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Skill Based Slots Casino Bonus Games

By: Ryan Alders, Tuesday August 3rd 2010
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Bonus games on the second screen have become an integral part of online slots. Almost all these bonus games are based purely on luck. The simplest of these involve selecting one or more of the items displayed on the screen. The more complex ones involve matching symbols. Often these games are visually camouflaged to fit into the theme of the slot game to make them more interesting. Players do not mind that these games are based on luck because the main slots games are themselves based on luck. However once in a while there do come online slots that have skill based bonus games on the second screen and this article discusses some of them.

There are two different types of skills that have been incorporated into bonus games. One skill is of mechanical dexterity that is required in video arcade games. However the level of that skill required in bonus games in slots is much lower. Bonus games of this type are found in some of the i-slots released by the online gaming software developer Rival Gaming. One of them is Cosmic Quest Episode One. The bonus game is called "Asteroid Blasteroid". In this game the player has to steer an airship through an asteroid belt using controls for left, right, forward and back movements. One of the objectives is to avoid being hit by the asteroids because the player loses a part of his life every time such a hit takes place. The other objective is to fire at the asteroids and destroy as many as he can. The game ends when the player loses his entire life or succeeds in traversing the asteroid belt and gets bonus credits in proportion to the number of asteroids destroyed.

Another i-slot with a skill based bonus game is the golf based Hole in Won. The bonus game covers a nine hole golf course and each time the bonus round is triggered players get to play on a different hole. The skills required are aiming correctly with the mouse pointer so that the ball goes in the desired direction and adjusting the distance between the mouse pointer and the ball so as to hit it with the required force. There are different obstacles in the different holes so different strategies are required.

The second type of skill based bonus game in online slots is one that requires logical reasoning. Battleships is a common logical reasoning game that was played between two players each trying to destroy the other's fleet. Hasbro converted this game into a board game and WagerWorks released a branded slot game based on this called Battleship Search and Destroy. The bonus game on the second screen called Sink the Fleet replicates this game with one player. The objective is to destroy the enemy fleet with at most eight misses. Five ships covering 17 squares will be randomly generated on an 8 by 8 grid. The player has to destroy all ships guided by the hits and misses of the previous moves. Bonus credits are given for successful hits. The game rules come with strategies of how to start the game, search for large carriers and small destroyers. Players who are not interested in testing their skill can choose a luck based free spins game when the bonus round is triggered.

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