Casino games have risen dramatically in popularity over the last few years, as they are now available to play in multiple formats on a variety of different platforms. Can you imagine being able to play multi-wheel roulette on a tablet 10 years ago? As the games have evolved to the extent that they are now never more than a few finger swipes away, some, such as slots, are more suited to the mobile format than they were the casino floor. Others, like roulette, it could be argued, are better in their original form.
Roulette is one such game that has been hard for online casinos to recreate in the desktop or mobile format. There is just something about that rush of watching the croupier spin the wheel and hearing the ball rattle around the track that can fill you with a sense of pure excitement. Although virtual games online are fun, they don’t really recapture this.
This is why online casinos have now begun to offer live links to roulette games in land-based casinos. If you visit websites that specialize in online casino games, you will find that the live links are accompanied with other virtual ways to play roulette such as European and American versions.
Blackjack suits the mobile format reasonably well. The game is playable for short amounts of time which is ideal for people with a busy schedule. Like roulette, though, this is a game that has an atmospheric aspect to it. At the casino, up to seven blackjack players will play at the same time, which adds competitive and social elements. When playing on a desktop or mobile, it is more of a one-player experience.
Slot machines are perhaps the greatest casino game for mobile, to such an extent that this format may one day take over from the huge machines that take up space in the land-based casino. The games have taken advantage of state of the art graphics and technology, and have become highly advanced. For example, Microgaming’s latest Jurassic Park slot features Parallax scrolling effects. This is where the background moves slower than the foreground, creating a 3D effect as the reels spin.
On early slot machines like The Liberty Bell, players had to pull a lever at the side to spin the reels, and hope for matching fruit symbols to win. Now, the aim is still to spin the reels, but the symbols are from a vast array of themes based on films like Tomb Raider, or musicians like Jimi Hendrix. When the reels land, the symbols are often animated, with cut scenes from films or clips of music. There are also side games that take players to another screen to complete a bonus mini-game.
Slot games have to be regarded as the best games for mobile. They are perfectly suited to the portable, one-player format, and make excellent use of the high resolution graphics available. And as technology develops even more, they stand to get better and better.
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