Ways of Spicing Up the Gameplay
To create a good slot game, it isn’t necessary to introduce something new in terms of features, or to reinvent the wheel – rather, there are more standard uses of the wheel in slots, as long as there’s enough to look forward to, so that people don’t get bored. Here are some:
The bonus wheel selecting a bonus feature to be awarded: a cash prize or one of several different free spin modes – like that in the Paranormal Activity (iSoftBet) or Guns N’ Roses (NetEnt) released this year.
Choosing the game mode – this isn’t a brand new addition, but it is fun to have in a slot, especially when each mode comes with its own wilds or features. Recent examples: Frozen Inferno from WMS, with frozen and inferno modes, Lost Vegas (Microgaming), with a human Survivor and a Zombie mode and different Free Spins features for each of them.
Wilds going wild: you may be sick and tired of the walking dead, but have you seen Walking Wilds yet? Check out the Wild Toro slot (ELK Studios) with 5 reels and 178 paylines. Roaming Wilds appear in Nordic Heroes from IGT, which is also a Level Up game – and that’s another fun feature, so next come progress-based games.
Levels, Mystery Reels and More Free Spins
Progress-based slots – these may have points summarizing to trigger an additional feature, or levels that unlock bigger multipliers and new features. For example, Skulls of Legend, a pirate-themed 5 reel, 30 payline iSoftBet slot, has a special meter under reels. Whenever a wild lands on the reel, it lights up one of the 4 spaces on the meter, and once you have all four lit, a stacked wild appears on that reel and stays for 4 spins. Cleopatra Plus from IGT (who hasn’t heard of the original Cleopatra and Cleopatra 2 massive popularity?) truly brings the favorite game of many players to a new level – or levels, as there are eight of them. Each unlocks a different bonus map yielding bigger wins in the Cleopatra Free Spins Bonus feature (more free spins or bigger multipliers up to 50x). In Nordic Heroes from IGT, players both get points and level up in the Battle Bonus feature.
Mystery Reel – it can be a random feature or the one that is activated with any spin that doesn’t trigger a bonus feature. It can add wild symbols or multipliers to the reel. Nordic Heroes from IGT and the latest Motorhead slot from NetEnt are good examples of this Mystery money slots feature maximizing the fun.
Three or four different free spins features instead of just one – Silent Movie (IGT), Age of the Gods (Playtech), Warlords: Crystals of Power (NetEnt).