The Different Types of Online Slots: Everything you Need to Know
Slot machines are probably the most popular section of any online casino site and many sites like ours, will have hundreds of different online slot offerings for their players to enjoy. Because they come in so many forms there’s going to be a slot that appeals to almost every player out there, which lends to their popularity.
However, if you’re a new online casino player, the wealth of online casino slots out there might be a little overwhelming. You might have a game in mind that you want to play, but not know the terminology, or be struggling to pick a title from all the options on offer.
In this article, we’ll be exploring the most popular types of online slots that you can play. We’ll give you a rundown of what to expect from each genre including 5-reel slots, Megaways games, and progressive jackpot slots, so you can pick the perfect slot title for you.
Classic 3-Reel Slot
Also referred to as ‘fruit machines’, these are the original and most iconic forms of online slot machines and because of this, slots of this genre most commonly lean heavily on the retro and nostalgic vibe. With just 3-reels, the pay lines tend to be low in this form of the game, and the features are kept very stripped back with many titles only boasting a wild and a jackpot payout. Symbols used in 3-reel slots tend to be the classic slot symbols such as fruits, 7’s, bells, and BAR symbols.
This is the most common form of online slots played in the UK, and can also be referred to as a ‘video slot’. With a 5x3 format, the aim of the game is pretty simple (unless the developers have added their own twists), simply spin the reels and land three or more matching symbols across an active pay line starting from the leftmost reel. Most commonly, 5-reel slot machines will have bonus features such as free spins and/or a pick and win bonus round. 5-reel slot machines can come in both 2D and 3D formats.
While their name might seem quite high-tech, all 3D slots are online slots in the UK that feature 3D elements. Most commonly these types of slots like to jam in the bonus features and can have multiple free spins rounds, modifiers, and other bonus features. 3D slots are often more flashy as their emphasis is on the quality of the graphics, and because of this many developers will create licensed slots in the 3D slot genre.
Many modern casino slot machines can cater to up to 100 pay lines. Pay lines are the lines across a slot machine on which winning combinations can be landed. Multi-pay line slot machines can come in many different forms such as unfixed pay line slot machines where the player gets to choose how many lines they’d like to activate when configuring their wager. Multi-pay line slots can also come in the form of win-both-ways slots, where winning combinations can be formed from left to right and from right to left, this format can also be called an ‘all-ways-pay’ slot machine.
Megaways slots are some of the most popular online slot games thanks largely to their massive number of win ways. With six reels, Megaways slots use an innovative tumbling reels mechanic that can lead to chain reactions of wins from a single win, and is why most Megaways slot games offer players an incredible 117,649 different ways to win with each spin made. It’s not uncommon for existing slot games to be transformed into Megaways games, and the titles in this slot genre are very expansive as you can see by the list of Megaways games on our site.
Progressive jackpot slots are another popular form of online slot machine that are often simply referred to as ‘jackpot slots’. Able to offer players the chance to win incredible prize pots, the most common form of progressive jackpot slots are ‘Jackpot King’ titles. It’s not uncommon for progressive prizes in jackpot slot games to soar into the hundreds of thousands and even the millions of pounds. Some progressive jackpot slots will have caps, or time limits for the prize to be won, while others will see their value soar until they’re claimed by a lucky player.
Virtual Reality Slots
This is the newest and most dynamic version of online slots and is changing and redefining the genre as technology becomes more and more advanced. As you may have guessed, a VR slot machine is any slot game that incorporates a virtual reality interface into its design. Developments in VR are revolutionizing the online casino world because it brings the player even closer to the experience of visiting a brick and mortar casino (all from the comfort of their own home of course). Common devices that you can play VR slot games on include; Razer OSVR, Oculus Rift, Samsung R, and Sony PlayStation.
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