Spinning the reels of a video slot is hugely enjoyable and here at mr.play Casino we bring you a huge collection of slot machines to choose from. Our video slots are incredibly diverse and we are certain that everyone will be able to find many that they enjoy playing. Thanks to their different themes, the games have the ability to transport you through time and space, while offering many different ways to win.
For instance, we have games based upon history, travel, the orient, ancient civilisations, myths and legends, nature and animals, and more. We also offer numerous games that are based upon popular films and television shows, and these bring your favourite characters to life on the reels while immersing you in their worlds. Our video slots are designed with cutting edge graphics and sound effects, and these help to bring the themes to life, ensuring that each spin of the reels is a truly enjoyable experience.
Those who are hoping to win life-changing sums of money will be pleased to discover that many of our slots are linked to progressive jackpots. Each time you place a bet on one of these games, a portion of the bet is contributed to the jackpot fund. As a result, the jackpots can grow to astronomical amounts and each spin of the reels has the potential to award it to you.
Finding Your Way Around a Video Slot
Don’t worry if you have never played a video slot before, the games are very straightforward. In most cases, it is as simple as setting how much you want to bet on a spin and then just clicking on the button to set the reels in motion. It can get a little more complicated, but after a quick read through this guide, you will have no problems whatsoever.
Reels, Rows and Paylines
Reels, rows and paylines are the basic structure of all video slots. The reels are the horizontal columns of symbols. The vast majority of video slots will have five reels, but there are some games with a different number. The rows is the number of symbols that land on each reel. Most games have three rows, but some games will have more. Therefore, if a video slot has five reels and each reel has three rows, there will be a total of fifteen symbol positions.
Paylines are paths that can be traced through the reels, from the leftmost to the rightmost. These paths will go through one row on each reel and the aim of each spin is to land matching symbols along a payline. The number of paylines varies from game to game; some video slots will allow you to choose how many paylines you bet on while others require you to bet on all of them.
You will see many video slots that claim to have 243 ways to win (or more) or say that they are All Ways Pay. This simply means that there are so many paylines that they have actually become irrelevant. With these games, all you need to worry about is landing matching symbols on enough adjacent reels to win a payout.
Symbols are the individual icons that land on the reels. There are many different types of symbols and they have different functions within the game. The basic symbols are the ones that just win you payouts, if you land enough matching symbols along a payline then it awards a prize. Most video slots divide these symbols into two groups, high value and low value. The high value symbols are often based upon the slot’s theme, so a slot themed on animals may have elephants, tigers, lions, hippos, and so on. The lower value symbols are usually what are known as royals, these are playing cards symbols such as A, K, Q, and J. However, this is not always the case and in many games, all of the symbols are related to the theme.
A very common type of special symbol is the scatter symbol. It is called a scatter symbol as it will award a payout even when it lands scattered across the reels. In other words, it does not need to land along a payline; a payout is awarded as long as there are enough of them on the reels.
Another common special symbol is the wild symbol. Wild symbols will substitute for the regular symbols in order to help form more winning combinations.
The final type of special symbol is bonus symbols. These come in many different forms and their function is simply to trigger a bonus feature when enough of them appear on the reels.
Video slots offer many different types of bonus features. The most common bonus feature is free spins. These are exactly what the name suggests; you are awarded a certain number of free spins of the reels. In some games, they come as free re-spins; instead of a separate round, the reels will re-spin for free if certain conditions are met.
Many slots also have bonus games. These can come in many different forms, but the most common is point and click games based upon the slot’s themes. Players are shown a number of objects and have to reveal prizes hidden behind them. Often these are multi-level games with progressively more valuable prizes at each level.
A very popular bonus feature is cascading reels. In a game that features cascading reels, after a winning combination lands, it is removed from the reels and more symbols can then fall into place. This could then form another win and the process can repeat itself.
In many video slots, there is the chance to receive payout multipliers. They may be awarded through certain symbols, or be integrated into a bonus game (for instance, you could win 10 free spins in which payouts are tripled).
Payouts and Jackpots
As mentioned, payouts are won by landing enough matching symbols along a payline. In most games, the symbols need to land from left to right starting from the left most reel, but in some games symbols will payout if they land from right to left, or in both directions. Each symbol is assigned a value and there are usually increasingly large payouts for landing three, four or five matching symbols. Jackpots prizes are usually won in one of two ways. Either by landing enough of a certain symbol on the reels or through a separate bonus feature.