Ever since they were invented, slot machine games have been the most popular form of casino gaming, because they are so simple. However, alongside the simplicity of the slots, another reason why they have retained this position for so long is that they have constantly evolved and developed and it is that evolution that we will look at in this article.
Move to online
Of course, the single biggest evolution that slot games have undergone during the past ten years or so is the move from being machines played in the ‘real’ world to games that are played online. This has come about with the rise of online casinos and their replacing of land-based ones, but the rapid development of technology in the modern age has seen slots undergo more changes in the last decade than they had in the hundred years before that.
The days when playing a slot machine meant putting a coin in the slot and spinning some reels with pictures of fruit on them is long gone. The slot games of 2019 – like the groundbreaking Dragon Shard from the innovative Stormcraft Studios – feature state-of-the-art graphics that immerse the player in a story while they are spinning the reels in search of a payout. These advances have also enabled companies to produce slots games based on successful movies and television shows – such as Game of Thrones and the Marvel films. These feature quality graphics and also often include clips from the original productions as a central part of the game-play.
As technology has progressed, so we have started to see slots that make use of the latest developments in this sector. Two of the biggest breakthroughs of recent years have been 3D and virtual reality (VR). The former had a limited impact back in the 1990s, but it is only since about 2012 that it has really started to become mainstream and that its possibilities for casino games started to be explored. In 2012, a slot called Sushi Bar came out that was the first real 3D online slot and another game-changer for the online gambling industry. It was followed by other 3D slots such as More Gold Diggin’ and Mamma Mia, as the casino industry adapted to it.
VR is also starting to infiltrate online slots games and looks set to be the next big evolution of these games. Last year saw the release of Jack’s World; a VR slot game based on Jack and the Beanstalk and it will be worth paying close attention to how online casino gamers take to this title as it could be the start of a flood of VR slot games. It is already rated by many in the industry as one of the finest VR casino games.
What all of this shows is that slots games are infinitely adaptable, which suggests that we will still be playing them in some form or other decades from now.