One of the most entertaining forms of gambling you’ll find anywhere online is when playing online slots. There are now thousands of different popular slot games to choose from on hundreds of different sites.
The most popular slot games are enjoyed by millions of players all around the world. The reasons for each game’s popularity can be different and it might be that graphics, bonus features or payout percentages lead to players preferring certain slots. It can also be down to progressive jackpot machines where there can be regular jackpot payouts of six figure amounts.
We’ve tried out every single one of the most popular slot games that are currently available and compiled this top 10 of slot games that you really should be playing.
10. Monopoly Bring the House Down
A lot of the most popular slot games in recent years have had to do with the classic board game, Monopoly. This is by far the best and most exciting of all of them. It’s a five reel game which features some of the playing pieces from the original game. What makes this exciting is the houses which drop down from the top of the screen. If they land on the reels they stay in position and become wilds.
Watch out for Mr Monopoly who can give the houses a hotel upgrade which can see wins multiplied by up to 10x. He can also give you a bonus drop of houses or bonus selector where you can choose from a series of wins. There is an excellent bonus round where you are rewarded with 10 free spins with sticky wilds and bonus multipliers too.
9. Top Cat
If you’re a fan of classic cartoons you’ll enjoy this top slot machine based on the lovable rogue, Top Cat. There are five reels and twenty ways to form a winning combination and all the characters from the cartoon are among the symbols used in this slot game.
Three scatter symbols of the whole gang on the first, third and fifth reels award the bonus round. There are four potential rounds you can play and there is an opportunity to gamble for a better bonus round if you don’t like the one you’ve been given. There are also several randomly triggered mini bonus games including the wild hotdog cart which moves from reel to reel and helps you rack up multiple wins.
8. Thunderstruck II
Thunderstruck II is one of the best Viking inspired slot machine games you’ll currently find online. The reels are occupied by the gods of Norse Mythology and they can help you win big money. Thor’s Hammer is the scatter symbol in this top game and three of them anywhere on the screen will take you to a bonus round in the Great Hall of Spins. There are four different bonuses and they become better the more times you trigger a bonus round within one playing session. The Thor Bonus is the greatest of these and is automatically triggered the fifteenth time you enter the Great Hall of Spins.
7. Spinata Grande
Games with a Mexican theme are always among the most popular slot games. The piñatas are of different colours and all symbols can be 2×2 or 3×3 in size in order to create bigger wins. If the 3×3 slot machine falls into play and is either fully or partly visible then you can win free spins in the Spinata Grande bonus round. There is a super wild which can occupy the middle three reels completely during the free spins round which can help to form superwins and megawins. More free spins can be won during the bonus round.
There are a number of top slot machines based on bands and musicians, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Jimi Hendrix to name just a couple of hem. Motorhead wins hands down as it has the best soundtrack of all of them. The reels are far from conventional and reels four and five are much larger than the first three. It can take a while to get the hang of the peculiar payline formations, but it’s worth it.
There is an excellent bonus round with free spins as well as mystery symbols which can change to form winning combinations with symbols already on the reels.
5. Planet of the Apes
This film-based slot machine is among the best of its kind as it offers two different games at once. To the left is Rise and to the right is Dawn – both names of Planet of the Apes films and both independent five-reel slot machines. You play both at once and can form wins on either or both at once.
Three or more scatter symbols on either game will unlock an exciting bonus round where you can receive a different number of free spins based on the number of symbols you land on the reels.
4. Finn and the Swirly Spin
This is one of the most unusual slot machines you’ll find at the moment. The symbols are arranged in a kind of square swirl which heads towards the centre of the screen. The paylines are numerous and three or more of the same symbol in any direction will see you win. Winning symbols vanish and everything moves up a position. It is possible to win several times from one spin.
If you clear the whole screen and make it to the lock in the middle of the screen you will enter Finn and the Swirly Spin’s exciting bonus world with free spins and many exciting bonuses.
3. Mega Moolah
This progressive jackpot slot machine might not be the most exciting in terms of playability, but it’s the most exciting in terms of big payouts. The game itself has a safari theme and plays pretty much the same as any ordinary five reel slot machine. There is a bonus round of free spins too.
The best part is the randomly awarded progressive jackpot. There are three sizes of jackpot and a spin of the lucky wheel determines which you will win. The largest pays out every few weeks and the biggest recorded jackpot on this top slot machine was a little over $13 million.
2. Gonzo’s Quest
Gonzo’ Quest is a five-reel machine, but instead of traditional reels it has stone blocks which drop down into each column. If you form a winning combination, the blocks which formed it disappear and new blocks drop down in their place. Subsequent wins see an increase in the multiplier and if you receive several wins in a row the multiplier can increase to a maximum of x5.
A bonus round of free spins is triggered by three bonus symbols on an active payline on the first three reels. During the free spins the multiplier starts at x3 and increases to x6 and x9 in the event of multiple wins on the same spin.
The absolute best of the most popular slot games right now is one which is surprisingly simple. Starburst is the only game on this list which doesn’t have a bonus round. Instead it offers you the chance of big wins. This is possible because paylines run from right to left as well as left to right.
There are also expanding wilds which can appear on the second, third or fourth reels. A star symbol on any of these expands to fill the whole reel. Any wins it creates are awarded and then all reels except that which contains the wilds respin to give you the chance of new wins. If further wilds appear on the other reels there will be a further respin. It is possible to have the three middle reels full of wilds which will give you an absolutely massive win.