There is no doubt that if you visit a bingo brand, or a casino brand – you will be able to enjoy a shed load of slots games, just take a look at Slot Shack as an example! Recently the latest online gaming trend for already established bingo operators is to launch sites that are dedicated to slots. But where did it all begin?
Well, lets go back, a long way back! There are a couple of accounts as to when/how the first slot machine was created but generally it is thought that inventor and car mechanic Charles Fey invented the Liberty Bell in 1895 and that it was loosely based on poker.
After this, many companies tried to duplicate the success as it was so popular. The introduction of fruit symbols occurred (which is why people often refer to slots as fruit machines) and they were launched using a lever and called one arm bandits.
The first electronic slot machine was developed by Bally Manufacturing and was called Money Honey. You would need to push a button as opposed to pull a lever and additional features such as nudges were introduced to help players create more winning combinations – and of course, to increase players fascination with the product!
Then of course came online slots! These days there are lots of slot providers such as Leander Games, Net Ent, Microgaming and many more that are all creating sophisticated slot games. These tend to include the likes of free spins, bonus features, progressive jackpots and more. They have also been known to create online slots based on TV shows, such as Deal or No Deal, movies and even rock bands (believe it or not Guns N’ Roses have one) to accommodate as many people’s interests as possible.
During the second half of 2016 we have been seeing many established bingo brands operate a sister site based on the same branding but offering only slots games, take Dove Slots or Wink Slots as examples – theres no prizes for guessing which bingo brands they are associated with!
Nowadays things have progressed so much that there are even mobile slots that you can play from your hand held devices. This means you can always get your slot game fix. They are all fantastically designed so that there is no difference to playing via mobile as opposed to desktop.
What’s next for slot games? We think we will be seeing many more launches as every bingo operator seeks to get in on the action.