Interestingly enough, slots also have a deep history. To most it probably looks trivial, but it’s history, nevertheless.
And as you play, you don’t always realize that this might be the game that opens a new chapter in Casino history. It’s not often they do. But that’s exactly why history is important.
You can look back and see which games, which new features have created a wave among casino fans.
Las Vegas and it’s slots have their own history which we won’t get into today. Let’s just say that there were only a handful of slots that survived the move from physical machines to virtual ones.
One of them was the Book of Ra. Created by Novomatic almost 50 years ago, the machine provided a minimized version of the Indiana Jones’ life of adventure.
And it was just the time when the iconic archeologist was introduced in cinemas.
To this day, Novomatic’s Book of Ra Game feature is one of the most distinct features in a slot of all time.
Starburst defied all odds. It looks OK, but not spectacular. The music is fitting for a background, but nothing you will be humming under your nose. The game is so simple that it didn’t even include a Scatter.
It’s just diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and rainbows.
On the other hand,Starburst introduced some never-seen-before features. Like matching symbols from left to right as well as from right to left.
It’s beginner-friendly, low cost, low volatility, simple, fun, rewarding. Starburst became a cult classic, that’s undeniable.
So far we looked into somewhat standard slots. 5 reels, 3 rows. Or as they are also known, 243-way slots.
I guess it’s only fair to include one of the modern slots. The selection has blown up to 1024-way slots, even 3000-way slots or even more.
Some have fixed reels and rows, while others mix it up mid-play to offer more excitement.
Some names do come to mind. Moon Temple is one example of the 5-reel slot with a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.
Or Aloha: Cluster Pays, which is a 6-reel slot from NetEnt.
Or even Tiger’s Glory slot. 6 reels, 4 rows and 4096 ways to win.
Which one will be the next game to change the course of the slots history? The thing is, it’s still too close to call.
The trend of mixing reels is a recent one, but everything is happening so fast, that it’s hard to say who’s copying whom – more info.