Online slot machines have undergone an evolution in the past decade. In that time, they’ve become far more sophisticated experiences, more closely resembling modern mobile and PC games than the less impressive digital slots of the past.
This leap in sophistication is due in part to the embrace of popular themes, as well as more dynamic gameplay (with bonus mini-games, special jackpot features, and so on). More than any other factor though, it is the leap forward in visual design that has made the difference.
Today’s online slots boast incredible graphics and animation that elevate them beyond what most would have expected to see in the category just a few years ago.
Here, we’re going to briefly look at five particularly gorgeous games that demonstrate the changes, and show why the slot space should be taken seriously.
1 – Ali Baba’s Luck
As you can guess from the title, “Ali Baba’s Luck” embraces the general style of ancient Arabian mythology we’ve all come to understand through everything from “Aladdin” to “Prince Of Persia” games.
In fact it’s a fairly timely game in that respect given that Ubisoft’s “Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time” remake is due out for gamers some time in the next year or so! Strictly speaking though, “Ali Baba’s Luck” is its own standalone game, and it does a beautiful job of capturing the same familiar mythology.
Palatial backgrounds, sparkling animations of treasures and mysterious characters, and an inexplicable sense of magic combine to form atmospheric clout that’s almost unrivaled in the casino space.
2 – Steamtower
“Steamtower” isn’t quite as cutting edge as “Ali Baba’s Luck” from a graphics standpoint, but it’s another slot reel that looks very much like a full-fledged video game in the mobile or PC space. It’s a slot reel that embraces a general steampunk vibe that — when you think about it — we actually see quite frequently in modern gaming.
GameRant did a nice job of rounding up titles that fit this description, pointing to everything from “Machinarium,” to “Bioshock,” to “Final Fantasy VI” as examples. In this context, “Steamtower” fits right in, and frankly looks even more attractive and interesting than most of its steampunk counterparts.
3 – Legacy Of Oz
Recently unveiled as a Gala Casino slot exclusive, the “Legacy Of Oz” title is only just beginning to gain traction in this gaming category as of this writing. However, it is immediately recognizable as one of the prettiest games in the slot space. Working off of a general “Wizard Of Oz” theme, the game depicts a captivating fantasy setting.
While certainly reminiscent of the established Oz of literary and cinematic lore, this environment also feels like a fresh twist — both more playful and more sinister. The animation of green energy and flames surrounding slot reels and the design of a primary, magician-like character make particularly memorable impressions.
4 – Jurassic World
The “Jurassic Park” reboot, “Jurassic World,” actually led to a number of different gaming adaptations that have been fairly satisfying — including “Jurassic World Evolution” for PC, which we’ve reviewed here in the past.
Well, there’s also a slot reel based on the game, and it, too, is almost oddly satisfying. Part of this is because of engaging gameplay that goes beyond what you get in a typical slot (bonus mini-games involving various dinosaurs, etc.). But it’s also a game that captures the look and visual wonder of the film it’s based on.
In addition to playing clips from the film, the game employs what are essentially photorealistic graphics representing familiar locations, characters, and dinosaurs. The result is a game that is as beautiful as it is enjoyable.
5 – Golden Glyph
If you were to do extensive research into the most beautiful video games of the past decade in any medium, the title “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” would come up a lot. And if you don’t know why, there’s a post on Medium that shows off much of the game’s scenery in a way that completely conveys its stunning visual quality.
There may be other video games on its level, but it’s tough to argue that any have packed more beauty than “Odyssey” has in its depictions of Ancient Egypt. Well, the “Golden Glyph” slot can’t quite match it, but for an online slot game it does present a staggeringly pretty, embellished picture of the same setting.
With so many Egyptian games (including in the slot category) focusing on entirely fictional presentations of Egypt, this one captures the sense of wonder we get when we imagine the ancient empire in idealistic, but not wholly fabricated terms.
It’s a wondrous, sun-kissed metropolis of pyramids and monuments, with the Nile weaving through it, and it’s as pretty a scene as you’ll find in slots.
Give these games a try and you’ll quickly understand why and how the slot genre has grown as big as it has.
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