Themes Make Online Casino Slots UniqueBy: Mark Freedman, Friday February 20th 2009
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Online slot games have a broadly similar structure. They do have differences in the detailing like in the number of paylines or the nature of the bonus games. But these differences do not really justify the popularity of the vast number of online slots available at internet casinos. What makes each slot unique is the way it depicts a particular theme. Different players are attracted to different themes and try to find slots that of their favorite themes that also embody the structural parameters they are looking for.
The themes of slots games can be classified into broad groups for the purpose of discussion. New slots games are released every month and many of them relate to an occasion or festival occurring in that month. This ties the slot game with what is happening in the real world and thus enhances its popularity. The three festivals most commonly used by slots developers are Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas. Early this month Microgaming released a slot, Burning Desire, based on a Valentine's Day theme.
Another popular genre of slots is that which depicts a life style, particularly that of the rich and famous. Slots players hope to win life changing jackpots that will bring material changes in their life styles and therefore slots that depict wealth are popular. Usually these slots have flashy cars, diamonds and other indicators of affluence as symbols on the reels. Trust Fund Baby and Opulence are progressive slots released by the new software provider, Wizard Gaming, which exemplify this group.
Holidaying is another popular theme. It could be globe trotting around the world as in the Playtech slot Global Traveler. Beach Life reflects the fun of the popular sea side holiday. It paid over $5.5 million less than a year ago and is at a similar amount right now. The slot could take the player on a more adventurous excursion to the depths of the ocean or the polar ice caps.
Action slots make for great animation and sound effects. These are one of the most popular genres. Most of the branded slots fall in this group. Cryptologic has over 15 slots based on Marvel Comic superheroes and Microgaming's Tomb Raider and Hitman are equally popular.
The theme of the slot is enhanced in several ways. Most obvious are the background against which the reels are set and the images on the symbols on the reels. But the animation and sound effects also play an important role. Having realized the importance of the theme, Microgaming recently released a slot game called MySlot. This unique slot game allows players to create their own themes by uploading images, color schemes and music to the slot game.
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Note: All of the above mentioned games are 5 reel video slot games some of which offer bonus features others which do not. Click on the game name above to read the reviews for each.
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