Online Slots by Software ProvidersBy: Adam Baker, Wednesday June 23rd 2010
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Online slots are by far the most popular of casino games. Some software providers describe and classify their slots games is a very simple manner, whereas others use more complex mechanisms. The complexity depends on both the number and the variety of slots games.
Most of the Realtime Gaming online slots are classified as Real Series Video Slots and are listed alphabetically under that classification. There is no attempt to further classify the slots games according to features or paylines. The other online slots groups in Realtime Gaming software are Bonus Three Slots, Three Reel Classic Slots and Video Slots. These list the older games.
Rival Gaming software classifies the slots games first as Slots and I-Slots. I-Slots are the unique interactive slots games only offered by Rival Gaming and therefore deserve a separate category. The Slots are further categorized as 3-Reel Slots, Video Slots and Progressives. This is one of the simplest meaningful classifications of slots games and works because Rival Gaming has fewer games than other software providers.
Vegas Technology has a deeper classification. It is based on the number of reels and on whether the slot games offer a bonus game on the second screen. Slots that offer such a game are known as bonus slots. The main categories of Vegas Technology slots are 3 Reel Slots, 3 Reel Slots Bonus, 5 Reel Slots, 5 Reel Slots Bonus and 7 Reel Slots. Vegas Technology is the only software provider to offer 7 Reel Slots. There are two other categories of online slot games. One is Traditional Slots, which resemble the old 3 reel electromechanical land machines. The other is Progressive Slots. Vegas Technology progressive slots are unique in two aspects. One is that they are all 3 reel slots and they pay out partial amounts if the jackpots are hit with less than maximum coins wagered.
Playtech classifies its slots games into two groups - Classic Slots and Video Slots. The Video Slots are further sub-classified as Marvel Jackpots, 5 to 9 payline slots and 15 to 20 payline slots. The Marvel Jackpots are the latest offering from Playtech and are based on Marvel Movies superheroes. Against each slots game the following information is also provided - the number of paylines, whether the game is new, whether the game has a progressive jackpot and whether the game has a Dollar Ball jackpot.
Microgaming offers the largest number of slots games in the industry. It also starts with the two main classifications of Classic Slots and Video Slots. The Classic Slots are divided into Regular, Bonus, Mega Spin and Fruit Machines. Mega Spin slots have a number of sets of reels that run simultaneously but independently. Fruit Machines are pub style slots with features like Hold and Nudge. The Video Slots are grouped as 5 to 15 payline slots and 20+ payline slots. There are also two other listings for Video Slots. These are Free Spins Slots and Bonus Slots. They are not mutually exclusive classifications. A slot game having both free spins and bonus games will appear in both groups.
Cryptologic has the most complicated classification system and that is because it has a range of slots game that no other software provider can match. The special slots games are separately classified. These are DC Comics, Casual Games, Marvel Jackpot, Paramount Jackpot, Rapid Fire Jackpot, Traditional and Fruit Machines. The others slots games are classified according to number of paylines. Considerable information about each game is provided.
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