Playing video slots at Wildz Casino is easy and fun. There are many different game developers and all have their unique features, but the primary functionality of online video slots is consistent across the board - the player wagers an amount and tries to match some winning configuration of game symbols in the playing area.
Each game has a number of paylines or different winning combinations. In payline video slots the player is looking to align identical symbols, generally identical symbols and Wild symbols, along certain predefined paylines. Typically, winning combinations must be made along a payline beginning with the leftmost reel. However there are some games in which a player can Win Both Ways or even Win Anywhere Along a Payline.
Some games eliminate paylines altogether. These titles generally require that matching symbols reside in connected reels beginning with the leftmost reel. While these games usually have a large number of possible winning combinations, sometimes thousands, they generally include a larger number of different types of symbols making winning combinations less frequent even though there are more ways to win.
The player starts off by placing a wager (bet). This wager is generally the multiplier of the number of paylines times a coin amount. For example, a player betting €0,01 per spin on 25 lines will wager €0,25 per spin. While betting on the maximum number of lines increases the bet, it also increases the chances of winning exponentially.
As stated earlier, the primary aim of most video slots is to match symbols along pay lines or connected reels. However, most video slots, especially newer titles, have additional bonus games. These extra features generally take the form of some sort of free spins bonus, but more sophisticated forms of bonus games are appearing all the time. Pick-a-prize features, where the player picks from a number of objects hoping to avoid a symbol that ends the feature, are increasingly popular and provide some variety as free spins games generally have the look and feel of the main gameplay.
While some games may trigger a bonus at random, most require a certain set of symbols to land on the reels during a single spin. This generally takes the form of Scatter or Bonus symbols where matching 3 or more is usually what it takes to trigger additional bonus rounds.
Some developers offer a Gamble Option. This is a feature that is available for any win absent a major jackpot. With the Gamble Option, the player has the ability to gamble any win in an effort to multiply that win. Usually the Gamble Option is some sort of card game where the user must select an unturned card’s color in an effort to double their win. Play ‘n Go, for example, has an option where the player can choose the correct playing card suit and is awarded a 4x multiplier on their win by guessing correctly.
A frequently asked question is “are video slots safe to play at Wildz Casino?” The simple answer is “yes”, but let’s explore more.
First off, Wildz Casino and every game we offer, has been vetted and licensed by a competent gaming regulator. Wildz Casino receives guidance, oversight, and licensing from the Malta Gaming Authority, a regulatory body within the European Union. The MGA inspects, audits, and provides legal authority for Wildz Casino and its parent company, Rootz LTD.
The games themselves are required by regulation to include a Random Number Generator. This is an algorithm that generates a random spin or card deal, so that the player nor the casino can predict the results of any result. Wildz Casino, or any other online casino, does not control or manage these random number generators. By law, these random number generators are built into the video slots, tested, and licensed by the competent regulator.
The MGA also requires all titles to have a minimum RTP, or Return-to-Player. This minimum RTP, in the case of the MGA at 92%, ensures that a minimum of €0,92 is returned to the player, on average, for every €1 they wager. In reality, few titles have RTPs anywhere near 92% and most reside in the 95-97% range.
Lastly, rest assured that your money is safe at Wildz Casino. The website and payments are encrypted using the same SSL technology in use by the world’s major financial institutions. Additionally, regulations mandate that player funds and company funds must be kept in segregated accounts meaning that all player funds are detached from the internal financials of any one casino. Your funds are kept safe and available for withdrawal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While there are many different types of video slots available at Wildz Casino, we will focus on the most important ones - standard video slots, classic slots, grid-based slots, and those online slot games with an expanding playing area.
Standard Video Slots: These are the most common type of online video slot these days. These slots generally have 4-6 reels and a fixed number of paylines, usually under 50. The player matches identical symbols and/or Wilds along these fixed paylines and is awarded a win in return. Wins increase greatly when matching combinations are made along 4 or more reels since the vast majority of wins are 3-reel combinations.
In addition to the main game, most titles offer some sort of free spin game. Many titles, and more and more with more recent releases, offer secondary bonus games where large wins can be achieved.
Classic Slots: Classic slots are video slots which resemble and mimic their land-based counterparts. Classic slots are usually 3-reel games and, more often than not, feature classic slot machine symbols such as fruit and a BAR symbol. Classic slots generally have a lower maximum bet and a higher volatility, meaning that they hit less frequently than more modern slot games. In a nutshell, classic games usually follow the mantra of “low risk, low reward.”
Although a handful of these classic slots blend the old and the new and include a bonus game, these extra features are usually not present and instead the game is focused almost solely on the primary 3-reel gameplay. These games may or may not include Wild symbols unlike more modern video slots where Wild symbols, even multiple types of Wild symbols, can be found on the reels.
Grid Play: More recently, another type of video slot is becoming more popular, grid play. Eliminating traditional reels, these games do not presume to mimic any land-based machines and instead represent a whole new way to play video slots. Grid-based games usually see the game symbols fall from above in a cascading fashion. In most of these titles, winning combinations are cleared from the playing area and new game symbols fall from above to fill these voids. A free respin is awarded and these respins continue until one occurs in which a winning combination does not materialise on a respin.
However, cascading symbols are not the only way in which game symbols appear in the playing area. Finn and the Swirly Spin is an example of a grid-based game that has completely rethunk the initial symbol drop and instead places them on the playing area in a snake-like feed from an initial starting point. Because the mechanics behave differently in these games, so do other slot features. In this title, for example, Wild symbols are generated after a winning combination rather than cycled appearing as a just another one in a series of symbols.
Expanding Playing Area: Lastly, video slots with an expanding playing area are increasingly being developed by our gaming partners. These types of video slots generally follow this mechanic: a player makes a winning combination on the reels and the playing area opens up with an additional reel/column or row. This expansion of the playing area also opens up more combination possibilities by increasing the number of paylines. In some titles, when the playing area is completely opened, over 100,000 ways to win are available to the player. As with most titles that feature so many possible winning paylines, the number of symbols will increase making it more difficult to hit winning combinations, yet more valuable when these do occur.
Special features, in relation to video slots, are those features outside of the primary gameplay. The most common types of special features are free spins, respins, and bonus games.
Free Spins: Free spins are the most common special feature found at Wildz Casino on just about every online video slots. Free spins are usually triggered by landing 3 or more special symbols - usually a scatter symbol - on the reels but can also be triggered at random in some games.
Most games give a fixed number of free spins, but some titles have a pick-an-object feature where the player selects from a number of objects revealing a number of free spins and often a multiplier.
Depending on the game, an additional number of free spins can won. As previously mentioned, free spins features can include multipliers. These multipliers are either fixed before the round begins, a random multiplier can be won by selecting an object, or progressive multipliers can rise throughout a game by achieving certain criteria such as consecutive wins or the collection of a specific symbol.
Respins: Another popular special feature is the respin. Depending on the game, a respin may occur at different intervals but is generally triggered by a winning combination on the playing area. Often, games with a respin feature will allow for an unlimited number of respins as long as winning combinations continue to be made on the board. Other titles may include a fixed number of respins when certain events occur in a game, but these are less popular.
Bonus Games: Finally, additional bonus game features are frequently found on online video slots, particularly those games which have been released in the past few years. The variety of bonus games does not lend itself to a specific description, but they can generally be classified as additional game features other than free spins. Most titles that feature a bonus game contain only one, but there are games available in which multiple bonus games are available.
The first mechanical video slots were developed in the United States in the late 19th Century. Based on poker games, these mechanical slots first appeared in New York City in 1891, not in casinos, but in bars. Back then, these machines didn’t pay out cash prizes. Instead, a winning combination would be shown to the bartender who would award the player a free beer or perhaps a cigar. The first versions of these mechanical slot machines were more a novelty meant to entertain the patrons at pubs rather than a full-fledged gambling enterprise.
At about the same time, one Charles Fey of San Francisco, California, realising that slot machines had the potential to be a profitable business, invented a simple machine with five basic symbols that can still be recognised today - horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and a bell. Fey’s machine, the Liberty Bell, was an instant success and spawned an entire industry of mechanical slot machines. Even though Fey’s home state of California banned gambling soon after his invention, mechanical slot machines had begun to pop up all around the United States. One reason for the spread of mechanical slot machines was due to the fact that Mr Charles Fey had failed to secure a patent for his device allowing others to copy the design and fueling a proliferation of mechanical gambling machines across the United States.
In the early 20th century, many states panicked at the spread of mechanical slot machines and passed harsh laws against gambling. To circumvent the law, early machines started to give away food and candy to avoid legal trouble. However, liberalisation following the Second World War saw gambling legalised and regulated in a handful of US states. Postwar machines beginning to award coins or tokens that could be exchanged for cash.
In 1963, the first electromechanical slot machine was introduced. This machine used electronics to control actuators which then moved the mechanical reels. Despite using mechanical reels, this device was still an evolution of slot machine technology and made the side lever more of a novelty. The first truly electronic slot machine was developed in the mid-1970s incorporating a Sony television. These fully-electronic machines saw immediate success and proved immensely popular with the public. A further evolution occurred in 1996 with the advent of second screen games, bonus features that took players away from the primary playing area to participate in additional featurettes.
The mid-1990s also saw the advent of the first online casinos. Between 1996 and 2008, online gaming operations were introduced into most countries with governments developing laws and regulations as the industry grew ensuring fair operation and secure transactions. In 1998, online gaming revenue worldwide totaled under 1 billion Euros. Fast forward twenty-five years, and recent estimates of online gambling growth foresee the market worth over 65 billion Euros by 2023.