There are literally thousands of different pokies available online today and Microgaming and Playtech have developed well over 500 of the ones that currently exist. Online pokies are available in the real money mode and in the free play mode and if you know how to hit the spin button, you should be ok. The rules are really straightforward and this is possibly what makes them so fun to play.
You can find the more basic pokies and these are often called Classic Pokies, plus you can also now find a wide range of 5 reeled Video Pokies which have anywhere from just 10 up to 100 or more winning paylines. Many of these games also now have ‘ways to win’ instead of paylines and some pay from left to right AND from right to left, instead of just left to right. Video Pokies also now tend to contain additional symbols which can trigger certain bonus rounds or special features.
The most common special symbols that you can find include Scatter Symbols, Wild Symbols and Bonus Symbols, but there are variations of these symbols as well. For example you can find Sticky Wilds, Shifting Wilds, Expanding Wilds, regular Wilds, Multiplying Wilds and Stacked Wilds. These symbols generally act as substituting symbols and they can replicate other symbols on the reels to generate line wins that otherwise weren’t there.
The main kind of ‘on-reels’ bonus features include the click me bonus features and the main type of second screen bonus rounds are the simple picking rounds, but companies such as Playtech and Microgaming have developed even more immersive multi-level bonus rounds which require more than just picking certain objects to reveal prizes and these side games add a great deal more fun to the pokie.
The other types of pokies which seem to be among the most popular are the Progressive Jackpot Pokies. Progressive pokies can have some really big prizes up for grabs and these accumulating prize spools will continue to grow until one lucky player eventually wins the lot. Some of the most famous Progressive Jackpot pokies available online today (from Playtech and Microgaming) include Major Millions, Mega Moolah, The Dark Knight Rises, Wolverine, The Avengers, X-Men 50 Lines, Beach Life, Gladiator Jackpot, Cash Splash and Fruit Fiesta.