Real Time Gaming has not been on the online casino stage that long, but already they have started to learn from the best. The Microgaming method of introducing games into the market on a monthly basis has been adopted by Real Time Gaming and indeed now that the media can look forward to the dates when new releases will come out, Real Time Gaming has really succeeded in garnering a large amount of extra media attention as a result of following the lead set by the Microgaming Corporation. Indeed, not only are they learning from the best, but in several key markets such as the United States they have replaced the best and this willingness to learn is a big reason why.
This principle is evident in the microcosm of the Paydirt slot machine, the latest online video slot machine to be released by Real Time Gaming. Indeed, as far as online slots go, Paydirt is one of the nicest looking machines around and this illustrates another point about the upstart company which is that it has some serious ability on its side when it comes to creating and introducing different online slots into a marketplace that is already inundated with many different slot machines.
In actual numerical terms, there is very little special about the Paydirt online slot machine. With five reels, twenty-five pay lines, $0.01 to $5.00 per coin betting ranges as well as both bonus and free spin features, Paydirt is a typical video slot machine of its time. However, rather than detracting from the uniqueness of this particular game, it enhances the uniqueness because it forces Real Time Gaming to improve the game in other areas in order to make up for the fact that by the numbers Paydirt is joining a group of online slots that already measures in the hundreds.
How Real Time Gaming was able to deal with this particular issue with Paydirt is the same way that all online casino companies attempt to deal with it and that is through the visual and mental representations that the game makes. Paydirt is a theme based on the idea of striking it rich in a gold rush, which immediately is a positive mental image for anyone playing the game. With beautiful imagery, excellent rendering and an overall engine that performs in an extraordinary method, it makes no difference whatsoever what the numbers are for Paydirt because by its visual and functional points it is one more fantastic unique online slot machine from Real Time Gaming.
China has a rich culture and heritage that is all its own and that culture goes with Chinese people whenever they migrate to other countries that are outside the People’s Republic of China. For this reason, many western countries have sizeable Chinese communities and one of those countries is the United States where Real Time Gaming is the major holder of online gambling market share due to federal government crackdowns on most of the online gambling companies that used to operate within its borders. In a move that is not at all coincidental, Real Time Gaming has decided to reach out to the Chinese community through the launching of a new online slot machine known as Happy Golden Ox of Happiness.
This extraordinary slot machine is a five reel video slot machine with an amazing fifty different pay lines and a fixed bet per spin of one dollar. This is great for anyone that wants to play the game as it means for a relatively low entry amount, you get the opportunity to strike it rich by maybe getting lucky and hitting the jackpot within this particular slot machine. Hitting the jackpot in Happy Golden Ox of Happiness is a little easier to do because of the re-spin feature that this particular game brings to the table. The feature works when the first and fifth reels of the game get the Happy Ox symbol. When this happens, those reels are frozen and the player gets a chance to spin the other three, effectively giving them a chance to “improve” the spin results they just got. If you are lucky enough to get this feature and then get the right spins on reels 2, 3 and 4, you could get the jackpot and start off your Chinese New Year period with a bang of prosperity the likes of which you have never seen before.
The year of the Ox is considered a prosperous one whenever it comes about according to ancient Chinese culture and Real Time Gaming certainly does its part to establish that particular point of prosperity by making sure that another Chinese symbol of prosperity, the number 8, makes it into the game quite frequently. With 8888 coin payouts and a number of other variations on the number 8, playing this game could easily bring good fortune to all and even in a loss could still spell good fortune for a later portion in life to a Chinese person that holds true to those particular cultural nuances.
It has often been said that a particular industry is not truly a tied together industry until there is a universally accepted series of awards for it. For this reason, it could very well be argued that the Global Online Casino Awards created by oggs.com was the one event that was needed to bring the online casinos of the world together. The Global Online Casino Awards in 2008 rewarded online casinos and online games for their excellence and one of their main categories was put there as a reward for excellent online slots that were created in the 2008 year.
When the nomination list for this particular award was released to the world, most of the online casino community believed that they knew who would be victorious and therefore it was no real big surprise to anyone knowledgeable in such things that the King Kong Slot Machine by Cryptologic ended up winning the honors of being the best amongst the online slots that were released in 2008. The main reason for this is that King Kong as a slot machine had one of the most remarkable bonus screens ever created and that screen alone was a testament to what an online casino designer can do when their theme is an interesting one and they decide to run with it all the way to its particular conclusion.
If the Global Online Casino Awards are going to become as inspiring as the awards that exist in other fields, one would have to say that King Kong being awarded this particular honor should be good from the point of view of the recognition. While that intangible feeling might require a few more iterations of the awards and a few more years because of that, there is a very real tangible bonus that comes with winning this particular award. That bonus, quite simply put, is that traffic to this particular game has increased significantly. People that have not played it before would like to play it now, even to the point where people are signing up for accounts at Cryptologic casinos they have never been to before in order to see King Kong as well as the other online slots they have available.
This is a good thing in the end because it promotes the idea that if online casinos put out a good product that is worthy of recognition, they will eventually receive some very real benefits because of it.
Golden Casino is known for many things, but in player terms it is perhaps best known for all of the different online tournaments it is responsible for creating. There are not many online casinos around that have the ability to build up a player base through online casino tournaments, but Golden Casino over the years has displayed a remarkable ability to do just that.
In fact, one of their main tournaments, known as the Weekend Madness Tournament, has become one of the most celebrated tournaments not just amongst online casinos, but amongst online gambling sites in general. This tournament is a very simple tournament format that starts on Friday, ends on Tuesday and awards a prize pool of at least $30,000 over the course of that entire span of time. The tournament is a re-buy tournament with an initial entry fee of $20 for 325 credits and a re-buy option for the same amount. In the month of February, the first week will see the tournament played on the Cherry Blossoms online slot machine with the third and fourth weeks having tournaments respectively played on the Magic Carpet online slot machine and the Coral Cash online slot machine.
The second week is a bit of a unique situation this month because the second tournament contains Valentine’s Day. Since many couples enjoy online gambling together on this particular occasion, Golden Casino has decided to go ahead and create a special tournament (from 13th February to 20th February) just for Valentine’s Day. The online slot machine that will be used for this tournament is Cupid’s Arrow which is a slot machine that has a perfect theme for a tournament that is being extended for special promotions centered on the Valentine’s Day calendar date.
There are many special aspects to this particular tournament. For starters, Golden Casino’s typical minimum prize pool of $30,000 has been more than doubled to $70,000, which gives all those couples out there a unique opportunity to win some money for celebrations of their love for each other. In addition to this increase however, the entry cost for the tournament has been reduced from $20 to $0.99, with the re-buy amount having been increased to $25. This means that unless you re-buy more than three times in the tournament, you will save money overall. That fact alone makes this a remarkable offer from an online casino that is known for great online tournaments.
Microgaming, long the leader in online slots, has come out with a number of interesting new slot machines in February of 2009. These releases are part of the online slots releases that Microgaming has been doing on a monthly basis for years now and their releases every month are usually eagerly anticipated by a gaming community that as a whole has given Microgaming technology a thorough inspection and overall has been satisfied at what it sees. Having gone through that particular baptism, Microgaming can now release online slots on a monthly basis that have a guaranteed player base almost from the time they come onto the market.
In recent times, Microgaming has pursued a different strategy when it comes to the release of its monthly new online slots. Usually, they will release some online slots that are normal in terms of their typical pattern and these slots will then be added to their already formidable collection of online slots. However, the other machines that are released into the market of online slot machines will be innovative in some way, shape or form. Microgaming, having coming through the worst of the online gambling slump, now feels justified in experimenting a bit with some of their online slots releases and as long as they keep the good Microgaming machines coming at the same time as the experiments, there appears to be little to no downside for this particular way of doing things.
Case in point on this particular issue would be AWP, one of the normal online slots that Microgaming released in the month of February. This, along with Track and Fieldmouse as well as Bearly Fishing, are the three slot machines that represent the addition to the database of new Microgaming themes that are created with the same randomization and general dynamics as the best of their video online slots. For this reason, these online slots were received warmly, but ultimately did not receive the same amount of media attention as the fourth slot machine.
This final machine is Burning Desire, a name that already sparks a lot of mental imagery in anyone that reads it in their minds. However, it is not the name or the artwork on this slot machine that garners the attention of the press, but rather the innovative no pay line approach of the machine. With no pay lines, winning combinations are possible so long as each of the five reels is involved in creating the combination. With pay line restrictions removed, Burning Desire has over 200 different winning combinations and very likely represents the future of online slots insofar as Microgaming is concerned.