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Slot machine games in different countries – what are the most popular choices?

Oct 10, 2018
Slot machine games in different countries – what are the most popular choices?

Slot machines have been the most popular form of gambling for years, and a 2014 survey from www.statista.com found that a whopping 48 percent of casino visitors rated the reel-spinning, symbol-matching games as their favourite things to play.

The main reason for this is the fact that slot machine games have continuously evolved with technology, and have improved massively while other games have stayed the same. All over the world, players have different names for the machines and different preferences in what they play. However, the love for the games remains strong no matter which country you go to.

Different Names for Slots but Same Love

No matter where you go in the world, the love of slot machines is the same. But what does differ is the nicknames that people have for the games in different countries. If you go to the UK and want to play a slot machine, you may hear it referred to as a fruit machine.

This is because of the fruit symbols, which were a common theme on the early models. Nowadays, the symbols vary greatly and are often based on popular culture, but the fruit machine name has stuck.

In Australia, you will hear slot machines being called gaming machines or poker machines, but the more popular colloquial term is pokies. Some countries such as South Africa keep it simple, though, and stick to calling them slot machines. In all of these countries, you can play these games in pubs, casinos, or online.

What are the Most Popular Games?

The most popular slots often correlate with what is big at the time in mainstream culture. Software developers such as Microgaming have found it lucrative to make slots based on television shows like Game of Thrones and movies like Jurassic World.

There are also some totally original offerings that attract a large number of players thanks to their unique content and impressive visuals. For instance, according to www.justslots.com, the most popular slot at the time of writing is Gonzo’s Quest from NetEnt.

The reason why this game is attracting so many players is that it is so innovative, and could be the first in a new wave of slot games that don’t use traditional spinning reels. Instead, Gonzo’s Quest uses avalanche reels, which show the symbols falling from above in a visually stunning manner.

The developers are also looking to bring the game to virtual reality users, and could set a new trend with this feature as well. Other popular games at the moment include Jack’s World, which is also from NetEnt, and Mega Moolah from Microgaming, which has one of the biggest jackpots of any slot game in the world.

It’s doubtful that the popularity of slot machines is going to die out any time soon, and if anything, the number of players worldwide is likely to increase. This is because the developers of the games are constantly innovating and incorporating new technology.

Main image: Source: Gonzo's Quest via Facebook 

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