Article by Arthur Prudent
Video-slots are popular all over the world – good graphics and sound, rich capabilities for stakes adjustment, variety of winning combinations, large number of different bonus games – these are the advantages of video-slots. But the online casinos industry is not going to stop launching new online casino slots. Software companies are trying to further develop their slot machines offering players new capabilities. I-slots from Rival Gaming is one of such online casinos innovations (where “i” stands for “interactive”). This is a next stage of the online casinos video-slots development, giving casino players even more features, even more joy from playing. We can’t say that this is totally different type of play, but I hope players will like it.
Currently online casinos have two main types of i-slots. They are based on a usual video slot with standard capabilities – “wild”, bonus, “spread” symbols. Difference between the first type of i-slots and usual slots is a bonus game. In video slots bonus game is just a guessing game – you are picking “box” one by one and receiving points as long as you don’t pick “losing box”. In interactive slots your winning in such games also depends on your skills. For example in “Hole in Won”, where you need to play golf, you are setting direction and strength of the stroke and you need to score in using the least number of strokes, avoiding particles on the field. The fewer strokes you have – the bigger is the winning. In other game you are flying in space and hitting asteroids, and each asteroid you miss because of your sluggishness will cost you money. I cant say that these games are hard and amount of winnings is limited, but anyway it’s more interesting than just guessing boxes.
Another type of i-slots shows a whole story in front of the player. Let’s take “Bank Heist” as an example. First round – “Plan”, is a usual video-slot where you need to gather three spread symbols of a machine-gun. It is then followed up by a bonus game in which there are two end options – you find a key and get into the bank or alarm starts and you need to run. The second round “In bank” or “Breakout” starts. In each of these rounds we are playing a video-slot again, but with different symbols, payment tables and additional feature of a “chase”. Were you able to lose pursuers? Were you able to break a safe? Again it is followed by a simple bonus game and more wins. The third round – “Dynamite” offers one more variant of video-slot. When you reach the game end (get away with the money or get caught), everything starts over again, but you get some free spins.
A few words about my personal feelings. I find the concept of interactive slots very attractive. In one game you’ll get pleasant emotions for several games. It’s more interesting to play as you are looking forward to see how the next round will gladden you. Besides, it was found out in actual practice that some of i-slots have a pretty good range of payouts. I give my preference over mentioned earlier “Bank Heist”. I have wagered my casino bonuses playing the game, played rather long and even summarizing the results I was in the black. You can’t win much in it, in return the game is very dynamic with frequent wins and bonus rounds, and you shouldn’t wait long idly spinning the reels. Here and now interactive slots are presented only in Rival online casinos, but I think this new concept of casino slots will appear in other online casinos as well.