Land Based Slots Versus Online SlotsBy: Adam Baker , Thursday April 23rd 2009
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Video slots are slot games in which the spinning reels are simulated using a random number generator based computer program. Both land casinos and online casinos offer video slots. Land based video slots started with an advantage. Each slot machine has a dedicated game. The entire computer system is devoted only to that one game, which means that the game files can be immense and build in more graphics, more sound, more animations and more features. Land based video slots do not need any Internet connection. A slow Internet connection can jeopardize the playing experience in online video slots.
Two of the most popular land based slot machine developers are WMS Gaming (WMS) and International Game Technology (IGT). Both have their own popular brands. One of the most widely played land based video slots is Super Jackpot Party from WMS.
The Super Jackpot Party is the culmination of several earlier versions of Jackpot Party. It offers all the excitement of the earlier versions along with new features, especially in the popular Jackpot Party bonus round.
In the Jackpot Party bonus round the presents do not simply award bonus credits, but also activate mini-bonus rounds. Examples of these mini-bonus rounds include the Dance bonus, the Multiplier bonus and the Whack-a-Pooper bonus. The character, the Party Animal, appears in each of these rounds and enables players to total up bonus credits.
In contrast the earliest online slots were very simple. There was little innovative use of sound and graphics, no animation and the bonus rounds were usually of the 'pick X from Y objects' type in which the selected objects revealed the credits. In the last few years this has changed considerably and online video slots have become a lot more sophisticated. Innovative online gaming software developers like Wizard Gaming and Microgaming have pushed the boundaries of online casino gaming technology and are closing the gap between traditional land based video slots and online video slots. These games have bonus features, animation and sound that are almost comparable to land based games.
Two online video slot games released earlier this exemplify this trend. One is Main Course released by Wizard Gaming.
Main Course is set in a Parisian restaurant with appropriate music. The restaurant has four chefs - Chef Pierre, Chef Gordon, Asian Legend and Chef Mario who lead to different types of payouts. For example Chef Mario triggers a bonus round in which players prepare their own meal. They choose from vegetables, meats and other ingredients to reveal the different parameters for free spins. The slot game has vibrant visuals, energetic animations and sumptuous sounds.
Microgaming's The Great Galaxy Grab comes even closer to the land based slots like Super Jackpot Party.
The Great Galaxy Grab has a bonus round very similar to Super Jackpot Party. The main characters, Captain Bronzebeard and his crew, travel from location to location in search of his wife. The locations like the bank and shopping mall and casino are fascinating. Each location has a different mini-bonus round. The graphics, sound and animations create an authentic environment of outer space.
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