In the very beginning of online casinos, which was not that long ago in relative terms, the casinos themselves had little choice but to write their own casino software but there were one or two specialist companies that could do it for them. Strangely enough one of those companies decided the online casino was more profitable then the software and promptly started their own online casino. These days however there are more casino software companies around and they vie for the business of the online casinos. With online casinos seemingly popping up on a very regular basis they are able to market their wares more easily although many of those online casinos also go by the wayside being unable to compete effectively. There are a number of casino software suppliers some of which are large and some of which are small and being small does not necessarily indicate an inferior product but is more likely to indicate a smaller product range particularly in the area of casino slots. Online casinos are generally free to use as many casino software suppliers as they like so being small is really no hindrance. The casino software suppliers you are most likely to come across are Microgaming, Playtech and NetEnt as they seem to the most popular but at www.instacasino.com for example you can find a number of the smaller ones such as NYX Gaming, Play N Go, IGT and Quickspin which is actually part of Microgaming anyway. This effectively gives Instacasino a very wide range of casino slots indeed.
Each of these casino software suppliers tend to have their own specialities and although the big ones have a complete suite of casino games including the likes of roulette and blackjack the smaller ones tend to concentrate on casino slots. Microgamiing for example is probably best known for the casino slots with huge jackpots which often run into the millions of Euro. These include slots such as Mega Moolah™ and King Cashalot™ whereas NetEnt tends to focus on producing some entertaining casino sots such as Gonzo’s Quest. That does not mean to say that NetEnt does not have casino slots with large jackpots as for example Mega Fortune™ and Hall of Gods™ are both products of theirs. Gonzo’s Quest™ is well worth a look at if you have never tried it as it presents something a little bit different from the standard 5 reel slot. The slot still has five columns of symbols with three symbols showing in each column but instead of each column moving as a unit as would be the case in a regular five reel slot, any of the fifteen symbols can move independently. There are casino slots that have a similar configuration where winning symbols are held and others are spun again such as Jack Hammer™ which will be looked at shortly but in Gonzo’s Quest it is the winning symbols that are spun again and all the others are held. Spun again is probably not correct terminology as in fact the slot is Aztec themed and the symbols are carved onto stone blocks. A winning block explodes and any of those above it drop down with any on the top row being replaced. At the same time a win multiplier ticks over to 2X so that any subsequent win is doubled. This process continues until no further win is achieved and the maximum multiplier in standard play is 5X. There is however a free spins mode which is called free falls which once triggered takes you to a separate game, escorted by Gonzo himself, where the win multiplier starts at 3x and runs up to 15X which needless to say can result in some pretty impressive wins.
Another of the casino games from casino software supplier NetEnt which also has the fifteen independent symbols and was mentioned above is Jack Hammer™. This casino slot is gangster themed and works differently in that winning symbols are held while all others are replaced. This is known as the Sticky Win™ feature. There is no win multiplier but by holding winning symbols there is every chance that the win will be increased by replacing all others. This does not happen only once but continues just as long as an improved win is achieved and when this no longer happens the largest win is paid out. There is also a free spins mode where all wins are tripled automatically and this is reached by having 5 free spins symbols in the screen. This might seem rather a lot to achieve in one spin but the sticky wins™ feature kicks in with just three free spins symbols showing so once three are showing there is a good chance that five may appear. All of these NetEnt casino slots can be found at All Irish Casino.
The graphics of casino slots has come a long way and the casino software suppliers are always trying to come up with new features that casino players might find interesting. One of the most recent although hardly new anymore are the casino slots that feature characters from Marvel™ comics such as The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man and Iron Man which are available to Irish casino players at Paddy Power Casino. Other casino software suppliers such as Playtech for example have taken popular TV series as a theme so now you can play slots such as Britain’s Got Talent (which is debateable) or Little Britain. The possibilities for new casino slots for the casino software suppliers is endless so there is bound to be something that appeals to everybody who is interested in playing slots. Always remember however that online casino slots can be addictive so always play within your limits and what you can afford to lose and remember the well advertised adage when the fun stops, stop but at the same time online casinos provide great entertainment and there is no doubt that casino slots provide an opportunity to win very large amounts of cash for very little outlay.