Select Software Based on Casino Slots GamesBy: Shirley Spicer, Wednesday September 23rd 2009
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For new players selecting the appropriate software can be a difficult proposition because it involves balancing a number of conflicting requirements. For example Microgaming offers the largest number of games but it also occupies the largest disc space. For new players nothing can be more important than the choice of games offered and in this online slot games play a critical role. One reason for this is that for every software provider about two thirds the games are slots. Another reason is that there is little differentiation in the table games and video poker between the various software providers. However there is considerable differentiation in the slot games offered.
Slot games originated as three reel slots and many new players would like to begin with this category. All the software providers offer a selection of three reel slot games in their portfolio. However Microgaming offers several games that are classified as Fruit Machines. These are three reel slots with special features that were popular in English pubs. The Hold feature allows players to keep one or two reels fixed while spinning the remaining. The Nudge feature allows players to move selected reels by one more slot without wagering any extra amount. These features result in extra winning possibilities and are therefore popular with the new players. Players who want to combine three reel slots with progressive jackpots can opt for Vegas Technology software. Vegas Technology has several three reel slots with progressive jackpots in a range of interesting themes.
However, most of the action is at the five reel video slots. In this category Cryptologic software has some unique offerings. One is the branded slots based on characters from Marvel Comics. If the player is a fan of Marvel Comics superheroes then these slot games are not to be missed. They feature superheroes like Superman, the Incredible Hulk and Elektra. The symbols on the reels will mean much more to fans of these superheroes because they include items like the source of the superpower or favorite weapons. Cryptologic also offers a Casual Slots series. The online slot games are based on popular games like Jenga and Bejeweled. Rival Gaming is another software provider that offers unique five reel video slots known as I-slots. These would attract players who find the normal slot games too mechanical. I-slots have interactive bonus games that require some level of skill from players. They are also more interesting because they unravel a story that is controlled by the players’ performance in the bonus rounds. However for sheer variety there is nothing to beat Microgaming. Microgaming adds about three video slots every month, which means that players at Microgaming online casinos will always have new games to wager on.
Perhaps the greatest differentiation can be found in the five reel progressive jackpot online slots. Recently Real Time Gaming introduced slot games in which players were not required to draw a winning combination on the reels in order to hit the progressive jackpot. This jackpot is triggered randomly and thus is more exciting. Playtech offers a unique kind of progress jackpot that has nothing to do with the slot game in progress. Along with each spin a lottery type game is separately played and can lead to a progressive jackpot prize. Players who are looking for life changing payouts would do well to patronize Microgaming software. Though most online gaming software providers offer slots with large payouts, Microgaming offers more of them and the payouts are usually larger.
Actually new players should register in online casinos powered by at least two different software providers. This way they will have access to greater variety and will also be able to remain updated with what is new in the industry.
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