The online gambling world has come a long way from where it first started. Even in real world casinos, things have moved on a little from the traditional real wheel slots that were available. Whilst many people continue to enjoy these games and they continue to be available in establishments, digital slots are becoming increasingly popular. A huge advantage of these is that the software allows for them to be offered both in the real casino world and the online environment, allowing you to access all of your favorite titles even if you’re nowhere near an actual, bricks and mortar, casino venue.
2011 saw a range of online casino slots excel, and it was a year for pushing the boundaries. Many companies released some stunning new content and slots to play, and whilst offering great chances of wins and payouts, games also provided an enjoyable experience in themselves; an important factor in making any gaming session become valued whether you win or lose. Rival Gaming made a big impact by following the television entertainment sector and releasing a number of 3D titles. However, whilst these pushed the audio and visual content, they have subsequently been removed from the market, therefore not making the top lists. There are a number of online slots which really stood out amongst other newcomers, and if you’re a fan of digital slots and are looking for new titles to play in 2012, here are the top recommended five.
1. Siberian Storm
Released by WagerWorks, Siberian Storm pushed the boundaries not only in both its visual and audio content, but by reinventing its reel layout. Utilizing a MultiWay Xtra Feature, Reels 1 and 5 were provided with three spots, reels 2 and 4 were given four spots, and reel 5 was offered the most spots with 5 places. This means that the average 243 ways for winnings has rocketed, with you able to have a huge 720 different ways in which to create payouts. Siberian Storm’s free spins bonus is also very lucrative for many, making this slot one of the top titles to have been released during 2011.
2. Immortal Romance
Released by Microgaming, Immortal Romance was a new slot following the story of four characters. Each of the main characters in the game has a paranormal background, leading to the quartet becoming entangled in each other’s lives. Immortal Romance Features Chamber of Spins; a bonus feature which provides four free spins for each of the title’s main four characters. A Wild Desire feature randomly turns five reels wild, offering the chance for lucrative payouts. Additionally, Microgaming announced that Immortal Romance was to be part of a new and ongoing series, making fans of the title excited for what 2012 holds in terms of subsequent releases.
Whilst traditional in name, Playtech’s new Kong slot title was released in 2011 to much applaud. The game follows the premise of the popular and famous Universal Studio’s movie featuring the enormous character of King Kong who scales the Empire State building in an epic finale. With the film’s iconic status in mind, the featured slot included characters from the popular movie, in addition to well-known scenes. Two sets of reels are used in Kong; a big city landscape, and an overgrown jungle scene, allowing you to enjoy both locations of the King Kong story. And, with each reel set having its own bonus game, and switching between the different reel scenes after each bonus, Kong has become a very popular title for both gambling and movie lovers.
4. Horns & Halos
Released in 2011 by Cryptologic, Horns & Halos follows a popular paranormal story with reels representing both Heaven and Hell. Like vampires, paranormal activity has become a very popular entertainment medium over the past few years, and Cryptologic has successfully managed to capture the essence of the genre in its aptly named slot game. Horns & Halos has six reels divided into two sets which spin simultaneously as you play. With one set representing Hell and the other Heaven, you get to choose which set you use to collect your payouts. During the game, players collect Gates, and when 10 of them are awarded, a free spin option is enabled. At this stage, 10 free spins are offered, with a fight between an angel and the she-devil occurring on the reels indicating that the multipliers are about to increase.
5. Gold Factory
Having produced Immortal Romance, Microgaming has triumphed in 2011, also releasing the very popular new title, Gold Factory. Whilst there has not been a huge amount of hype surrounding Gold Factory, it is one of the best new slots games to have arrived on the scene. Taking influence from Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Microgaming’s new slot offers incredible animations and graphics which are sure to astound you. 50 paylines are available, with a maximum bet of 100 credits paying out a maximum 7,500 coin jackpot. There is also a multi-level bonus game available in Gold Factory, offering you the chance to play one of the most enjoyable and immersive games of 2011.
A Prosperous Year for Slots
With technology constantly evolving, software companies are continually bringing more inventive, appealing and visually stunning games to the slot title genre. Whilst games with a simple three reels were normal in the past, digital enterprises have allowed for an explosion of new games to enthrall and amaze both real world casino goers and those who are playing online. Such is the enjoyment of top slots titles that it can sometimes be easy to forget that they are actually games which could allow you to win a large sum of money should you hit a large payout or progressive jackpot. With most of 2012 ahead, there is a large amount of excitement for the games and titles which are to be unveiled in the coming months. And, if you’re looking for some of the best slots to start your gambling year with, the five above will offer great rewards in respect to both wealth and enjoyment.