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Navigating The New World of Online Slots
Author: Skyla Burrell
Imagine for a moment the year 1994. Jeff Bezos launches a new concept in online shopping, a little site called Amazon. Celine Dion was singing her heart out on “The Power of Love”, and Nancy Carrigan lost her hopes of a Gold Medal thanks to Tonya Harding and her thug with a club. Amidst all this, AOL is the hot thing and people around the world are beginning to accept computers will one day rule the world (kidding, but also maybe not).
first online slot
was launched by now gaming titans, Microgaming. The debut of the 3x5 slot game was of course at the very first online casino, Gaming Club, which is still in operation today. 26 years later with the advance of technology new online slots are released quicker than you can say new online slots. AOL is in the VCR class of outdated things and Amazon rules the planet.
The North Star is perfectly aligned to navigate through this new world of online slots. Batten down the hatches and grab your eye patches as we set sail now!
Our first adventure begins on the Isle of Gaming, where we will examine the wild world of slots suppliers.
The island used to be quite lonely with only Microgaming sitting alone playing with a soccer ball. Today it’s crammed with suppliers.
At the time of this writing there are 300+ companies, of which the following are at the top of their games: Big Time Gaming, Blue Print Gaming, Endorphina, High Five Games, IGT, Microgaming, Net Entertainment, NextGen, Novomatic, Play n’ Go, Playtech, Pragmatic Play, Red Tiger, Thunderkick, and Yggdrasil.
All hands on deck as we set sail for the land of never ending ideas, where all types of online slots live. Much like Darwin’s theory,
slots have evolved
based on their environments, some remaining the same, others morphing dramatically. Let’s explore the new slots world.
You don’t need special glasses to view these innovative creatures. These games are styled like Video Slots but include animated characters that interact with the player providing a totally immersive experience.
CLASSIC ONLINE SLOTS
Also identified as Classic Slots, 3 Reel Slots, and Fruit Machine games, this breed keeps things straight up and simple, one pay-line with 3 reels.
This beauty is one of the most unique in the land due to the ability of the player to cultivate their own unique story line based on successfully hitting different spin combinations.
PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT SLOTS
Without a doubt the king of the jungle, these slots can pay millions with just one spin. Progressive Slots are linked to each other, producing some astonishingly high jackpots.
Also referred to as 5 Reel Slots, this species offers more ornate games than the classic variety by offering more reels, resulting in 100 additional pay-line combinations versus it’s Classic Slot compadre.
VIDEO BONUS SLOTS
And last but not least, this creative beast is also known as Video Feature Slots and has evolved to include free spins, extra wild symbols, bonus rounds, and gives players seemingly endless combinations to win.
So, now we need to drop anchor and go out and explore some of these slot games for ourselves. Good luck and have fun!