Online slot machine games have been around for a couple decades now, and since their first appearance at land based casinos it was a natural progression to move them over and have them take over the online casino world as well.
There are so many online slot machine games out there at the moment and the list keeps on growing. Each of them carry a wide range of features, sometimes different to the next, and have a big display of themes of all interest-based genres you can think of.
Slot features you can expect to see include ways to win/paylines, paytables, gamble features, themes, wild and scatter symbols, bonus games, free spins, multipliers, and of course a big draw card feature would be jackpots, progressive or not.
Ways to Win/Paylines, Paytables and Gamble Features
Ways to win or paylines are either referring to the amount of ways you can win across the reels or to the amount of paylines you can play on. Ways to win sounds more impressive i.e. 243 ways to win opposed to 25 paylines, but each have their deserving pro’s that match each other’s offering.
Many online slot games will have a ‘paytable’ button or a ‘help’ button, and when you click on that the games paytable will appear which will show you which symbols pay out the most.
The gamble feature offers the player a chance to gamble their winnings, which can either be lost 100% or doubled up.
Slots and their Themes
Initially when slot machine games were popular it was a common site to see fruit machine and more fruit machines with the popular 7’s and cherries symbols, nowadays however online casino players are spoilt for choice. If you can think then there’s most likely an online slot theme for it. You can expect to see themes based on TV shows, adventure themes, action, sports, historic themes, food, circus, horror, magic and many many more.
Wild and Scatter Symbols
Wild and scatter symbols are popular draw cards in any online slot machine game. Not all games have them but the ones that do generally have a bigger following.
The wild symbol can substitute for any other symbol on the reels to help complete a winning combination. There are various extensions of this symbol including expanding, sticky, cascading and stacked wilds, of which all offer an even more rewarding payout.
A scatter symbol can generally appear on any reel, on any active payline to reward you with a winning combination. The scatter symbol is, most often than not, the symbol that activates the bonus feature/s.
Bonus Games, Free Spins and Multipliers
Bonus games are often activated by scatter symbols. They can be laid out in various different forms with the main aim of either rewarding you with bonus winning combinations, free spins or multipliers.
Free spins are a set amount of spins that you will win that won’t cost you a cent. Any winning combination landed on within these free spins is yours.
The multiplier can also come from the scatter or from bonus games whereby your winnings can be multiplied by a certain amount.
Progressive jackpots are jackpots that tick over where the amount of the jackpot increases with every spin. These are known to pay out hundreds of thousands if not millions to lucky players either by hitting a specific winning combination or at random.
Non-progressive jackpots are set and remain the same throughout the game.