Did you know that the term ‘one-armed bandit’ was originally used to describe people who learned how to steal from slot machines? It wasn’t until much later that it started to be used to describe the slot machines themselves. Of course, many slots no longer contain an arm (lever) on the side. In fact, the majority of us now play slots on our smartphones. And because there are so many games available, game selection can be difficult. So, we’ve decided to make things easier for you by breaking slot games up into 3 types at Cozino Slots.
Classic/3 Reel Slot Games
Classic slot games are based on the original slot machines with 3 rotating drums and a lever on the side. And some of these 3-reel slots contain only a single payline running across a single row. Microgaming’s Couch Potato is a case in point. It has a variety of traditional symbols like bars, cherries and lucky 7s, and its single payline runs straight down the middle. Of course, retro 3-reel slots often provide more options than original slots, but you can still play slots the way they used to be played if you wish.
Video (multi-line) slot games are the most popular games these days. Why? Well, probably because they boast better bonus features than classic slots and come equipped with soundtracks and state of the art graphics. Most multi-line slots contain 5 reels, but some of the newer ones boast 6, or even more. And more reels usually means more paylines; therefore, it’s no surprise that some multiline games have lots of paylines. For example, there are 117, 649 ways to win in Big Time Gaming’s Bonanza.
It’s also worth pointing out that there are a variety of themes in video slot games such as movies, Egyptian and Irish luck. Graphics-wise, movie slots are extremely impressive, and they feature famous characters like Scarface and The Incredible Hulk. Meanwhile, most Egyptian slot games – including Playson’s Legends of Cleopatra – contain tombs, pyramids and scarab beetles. And, you can find fairies, rainbows, leprechauns, pots of gold and four-leaf clovers in Irish luck-themed slots such as Barcrest’s Rainbow Riches.
Progressive online Slots
While progressive slot games do not differ much from video slots in terms of gameplay, they do differ greatly when it comes to winning potential. In video slots, the jackpot is fixed, but it keeps rising with each bet in progressive slots. (Hence, the name progressive). And make no mistake about it, the maximum payouts in these games are monstrous. Take Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, for example. In 2015, a British solider named John Heywood won the jackpot in this game. And guess how much he won? £13.2 million. Classic slots and video slots can’t compete with payouts like these.
Final Thoughts on Slot Gaming
By now, you should have a good understanding of classic, video and progressive slot games, and the differences between them. So which type are you itching to play first?