from players.
Liberty bell: a classic
The classic ‘liberty bell’ slot machines are still in circulation and are being restored and resold by enthusiasts. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of the beautiful craftsmanship and mechanics behind these machines.
From the 1980s onwards, the first slot machines with a chip appeared and the purely mechanical slot machines gradually disappeared from the catering establishments and casinos. The video slot games that you can play today are further developed versions of these first software-controlled slot machines and often have no mechanical parts at all. They work completely digitally.
Different types of video slots
With online providers you can now choose from a lot of different video slot games. There are many themes available, so you can always find something that suits your taste. Besides the themes and other visual options, there are of course also differences in the structure of the game. For example, there are jackpot slots . With these video slot games you can win a very high jackpot. There are also online slots available that work almost exactly the same as the earlier slot machines. No bells and whistles and visual spectacle, but purely the focus on the game.
When choosing from the many video slots, we recommend paying attention to the volatility / variance. This is how often and how much a slot game pays out.
Video slot providers
Both land-based and online casinos use third-party video slot game developers . These companies specialize in making special games and often have their own specific bonus features or game options that they incorporate into the video slots.
What bonus features are there with video slots?
Even without it I would still be a fan of video slots, but bonus features do make the difference. A bonus feature should be seen as an extra game within the game, with the advantage that you can win much more than during the base game. There are a lot of bonus features and, to my complete satisfaction, more and more features are added. A little playmaker does everything he can to win over the critical slot player, but it is quite a challenge: how do you ensure a new feature that stands out to players? In any case, I have provided an overview of the most popular features and give you an example for each feature. So you can try it yourself for free.
|What bonus features are there with video slots?|
|Free spins + extra multiplier||Montezuma|
|Free Spins + Progressive Multiplier||Bonanza Megaways|
|Free Spins + Expanding Symbols||Book of Dead|
|Free spins (possibly respins) + expanding wilds||Hotline|
|Free spins with more paylines||Reel Rush|
|Free spins with walking wilds||Jack and the Beanstalk|
|Free spins with sticky wilds||Dead or Alive 2|
|Free spins with progressive premium symbols||Gorilla Kingdom|
|Respin Bonus||Wolf Gold|
|mystery win||Mega Fortune Dreams|
|Pick and Click bonus||Medusa|
|Buy a bonus||Gates of Olympus|
It will not surprise you that this is also the feature that occurs most often. You usually need at least 3 scatters to trigger the free spins feature and the more scatters you land, the more free spins you get. To make it even more exciting, many free spins also give you extra boosters.
2. Free Spins + Multiplier
Speaking of boosters; there are the free spins + multipliers. They make it just that little bit more profitable and especially with the older slots you will encounter this – somewhat basic – bonus feature combination. In fact, with many older games, this is the only option you have.
3. Free Spins + Progressive Multiplier
The free spins + progressive multiplier is also a very common bonus feature. In this case it means that the multiplier increases during each spin and sometimes has to be earned through a winning combination. Since progressive multiplies can increase significantly, you usually come across this bonus feature on high variance games.
4. Free Spins + Expanding Symbols
This bonus feature is all about a special symbol that can differ per free spins bonus. What you will see is that the symbol will expand over the complete reel to provide a lot of nice winning combinations. This bonus feature is especially common in the popular Book of games, such as Book of Dead.
5. Free spins (possibly respins) + expanding wilds
Expanding wilds are very entertaining to me. When a wild symbol lands on the reels, the wild expands to cover the entire reel. Not only can that be very profitable, it is also very entertaining. The momentum remains.
6. Free spins with more paylines
If you play a free spins bonus with a lot of extra paylines, you will see that the playing field keeps getting bigger. This provides more paylines (or ways to win) and that in turn leads to better winning combinations.
7. Free spins with walking wilds
You should see these as sticky wilds that move around the game screen. In some cases they dance across your screen while in other cases they disappear from the screen. Either way, it’s always entertaining.
8. Free spins with sticky wilds
I already mentioned above that free spins + expanding wilds are very cool, but it could be even better. For example, there are games where you get sticky wilds during the free spins and that means that the free spins remain in place during the rest of the spins. In some cases you also get extra multipliers on top of that. This can be very profitable.
9. Free Spins + Progressive Premium Symbols
This is one of the most remarkable bonus features where you also collect premium symbols with every free spins bonus. The idea behind this is that the further you progress, the more you can earn. I often come across this setup in so-called Win All Ways productions where the symbols randomly overlap on the reels.
10. Respin Bonus
With the respin bonus you can prepare yourself for a respins on one or a few spins. In this case, the symbols are held and it is your job to spin extra symbols. In some cases, the counter of the respins is reversed when you have landed a new symbol. Sometimes you can also win an additional jackpot if you manage to completely fill the playing field.
11. Mystery win
There are mystery prizes waiting for you with this bonus. This is usually a cash prize, but it can also happen that you win a free spins bonus. Mystery bonuses are common in Wheel of Fortune games. A lot of players are fans of that.
12. Pick and Click Bonus
With this bonus you can choose from a number of symbols. They will then give you a price. Sometimes it is a cash prize, while you can also choose from a multiplier or a free spins bonus. I often come across the Pick and Click bonus in Play’n Go games.
13. Buy a Bonus
This is the easiest, but also the most expensive way to the bonus. In this case you do not try to play your way to the bonus by, for example, earning scatters, but buy direct access to the bonus. That may cost a bit, often about 50x or 100x your total bet, so it is not very cheap. But then you at least know immediately where you stand. My advice? In order not to use this feature too often and always to practice for free via the demo mode so that you at least know the rules of the game.