It is fair to say that behind every great slot game is an equally great slots developer. How would we have such entertaining slots as the gripping Thunderstruck 2 or the incredibly absorbing Starburst without the creative talents and mathematical formulas devised by the makers of these games, Microgaming and Net Ent respecfully. Or should I say the staff at these companies. These two games are just a couple of examples of the hundreds of great video slots that have really captured the players imaginations.

What makes a great slot?

Arguably every slot will appeal to different players in different ways, but there are definitely some slots that really stand out from the crowd. One example might be Cleopatra from IGT. This particular slot game has migrated from the land based casinos to the online casinos and even further onto mobile devices in more recent times. It’s an extremely simple formula for a game – one bonus round, triggered by 3 scatters anywhere in view. The reward is 15 free spins with 3x multiplier. It is so simple the game has been mimicked countless times, but time and again players will return back to this classic, rather than sticking with any number of Cleopatra clones. Why?

The answer isn’t exactly obvious, but the Egyptian-theme, combined with a seductive voice (presumably lady Cleopatra) and some extra features chucked in for good measure seem to combine beautifully. It is also well known that the better the math, the better the user experience and it is well documented that IGT and in particular Aristocrat make this a key component of their slots. In fact it is believed that Aristocrat will spend the best part of three years tweaking with the mathematical equations driving the slot game before they are ready to release it. That is probably several years and months longer than many other slots developers.

Strong competition

Having spent many years following the growth of the slots industry, the Gamingslots team agree that there isn’t a better time to be playing slots. What used to be a handful of slots developers has turned into a huge market. Some developers are big, some are small, some only build mobile slots, some only focus on slots for land based casinos. However the great news for players is there is bags of variety and some really clever games being produced. We really hope that there are even more great slots developed, making things even more enjoyable for all of us players.