Slot machines are found in every online casino, whether land based or online. They are one of the most prolific games around and come in many shapes and forms, all which invite exciting play and nerve-tingling action.
Although all different, they have many features in common and are all based upon one distinct set of rules and theme which utilmately governs the way they work and how they pay out.
Here we’ll look at some of the terms used to describe slot machines and the features they offer the average slot machine player. It’s often the terminology that puts players off taking part but there really is nothing difficult about playing and once you’ve tried a few machines, you’ll find that they’re all basically the same.
The number of reels – These are the number of different sections of the game the spin or move after you’ve pressed start. Each reel has a seletion of images displayed on them and when the reels stop moving, combinations of the images on display denote whether the spin has been successful, a winner, or not. Most machines offer between 3 and 9 different reels with 3 or 5 being the most usual.
The number of paylines – The paylines are the imaginary lines which cross the reels from one side to the other, either in a straight line or on another set track. The larger machines that offer up to 20 paylines have various tracks that run through the reels and should the correct images follow the track then, again, this would denote a wining line. You can select to play one or more paylines.
The tem jackpot pretty much speaks for itself. The jackpot is the best combination of images possible across the paylines and thus pays out the highest amount. Jackpot amounts are often only paid out when all paylines are being played.
Another slots jackpot that you’ll come across is the progressive jackpot. Games that offer progressives contribute a certain amount of money per spin into a pot of money. When the jackpot is hit then the entire pot built up to that point is paid out.
Free spins are another feature of slot machines that are easy to explain. When a certain event is met or the correct combination of images is displayed across the paylines then the free spins feature would be activated. This allows the player a number of free spins that don’t cost anything to take place and any winnings are paid out to the player without the need to add more money to the machine.
Scatter symbols are the images that trigger a certain event. In the most case, these would trigger the free spins feature or the slot machine bonus game.
If a wild symbol appears anywhere across the slot machine paylines, it is automatically used as a substitute for any other symbol available if if can help the player achieve a winning combination.
Bonus games are found on many of the video slot machines, both on and offline. Bonus slot games are triggered when a specific winning combination appears on the payline and these games range from a basic pick an object on the screen to receive a mystery prize to a full blown arcade game where blasting the bad guys wins you cash.