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Microgaming All Ways Slots Online

By: Fabian Rictor, Tuesday May 29th 2012
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In February 2009 the leading online casino software provider Microgaming released a slot game titled Burning Desire with an innovative feature. This feature was "All Ways to Win". The concept of defined paylines was done away with. Wins were awarded for left to right combinations on adjacent reels irrespective of the position of the symbol on the reel. Burning Desire is a five reels video slot with three rows of symbols across the reels. Therefore, mathematically the number of ways to win works out to 3x3x3x3x3, which is 243. Hence Microgaming designated Burning Desire as a 243 Ways online slot game.

In All Ways online slots winning combinations appear more frequently. This means that a greater frequency of spins result in a payout. It is important to understand that this does not increase the average return to the player. The software provider can tweak some of the other parameters so as to level the playing field.

All Ways online slots create a problem that needs to be addressed. In the normal circumstances, the total bet wagered per spin is the line bet multiplied by the number of active paylines. In a 25-payline slot game will all paylines activated, a line bet of 10 coins will lead to a total bet of 250 coins. But in a 243 Ways online slot a 10 coin line bet will give a total bet of 2,430 coins if this practice is followed. In order to make both the line bet reasonably large and the total bet reasonably small, Burning Desire specifies an arbitrary multiplier of 25. The total bet is always 25 times the line bet even though all 243 Ways are active by default.

Microgaming expanded on the concept of All Ways. An online slot game Arctic Fortune had four rows of symbols across the reels. The number of ways to win therefore became 4x4x4x4x4, which worked out to 1,024. Later another slot game Hot Ink was released in the same format. Arctic Fortune has the popular Viking theme with really amazing animations. Hot Ink has the somewhat unusual theme of a tattoo parlor. Both these 1,024 Ways slots have become extremely popular. Microgaming has gone one step further with five rows of symbols in the slot game Dolphin Coast. This has 3,125 Ways to win. Dolphin Coast is not as popular. The reason could well be its theme or other features rather than 3,125 Ways to win.

Microgaming ultimately seems to have settled on 243 Ways to win. At the time of writing there are about a dozen 243 Ways slots games at its online casinos. The titles are Alaskan Fishing, Asian Beauty, Burning Desire, Immortal Romance, Private Eye, Reel Gems, Robin Hood Feathers of Fortune, Santa's Wild Ride, The Lord of the Rings, Thunderstruck II, Untamed Bengal Tiger and Voila. Microgaming is using appropriate restraint in the use of this feature so as to preserve its value.

But whenever Microgaming has launched a landmark slot game with considerable publicity, it has been a 243 Ways slot game. The first was Thunderstruck II, which was launched as a makeover of Thunderstruck, one of the most popular Microgaming slots ever. Thunderstruck II has a host of new features, in particular a new format for the free spins. In December 2011 Immortal Romance was released as the first in a series of slots with a continuing eerie story. It was modeled on Thunderstruck II and was a 243 Ways slot game. The biggest publicity that Microgaming has ever put in was for the launch of the first slot game of The Lord of the Rings trilogy based on the award winning movie series. This also is a 243 Ways slot game.

All these fantastic All Ways slot games can be played at Microgaming online casinos like Platinum Play, Spin Palace and Golden Riviera.

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