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To the uninitiated, playing casino games – whether it’s offline or online – is about winning and losing money. That’s part of it, for sure, but there often needs to be underlying entertainment value too. If not, the games get boring, even if there is money involved.
While table and card games have their charms, the entertainment value of the underlying game is best seen with slots. These days, modern slots offer graphics and gameplay that allow players a more immersive experience. Bonus games, reel modifiers, free spins, and other special features can enhance the gameplay, making it a fun experience regardless of what happens in terms of winning and losing.
But theme is incredibly important. What do we mean by theme? It’s the thematic concept of the game. In the past, slots used to be almost always generic, i.e., games based on the classic symbols like Bars, Bells, and 7s, or fruit machines, with lemons, melons, and cherries, or a mixture of the two. Today, a slot can be themed on anything the developers wish, and that can lead to a more fun experience for players.
What are the best slot themes? That’s a subjective opinion. But below, we can take you through some that really lend to the action.
You’ll find dozens of Greek mythology-themed slots at online casinos today. They are based on the rich variety of Greek myths. A typical example is one of the most popular Zeus slots, Amazing Link Zeus. This game by SpinPlay arguably has some of the most standard characteristics of Greek myth slots, providing a central character (Zeus) who will stand beside the reels calling the action. Others include the slots in the Age of the Gods range, and Pragmatic Play’s stunning Gates of Olympus game, which, again, includes Zeus as the central character.
Movie slots refer to games based directly on hit films. There are 100s out there: Some good, some bad, and some great. In the latter category, we can cite Playtech’s Robocop, The Matrix, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Of course, thematically, the games are going to be different, as not all movies are the same. But for the slots, they often share certain characteristics, including bonus games based on the source material. An added extra is the games often feature real footage from the movies they are based on. This is best exemplified by Microgaming’s smash-hit Jurassic Park slot, which is based on the 1994 movie by Steven Spielberg and features real footage from the epic film.
Some of the most famous slots in the world are based on the world of Ancient Egypt, including IGT’s Cleopatra, which was a big hit both online and as a physical slot machine in casino resorts. The thing about Egypt slots is there is usually some kind of adventure-related theme, usually uncovering buried treasure in tombs or pyramids, so it pairs up well with slots. That’s one of the reasons there are so many slot games with Egyptian themes. We should also mention that Play N’Go’s Book of Dead is based on a tomb-raiding adventure. It’s one of the most popular online slots in the world today.
If slots entertainment is about escapism, like all forms of entertainment, then what better way to do that than with some space-themed games? Arguably, the most notable example is Starburst, NetEnt’s simple yet alluring title that vies with Book of the Dead for the world’s most popular slot game. Space is vast, of course, so there are many ways to pursue this theme, ranging from games based on aliens like Reactoonz to games based on TV space adventures like Battlestar Galactica. The latter, which is based on the cult sci-fi show, is a real hidden gem.
We started by saying slots have evolved from the fruit machines of old, but there is certainly room to create retro-style games or more modern concepts based on fruit themes. The idea of using fruits leads to sense of freshness and vivacity, and even laidbackness. Of course, we can cite some games that take the idea of food-themed slots to another level, including Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen Slot by NetEnt. As for the most popular fruit slots, you should look no further than Pragmatic’s Fruit Party. Hugely popular, it even got a sequel – Fruit Party 2.