Today let's talk about the mechanics of slot machines, one of the most popular types of gambling.
Until gambling moved to the Internet, slot machines were electromechanical with a special braking system and sensors that analyzed the fallen combination.
Electromechanical gambling machines were replaced by electric ones with built-in electric motors. So from that time it was not necessary to push the lever to start the game.
Now you can successfully play casino slot machines games sitting at home in front of your computer, just by clicking a virtual button. Combinations appear due to random number generators (RNG).
How does a slot machine work
The mechanics of the slot is simple and lies in the principle of rotation of the reel. In the usual slot machine reel makes a few spins, which result in a combination. With a certain combination, the player gets money, a bonus round, and so on.
To keep the user in the tone, providers have begun to experiment with mechanics, making machine slot games more interesting and, of course, profitable. Here is just a small part of them:
Cluster Pays mechanics
Mechanics Hold and Win
Megaways were invented by Big Time Gaming in 2016. The first slot was Dragon Born, which consisted of 6 reels. Any number of characters could fall on each of them.
The number of reels in this case is fixed, but the number of cells changes with each rotation and varies from two to seven. Thus the number of lines is changing to 117 649. In addition, there are machines with one or two horizontal reels with 4 symbols.
Megaways has become incredibly popular due to its innovative format.
In 2011 this technology was amazing and innovative, and now it is used in every online casino.
Cascading spins (avalanche) were introduced by provider NetEnt in Gonzo's Quest slot machine. All symbols that were used in a winning combination disappear from the field. Pictures from adjacent cells lift to the free cells. So new combinations are formed and they can be winning.
This development was released by NetEnt company in 2020. The essence of the tecnology is that for every win new reels appear.
Initially, there are 3 or 5 reels. If you win a combination, you get one additional reel. This continues as long as combinations are made.
This mechanics is a development of the provider Yggdrasil. The field increases in height, and the symbols that participated in the winning combination disappear from the field. Two empty cells appear in their place and the reels grow in height. The standard 5x3 field can increase to 5x7 in the regular game and up to 5x9 in the bonus round.
Symbols from the bottom rise into the empty field, which together with other symbols can become a winning combination.
Cluster Pays Mechanics
This technology was developed and introduced by NetEnt. The symbols appear in blocks of several pieces. If a group of identical elements gathers, they disappear from the field, and the player is credited with the win.
Instead of disappeared pictures appear new ones, and so on, until the clusters are no longer formed.
Provider Big Gaming Time went further, improving the mechanics of Clusters. He added cascading reels and got another novelty, loved by all.
Symbols that are involved in combining, disappear. In their place appear a few empty cells. They fall symbols from above and the game continues until there are no new combinations on the reels.
The mechanics of Megaclusters gives the player the opportunity to upgrade the symbols after a winning cluster roll. Single characters become double, those in turn become triple and so on.
This mechanic first appeared in the slot Lucky Neko from the provider Yggdrasil. Its essence is the appearance of large symbols on the screen.
During each spin one or more huge elements appear on the field. Their sizes vary: 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5 or 6x6 in the bonus round. The bigger the block, the higher the probability of winning. The reel grid in this case expands to 6x8.
Hold and Win mechanics
Technology Hold and Win provider Playson has developed to diversify the bonus game.
The idea is that the symbols explode and two appear instead of one. The 5x3 reels can grow to 5x7. Multipliers increase with combinations of 7 characters or more.
Mechanics Splitz from Yggdrasil is similar to Megaways, but differs by a large number of possible lines.
The mechanics are activated when a special symbol appears on the playing field. It splits into several elements, increasing the number of winning lines. One symbol can create up to 12 icons.
As you can see, there are many different slot mechanics. Each of them is a real hit in the world of gambling.
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