Various types of Slot machines online
3 Reel Slots
There are two main types of slot machines - 3 reel and 5 reel games. Most three reel slots are classic. Classic slots are very simple and usually have 1 payline, though modern classic slot machines may have up to 5 paylines. To start playing a classic slot you must make a bet which can vary from 1 to 3 coins on a 3 reel. Almost all gaming software companies allow playing 3 reel slots both in real money and fun money modes at all online casinos. The exception is progressives, which are available only in the real money mode especially at Microgaming and PlayTech online casinos.To start the game you must make a bet and click ‘Spin’. When the reels stop, you can see the result. As a rule the combination consists of 3 similar symbols, but sometimes the combination of 2 or even 1 (usually wild or cherry) symbols wins.
There are also multiline video 3 reel slot machines. Such slots have up to 8 paylines and the max bet can reach 24 coins.
Some online gaming software providers (for example, Microgaming) offer Fruit Machines. The Fruit Machine is another variety of 3 reel classic slots. They have only one payline and maximum bet is 1 coin. The main difference from other classic slot is that these games have a lot of bonus features on the reels such as Hold, Nudges and Shifta! More than that there is a bonus game on the second screen. All this makes Fruit Machines more attractive for players. Fruit Machines are also called AWP (Amusement With Prize).
5 Reel Slots
Five reel slots are the games that occupy the biggest part in the game suite of any online casino. Almost all 5 reel slots are video slots. Online Video slots have state-of-the-art graphics, animation and true-to-life sound effects. They all have some background story behind them. They involve sophisticated features such as a wild and a scatter symbols, bonus games, free spins and multiple paylines. Video slots have from 5 to 50paylines, but there are slots with 100 paylines and even more. There are also five video slots which have no paylines, but a certain number of ways to win.
Bonus slots are slots machine with bonus features. All bonus games vary a lot and can be divided into two varieties – the games which are played on the reels and the games played on the second screen. Bonus slots allow players to win more and winnings can reach hundreds of thousands of coins. Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you can win more than most progressive jackpots can offer.
Progressive slots are games with a progressive jackpot as the top win. The progressive jackpot grows every time a player at any online casino plays that progressive slot. Because players can play the same progressive in different online casinos the jackpot grows very quickly. You can see the current size of one or another jackpot over the slot reels. Most progressives have definite rules for players to follow in order to be eligible for the progressive jackpot.
Mega Spin Slots
There are Mega Spin slots. They are a type of a classic 3 reel, 1 payline slot that looks like a video poker multi hand game. In reality, when you are playing a mega spin slot you are playing not 1 slot but 3, 5 or even 9 games at the same time. Before playing a mega spin slot machine you have to decide how many games you will play, make a bet and then click “Spin”. All the slots spin together. Mega Spin slots are available in Microgaming online casinos.
Multi Spin Slots
Some online casinos (mostly PlayTech) offer their customers Multi Spin slots. They are a variety of 3 reel video slot that have up to 10 rows. Before starting a Multi Spin slot you must make a bet, spin the bottom row. When the reels stop you will see the result and can hold 1 or more reels with chosen symbols. These symbols will appear on all the rows. After that you spin the other reels. This time all the rows except the held reels will spin. Thus, your chances to win are better than in a traditional 3 reel, 1 payline slot, but the payouts are more modest.