The casino industry has seen experienced big changes over the past few decades, mainly due to the increasing presence of online players. There has been much speculation within the industry as to whether online casinos take business from land casinos. Researchers in New Jersey actually found in a 2014 study that the advent of online casinos has been a positive occurrence for land casinos. Rather than cannibalising revenue, online casinos help introduce new demographics to the thrill of casino games, which in turn helps land casinos attract more foot traffic. The same happens to brick-and-mortar amusement arcades, recently experiencing a resurgence as their offer include the same type of skill-based game that players can find online.
One of the reasons behind this resurgence are slot machines, one of the most popular games both online and off and attracting a large percentage of players that walk through the doors or visit the website. Land casinos generate a high percentage of their revenue from slots games – estimated at between around 50% and 88% in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. Online popularity can be demonstrated through the number of new slots operators available and the frequency with which new online slots games are added. Seaside amusement park operators are currently seeing a resurgence in popularity as visitors flock to play the machine versions of their favourite online slots games.
There are various different types of slots games, including simple three-reel formats and more complex video slots. Both are popular both online and in land casinos. Online slots are naturally all video-based, but many of the most popular games replicate the three-reel format. The sheer volume of new slots games releases each year, in an industry constantly reinventing itself to ensure all types of players are satisfied, stands testament to the fact that slots remain one of the most popular types of casino entertainment either virtually or in real life.
Below you can find a round-up of new releases in 2020.
One of the more recent releases gaining in popularity is Tiki Terror, a video slots game from OneTouch. Players of Tiki Terror are drawn into a dark and spooky swamp world, with symbols designed to look like parts of a totem pole and reels that gradually sink under murky water with each spin. The eerily immersive music complements the dark, haunting graphics, creating a fearful yet highly addictive atmosphere. Tiki Terror is a low-volatility title, meaning players have an excellent chance of achieving wins. There are 50 different ways to win, with prizes awarded for matching three of the mysterious symbols from left to right.
9 Pots of Gold
9 Pots of Gold is an Irish-themed slots game released by Microgaming in March 2020, to coincide with St Patrick’s Day. Symbols include lucky four-leaf clovers, gold harps and leprechaun hats as well as lucky 7s, with mushrooms for wild symbols. This game has a simple design that with an RTP of 96.24%, offering opportunities to win big. 9 Pots of Gold is one of the most popular slots releases of the year to date, available both online and as a land-based game.
Super 7s was released in February 2020 from Pragmatic play and has already garnered a huge following. The fruit-based theme is based on the classic five-reel, three-row format, ideal for players that want a back-to-basics experience but with modern graphics. Players can choose to bet any amount from five pence to £100, offering equal opportunities for time-killers and for those looking to make a big win.
Macau High Roller
Macau High Roller from iSoft offers players the opportunity to enter the high rollers’ VIP lounge by increasing their bet x20. Based on Asia’s gambling capital, the theme of the game has a brick and mortar casino feel to it, making it a great option for those that prefer land casinos but are currently playing online. The RTP varies, with regular players receiving 95.88% and those in the High Roller lounge a more generous 97.66%. Stakes in standard mode range from 10p to £10, while the High Roller stakes start at £2 and go as high as £200.
Mining Fever is a collaborative effort from Rabcat and Microgaming – a duo well-known for creating some of the most popular and addictive slots games. The five-reel format comes equipped with a comprehensive range of features and extras, including Three Dwarf Scatters and the free spin Gold Train. The visuals, based around a dwarven mining community, are appealing and fun, with mining-themed symbols including precious gems and metals. The 96.13% RTP and stake options ranging from 20p to £40 per spin create opportunities for potential big jackpots as well as smaller wins.
Slot machines have been around in some format since the late eighteenth century. Since the first recorded mechanical machine was introduced in 1887, slots have been a popular form or entertainment. While the technology has altered beyond recognition since these early incarnations, which were usually found in bars, slots have not lost their appeal to players. Until relatively recently, players had to visit brick and mortar venues to play slots, such as pubs, amusement arcades and casinos. Nowadays, there are millions of online versions to choose from as well, which has only served to increase interest in these types of game and inspire developers to come up with new and better formats.