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Microgaming Slots That Did Not Click

By: Rick Balding, Friday December 24th 2010
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Over a hundred new slot games are released each year. Obviously all of them cannot be popular. Some of them are forgotten soon. Though they continue to be offered at online casinos there is no mention of them in promotions or tournaments or online casino forums. These slot games are usually "old wine in old bottles" with mere cosmetic changes. But occasionally software providers come out with innovative slot games that do not click and one can only wonder why. This article discusses two such slot games from the leading online gaming software provider Microgaming.

The first of the two games is My Slot. In the introductory clip it is described as a "revolutionary new slot" with "infinite possibilities". Players could always customize the operating aspects of slot games like game speed and window size, but for the first time My Slot allowed players to customize the theme. In a simple menu driven process players could replace the standard symbols provided with images saved on their computer screen. These images could confirm to a personal theme like the family, a holiday abroad or a birthday party. For example in a family themed slot the father and mother could be the wild and scatter symbols. The other symbols could be photographs of children and pets, individually and while performing activities together. The high value card symbols could be various nooks and corners of the home. Players could choose a suitable background color and even upload appropriate background music. This theme could be saved as "Family". Thereafter without erasing this theme players could create a number of different themes and save them under different names. Each of the saved themes can be played with real money wagering just like any other slot game. The new images automatically link to the payouts offered by their counterparts in the original slot game. Therefore instead of going through the photograph album on your computer you can play My Slot and wager while you enjoy fond memories.

The second slot game was Wealth Spa. It was a thematically perfect game that covered all activities performed in an upper end spa. The background colors and the background music added to the soothing environment of the spa. However, the innovation in the Wealth Spa slot game was how the bonus feature was handled. There are five bonus games. The first is the Smoothie Bonus and offers nourishing fruit juice. As the bonus level increases the activity becomes more complex and the payout potential increases. The fifth bonus is the Massage Bonus. To enter a bonus game players have to pay using bonus coins. The first bonus game costs one coin and the fifth bonus game costs five coins. Players earn coins when the bonus coin symbol appears on the central row of reel five. Bonus games can be played any time by surrendering the required coins. The dilemma before the players is whether they should spend the coins for a low level bonus game or save them till they earn more and can afford a high level bonus game.

It is difficult to say why these two Microgaming slot games did not click. They do not figure on the hot games lists released by many online casinos. Nor are they used in promotions and tournaments. Maybe it is mere chance that they did not become popular or may be they were far ahead of their times. If so, hopefully they will rise from the ashes like the phoenix when their time comes.

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