Times are moving forward and so are casino games over the internet. Although classic fruit machines are still popular among players, modern slots with a variety of innovative bonuses and special features are also growing in popularity. We are witnessing a creative “battle” between the leading casino game developers, which we are all very happy about.
The Avalanche effect slot machines (Avalanche system) are becoming more and more popular. Probably the most popular way of spinning or not spinning the reels was NetEnt’s legendary slot Gonzo's Quest. This slot machine became so popular among European players that a sequel was created by Red Tiger studio called Gonzo's Quest Megaways. Reels don't spin on them but the symbols fall on top of each other. At the same time, each winning combination will be lost/exploded after a win is credited, and the symbols above them will land in the missing spaces which may result in additional new winning combinations. In some online slots, even wins from these quasi re-spins are multiplied by a multiplier. Creative developers even have no problem playing with symbols. To be clear, we are referring to their dimensions. For example, on Yggdrasil's Gem Rocks slot machine, a monster appears in the playing area after a win is repeatedly achieved and transforms into a 2x2, 3x3, and even a 4x4 megasymbol, which already gives you a good chance of winning a big prize. Have you tried these machines yet? It's really fun.
The notorious Wild symbol is now no longer just an ordinary element that substitutes for missing symbols in winning combinations. Many developers often take it to the next level and it can do so much more on the reels. For example, on the Joker Boom Plus slot machine, it stays fixed in place until the next spin. Such a Wild symbol is called a Sticky Wild. The After Dark game from e-gaming is interesting because the wild symbol is in the form of a blood-soaked predator's teeth and it expands with a scream to all the lines in the game creating more new winning combinations. And have you ever seen the wild symbols moving on the reels? If you haven't encountered the “moving” Wild symbol yet, feel free to open the Reel Sheriff online slot and get acquainted with it.
It's always pleasing when wild symbols can form a separate and independent winning combination in addition to acting as a wild. It's a little extra bonus, and probably the most ideal combination in conjunction with the wild symbol is a win multiplier. This is because, on many slot machines, the win is automatically multiplied if this bonus symbol is part of a winning combination. Often by the number of Wild symbols in a winning combination.
Most players will think of the Scatter symbol as either an instant win (in which case it is often referred to as Mystery symbols with Mystery wins) or an entry into the free spins feature. But even the Scatter symbols are now nicely “tuned”. A clear example of this is the Lucky Diver online slot, where this bonus symbol not only triggers 15 freespins but also triples all the wins during this bonus game. Free spins are a big attraction for players, which is why authors include them in their games most often.
Another bonus feature of some games is a free re-spin. For example, on the 3-reel Royal Respin Deluxe, the middle reel will lock when the condition is met and the other two will spin.
Some developers in the iGaming world are reaching even higher. They add additional bonus mini games to the slots. This is demonstrated, for example, by slots from Red Tiger or from development studios from Scandinavia. In most of these minigames, you open chests, safes, and search for hidden treasures that will bring you random prizes. For example, there are up to five fun mini-games available at the Wild Circus online slot.
The Grand Wheel slot machine is also “crazy” from this point of view. This is because a bonus wheel can appear on the reels with a reward of 1,000 times the bet amount. Other slot games also offer adventure, where you search for the highest rewards in vampire coffins or choose various magical items that bring with them freespins or win multipliers.
Today, it is no longer a problem to choose an online slot machine, whether by genre, theme, reel and line composition, number of winning lines, or bonus structure. Fans who like modern machines are wringing their hands because there are thousands of these games. Once upon a time, it would never have occurred to a person that so many creative bonuses and features could be built into slot machines to make the game even more dramatic. So, how many of these bonuses and special features have you already encountered while playing and which are new to you?