Slot games have been casino staples since the beginning. They have always been an attraction at some of the biggest casinos and this is obvious when you realise that about 70% of all online casino games are slot games. Slot games have come a long way since they first hit casinos, with online casinos now including thousands of them as their main attraction. If you would like to start playing online slots, here is everything you need to know about them.

Online Slot Games are Not Skill-based

Compared to games like poker, online slots do not require any skills. This is because wins are entirely dependent on random number generators. These generators decide whether you will win as soon as you hit the spin button and winning at a slots machine is based on luck.

However, you can increase your chances of winning. Online slot games have an RTP (Return to Player) percentage associated with them. This is a measure of how much the slot returns to players, measured either in the amount won or the number of games with a winning outcome. The closer this percentage is to 100, the higher the chances of winning.

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Slot games also have a volatility rating. Highly volatile games will have fewer wins but larger prizes when those wins hit. The reverse is also true.

It is Mostly About Paylines and Symbols

Online slot games have symbols that are usually arranged in a grid. To land a win, these symbols have to land in a specific way once the reels stop spinning. Traditionally, these arrangements were left to right and top to bottom. However, almost all modern casino games have paylines. These are lines that increase the number of winning probabilities.

Paylines can be arranged left to right, top to bottom and diagonally. They can also be combined in various ways.  It is common to see, say, a payline that starts at the top left slot, goes across to the top-right slot and then diagonally to the bottom left slot. The higher the number of paylines, the higher the probability of a symbol falling on that payline and therefore the higher the probability of a win.

Slot games come with four main types of symbols; main, scatters, wilds and multipliers. The main symbols have the lowest wins, the wilds substitute all other symbols to form winning combinations, scatters are usually the key to special games, and multipliers lead to bigger wins by multiplying your initial win.

You Can Try Online Slots without Wagering

While most of the online slots you will encounter at online casinos will require that you create an account and deposit some money before you play, there are lots of free online slots that do not have these requirements. There are thousands of online slots you can play for free at your favourite casino without wagering. These are usually listed as free slots or demo slot games.

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The main reason why casinos have these free games is so that you can test the games before you play, see how they work and get an idea of how much and how often you would win if you decided to play with real money. They are also a great opportunity for you to discover new games that you otherwise would not have the chance to unless you placed a bet.

There are also free slot games on various online platforms. You can play free slots online to your heart’s content at these online platforms and they are meant to be a great way to pass time or to get a feel of how online slots work. Although there is a great selection of slot games to choose from when you decide to play free slot games on these platforms, the number of games available is often severely limited compared to the number of games you would find at an online casino.

When a free slot game on these platforms gets popular enough, it is common to see it included in an online casino’s roster.

Types of Slot Games

There are three main types of slot games; classic, video and progressive slots. Classic slot games have three reels and use classic symbols such as fruits and diamonds. They often do not have bonus features.

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Video slots have at least five reels and usually follow a theme. They will usually have lots of bonus features like side games and free spins.

Progressive slots are similar to video slots but have an increasing jackpot with each spin. The possible payout may also be determined by the amount of time that has passed since the last win. The jackpot can be won randomly or on a game’s bonus feature.

Game Developers are Getting Innovative

Because slot games have been around for so long, it is easy for people to lose interest if there is no continued innovation in the games. Game developers are always working on new features to include in new online slot games. These can include multiple multipliers for bigger wins, new multi-level side games that lead to jackpots as well as innovative symbols that act differently than you would expect.

Additionally, game developers have adopted different themes to attract new players and to keep things interesting; it is now common to find slot games that are based on your favourite film or video game character. The inclusion of soundtracks that players can customise is another way of not only attracting new players but also of making newer slot games more immersive.

Online slots are incredibly fun, especially if you find a great platform on which to play free slot games. They can also be a great way to win millions if you land on the jackpot when playing a progressive slot game.

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