Like video games, technology has helped online slots move to new heights in recent years. Indeed, today some slot games are unrecognisable from the standard ‘fruit machines’ of the past. However, just like video games, developing games with big, brash graphics and extra features does not necessarily mean that the slot will be a hit with players. Sometimes a slot will just have that je ne sais quoisquality that ensures it remains a hit long after its release.
Below is a brief look at some of the world’s most beloved slot games, many of which have stood the test of time:
Mega Moolah (Microgaming)
Above all else, there is one big reason that Mega Moolah is something of a worldwide phenomenon: The Mega Moolah Jackpot. In October 2015, a British Soldier won £13.2 millionwith a 25p spin on Mega Moolah, something that was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest ever slot payout. There are, in fact, four jackpots that can be won with any spin on Mega Moolah, but the big one, the Mega Jackpot, has an average payout of around £4 million.
Another smash hit, Starburst is often played on free classic slots sites for the pure enjoyment of it. Its beauty lies in its simplicity – stripped back graphics, uncomplicated gameplay. In a way, Starburst can be compared to Tetris: It seems like a basic game, yet it has a quality that makes you want to play again and again. Of course, while the gameplay is fun, big wins are also not uncommon. A joy to play.
Age of the Gods (Playtech)
Not strictly an individual game, but rather a series of games with a shared theme, characters and interconnected progressive jackpots. Age of the Gods came around to replace Playtech’s popular library of Marvel Superhero casino games. Its success so far has been incredible, with players loving the special bonus features and free spins provided in the Greek myth setting. Prince of Olympus, God of Winds and the original Age of the Gods slot are particular highlights.
Gonzo’s Quest (NetEnt)
A fun adventure slot with an Aztec theme, Gonzo’s Quest has an exploding reels feature where wins are multiplied each time. The real big money lies in the free spins feature however, where wins can be multiplied up fifteen times each time the reels explode. NetEnt have recently confirmed that a virtual reality of version of Gonzo’s Quest will be released in summer 2018.
Of all slots mentioned so far on this list, Cleopatra is the one most like the slots of 20 years ago. Very much a retro slot, it is actually a permanent fixture in Las Vegas casinos but has plenty of exposure at online casinos too. Cleopatra also recently joined the MEGA Jackpots series, meaning a single spin could award you millions.
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