The history of slot machines started at the end of the 19th century when two men named Sittman and Pitt from Brooklyn, New York developed a gambling machine which was pretty much the first slot machine ever created. It had five drums which held 50 card faces and was based on the game of poker. The machine proved to be very popular and soon a lot of the bars in the city had one or more of their own machines. A player would just insert a nickel into it and pull a lever and the drums would spin the cards they held around. Your main objective as a player was to get a good poker hand.
Slowly but surely things evolved until we got to the standard slot machines that we know and love today. In time we added a lot of features to the games like bonus games, scatter and wild symbols and a multitude of themes.
Although at first they were not the main focus of a casino, slowly but surely they achieved that status with today’s casinos earning about 70% of their profits from slots. This popularity has slowly but surely forced the industry to create better and better slot machines in order to satisfy the needs of all their customers. The graphics, animations and sound kept getting better and better, especially when we started making online slot based machines.
One of the main focuses of online developers to attract players has been themes, definitely. Nowadays no matter what your preferred hobby or pop culture trend is there is definitely a slot machine for you. Here are some of the more popular themes used in online slot machines:
This type of slot machine takes its inspiration from movies like Indiana Jones or more recently games like Uncharted. Most of them will have ancient temples as their backdrop and the symbols will be different types of treasure chests and jewels.
These slots are usually very brightly coloured and have some cute symbols which will surely cheer you up if you’re in a bad mood. The backgrounds will usually be some soothing colour like different nuances of blue while the soundtrack will surely be something very cheerful.
In case you can’t tell, this type of slot machine will be inspired by various popular movies. Most of them will have images taken straight from the movie for the background and the symbols. Some will even have a little bit of the original score as their soundtrack.
These slots take their inspiration from various mythological sources. Whether you like Greek, Egyptian or Norse mythology, there is definitely a game for you somewhere out there.
If you are passionate about science fiction then here are some slot machines for you. While some of them take inspiration from various Sci-Fi movies or TV shows, some just have a futuristic look and the symbols will usually be spaceships, robots and so on.