Old-school gamers are becoming an endangered species in this brave new decade of the 2020s. There was a time when the word “gamer” conjured up a certain image, but these days, gaming is for anyone and everyone. That’s neither a bad thing nor a big surprise. After all, every technological advance takes time to reach the mainstream, and in the mid 20th century, you can bet there were the equivalent “TV geeks” who watched with a mixture of pride and consternation as their pastime gained widespread acceptance.
One of the biggest growth areas that is attracting a new and broader audience is the casino sector. A night at the casino is the original type of “gaming for grown ups.” But whether you’ve played in a traditional casino or you are a complete beginner, the first thing you’ll notice on any casino site is the incredible amount of choice.
An online platform doesn’t have the square footage constraints of a land-based casino and so can offer every game under the sun. That’s particularly the case when it comes to the slot games, so where do you even start?
Try Out The Free Options
The big advantage of playing slots online is that most of the platforms offer you the option of just playing a free version for fun. Now when the main objective in a slot is to wager money, you might wonder what’s the point of hitting the jackpot if you’re not going to win anything.
The point is that modern slots have so many facets, like story arcs, bonus games and so on that before you get into the real money slot games it makes sense to familiarise yourself with how everything works. To start with, leave your money in the bank and try out a few free games that look interesting!
Go With Your Gut
A slot game is just that – a game, and something that should be fun. So the first criterion when choosing which one to play is very simple. Select something with a theme that interests you.
There are slots covering every topic available, from sport to music to mythology to celebrities.
Next, check reviews of the games that have captured your attention to find out about bonus features. A bonus game adds a whole new dimension to gameplay, so ideally choose a slot that has one or more.
Bonus rounds have become a common feature of most modern slot games – unless you go for a back-to-basics retro style fruit machine!
Check The RTP
The above should narrow down your choices quite considerably, so now you can get a little bit technical. Once you start playing for real money, you’ll want to maximise your chances of winning – or at least of making your bankroll last as long as possible.
To achieve this, you want a game where the Return to Player (RTP) is as high as possible. RTP tells you the payout percentage of the machine. So a 95 percent RTP means that for every pound wagered, the machine pays out 95p.
You can often see the RTP in the information section on the casino page, but if not, simply look up a review. In the old days, RTP used to be around the 90 percent mark, but today, 97 percent or higher is not uncommon.