Slots change and evolve rapidly. Every month we see multiple games being released, which often introduce a new feature or game mechanic that does not have a direct equivalent. This is done to bring an element of novelty and innovation into slots. As a result, we have a 1,000+ slot machine games in one place.
But for a newbie, these different games could look very similar. It could be difficult to tell the classes apart, let alone know the pros and cons of each. That’s where we come in! We discuss the different classes of slots in this article.
3 reel slots
This is the classic type of slot that dates back to the very first slot machines ever created. 3 reels and 3 rows slots aren’t as popular today due to the limited number of paylines in the game and small-ish prizes.
5 reel slots
This is the most popular type of slot today that has 5 reels and 3, 4, 5 or more rows. 5 reels allow for a bigger variety of games as well as bigger prizes and more paylines. You could play anywhere from 5 payline to 243 payline games with this slot class. What is also common with this class is a range of bonus features such as free spins, wilds and cascading reels.
Fixed jackpot slots
This could be a slot with any amount of reels and a large main prize in form of a jackpot. The game could have multiple jackpots, with all different values. The jackpot size doesn’t change and isn’t limited by any time constraints, all you have to do is spin the reels and have a chance of winning the jackpot with every spin!
Progressive jackpot slots
This is one of the most popular types of slots. This game has a growing jackpot (or multiple increasing jackpots). Every player contributes to building the jackpot. A small percentage of every bet placed in the game goes towards the main prize(s) until a lucky player wins it. Then the jackpot will be taken down to its base value and the process starts over again. You have to be extremely lucky to nab the progressive jackpot, but the jackpots in these slots are often 6-figure numbers and above! The biggest win ever recorded is €17.8 million.
This is a type of slot that has a theme based on popular TV shows, films and video games. The pros of playing a branded slot include multiple features that these games offer, like multiple kinds of free spins, wilds, multipliers and other bonus games.
First introduced by the Australian developers Big Time Gaming, this is another one of the popular slot classes. This game has a varying amount of symbols on every reel, which enables you to win in many different ways, usually up to 117,649 ways to win. The number of symbols appearing on a single reel is random and can be anywhere from 1 to 7 symbols. Megaways is a very varied game that could yield some massive payouts!