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The first slot machine as we know it was built by a San Francisco mechanic called Charles Fey in the late 19th century. It was not the first gaming machine involving reels and symbols but his innovative solutions – like the automatic payout mechanism and the one that separated fake coins from real ones – made his design the most successful at the time. Over the century that has passed ever since slot machines have conquered the Western world. Today, you see them everywhere from gas stations to lottery offices, casino resorts, even riverboats and restaurants in some countries. But the reach of slot machines goes beyond real money gaming. Unlikely as it may sound, these games have many fans beyond Vegas and the All Slots Canada, fans that even pay for slot machine simulators that won’t pay them a dime in return.
Social casino apps have been a big hit lately – they are constantly among the top grossing games in North America (especially on the iPhone). Unlike the games at the All Slots and other real money gaming venues, these games don’t actually pay out any wins – they only pay their winners with virtual credits that can only be used inside the game. Players can, in turn, buy virtual credits in-app for real money, and play with no chance to get any cash in return – just for the games’ entertainment value.
Some of the most successful social casino apps are Playtika’s Slotomania, Big Fish Games’ Big Fish Casino, Playstudios’ MyVEGAS, and several others.
Paid slot simulators
Phantom EFX, now part of Williams Interactive (owned by Scientific Games), has released quite a few game simulators over the years, including a series of slot machine and casino game simulators. The list of its products includes the well-known “Hoyle” series, the “Real Deal” series, including Reel Deal Slots Bonus Mania, the WMS Slots series, and several social games, all with similar topics: board and card games, including casino games, sold as your average PC game. Other pachislots in Japan have evolved to include games like Metal Gear Solid, complete with visually enticing cut-scenes.
Free mobile slots
If you search for “slot machine” on the smartphone app marketplace of your choice, you’ll find many that are either individual titles or collections of slots that are free to play (sort of) on the go. Some of these are ad-supported, others – like the above-mentioned social casino games – rely on in-app purchases to generate revenues.
Slot machines might be associated with real money gaming venues – both land-based like the casinos of Las Vegas or online like the above-mentioned All Slots Casino – but they go beyond their limits, bringing a specific kind of entertainment to a specific kind of player. And they have a dedicated fan base, too.
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