How to Play Online Slots

How to Play Online Slots

Here at Castle Jackpot we have loyal subjects asking how to play online slots. Whether they’re from an online bingo background, or they’re used to playing live casino games, jousters often want to make the leap to slot games, as they make up such a high percentage of the activities available in the castle grounds. And with online slots continuing to be some of the most popular online casino games both in the UK and abroad, this is certainly a good time to educate yourself on exactly how to play them.

Whether thou would like to know what online slots are, or you’re baffled by some of the terminology involved, or even if you’re just looking to sort the fact from fiction when it comes to online games, then fear not, for we have thee covered below, as we explain how to play the best and most popular that we have at Castle Jackpot. Once challengers have read through our guide, please feel free to play any of our online casino games for free - with no deposit required - by selecting the demo option, or take a look at our online casino bonus promotions.

What Are Online Slots?

Casino slot games have been in existence since 1891, when Sittman and Pitt of Brooklyn, New York developed a slot machine based on poker. In 1963, a US company called Bally Technologies created the first electronically powered slot machine, with a game called Money Honey. Las Vegas based company Fortune Coin Co. established the first “true” video slot machine in 1976, and two years later the company and their technology were bought by IGT, a developer who still frequently provide Castle Jackpot with new online slots to this day, such as Raging Storms.

In 1996, the doors of the first online casino metaphorically opened, despite there only being 18 games available to players. Nowadays, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of online slot games that can be accessed by customers. Plus they’re no longer limited to desktop devices, as the realm of online casinos has branched out to become even more convenient for jousters, as they can now engage with the best online slots on mobile and tablets as well. Challengers no longer even need to leave the house to have a chance to win real money!

Over the past two decades, the world of online casinos has exploded in the UK, and worldwide, and knights and maidens now have much more choice over the types of slot they can play. Love a slot inspired by land-based casino games? IGT’s Cleopatra may be the slot for thee. Looking for a slot that’s based on popular films? Then explore our list of Five Fantastic Slots Inspired by the Movies. There’s an online slot for everyone on Castle Jackpot!

Online Slots Terminology

The realm of online slots can be engaging and intriguing in equal measure, but it can also be somewhat baffling, largely due to the terminology involved. There’s a lot of jargon that pertains to live casino games and bingo, but arguably the terms used in online slots take the highest degree of effort to get thine head around. While this is by no means a comprehensive guide, we’ll tackle a few of the more common words and phrases that contenders will come across while playing slots.

Firstly, the basics. Reels can refer to both the entire grid the game is played on, and also the columns that spin individually. The number of rows refers to how tall each reel is, and Symbols refer to the images on the reels. Symbols can sometimes be Wild, which means they can substitute for any other symbol, although usually not the ones that unlock bonus features. Paylines are the lines on which winning combinations of symbols must land in order to award a payout, which is a varying real money value that will be awarded if a winning combination lands on the reels. A paytable explains the value of each symbol and the layout of the paylines.

Thou may also come across specific types of slots, such as Megaways, which generally offer tens of thousands of paylines with bigger reels and more symbols than standard slots do. The number of paylines is also increased by the fact that Megaways generally pay both ways, which means the paylines work from right to left as well as the more conventional left to right. To see what we’re talking about, have a gander at Tiki Treasures Megaways. Head to our online slots and casino blog for an installment that explores the weird language of online slots in full, with Slot Game Terminology Explained.

Bonus Features of Online Slots

Speaking of bonus features, as we briefly were above, every online slot comes with its own special features that can offer larger jackpots to jousters. These can vary wildly from slot to slot, with some focusing on one specific feature and adding a unique twist, while others take pride in including a host of bonus features that each work as part of a progressive style of gameplay, with a ranking system for how high-paying the bonuses may be. There are randomly occurring features that can come into play during the standard spins, known as base game features, and others that will be triggered once specific requirements are hit.

Generally, bonus features are based on a few fairly straightforward concepts. Firstly, tumbling reels are a feature that generally appears during the base game, and sees winning combinations disappear from the reels and then replaced by fresh symbols. Another base game feature are sticky wilds, which perform the same function as wilds, but remain in place. Then there are free spins, which are a set number of spins that run automatically, and don’t deduct from a challenger’s total balance. ‘Pick Me’ bonus rounds see combatants given the chance to choose an option at random to reveal a reward, such as instant real money prizes and multipliers. Finally, a wheel of fortune is becoming an increasingly more common sight in online slots, particularly in the UK. The wheel spins at random, with segments including a variety of bonuses.

Common Myths About Online Slots

Something that causes a lot of new players to be sceptical of online slots are a lot of myths and rumours that exist out in the ether. Here, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common untruths and exaggerations that our loyal subjects may have stumbled across, and get to the root of them.

There seems to primarily be a lot of doubt over the integrity of online casinos. Obviously, Castle Jackpot has a vested interest in disproving these particular concerns, but we assure thee that our rebuttals are 100% accurate, and the information can be fact-checked elsewhere on the internet, using whichever internet search engine thou prefer.

A lot of people seem to think that a casino can influence the settings of a particular online slot, in order to make it harder for jousters to win. This also ties in with the belief that a specific online slot can be more volatile on different online casino websites. This is all untrue, as the RTP (Return to Player) of slots is determined by the game’s developer, so will play exactly the same across any online casino. This myth seems to stem from contenders playing the same slot on two different casino websites, and having radically different experiences due to random chance.

There are further inaccurate beliefs relating to the volatility of online slots. Some people seem to think that if a particular game hasn’t paid out for a while, it’s due a big payout. This is a risky way of thinking, as the result of each spin of the reels is determined by a random number generator, or RNG. This also serves to debunk the theory that the time of day a slot is played has any impact on winnings. The RNG also keeps running in the background between spins, so every spin is 100% random.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, a fairly comprehensive guide on how to play online slots as well as some information about what to expect while you play. Make sure to explore Castle Jackpot to see if any of our slots are a good fit for thee, whether they be jackpot slots that are a main feature of a lot of Blueprint Gaming’s releases, or something else amongst our online casino games. Remember that thou can always play the demo of any of our best slots for free, with no deposit required.

Speaking of no deposit required, hast thou heard of our 10 Free Spins bonus on Book of Dead, or any of our other online casino bonus promotions? We have a full Book of Dead Slot review, or thou can further explore the Castle Jackpot blog to find out about some of our most played slot games and put the information thou hast found here into practice if jousters so wish.

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