Features of national slot machines
Probably, it's no secret that in different countries the set of "favorite" slot machines differs. This is connected both with the national mentality and with legal subtleties. Almost everywhere, both classic slots (invented in the US) and video slots (invented in Australia) are popular and popular. Speak about the national specifics of these games in general, it is not necessary, they are everywhere. Let's talk today about more exotic games that you will not find everywhere.
Let's start with the distant Japan and the game "pachinko." This game appeared in Japan in the first half of the 20th century and as a whole is a hazardous kind of pinball. The player buys metal balls, which are charged into the slot machine and, in turn, are fired at the playing field. There, the ball bounces off from various obstacles and either falls down the machine (vertical machines, not horizontal, as in pinball), or falls into one of several "prize" pockets on the field. The name of the game itself is onomatopoeia: "pachi" is a sound that is produced when the ball is reflected from obstacles. The machine gives the winning balls as well. Here comes the fun part. According to the law, cash prizes in Japan are banned (so there are not so popular conventional slots). At the end of the game, the player takes the balls and goes to the store in the hall where the balls are exchanged for material prizes - sweets, toys, etc. With these prizes he leaves the hall, goes to the nearest gateway and exchanges prizes for money - prizes return to pachinko hall, and the happy player goes on.
In modern pachinko machines, the player has the ability to regulate the force of throwing balls, that is, the game begins to bear the signs of a game of skill, they say that specialists are able to play pachinko as a plus. In addition, in new games there are three windows with numbers that change when hit. If three identical numbers appear, the machine switches to the "bonus game" mode with increased chances of winning by opening an additional winning pocket. In general, the payout level in the vending machine is customizable, the owners of the hall usually periodically change it, the average payout is about 80%, but individual machines can be configured and "issuing" to attract players. This game in Japan is very popular, it plays up to 50 million Japanese, and the annual turnover of the halls exceeds half a trillion dollars!
In something similar to pachinko machines are also in Europe. For example, the "crane machines" known to everyone, where you are trying to get a soft toy, also do not have cash prizes. By the way, I note that in these machines the winning frequency is also adjustable, moreover, the wins have a habit of occurring at approximately equal intervals of time, so that the observant player can gain an advantage. Another type of slot machines is similar to pachinko by the principle of functioning - you throw a coin, it falls on the playing field at random. The field consists of two parts: the bottom is stationary, and the platform moves along it. The coin first falls on the platform, if lucky, it will push one or more coins from the platform, which will fall on the fixed part, and the platform will push them further downward when moving. All that fell is your winnings. Just do not try to tilt the machine - there are sensors that will block payments. However, online versions of such machines you will not find. In the online casino from the main software vendors this game is not, although it is in the casino with its own software BetVoyager. It is clear that it is not so interesting to play in the Internet version of the "crane-car", although, maybe, in the future there will be such.
But the English "fruit" machines can be found in online casinos, although not yet in all. At the heart of such slots usually lie ordinary classic slots, often single-line. "Fruit" they are called because the most typical symbols were various fruits. But unlike conventional slots, English automata have several additional features that are "given out" to the player usually in a random way. The first possibility is to hold any number of drums (hold). For example, you dropped two lemons and a cherry. You hold the drums with lemons, the next spin will spin only the drum, where there was a cherry. If you are lucky, you will lose the third lemon and you will win. Another possibility is to push one of the drums (or even a few). The drum moves one character down. Again, you have two lemons and a cherry, but you see that over the cherry - another lemon, you push the drum with the cherry and win! Payments in offline fruit machines are usually not too large - at 80% (the minimum allowable level is 70%).
Further improvements in fruit machines were the games AWP (Amusement with Prizes). They have a bonus round, which is activated when additional conditions are met (usually, additional side lines are added to the main symbols on the reels, after collecting a few side, you launch a bonus game). In the bonus game you can consistently play several rounds of Hi-Low (given a number from 1 to 12, you must guess whether the next one is more or less). Each won round increases the prize. Winning once in a row, you can reach the top of the pyramid, where the prize will be several thousand coins. Often there is an opportunity to choose the type of winnings - money, pushing, a special bonus game. This type of games is quite widely represented not only in England, but also in the online casino Microgaming.
As you can see, "national color" is present in slot machines. Not all of them can still be found online, but you will certainly see some novelties there. So if you want something new - welcome to the game!