If you’re new to Slots, whether that be online or offline, they can be a little intimidating. The bright colours, loud sounds, sheer variety of themes and games on offer can be overwhelming to a novice. Once you’re over that initial hurdle, how do you know which game to choose? Do you choose a game based on visuals, on theme or brand, on pay-lines or pay-outs? Fear not, here we run through some tips to help you in your quest of choosing the perfect online slot games.

Slot Type

There are many different kinds of Slots: three-reel, five-reel, even six- and seven-reel slot games; classic, video and 3D Slots; and progressive jackpot Slots. If you want to start simple, three-reel Slots is where to go. You’ll know these as the classic ‘fruit machines’ as the design is based on one of the earlier forms of Slots. Simply match the top, middle or bottom line to win. If you want something a little more challenging, then five- or multi-reel slots are for you. These games are visually more attractive, contain more pay-lines and are generally a bit more exciting.

2. Special Features

Once you’ve chosen the type of slot you wish to play, look out for games with special features. Like we said about the wide variety of themes, special features are equally as plentiful. If you’re playing classic Slots, the chances are, there won’t be any additional features, as the games are in their most basic form. However, there are many exciting features that increase your chances of winning, so it’s certainly more beneficial to choose a game with them. 

Even if you are new to Slots, you must have heard the term ‘wild’. These take the place of other symbols, to try and create different winning combinations for higher pay-outs. Many varieties of wild can change game play, including cascading wilds, expanding wilds, stacked wilds and sticky wilds.

Scatter symbols often give out wins, even if they aren’t on an actual pay-line. In most games, they can unlock free spins or bonus games, but you need to land a certain number of these symbols in order to proceed.

Free spins and multipliers are other great features and are pretty much what they say on the tin. Free spins give the player the chance of having another go, without wagering any money – and sometimes the casino actually awards these as an incentive; while multipliers increase your wins. Say, for example, you win 10x your bet but have a 3x multiplier, you will in effect win 30x.

3. Pay-lines

Pay-lines are the lines of symbols you need to match up in order to win, but depending on the type of slot game you’re playing, they range in difficulty. In a three-reel slot for example, you need to match the top, middle or bottom row to win. But in some games, pay-lines are known as ways to win and these are created by different patterns – not only going right-to-left across the reels. 

There are also two different types of pay-lines: fixed and adjustable. Fixed pay-lines are exactly that, meaning you can’t change the number of lines to bet on; while adjustable pay-lines can change and you can activate any number from one to the maximum pay-lines allowed. The more pay-lines you play, the more your stake will cost, but ultimately, it gives you a bigger chance of winning too.

4. RTP

This acronym stands for ‘Return to Player’ and is based on the average percentage of wagered money that will be paid back to players. You might see a percentage when choosing your game and obviously the higher the percentage, the better your chances of winning. The average RTP of Slots is 95-97%, but generally speaking, anything lower than 94% is considered a low RTP, while anything above 97% is considered a high RTP.