5 of the Most Popular Themes for Online Slot Games

5 of the Most Popular Themes for Online Slot Games
By Jon Young

Online slots come in all shapes and sizes. From varying numbers of reels and paylines to jackpots large and small, the industry is awash with options. As part of this mission to offer something for everyone, the leading slots developers like to cover a range of themes. In fact, when you scroll through the catalogues of Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech et al, you’ll find spinners enhanced with all manner of objects and images. Naturally, some online slot themes are more popular than others.

1. Movie Slots

Perhaps the most impressive genre in terms of graphics, animations and features, movie slots are naturally heavy on entertainment. Although many of the top titles have jackpots topping six figures, these games stand out because they’re fun. As well as each symbol capturing a moment from the big screen, these slots feature soundtracks and video clips. Some of the most impressive movie slots available, include: The Hulk, Planet of the Apes and Jumanji.

2. Horror Slots

A classic theme that’s been around since the early days of online slot machines, horror comes in a variety of forms. Thanks to the enduring popularity of Immortal Romance, vampires and Gothic horror are popular. From misty live-action backgrounds to unexpected shrieks, these games are designed to get the heart racing. At the other end of the spectrum, cartoon-like horrors bring a touch of levity to the genre. Some top horror slots to try are: Blood Suckers II and Gothic.

3. Asian Slots

From Macau, known as the Asian Las Vegas, to ancient proverbs about the number seven, the Asian theme is heavily present in all forms of betting. With that being the case, it’s hardly surprising Asian slots are big business. One of the defining features of this genre is gold. From golden dragons to gilded banners wrapped around the reels, Asian online slots are extremely ostentatious.

This quest to be as aesthetically regal as possible also translates to the prize board. When you spin some of the genre’s top titles, including Fortune House and The Ninja, you’ll enjoy RTPs topping 96% and jackpots worth as much as 250,000 coins.

4. Fruit Slots

Harking back to the old school, fruit themed slots are staples of every online casino. What’s interesting about fruit is that it’s used in two distinct ways. In some games, fruit such as cherries and oranges are used as an aperitif to support the stars of a particular theme. In other contexts, fruit is the main event. Although five-reel spinners do contain grapes and the like, it’s more common to see fruit enhancing a three-reel classic.

The reason for this is that traditional pub slots or “fruit machines” were, unsurprisingly filled with fruit. Therefore, in an attempt to conjure up feelings of nostalgia, developers always revert to this theme. Some fruity classics to feast on, include: Berry Burst, Fruit Shop and Lady Luck.

5. Egyptian Slots

Finally, a theme that’s present in all the top NJ online casinos is based on Ancient Egypt. Much like Asian slots, Egyptian titles are highly decorated. By using everything from scarab beetles and tombs to pyramids, this genre always makes an impact. In fact, such is the grandeur of Ancient Egypt that many of the industry’s biggest titles are backed by this theme. Book of Ra has long been a favorite of seasoned spinners because it delivers high-octane action.

Similarly, the ever-popular Mega Moolah was given an Egyptian makeover in 2009. Following the success of the jungle-themed original, Microgaming spotted the growing interest in mummies and decided Egypt would be a fitting guise for the best progressive jackpot slot out there.

As you can see, the online slots world is full of weird and wonderful creations. Regardless of your preferences, interests or desires, you’ll find a theme to suit you when you take a spin at any leading casino site.



Jon Young is a writer and magazine editor with over 12 years' experience in the gaming sector. He has written on everything from poker and slots to casino, sports betting and mobile gambling. When not trying to take down the Mega Moolah jackpot he can be found playing poker tournaments in casinos.

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