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Game Previews in Online Casino Software

By: Shirley Spicer, Thursday March 19th 2009
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One of the more frustrating experiences in online gaming is to access a game and then find that it is not suitable to your needs in a very basic manner. An example is landing with a blackjack variant in which the dealer wins ties. Whereas some players would not mind that because of the compensating advantages offered, others would want to avoid this variant at all costs. It is all the more frustrating if precious time is spent downloading the game and then finding that it is unsuitable. Such experiences turn the player against the online gaming software provider and in the end it is the software provider who suffers.

The better online gaming software providers have taken cognizance of this and in their attempt to provide more user friendly software they include game previews in their lobby. These previews include brief game rules and/or screenshots of the games. The players can go through the preview, understand what to expect from the game and decide if they want to download the game.

Microgaming:

In Microgaming powered online casinos the players have to go to the games section from the main lobby and then access the particular game category to get a listing of the games in that category. Two options are available to players. They can see the games listed in a text list form or in a matrix type graphical layout of the games logos. Either way the preview is the same. The preview appears in a box on the right of the screen as the cursor is placed on the game name or logo. The preview gives the game name on the top with a screenshot below it and then a summary of the rules or features. The preview of Atlantic City Blackjack is shown in the screenshot below.

Microgaming Preview Example

Preview from All Slots Casino

Vegas Technology:

In Vegas Technology powered online casinos the games categories are directly given in the main lobby and the individual games can be accessed by following the drop down menus from there. The preview appears in a small box at the bottom left hand corner. The information provided is the jackpot ticker, where relevant, and the betting limits. The remaining details have to be understood from the screenshot provided. This is not very difficult for experienced players but could be a problem for new players. The preview of Progressive Blackjack is shown in the screenshot below.

Vegas Technology Preview Example

Preview from Golden Casino

Wizard Gaming:

Wizard Gaming offers only just over 20 games of which one is a blackjack variant and the other are slots. All the games are listed directly in the main lobby. The preview appears across the top right of the screen. There is a screenshot and a brief write up. As you can see from the preview of the 80s Night video slot it's very easy to spot that the game features a bonus round and additionally a free spins bonus round. The preview for Wizard Gaming casino games is more in detail then that of other onlin ecasino software providers.

Wizard Gaming Preview Example

Preview from All Star Slots

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Comment by: Karl Benton On: October 21, 2009
I too like the way that Wizard Gaming does the previews of the games and provides you with a good synopsis about what exactly the game is all about that you're about to play. This way you can prioritize and choose which games you want to download first.
Comment by: Sara D. On: September 30, 2009
I like seeing the previews of the games that I'm about to play or download that I've never played or seen before. I wish that they'd provide a few more details and even perhaps screenshots of the payout tables that can be viewed for each game. It would definitely make it easier to see all the features of the game prior to entering into the game or downloading it for that matter.
Comment by: Angie Kent On: August 24, 2009
I've always been a fan of the simplistic approach with these previews. I do have to agree though that Wizard Gaming does a good job with presenting the most important and relevant information. I think that as a promotion for the game as well they do a good job conveying the key characteristics in their games through their game previews.
Comment by: Elizabeth On: July 12, 2009
Agreed I too like the way that Wizard Gaming does their game previews. I also think that the way that Vegas Technology does game previews although more simplified then then way that Wizard does it is still a good approach. I don't really like the fact that RTG casinos don't offer game previews. I like to see the game before I play and additionally sometimes I may have played a game that I don't recognize by name but by a picture or screenshot of the actual game which makes it easy for me to find games that I've played before that I really liked.
Comment by: Juda On: July 07, 2009
Game previews are great I always like to see what I'm about to play especially if it's a new game that I've never played before. A few of the software companies out there don't support this kind of feature but really should. I really like how Wizard Gaming has done their game previews when you hover over the navigation menu in the lobby.
Comment by: Kerry Bonnenstien On: March 28, 2009
Definitely a nice feature I know that I like to look at the games before deciding on where I want to play. Wizard Gaming does it a nice way in that they not only provide the screenshot of the game but they also let you know whether the game offers a bonus round and or free spins and provide some of the details about the bonus and jackpot win size. I also really like how Vegas Technology does it in that they provide you with both the min and max bet permitted on the game which is also helpful.

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