How Software Developers Create Popular Casino Games
Modern casino games – particularly online slots – resemble video games more so than they do the original versions of slot machines. Take, for example, a slot game like Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs: It looks, feels and plays like the Tomb Raider video games, and one would associate more with them than they would classic ‘fruit machine’ games.
But what are the components that go into a modern slot game? How do you make it stand out from the crowd (a casino will have 100s of slots) in the same manner as you would a new video game? It’s a question that software developers and game designers face when launching a new slot. Let’s break it all down below. And, as you will see, it’s about a lot more than prizes.
Choose Your Theme
Arguably, the most important aspect is getting the theme right. The choices are limitless: From Norse gods to modern movies, you can literally pick anything. Branding is an option, which you can see when with games like Britain’s Got Talent, which is often featured among the Top 10 games at Casino.com.
It’s an officially licensed game, so it features clips, images and other elements from the television show. Yet, an important aspect is not to simply brand the slot with images, but to incorporate those elements into the gameplay. The BGT slot, for example, has a special bonus feature – the Live Show Bonus – which mimics what goes on in the television show.
Once you have a theme, you now must decide how your game will be structured. The days of a single line slot are long gone, so you must decide how the pay lines are going to work.
It’s not uncommon to see modern slots with 1000s of paylines working across the reels. Indeed, games like Finn and the Swirly Spin don’t have pay lines at all, working on a maze-like structure which awards win based on clusters of symbols.
Graphics and Sounds
One of the best slots that get it right in terms of sounds and visuals is the Spinal Tap slot from Blueprint gaming. Again, this is licensed stuff based on the cult movie, and the developers have incorporated the catchy guitar rifts into the score, as well as excellent animations based on the main characters.
The key to keeping players interested in a slot game is to have a special bonus that hovers tantalizingly in the background. It’s important that this will offer bigger payouts than the main game, but also that it offers something different in terms of gameplay.
The Thunder Buddies Bonus from Ted (yes, more branded games) is a good example of this. It takes place on a completely different screen than the main game, and it offers multiple side games and enhancements.
The prizes are, of course, important. The main concern is if you are going to offer a progressive jackpot or a regular one. The former is a separate prize pool, created by taking a small percentage of each player’s bets, and adding it to a fund which is paid out randomly to an individual player.
Catching Lightning in a Bottle
The last element is unquantifiable, and it is something that games developers must wrestle within all contexts. There is no advice for this, but simply a note of caution:
You can build a ‘perfect’ casino game that looks great, has explosive special features and a big jackpot, yet players might not warm to it. That’s a risk every developer takes, as sometimes it is something undefined that changes something from an average game to a great one.https://techshali.com/how-software-developers-create-popular-casino-games/https://techshali.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/How-Software-Developers-Create-Popular-Casino-Games.jpghttps://techshali.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/How-Software-Developers-Create-Popular-Casino-Games-150x150.jpgFeatureddeveloper,mobile,softwareModern casino games – particularly online slots – resemble video games more so than they do the original versions of slot machines. Take, for example, a slot game like Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs: It looks, feels and plays like the Tomb Raider video games, and one would associate...Deepak GuptaDeepak Guptadgdeepak000@gmail.comAdministratorDeepak Gupta is a tech geek who is a founder of TechShali, a popular tech-blog dedicated to help people all around the world.Techshali