Slot Machines Become More Artistic and Entertaining than Ever

When they were first invented by an ingenious car mechanic from San Francisco – it happened over a century ago – they were far simpler than today. The first true slot machine designed by Charles Fey in 1895 was a completely mechanical device with three reels and five symbols on each. All a player could do with it was introduce a coin into a slot, pull a lever (this was the reason it was called a “one armed bandit”), and wait for the reels to stop. At a certain time it was used as an entertaining candy vending machine. Later the machine was introduced in the US casinos in Las Vegas, spawning a complete separate arm of the gambling industry.

In the years to come slot machines have evolved from simple mechanical devices into elaborate, artistic pieces of software available for everyone with an internet connection – they can even benefit of the best royal vegas casino promotions on the side. First the electromechanical slot machine was built by Bally Technology, followed by the first video slot built in 1976, with a 19″ screen and a computer operating the game. By the mid-1990s slot machines found their way to the internet – and that was the time when they have become incredibly popular.

Today’s video slot machines – not all of them, of course, but several of the most notable ones – are such elaborate pieces of software that they can almost be called artistic. Some of them have feature rich animations and soundtracks to fit their theme, others get inspiration from classic or new movies and TV shows, recreating their atmosphere and theme in a most faithful way.

One of the most beautiful video slot machines released this year is Forsaken Kingdom, released through Microgaming’s gaming network by Austrian game design company Rabcat Gaming. The game has a theme based on the immortal myth of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. The game has a beautifully built 3D design, with symbols inspired by the myth – the King himself, his wife Guinevere, the Black Knight and the castle of Avalon, along with shields and beautifully designed lesser symbols. The game’s graphics and animations are incredibly smooth. The game is both entertaining and lucrative, offering its players an atmospheric gameplay along with a series of major wins.

Another beautifully designed video slot machine released this year is Dracula, built by Swedish developer Net Entertainment. Based on the immortal figure conceived by Bram Stoker in collaboration with Universal Studios, the game tells the story of the blood-thirsty count seeking out his eternal love in the Victorian London. The game has detail rich graphics and artistic animations, fit to the modern image of Dracula – the count turns into a cloud of bats from time to time, and reacts naturally to the state of the reels.

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2014 will see greater VIP packages for casino players

Casinos face a problem this year and that’s because of hopping, the term dubbed for players who spring about websites collecting deposit bonuses. Yet what they find is real money wagering requirements that they didn’t expect, play though bonus small prints and dodgy withdrawal limitations. Suddenly hopping around isn’t worth the time or hassle. But people still do it, whether it’s free play with no deposit or simply trying to spin back some of the welcome package which they thought was free, they barely stay for the night. So what does this mean for the players who do stick around, how will operators take care of them in 2014?

Loyalty is the word that crops up in most casino management conferences, the fundamental calling card that means everything to the customer. People have their favourite supermarkets, their favourite cars and their favourite holiday resorts, so why not their favourite gambling venues too. For this to happen the product must be solid, it must be reliable and it must be worth having, by this we mean the long term benefits. If you analyse the subject further, the sites which experience high hopping rates have the lowest VIP plans and loyalty packages. Thankfully, casinos are just waking up to it.

The next 12 months will see big changes to exclusive labels and points packages adopted by most of the leading brands. Yes the year will see more independent casinos with better initial offers, but VIP’s will benefit most long term with the big names. It’s the top casino sites which have the most fire power in terms of loyal partnerships with their players and they’ll do be doing more this year to keep hold of them.

Team covertcasino which reviews and compares some of the most reputable sites on the web has promised further tracking of VIP packages in 2014. Not only will they rate casinos on their games capacity, jackpot totals and welcome bonuses, but on their ability to look after their players beyond the scale of registration.

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The Butler’s Top Five Online Games

Recent years have seen the online gaming industry expand at an ever growing rate with more and more people the world over depositing to gaming sites and winning big! The Butler from the online bingo site ButlersBingo.com takes a look at the industry and reveals his favourite games from available on the internet.

1. Bingo

Bingo is believed to have originated in Italy during the 1500s before migrating to other parts of Europe throughout the 1700s and in recent years has expanded from bricks-and-mortar games to online and its popularity has increased exponentially as a result.

There two main types of bingo that can be played with the 90 ball bingo descended from the Italian game invented more than 500 years ago which is most popular in the UK and the 75 ball version of the game that was invented in the USA in 1929. The major difference between the two is that 90 ball version sees you win prizes for marking off the numbers on your tickets as they are called – the more lines you get, the bigger the cash prize you win! 75 ball bingo is similar to 90 ball bingo, but instead of marking your tickets line by line, you must mark them to a certain shape. Once you get this shape on your ticket, you are the winner of the big prize.

Both versions of the game are available at ButlersBingo.com where you can play both free and paid games.

2. Poker

Poker is another game that has massively expanded from smoky backrooms and home games into a massive worldwide business with the invention of the internet. There are many different varieties of the game, with the most popular version being Texas Hold’em. In this version of the game each player is dealt two cards and five cards are dealt in the middle of the table for all to use. To win the hand you need to make your best five card hand using whatever combination of the seven cards available. It is an easy game to pick up and learn to play but as 1989 WSOP Gold Bracelet winner Mike Sexton once remarked “It takes five minutes to learn but a lifetime to master”.

Other popular versions of the game are Omaha, which is similar to Texas Hold’em except you are dealt four cards and you are able to make your best hand with two of these and three on the table, and the draw and stud versions of the game. Draw games see you dealt all five cards and you are able to replace as many cards as you wish, while stud games see cards dealt out both face down and uncovered.

3. Blackjack

Blackjack, or as it is sometimes known 21, is the most widely played casino banking game in the world and in order to win you have to beat the dealer. The best hand to get in blackjack is ace-ten/jack/queen/king and is known as a blackjack. This will always win you the hand, as long as the dealer does not also hold a blackjack, and you can also win by having a higher final score than the dealer or if the dealer goes bust by exceeding 21 on his cards.

The game was invented in the early 1600s and has grown to become one of the most popular card games in the world, both in live casinos and online, ever since as it appeals to both novices and experts alike. ButlersBingo.com offers a variety of blackjack games in the casino section of the site, so check it out today for your chance to win big at the card tables!

4. Roulette

Another of the most famous and well played casino games in recent years is roulette where the croupier will drop a ball onto the roulette wheel and players are given the opportunity to bet on one number, or a selection of numbers, as well as if the ball will drop into a red or black slot and if the number will be odd or even.

There are many systems available to be used to optimise winnings at the roulette tables, although their effectiveness is questionable at best, and there is plenty of opportunity to win big at the tables. There are two versions of the game with the European version of the game having 37 slots from 0-36 and a 38 slot version of the game popularised in the USA with an extra 00 on the wheel.

Online roulette is one of The Butler’s favourite casino games, so join him at the tables now and you could win up to 72 times your bet if you can pick the correct number on where the ball will stop!

5. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight slot game is one of the best and most popular slot games available on the market right now and is has more than 240 ways to win! The game itself is based on the 2008 Christopher Nolan Batman movie and it features both Cinematic Spins showing video clips from the movies as well as appearances from both Batman and The Joker to award special prizes.

On top of this it also features four separate progressive jackpots and the top tier jackpot currently sits at more than £3.2m and it is likely to increase even further. ButlersBingo.com player JonO hit the big time on this game back in December 2012 as he turned a 30p spin into more than £5.8m! Will you be the next big winner?

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This Week’s New Games

Try your luck and skills at Online Casino Games – we got the best games and the best bonuses in the industry. What a week! From commando bunnies, to Finnish sauna phyics to a sequel to one of the best puzzle games of all time, we’ve had a rollercoaster of updates here at Kwikgames! Here are our pick of the best new games this week…

LightBot 2.0

Lightbot was one of the best Flash games of all time, and not it’s back and better than ever! If you have a logical brain and can think like a programmer you’ll love solving every level of this unique and inspired puzzle game.

Terramek

8 levels of mech blasting action. You control Terramek, a state of the art turreted bipedal war machine equipped with interchangable weapons. Your goal is to make your way through 8 levels, destroying enemies and collecting treasure and upgrades along the way.

Bunny Flags

You’re a lone bunny command with a single mission – defend the flag at all costs! This is an action strategy game with lots of upgrades, bonuses and options – and one fluffy bunny with a big gun!

Saunavihta Vortex

Very stylish physics based puzzle game. Active the blocks, and use the vortexes to reach the sauna on each level and progress through this beautifully designed game.

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It’s Good To Share

We’ve made it even easier to share the games you love here at Kwikgames with your friends! At the top of every game page you’ll now see three new, easy to use buttons which allow you to share the game via Facebook, tweet the game via Twitter, or add the game to a huge range of social media and bookmarking sites via AddThis.

This is the first of a number of new features to be rolled out here at Kwikgames over the next few weeks.  Following shortly will be a new game submit feature, high score leaderboards, and competitions.

Each button comes with a preloaded share message which you can edit, so sharing is now easier than ever! This is what the buttons look like, why not click one right now and give it a try?

Facebook Fan Page

On top of that, you may or may not already know that we just launched the official Kwikgames.com Facebook Fanpage yesterday! If you’ve not already done so, head over to the page and click the “like” button which will keep you up to date with all the news and new game releases here at Kwikgames.

Like the new features?  Got suggestions of something else you’d like us to add to the site?  We want to hear from you.  Leave a comment here, or over at the fan page and let us know what we can do to make the site even more fun for you!

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Big Bucks – The Real Time Property Development Game

What do you get if you cross Monopoly with a real time strategy game, and throw in arcade style cartoon characters and power-ups? Well, you get this awesome new game Big Bucks!

This is definitely my favorite new game this month. You drive around the town stopping at each property which you can buy and develop, but you’ll have to pay rent when you land on your opponent’s properties. The game is played in real time, so you have to be quick and buy as much as you can, but spend too fast and you might not have enough in the bank to pay the bills.

The wacky characters are awesome, there’s a great variety of layouts and some cool power-ups, which all together make this a really fun game. The built in tutorial is very clear and you’ll learn the rules in no time. The only thing I would say though – click on the menu and turn the music off, it really gets on your nerves pretty quickly!

Play Big Bucks

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Three New Arcade Games

We’re in the middle of a big overhaul here at Kwikgames, with over 20 great new games to add over the next few days, and even more to come over the next month. We’re also about to launch our Facebook fan page (more info very soon) so you’ll be able to keep on top of the latest releases even easier!

Check back tomorrow for info about the fan page, upcoming releases and some exciting competition news, but for now why not have a quick blast on these new arcade games…

Maniac Killer
Maniac Killer
Stylish side scrolling and first person shooter from the makers of Sift Heads.
One Ton Boom
One Ton Boom
Control "One Ton", the ultimate weapon, bred for a single purpose, but now escaped…
Kaban Sprint Kaban Sprint
Run all over the farm, dodging obstacles, jumping fences and leaping off springboards!.

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NiM Master – Infuriating Puzzle Game

We came across a great little puzzle game today, and just had to add it to the site. The game is called NiM Master, and as puzzle games come, it couldn’t be simpler.

You start off with several rows of stones. You, and the computer opponent take it in turns to remove any number of stones, from any single row. Play then alternates and the winner is the player who removes the last stone. Sounds simple? Well it is, but I guarantee it will take you a while before you can beat the game!

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3 Of The Best Games Of All Time

It seems that hundreds of new Flash games are released every week these days, and while some of them are certainly good, there are many more which are very weak. If you’re looking for fun free games then you’ll find hundreds here at Kwikgames, but these are 3 of my all time favorites. If you’ve not played them already then definitely give them a go!

1. Crush The Castle. This game, and “Crush The Castle – The Players Pack” sequel simply has to be on any list of the best or most popular Flash games of the past few years. Published by Armor Games, Crush The Castle like many great games is extremely simple, but amazingly addictive. The aim of the game is to use a trebuchet to knock down a castle, with each level getting progressively more difficult.

The gameplay is very simple, just click the mouse to start the trebuchet’s swing, and once again to release the ammunition. The game starts with only small rocks for ammo, but beating certain levels unlocks bigger rocks, multiple rocks and even bombs. Completing the game takes a good aim, and a certain amount of strategy. You’ll need to carefully choose the right ammo and tactics to crush some of the castles, and beat the entire game. If you love the first game and want more be sure to check out the sequel, and let’s hope for another game in the series soon!

2. Bloons. Once again, one of the most fun and addictive games is incredibly simple. In fact, even though I’ve completed every level more than once, I still go back to play it again! In the game you control a dart throwing monkey, and your goal is to pop all the balloons by throwing your darts. There are 50 levels in the first Bloons game, and loads more in the sequels!

You have a limited supply of darts, and the levels are designed in such a way that you’ll need to work out the right strategy for each level. You can pick up powerups along the way, and you’ll encounter special baloons types to burst. It’s a great game, and some of the sequels (such as Bloons tower defense) are almost as good too!

3. Grow Cube. OK so this is the odd one out, while the first 2 games on this list are incredibly simple and easy to explain, Grow Cube doesn’t really fit in a specific genre. The game makes the list though simply because it’s amazingly well designed and very clever, and a lot of fun. You control the game with 10 buttons, each of which add something to the cube. Your goal is to press the buttons in the right order to “grow” the cube.

Now if that doesn’t sound like much of a game, that’s only because you really need to play this game to understand it. It’s the intricate and funny animations caused by the player’s inputs whcih make the game so fascinating to play and watch. Get the order wrong and there will be terrible consequences, but get it right and you’ll be rewarded by watching all sorts of things happen in a cliver sequence. It’s impossible to get across the beauty of this game in words, so go and play the game and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that its place on this list is well deserved!

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2 New Platform Games

Bubba time

A fun and unique platform/puzzle game with some nice gameplay twists.

Bubba Time is a crossover between a cute and stylish platform game, and a puzzler. Work your way through each of the well design levels, collecting the pieces of the broken click, all the while manipulating time to help you on your adventure!

Running Blue

Retro styled fast paced platform game.

It doesn’t get much more retro than this – a classic old school platform game, reminiscent of the early ’90s. Run, jump, kill enemies and collect coins in an attempt to make the end of each level and save your buddies!

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