Let's face it, slots can be pretty adventurous with their themes. From daring raids into the depths of ancient ruins to leprechauns hiding piles of gold behind rainbows, there is a slot for everything. However, did you know that there are actually genres in the world of online casinos? These themes affect everything from the visual style to the gameplay and features. You might find you prefer some over others, so Malcolm and Lucky have picked out a selection of the most popular for your perusal.
Malcolm and Lucky's Top Slot Themes
M: Lucky, wake up, mate, it's blog time.
L: Alright, I’m awake. Did you say blog?
M: I did, Kerching HQ have given us another assignment.
L: Is it something exciting?
M: Oh yes, we're going to be looking at some of the top slot themes on Kerching.
L: Ok, count me in.
M: Wonderful, let’s get the ball rolling.
M: Right, let’s start with the obvious; Irish themed slots.
L: I’ve seen tons of these Malc.
M: I’m not surprised, there are plenty of reasons why the Emerald Isle is considered a perfect setting for online slots.
L: Please, enlighten me.
Many providers use the Irish theme as the central basis for their slots and incorporate elements of Irish mythology and cultural significance. The leprechaun, for example, is a staple of the genre and has been the mascot of many a slot.
L: I have seen my fair share fair of those guys on Kerching, what else can we expect to see in this type of slot though?
M: The first thing to note is the vast majority of slots like this have an extremely bright pallet. Striking fields of green, glorious pots of gold and, of course, huge rainbows are all standard fare. The backgrounds usually consist of picturesque, natural scenes with buildings like farmhouses or windmills the only sign of civilisation.
L: It sounds like there is a strong link to nature in these slots then?
M: Correctamundo, these are calm affairs that lack the explosive animations of other slots. That's more a question of taste than quality though, but there is no denying the popularity of Irish themed slots.
L: Can you give us some examples?
M: Sure thing. Now, we can’t mention Irish themed slots without talking about the big one; Rainbow Riches. Developed by British fruit machine developer Barcrest, this slot series has been around for years and is one of, if not the, most popular slot in the world.
L: It’s one of my favourites too!
M: I don’t doubt it Lucky, but remember there are loads in the series. One of the reasons for their success is that each title seems to incorporate a different slot feature into its gameplay. So you have one for free spins, one with big multipliers and so on. When it comes to slots, you don’t get much bigger.
L: Too right, I think that probably covers this one, shall we move on?
M: I think we should mate.
L: There are some real ‘classics’ in this genre, hey Malc?
M: That was really bad mate.
L: Alright, let’s just crack on then.
M: Probably for the best. Your assertion wasn’t entirely awful though, this next theme contains many iconic characters and objects from throughout history.
L: Sounds intriguing. Anyone, I know?
M: Plenty, from emperors of Ancient Rome to Viking gods of Valhalla and queens of the pyramids, there is such a wide variety of cultures and historical events. Many games blur the line between fact and mythology, introducing deities and the like to give the slots some extra flair.
L: Oh wow, I’m guessing there must be some flashy effects then?
M: Aye Lucky, in fact, classic slots often feature the most visually spectacular graphics you can get. This is to do with the inherent ‘epic' nature of these games and the stories they are portraying. To illustrate, Thor’s Lightning is a slot based on the God of Thunder, who you may have seen running around in a cape in one of the popular marvel movies. One of the key attractions of that game is the stunning visual design that directly links to the gameplay. Thor can summon lightning to the reels and conjure a variety of animated effects. All of these are rendered wonderfully, and it shows the power of a good concept when combined with deft execution.
L: Very cool, are there any other motifs or particular games we should watch out for?
M: In terms of typical design elements, these slots will often be set in archaic locations. Expect to see lots of ruins or historical landmarks, made to look as old as possible. And in terms of any additional titles, Cleopatra is easily the most recognisable classical slot. It has become an international sensation with its fine mix of quality gameplay and engaging interface.
L: Of course, how could I forget. Cleopatra is about as iconic as they come, so this seems like a good point to have a look at the next featured theme.
L: We’ve gone back in time again!
M: True, but we won't be seeing any ancient rulers here. Now, I've got a very important question for you Lucky.
L: Go on.
M: Do you know what a fruit machine is?
L: I’m going to assume it’s not a vending machine for produce.
M: Not at all pal. Fruit Machines were the slots of yesteryear, physical contraptions made specifically for each game. They were obviously limited by their time and lacked the graphical level we see now in digital slots. However, they made up for it by offering zany symbols and fun light sequences, a style that has become an actual aesthetic.
L: Thanks for the history lesson Malc, how do these obsolete machines translate into something for the modern slots player to enjoy though?
M: There is actually something really cool about seeing these old school elements converted to contemporary systems. I mentioned that they were known as fruit machines, this is because the early slots symbols were things like cherries, pineapples and lemons. Retro-inspired slots often feature these as their base game symbols, instead of the standard playing cards. Other icons, like flaming sevens, are often used too, which adds an element of authenticity.
L: Is there any game you think does this particularly well?
M: Aye Lucky, it’s called Mystery Reels MegaWays and is the perfect example of old slot machines meeting modern mechanics. The visual elements look like they were lifted from another decade, with an arcade-style presentation and the same fruit symbols we just spoke about. But the big talking point is the MegaWays system it utilises, which is about as cutting edge as you can get. This is a new payline system that makes the number of symbols and ways to win different on every spin. It’s a decidedly new aspect in an otherwise classic game.
L: Lovely stuff, I think that brings us to our last theme.
M: It does but brace yourself, it’s about to get very messy in here.
L: Oh no, I don’t like this, not one bit Malc.
M: Calm down Lucky, none of the animals here are real. Besides, you’re a talking robot, what are you scared of?
L: Hey, I might be made out of nuts and bolts, but I’m still a dog! As long as there aren’t any cats, we’ll be fine.
Never mind about that, we've got a blog to get through. It won't surprise you that the main focus of these games are the animals that dominate their reels. These can range from small, domesticated critters to wild beasts of the savannah, so there is plenty of variety to be found here.
L: I'm going to regret asking this, but what can we expect to see in these games?
M: Rhinos are always a popular choice, so too Gorillas and other exotic creatures. However, I’m sorry to say that most frequent animal to pop up is none other than your arch nemesis; the cat. Whether it’s lions or your household tabby, there is always bound to be at least one feline friend around.
L: I knew I wasn’t going to like that answer. Are there any specific games to talk about?
M: There is one that is very popular on Kerching; Kitty Glitter! There are a collection of cats on display here, from Siamese to Persian. But the reason I like it is that it shows the whacky concepts that can be found in this kind of slot. There is just something quite funny about a load of cats and diamonds spinning around a reel.
L: To you maybe, I just see a load of annoying little so and so's!
M: Alright, calm down mate. I think you’re getting just a little bit too excited.
L: You’re right and it looks like we’ve finished the list off anyway.
M: We have indeed, all that’s left to say is that you can play each and every one of these titles right here at Kerching.
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