If you’re from the US, slot machine will sound familiar, while the British can relate to fruit machines. People from down under know what a poker machine does and the Scottish people identify it as a puggy.
Although it has diverse names in different parts of the world, the function remains the same. You insert a coin, pull the lever and hope to win!
It is known as a slot machine because land-based machines have slots to insert and retrieve the coins. Traditional slot games had fruits like cherries and lemon on the reels and hence, the term, fruit machine.
The Evolution of Slot Machines
The slot games that you see today on your mobiles and computers are a far cry from the first slot machines that were created back in the 1800s. It’ll probably be very difficult to imagine how the machines were in those days.
But smart entrepreneurs and developers like Pitt, Sittman and Charles Fey from the US gave the world its very first slot machine. From then on, there was no looking back.
The slot machines became more chic and sophisticated and found a spot in some of the well-known casinos at Las Vegas. People enjoyed playing on these machines as it was a game of luck.
All you needed were a few coins to insert in these machines and start playing. Unlike other card games like poker, blackjack or baccarat, you weren’t required to remember any rules because there weren’t any for a slot machine.
This is one of the main reasons of its growth in popularity. As the years passed, slot machines evolved as well. Earlier, there were only three reels and a few symbols, soon five reel slot machines with many symbols were introduced.
With the technology advancing, the slot machines came to everyone’s home through their computer. Now people were able to play from the comfort of their home without spending any money on travelling to Las Vegas or the nearest casino to gamble.
The video slots were available in different themes. Brilliant graphics, animation and sound effects were added to give players the real feel of playing slot games at a live casino. Games with 3D animations were introduced later on. This boosted the gaming experience to a completely different level!
As if this wasn’t enough, slot games were created so that people on-the-go can enjoy them at any time and from anywhere. So, if you’ve a mobile device, you can now play your favourite slot games while going to work or when you’ve a long journey ahead of you.
All you need is a stable internet connection, and your favourite slot game will come to wherever you’re!
A slot game that’s expected to release in the last quarter of 2015 is already creating a flutter among all gaming enthusiasts. From the house of Net Entertainment, comes a slot based on the famous band that literally changed the music scene when they debuted in the 1980s.
This game is expected to be one of the most innovative yet with some crazy features to match the hard rock band’s reputation. Their biggest hits, November Rain, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and the all-time favourite, Sweet Child of Mine, may as well make their presence felt as the background score of the slot.
Some movie-based slots are known to capture the essence of the movie by playing some of their favourite scenes or dialogues of the movie. Similarly, you can probably expect videos of their famous songs being shown during, before or after game play.
It’s fair to say that the slot machines have evolved and indeed come a long way from the 1800s to what you see today. You can probably expect the evolution to continue as research and development teams continue to create a better playing environment, superior quality and a fabulous gaming experience for the people out there!