Controlling Online Casino Slots Slots SpeedBy: Shirley Spicer, Friday June 4th 2010
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Different types of slots players would like to play online slots games at different speeds. New players may want to play slowly and enjoy environment of wagering. Expert players may want to play fast and get as many spins as possible in a limited time. All software providers offer mechanisms for adjusting the speed of the online slots game. However there is a wide variation in the options that they offer.
Microgaming, the leading online gaming software provider, offers two options. One is the default option in which the reels come to rest one at a time starting from the first reel and ending with the fifth reel. This speed enables players to see if they are due for a big payout and savor the suspense. Will the last reel result in a jackpot payout? The other option is the Quick Spin option that can be enabled through the Options menu. Here too the reels stop one at a time in the same sequence but at almost breakneck speed.
Rival Gaming offers online slot games with two speeds, Slow and Medium. The choice can be made through the Options menu. In both cases the reels stop one at a time and the difference in speed, though perceptible, is materially insignificant.
Realtime Gaming offers an unusual variation in slot speed. The default variation is the usual variation in which the reels stop one at a time. However, a Turbo Play mode can be activated through the Player Options in the Menu button on the bottom toolbar. This mode is available in the Slots tab of the Player Options and needs to be selected if it is to be enabled. In the Turbo Play mode the reels stop more quickly. But the real difference is that all five reels stop simultaneously. Hence the player has no inkling of what he can expect.
The online gaming software provider Vegas Technology also offers an unusual variation, but of a different kind. The default variation is the usual variation. But players can enter the Options menu on the bottom toolbar and disable the Animation option by un-checking it. This completely eliminates the spinning of the reels. When the Spin button is clicked in this mode the all existing symbols are instantaneously and simultaneously replaced by new ones without any movement. To the purist slots player this would perhaps be sacrilege. To this breed of players the simulation of the spinning of the reels as in the electromechanical land machines of old is an integral part of the experience. But many modern players find animation an unnecessary adjunct and prefer speed to frills. The software provides both options and players can pick which they want.
The Cryptologic software is the best in respect of speed options in online slots games. The options can be selected from the main game screen without the need to open any menu. Cryptologic offers three speed options. The slowest is the usual one. The second option is similar to the Quick Spin option of Microgaming software, which stops the reels very quickly but still one at a time. The third option is the animation free option described in the case of Vegas Technology software.
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