Published on 1 December 2012 by Casino Admin
In the early days of slot machine gaming the “One Armed Bandits” (called that way for their ability to get money out of the player’s pockets and for the arm-like lever on the side of the machine to get the reels rolling) the apparatus invented by Charles Fey around 1895 had 3 reels and only 1 row. The game play was based on the poker card game and the symbols consisted of diamonds, spades, hearts, horseshoe’s and a cracked Liberty Bell of which a win line (three in a row) would give the highest pay out.
Although this very first slot machine, aptly called Liberty Bell, was quite an innovation at that time, we’ve come a long way since. But even in the most sophisticated Netent video slots anno 2012 it still comes down to “a spin for a win”.
The mechanical design of the wildly popular slot machines from those early 1900’s stayed the same for years. The slots were more or less “modernized” and upgraded by expanding the reels and the rows (thus creating multiple win lines), different symbols and in some cases an extra Top (bonus) Game to successfully make playing the slots extra rewarding and exciting, but further than that nothing really changed.
Even after 1975 when the first fully electronic fruit machine was produced and appeared in the casinos, the basic blueprint of the slot remained the same; a couple of reels full of symbols spinning around, only now driven by an electric motor and commanded by a button, instead of the good old lever of the original One Armed Bandit.
The most revolutionary and profound change in slot machine design of course was initiated by the invention of something called a microprocessor, that opened a door to a complete new world of innumerable new possibilities. The reels, rows and symbols became virtual, and thanks to microprocessor technology there’s virtually no limit to how a slot looks like and behaves, and the same microprocessor technology even provides for safe and honest game play and a 100% guaranteed Return To Player payout percentage.
In today’s video slots, especially those designed and powered by Net Entertainment software, you can spin with up to 5 reels and 5 rows with no less than 720 win lines like in video slot Wild Rockets™. You can get your symbols washed ashore by Free Waves and swapped by a symbol swapping sea creature like in Netent video slot Beach™. You can create a supernova on your Netent casino account with the both-ways-win feature of video slot Starburst™ and soon you can have “elements” being “avalanched” on your play screen while Free Falls trigger one of 4 different symbol substituting Wilds providing big win prizes in Netent’s latest spectacular video slot production Elements: The Awakening™, to be released in a couple of weeks from now.
The lever of Charles Fey’s Liberty Bell eventually became your finger on the touchscreen of your mobile device when playing video slot Gonzo’s Quest Touch™ in one of the Netent Touch™ mobile casinos. But whether a Free Wave, an avalanche or a Liberty Bell lever spin, what they all still have in common is that you’ll have to spin for a win. Have a look at de video below to get an idea of the future of Netent casino gaming.