Slot machines

mega fortuneSlot machines are called slot machines since the early slot machines had a slot for inserting coins. Today, it is common to find slot machines that accept bills or tokens as well. When playing slot machines online, money is automatically drawn from your casino account and there is no need to virtually place a coin in a virtual slot.

The early slot machines had real, physical reels but modern slot machines normally have a random number generator attached to a screen. The screen will display an animated image of spinning reels. This type of slot machine is known as a video slot. Some video slots doesn’t even display spinning reels. Beach Life will for instance show a sandy beach where symbols wash up, while Gonzo’s Quest let carved stones tumble down over the screen.

Free spins and bonus games

To make slot playing even more entertaining, game developers started to award gamblers with free spins for certain symbol combinations. With the advent of random number generators, it also became possible to reward gamblers with free spins regardless of what the reels showed. That way, even a losing spin could provide a reward through the casino bonus.

As video slots became more widespread, game developers weren’t satisfied with giving their players free spins only. The wanted to make their slot games even more exciting and invented the separate screen bonus game. A separate screen bonus game can be very different from the reels displays during standard play. Let’s take the video slot machine Blood Suckers as an example. This game is fairly traditional with five spinning reels during the standard game. If you trigger the bonus round on the other hand, all the reels will disappear and the screen will display a crypt filled with coffins. Your task is no longer to passively watch reels spin but to actively decide which coffins to drive a stick through. If you pick a coffin where a vampire is resting, you will be awarded with money and can continue playing the bonus game. If you pick a coffin that turns out to be empty, the bonus game will end and you will return to the standard game with the spinning reels.

Slot machines with progressive jackpots

To make slot machines even more appealing, it is not uncommon for game developers to provide them with one or more progressive jackpots. A progressive jackpot is a jackpot that grows bigger with each wager until it randomly pays out to a fortunate player.

Here are just a few examples of slot machines famous for their large progressive jackpots:

Mega Fortune (NetEntertainment)
Hall of Gods (NetEntertainment)
Arabian Nights (NetEntertainment)
Mega Moolah (Microgaming)
Major Millions (Microgaming)
King Cashalot (Microgaming)
MegaJackpots Cleopatra (IGT)
MegaJackpots Cluedo (IGT)
MegaJackpots Monopoly with Pass Go Bonus (IGT)
Wolverine (Cryptologic)
X-Men (Cryptologic)
Hulk Ultimate Revenge (Cryptologic)
Ironman (Cryptologic)
Spiderman Revelations (Cryptologic)