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Video Slots Online or Classic Reel Slots?

In the mid-nineties, the first online casino appeared, and this was the first steps the gambling industry took, to moving their operations online. Nobody could predict back then, just how successful this move would prove to be, but it did end up being the making of the industry.

The first virtual casino was table games focused and contained only one solitary video slot. This game called Reel ‘em In, helped spawn hundreds of other such games that now dominate all online casinos. Reel ‘em In by WMS was the first slot to take players to a second screen bonus round and the technology used to create the game has come on leaps and bounds. 

Video Slots; a Closer Look 

Video slots offer players far more than classic reel slots do. The win potential is higher and there are other additions to these games that make them more interesting than your traditional slot machine. Video slots have moved away from the classic fruit, playing card faces and number symbols associated with slot games of the past. Symbols are far more imaginative now and more proactive within the games themselves. The symbols also reflect the theme of the slots and they can come to life courtesy of animation. If the slot is animal-based, then the symbols will be of animals and one animal will be the highest paying symbol over all the others 

Many slots are TV, and film-themed and the actual stars of the films and TV shows appear on the reels. Whether it is Friends slot or The Goonies movie slot, the actual actors from the shows will fill the slots, instead of the usual symbols associated with gambling games. 

Special Features and Bonuses 

Online video slots all have some kind of bonus, some, like the re-spin feature in Starburst, are pretty basic, but the newer games pack in lots of these features. The purpose of a special feature is to liven up the base game and give players a chance to optimize their winnings whilst they wait for a bonus round to drop. Special features are randomly activated and can be highly profitable, as the Wild Desire feature in Immortal Romance. The bonus themselves come in all different formats, but the most popular is the free spins rounds. 

Classic Reel Slots 

Classic reel slots either at land-based casinos or in a virtual form are slots stripped bare. They are ideal for those who like things simple. They do offer nostalgia and keep traditional card faces and fruits on the reels. They have fewer reels too with most only having three reels compared to the standard 5 of video slots. Some also do not contain bonus rounds. However, some of the newer classic reel slots, are only traditional in appearance. Some now contain free spins, multipliers, and wilds. 

  • Video slots come with special features and bonuses 
  • Video slots have more inventive symbols that reflect their themes 
  • Classic reel slots are nostalgic but very basic 

Video slots offer the most complete form of slot entertainment whilst classic slots keep things simple.


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