Classic 3 Reel Slots
Since the very first slot machine games were built with 3 reels, games with this set-up are now referred to as “classic slots”. Slots are generally categorised by reels, which are the number of vertical sections rolling with each pull of the lever, or press of a button.
Classic 3 Reel Slots might offer a stripped-down experience when compared to later slot games but they often tend to be less costly to play as they have fewer reels and pay lines (with notably fewer bonus rounds and features.)
All you have to do to play classic slots is spin the reels and try to get identical symbols to land on the pay lines.
3-reel slots typically use traditional symbols like fruits, bells, bars, and sevens. Betting options are more limited than slots with more reels, which makes them more accessible and less time-consuming to play. What’s more, 3-reel games can pay better than other types of slots.
New 3-reel slots are still released regularly, the more notable ones on Scatters include: Sevens and Stripes, Diamond 7s, Break Da Bank, and Wheel of Wealth. You can sometimes find a few bonus features, free spins, Scatters and Wilds, yet largely, they are more limited, and the appeal of these games doesn’t rely on such features.
5 Reel Slots
5-Reel slots are the most popular of all and usually stand out with their enchanting themes, special features, bonus rounds, free spins and mini-games. 20- and 25-payline slots are the most prevalent among 5-reels, and most of them have very entertaining animations, arcade-like bonus rounds and mini-games.
5-reel slots are appealing as they provide an entertaining experience with unique features ranging from multiple bonus rounds to highly interactive games. These may include Wild Symbols that replace standard ones to create wins. They also have Scatters Symbols, that generally trigger the Free Spins Games. There are so many 5-reel slot titles to choose from on Scatters Casino, including Book of Dead, Immortal Romance, Valley of the Gods, Vikings, Vikings go Berzerk and so many more.
Progressive Jackpot Slots
Progressive Jackpot Slots have an incremental jackpot that increases as you play the game. There are both stand-alone and networked progressive jackpot slots. The latter are shared across several online casinos, thus making for a higher pot.
Progressive jackpots take a small percentage of each player’s bet to fuel the pot, which can increase to extremely high amounts. There is a meter that shows the exact amount of the jackpot at any given time.
You will generally need to bet the maximum coin limits to be in with a chance of a jackpot payout prize. The jackpot can be activated randomly after a base game spin, or by matching identical special symbols on the reels. Some slots might need you to play a bonus game to win the jackpot, which may include lining up matching bonus symbols, or a hidden-object game where you select symbols from a grid, or a prize wheel.
Progressive jackpots are undoubtedly thrilling and rewarding casino games that can pay out record-breaking prize pools. Microgaming’s Mega Moolah paid out jackpots of $20 million in 2015, and $11 million in 2016, while Mega Fortune by NetEnt paid out a jackpot prize of $17.8 million in 2013.
Moving away from the classic 3- and 5-reel slots which tend to have 1 to 40 pay lines, Megaways slots provide an amazing 1,024 ways to win, with as many as 117,649 winning combinations. The Megaways trademark slot engine was created by Big Time Gaming and has since revolutionised slot machine games.
Unlike standard slots, pay lines on megaways slots are variable and selected at random after each spin. You never know if you are going to activate 5,000 or 50,000 pay lines, which makes the game extremely exciting. Megaways slots are becoming more commonplace at online casinos, and some famous Megaways slot titles on Scatters Casino include Bonanza, Extra Chilli, Raging Rhino, Genie Jackpots, Irish Riches and Legacy of Ra.
Bonus Buy-in Slots
But slot providers have gone even further with slot diversification by providing “bonus buy-in slots”. These slots allow you to buy your way into a bonus round. This feature is especially useful when playing high volatility slots, where the bonus rounds pay a lot more than the base game. Although it is never mandatory to buy-in, it does allow you to avoid having to spin the wheel many times until the bonus round is triggered. Buy-in costs vary from game to game and are generally calculated at a certain amount of your triggering stake.
Scatters Casino brings you the most loved bonus buy-in slots, like Vikings Unleashed and Extra Chilli, where you can purchase bonus games and then gamble for higher numbers of spins and multipliers.
Progressive Multiplier Games
Progressive Multiplier slots are yet another slot machine market disruptor. Progressive Multipliers start with a low multiplier of say, 1x, which increases as you win more. This aspect is commonly compared with chains of Cascading Wins during a bonus round which can increase the multiplier value with each successive win. With progressive multiplier games, extra coins multiply your payouts. Generally every win you land on the slot will add another multiplier – and these can go up to as high as 50x. The game symbols play a crucial role and may increase your winnings, or count towards your pay line and total bets according to each game’s rules. Multiplier progressions can also work during the base game, increasing as you move up levels or access more features.
Slot Machine RTP
Slot machines (online and offline) use random number generators and have a specific “Return to Player” (RTP) percentage rate. The former guarantees random results with each spin, and the latter tells you how much the slot pays back to players. Betting the maximum limit can increase your chances of hitting a decent payout, as you get the best odds when you bet maximum coins.
You can always check the RTP of games on Scatters Casino, just select the Info button on any game and you will be presented with the game features, winning possibilities and yes, the RTP percentage.