Online casino games are often thrilling, captivating, mesmerizing and more intriguing than Hollywood flicks. This rings especially true for slot machines, which give their creators an unseen level of creativity. Whether you want to dive with beautiful mermaids, dance with cheeky leprechauns, or fight zombies and vampires – modern-day slot machines offer that and some. Yet one can’t help but wonder, how they come to be and what distinguishes a successful gaming blockbuster from mediocre titles that are quickly forgotten.
The person who might know all the answers is Anna Rosak, a digital marketing specialist and online gaming expert who reviewed thousands of casinos (such as this one polskiekasynohex.com/kasyna-online/22bet/) and slot games. Familiar with the creative process, she also recognized the needs of contemporary players who are nothing like their grandparents.
“In the 21st century, an average casino fan is more demanding than ever. They will always ask for more, and won’t make any compromises. Gaming studios are under immense pressure to release slot machines that will not only beat the competition but also all previous releases in terms of quality, excitement, features and visuals”, says Anna.The Concept Phase
It all begins with the concept. A concept is an initial idea of what a game should be. Will it be an Egyptian archaeological adventure? Or perhaps a steamy romance? Maybe an action-packed crime game?
“Certain themes always work. For example, Egyptian slot machines never go out of style. The same goes for classic penny games with cherries, bells and bars. However, there are also seasonal games that have to be released at the right moment to be noticed. In March, expect to see an abundance of Irish games. In summer, you’ll see pirates and mermaids, and just around Halloween, all sorts of spooky creatures come crawling out”, reveals the expert.Deciding on the Mechanism
Choosing the theme is not the only creative part of the gaming creation process. In fact, it is all about creativity, being original and unique, even when it comes to the more technical aspect of it.
Gaming mechanism is the operational part of the game, the one that determines how many reels and rows will there be, and how a player will be able to hit a win. It also includes adding special bonus features and other perks and benefits that keep the player engaged.
Oftentimes, you might think a certain game looks familiar, and you might be right. According to Anna, you have probably encountered a re-skinned game. Re-skinned games are the ones that feature a new design, on an already existing gaming mechanism. Typically, such mechanisms are released around big holidays, and in games that have a short engaging period.
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“Who wants to play Santa Claus games after Christmas? Exactly. For this reason, such games are often just re-skins. There is no point in making something new if it will never reach its full potential”, says the specialist.Facing the Game Design
In this step, things get really fun. During the design process, creators can let their imagination run wild and build upon the existing ideas to create a game that will be hypnotic in every way.
The most important design elements of any game are reels and the reel frame, as they are the most important for the player. Reels are filled with symbols that have to go along with the theme and be detailed, yet not overpowering. In the end, there is also the starting picture that displays what the game is all about, and invites the player to start it.
Other elements that capture the attention are the background, providing the right setting and mood. The soundtrack is also important, just like sound effects. Gaming suppliers pay close attention to it, as audio elements help build tension, and keep users at the edges of their seats.Sequels and Sagas
When a game is a massive success, it often lives to see plenty of sequels and sagas that sprout out of it. We asked Anna what’s the difference between the two.
“A sequel is a slot machine that features the same theme, and characters, but not necessarily the same features. Sagas often have the most prominent feature in common. For instance, Mega Moolah saga is famous for the massive jackpot prize, its best-selling feature. Big Bass Bonanza has a fishing theme, but payouts and features vary from title to title”, explains the casino insider.
She also let us know that series and sagas are an amazing way to make the old gamers come back. Users have a connection with their games and keep returning to them: “It’s like watching a show on Netflix, or a reality. You just have to see what happens next”, said Anna Rosak in the end.