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7 August 2017 - 7:18pm

what features make a GREAT slot machine?

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Hello, I am a young guy getting into the industry as a slot designer.
I have finally been given the chance to design a slot machine for my employer!

My question is, what features do you like best? What are your all-time favorite machines and why?

I'm aware the simple answer is "I like winning lots of $"! ...haha, but i'm looking for more insight into what you enjoy specifically BESIDES winning.

Do you like second-screen bonus games? Do you like 'trail' bonuses? Stackers? Walking Wilds? Cascading Reels etc?

I"m especially interested in new innovations (last couple years) that work very well.

Thanks in advance, great community and i'm here to learn!

-james

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8 August 2017 - 8:55am
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Oh, hi, it is great to meet a slot designer Smile

To choose the slot, I look at the line wins, free spin numbers, added free spins, multipliers (fixed or increasing), stacked wilds, expanding wilds, sticky wilds, etc.

First of all, the highest line wins should be at least as high as line bet x 50. Some slots give only line bet x 10 for the highest winning combination.

There are bunch of interesting points to see Smile

So far, the best slot in terms of how to trigger free spin is The Invisible Man of NetEnt Software.

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8 August 2017 - 1:14pm
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coolsongs, thanks for those thoughts! Good point about highest line win = bextx50, (minimum). I wasn't aware of Invisible Man, i'll check it out!

Love to hear from as many others as possible....

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8 August 2017 - 10:43pm
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I am enjoying Wooden Boy with expanding Pinnochio right now. I also love Wicked Winnings where the rows of ladies, when they cover at least one reel, give one respin for a chance to win more (or at all).

That's all I can think of for now. Smile

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9 August 2017 - 12:52am
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Great idea for a thread.

Things I like:
- The hold and re-spin or "sticky win" mechanic where winning symbols are held and the others are re-spun. eg Jack Hammer or The Wild Chase. Trying to completely fill the screen with the same symbol is fun.
- Cascading wins which is almost the same as above, only losing symbols disappear and the remaining drop down. eg Gonzo's Quest or Nouveau Riche.
- Sticky wilds.
- Free spins that can re-trigger.
- A genuine opportunity for a huge win (i.e. low variance games are boring).

Things I don't like:
- "Pick em" features where you pick one or more items from a screen. These are usually pretty lame and I would prefer to just have some free spins.

One suggestion I can make is that as we have a huge free games section on here that has been played for several years now you can get a good idea of what people like by doing the following:
- Go to the free slots index page
- Uncheck "hide region blocked games" so you see everything
- Sort by "community ratings" then check out the games that our visitors rate highly (you'll need to use a vpn for most if you're in the USA).

This is the current top 10:
1. Pamplona
2. Nouveau Riche
3. Treasures of Icewind Dale
4. Red Mansions
5. Masques of San Marco
6. Desert Treasure II
7. Cash Coaster
8. Samba de Frutas
9. Esqueleto Explosivo
10. She's a Rich Girl

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9 August 2017 - 2:45pm
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One primary thing that makes a slot machine go from good to great - sticking wilds on bonus spins

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9 August 2017 - 3:44pm
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Among the wild types, the random wild is not that good.
It gets players pissed off when it doesn't appear on a winning payline.

So, the additional wild in the normal game and free spin feature would better take place in the win-maximizing position, even though there are fewer chances to get one (or two).

If the game gives real random wilds, it should give two or three wilds so that at least one wild always is included in the winning combination, then, it would be just fine Smile

Just another thought Smile

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9 August 2017 - 8:11pm
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I like the new Macaw and Uncle Sams games where the wild can just start shooting onto the screen during the free games and during regular games. There is like shooting stars or fireworks and then they just land all over the screen randomly. It is a new casino game in the land casinos, but I play it in Cashman and Hearts of Vegas free play casinos too, and they are fun. Smile

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thesourc3 wrote:

One primary thing that makes a slot machine go from good to great - sticking wilds on bonus spins

I'm sensing you're a dead or alive fan thesourc3!

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10 August 2017 - 4:00am
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good input! Anyone else? What kinds of features or games do you love? All-time favorite slot and why? What kind of second-screen bonus games u like best?

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10 August 2017 - 5:18pm
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Well I do like Secrets of Christmas slot, I found it at Slotjoint casino and I loved the bonus feature where you can pick extra things and build up your bonus feature. Like you start with 10 free spins and 1x multiplier, but because you triggered it with 3 scatters, you get to have 3 picks for extra bounties. That's quite exciting. For me free spins with wilds and high multipliers work, like Immortal Romance and Game of Thrones. Also one of my favorites is the simple Twin Spin where you have the opportunity to get all reels matching.

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ayoungslotsdesigner wrote:

good input! Anyone else? What kinds of features or games do you love? All-time favorite slot and why? What kind of second-screen bonus games u like best?

Hi, I like the slots with good features for higher winnings.

RTG : Mice Dice, T-Rex, Mystic Dragon, Vulcan, Count Spectacular

NetEnt : Dead or Alive, Lucky Angler, Glow, Gunz N'Roses, Jimi Hendrix

PlayTech : Gladiator, Great Blue

I will add some more later Smile

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19 August 2017 - 10:35pm
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I like the suspense of the BONUS rounds awaiting the outcome of the win.

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2 December 2017 - 8:36am
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I think this is great feature game for me.

NetEnt : Spinata Grande and Jungle Spirit

PlayTech : Halloween Fortune I, Age Of God

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2 December 2017 - 9:43am
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I like features from gonzo's quest,multiple until 15x,usually guarantees a minimum of 40x total Bet

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26 February 2018 - 3:50pm
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I love The Simpsons slot. I really like that it has an interactive free spins bonus. You have the try to catch sprinkles on the donut as you move your hand around. It makes it more fun to actually be able to have an effect on the free spins you get - rather than random.

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28 February 2018 - 10:20am
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I like King Kong feature that involves the player to crush some planes in order to determine the free spins. Playboy Sophia and Sarah IR also worth to develop, maybe the wild can drop like a ball and bounces around before landing at any reel.

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28 February 2018 - 5:30pm
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I think it's the perfect time to ask for the type of slot game I most want, if I want a game type like wild to stick to the "sticker" game from netent, which has a very high multiple in the "secret amazon" game of playtech, which has a scater that can be full of "secret romance" games from microgaming and has a fast progressive jackpot soar like mega moolah and the number of affordable bets that still have the chance to hit the jackpot, I want you to test it, xiixix .... good luck with your career,

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8 March 2018 - 10:05am
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I can't say I like one particular feature but mostly the whole feeing during a play giving you an idea if the slot is good or not, don't hurts me if there's a free spins though Wink
Also like these slots which offers a many ways of win which I think could sometimes surprise you quite unexpected.

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11 March 2018 - 11:53pm
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In my opinion, in order for a slot machine to be Great, it should have these features: free spins, A scatter bonus, and the ability to play it for more than 3 minutes without it eating all your money. I believe that it should also be catchy and exciting, not just the normal repetition of the wheel going around.

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22 March 2018 - 12:17pm
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what features make a GREAT slot machine?

not very much in my opinion...
well there are some slots out there with tons of crazy features
and playing them is fun as well but for me only some points are
importened
--a low minimum bet per spin (€ 0.20..if you want to bet more then bet more)
i hate those games which start at € 0,60/ € 1,00
--free spins bonus features + a second bonus features (eg pic boxes)
--good RTP (minimum 96.00% and up)
and some aktion ...that you not have to spin 30 times befor you hit something
of course a good theme and grafics are importened as well

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28 March 2018 - 10:20am
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I love sticky wild features, free spins where scatters award with extra spins, free spins with at least 4x multiplier and so on. Smile

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