Cashapillar And Burning Desire ComparisonBy: Rick Balding, Monday February 23rd 2009
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There must be over a thousand slots in the online casino industry jostling to increase their space. As in the real world differentiation is the key to market share. Sharp graphics, snazzy animations and topical themes can make compelling games but are not sufficient for creating an identity, because today most slots have these. Microsoft has long realized this and while it does not deviate from excellent content, it pushes the technical parameters to the limit in order to differentiate its games.
One such parameter is the payline. A payline is a combination of icons, one from each reel, that is matched against the combinations provided for in the payout table. Each payline is a potential winning combination. Most slots have up to 25 paylines. Some have gone up to 60. But Microgaming has come up with Cashapillar that has 100 paylines and Burning Desire that has 243 winning combinations. Whatever their other advantages or disadvantages may be these two slot games stand apart from the pack because they offer far more paylines than any other slot game.
Cashapillar was released in May 2008 by Microgaming. The 100 paylines concept has been ingenuously reinforced. The game is introduced in a video clip as the 100th birthday party of the caterpillar. The coin denominations are either $0.01 or $0.02 and players can bet up to ten coins per line. The low coin denominations make Cashapillar an excellent game fore low rollers. The total max bet is only $20. Apart from the 100 paylines Cashapillar has another innovative feature. This is known as the stacked wilds. When the wild symbol, the Cashapillar, appears on any reel it covers every active payline on that reel. This greatly increases the chances of winning. There are some disadvantages as well in this slot game. Because of the low coin denominations the total payouts are limited. The maximum payout in the free spins game is 6 million coins, which at first seems very attractive. However converted to cash it offers only $120,000, which is less than what many other slots offer as a maximum payout. The theme of the game, insects at a party, would not have a very wide appeal.
Burning Desire was released in February 2009. The major advantage of Burning Desire is that it has hit the maximum possible as far as paylines are concerned in the present format of 5 reel video slots. Three rows are shown on the screen and with this the maximum paylines possible is 243. In a sense this does away with the limitation of paylines because the slot assesses combinations regardless of the position of the symbols on each reel. Hence Microgaming refers to the possible winning combinations as ways to win. This innovation does not come at the expense of the other attributes of the slot game. It has the popular "romance" theme and exquisitely crafted symbols on the reels. However, the max bet is $250, which can get steep for many online slots players. Also Burning Desire does not offer any bonus game on the second screen, which is a feature many slots players look for.
With the regular addition of news slots, the older ones tend to fade quickly from memory. However these two slots have made a permanent place for themselves because of the path breaking number of paylines.
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