This question probably stirs the mind of every player. In order to answer it, I will have to take some of your time and ask you to read this article. Here I will try to tell you how you can tell if the slot you have chosen is good or bad. But first, I would like to define what a bad slot or a good slot means. The thing is, “bad” and “good” can mean different things to each player. For example, one player can have a 96% RTP in a slot, while another player can have a bad RTP. To summarise, each slot parameter should be considered separately, and then you can determine for yourself exactly what is a bad or good slot.
So, you’ve come to an online casino site and are trying to find a game you’re happy with. To begin with, pay attention to the RTP (which is the theoretical return of a portion of the funds to the player). This parameter indicates how much money you’ll get back excluding the casino’s commission. The recommended minimum RTP is said to be 96%. I always recommend paying attention to those games that have a theoretical return on this value. However, if this variable is higher, it only means that the slot is eating up a lot less of your money. Therefore, pay attention to those games where the RTP starts at 96%. As an example, I would recommend paying attention to slots such as:
- 1429 Uncharted Seas from Thunderkick with an RTP of 98.8%
- Jokerizer from Yggdrasil with an RTP of 98%
- Golden Tour from Playtech with an RTP of 97.71%
- Thunderstruck 2 from Microgaming with an RTP of 96.7%
- Starburst from Netent with an RTP of 96%.
The second thing to consider when choosing a game is the presence of nice features. Why? Because the varied and vibrant bonus options will improve your game considerably, as well as cheer you up and make the gameplay most appealing. I would recommend choosing not the usual classic slots that only have Free Spins or a simple Bonus Game. Pay attention to games that are more modern. They are the ones where you can find the coolest features these days. For example, I would recommend the following games, where you can find nice features:
- Fortune Rewind from Play’n Go (Additional Free Spins, Benefits from no win spins, Free Spins, Free Spins Multiplier, Respin Wild, Respins, RTP range, Scatter symbols, Sticky Wilds, Symbol Swap, Wild)
- Scarab Temple by 3 Oaks (Additional Free Spins, Bonus Game, Bonus symbols, Free Spins, Hold and Spin, Lock it Link, Remove Symbols, Scatter Symbols, Wild)
- Power of Thor Megaways by Pragmatic Play (Avalanche / Cascading wins, Buy Feature, Expanding Symbols, Free Spins, Free Spins Multiplier, Megaways, Multiway (+1024), Risk/Gamble (Double) game, RTP range, Scatter Symbols, Wild)
- Gold Rush With Johnny Cash from BGaming (Additional Free Spins, Bonus Game, Bonus symbols, Buy Feature, Cash Collector, Free Spins, Hold and Spin, Lock it Link, Scatter Symbols, Wild)
- Bestwood from Quickspin (Additional Free Spins, Buy Feature, Free Spins Multiplier, Multiplier, Multiway (+1024), Reelset Changing, RTP range, Scatter Symbols, Wild).
In fact, there are a lot of slots with cool bonus options, and I’ve only listed a few so that you understand what features can be found in slots. Still, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many players don’t really spend much time worrying about RTP because they care about features, and vice versa, there are players who care about cool features and don’t pay much attention to RTP. I recommend that when choosing slots you keep all the parameters in mind and choose the best.
I would also like to talk about the fairness of the games. Of course, you have to pay attention to whether the provider is licensed or not. Because a license gives you some assurance that the provider creates games that will work fairly and all spin results will be completely random. The thing is, you have to provide your software and RNG source code in order to get a license so that the government authorities check it out. If everything is in order with the software and it complies with all the regulations, the license is granted to the provider and it can operate. Some developers go further and in addition to the license, they themselves undergo audits in companies, which test slots, roulette, card games and other games with a random number generator. The most popular companies today are iTechLabs, GLE and eCogra. These independent companies give you extra reassurance that the games are fair. If you see on a provider’s website that it has been certified by one of these companies, you can trust these games.
Some people also consider graphics when choosing a slot. For me, this aspect has always been of secondary importance, because I always pay attention first to the technical characteristics of the game. When I make sure that the selected slots meet my requirements, then I look at how they look. Of course, there are slots where the graphics are just plain old junk and I don’t really like these games. However, there are some really good slots out there that have the latest 3D graphics and they keep you coming back for more. I would recommend you to pay attention to slots like:
- Book of Dead from Play’n Go
- Big Bass Bonanza from the Reel Kingdom
- Floating Dragon Megaways from the Reel Kingdom
- Alpha Eagle from Hacksaw Gaming
- Deepsea Riches from Mascot Gaming.
The parameters listed above are the main ones when selecting slots. Of course, there are times when you have to sacrifice some of the parameters. However, now you know how to choose the best slot. I would also like to add that players also pay attention to maximum winnings and volatility. There are multipliers that reach up to x50,000 in some slots and such games will have high volatility, where wins will be very rare but they will be big. And games with multipliers from x1,000 will have more frequent and smaller winnings. But for the purposes of this article, we will stop there.