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Annoying Things That Slots Do

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by funnymunny, Sep 15, 2014.

    Sep 15, 2014
  1. funnymunny

    funnymunny Sometimes here, always 'away' webby

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    Following on from a couple of recent threads (specifically 'Star of Slots' (started by 243 lines=daft) and 'Monsters, Candy or Sushi' (started by Mark_32Red)), I got to thinking about what it is that makes a good slot. In order to help my thoughts, I deposited at a few sites & proceeded to kill a couple of hours (purely for research purposes obv! :rolleyes:). However what stuck with me during this research was not 'what makes a good slot?', instead, it was 'why the hell do they do that :mad:?!'

    Below is a list of things that I've discovered bugs me about certain games...

    1. Zero pay when hitting 2x scatters.
    2. Free spins that don’t re-trigger.
    3. Wilds that kill a potentially bigger win. (Perfect example given in this post by amourgirl).
    4. Random wilds awarded at the completion of a spin that then replace a scatter. (Yes, you may now get a (usually small) win, but you don't get to trigger the bonus round).
    5. Random wilds awarded at the completion of a spin that still don’t give you a win.
    6. Bonus rounds and mystery jackpots that pay less than 15x wager.
    7. "Congratulations..." messages at the end of a poor paying bonus round.
    8. Great win(s) at start of bonus rounds & then nothing for the remainder. (MUCH prefer dead spin, dead spin, dead spin..... BIG WIN. The dead spins seem to build anticipation. When it's the other way around, I can't help feel a little disappointed).

    I'm sure if my balance had lasted longer, I'd have been able to come-up with a few more too! :cool:


    I know game design is subjective - what I like, others may not (and vice versa). I dare say there will never be a single 'magic ingredient' that will ensure a game is a success & by the same token, there probably isn't one bad thing about a game that will make us avoid it. (E.g. Girls with Guns II has at least 2 items in it from the above list, but I still play it :confused:).

    Anyway, I am interested to see what fellow members here think & as it's all about personal preference, there's no right or wrong answers :)

    Many thanks in advance
     
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  2. Sep 15, 2014
  3. miso

    miso Meister Member MM

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    Ah, here we go...

    first the big one, which is absolutely killing me -

    Scatters on first two reels...and no third scatter. For some reason it happens an awful lot on Egyptian Heroes, more than any other slot IMO.

    and then the wilds on Lost Island. Even in non winning combo they stall the game.
     
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  4. Sep 15, 2014
  5. PNEFOREVER2

    PNEFOREVER2 Senior Member MM

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    Bonus symbols during free spins that block a big win. Happens frequently on the Michael feature on IR.
     
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  6. Sep 15, 2014
  7. Valhalla

    Valhalla The Professional MM

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    Immortal Romance being a dick, that's what winds me up :lolup:

    Seriously though... gotta be free spins that pay nothing or just 2 scatters throughout the entire bonus round :mad:
     
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  8. Sep 15, 2014
  9. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

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    You could have saved all the effort of typing this post and said 'I just played Netbent for a few hours'.........:)

    The dumbest thing I ever saw is on TFTUT when the turd gets shot on your very last free spin, triggers an expanding wild - for f*** all.
     
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  10. Sep 15, 2014
  11. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

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    More than 3 scatters not giving you any extra spins or $
     
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  12. Sep 15, 2014
  13. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Extra random or spreading wilds which go onto a space which is ALREADY wild! :sob:
    (e.g. on Wish Master or Frankenstein)

    Getting 2 or 3 reels totally wild (e.g. Sh*tStorm or W*nkDesire) and NO symbols match on the other reels so you win $0.00! :mad:

    KK
     
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  14. Sep 17, 2014
  15. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Free spin features that give you spins at a 1x bet multiplier. "Congratulations! You've won 2 free spins at 1x multiplier!" :rolleyes:

    And one more - I don't know if it's just me, but I don't like when a game has those little messages every time you win anything. It seems sort of old fashioned and honestly a bit patronizing when you're playing and you win back half your bet and the thing is saying, "Awesome spin!" or "Wow what a great win!" or something like that. Kinda like, "You managed to get through the day without pooping in your pants or jamming an icepick into your head, GREAT JOB!!!"
     
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  16. Sep 17, 2014
  17. Nate

    Nate Ueber Meister CAG webmeister

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    What Dunover said - CFTBL - Useless animation

    Lost Island - Even more useless animation on Wilds / Scatters

    Secret of the Stones / Wild Turkey - Same thing with scatters / Wilds... why play the animation when it means NOTHING.

    Games without Quickspin / Turbo Play

    I don't play those slots (apart from CFTBL) primarily for the reasons stated above. Game Play should be fun, not annoying.

    Nate
     
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  18. Sep 17, 2014
  19. bigjohn

    bigjohn Meister Member MM PABnoaccred

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    The animation while the reels are still spinning. OK, you get 2 scatters on the first two reels, the next 3 reels spin for an extended period of time while you watch the third scatter go by 47 times on each reel then it when it stops all of a sudden they are not there.:eek2:

    Now I understand it's just 'eye candy' but how about a more realistic representation of the actual reel strips?
     
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  20. Sep 17, 2014
  21. Valhalla

    Valhalla The Professional MM

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    :lolup:
     
  22. Sep 17, 2014
  23. funnymunny

    funnymunny Sometimes here, always 'away' webby

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    Thanks for the replies so far... I've spoken to some ex-colleagues & this thread is being monitored for feedback, so please keep it coming. (I dare say there'll always be sucky things appearing in future games, but we could see future improvements).
     
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  24. Sep 17, 2014
  25. pinkfloyd

    pinkfloyd Experienced Member

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    i hate with a passion slots that have music that resets every time you spin

    so you might get a couple seconds of a catchy tune and as the last line stops the music stops and restarts when you spin and it ends up sounding like a record that is stuck.

    i end up killing the sound if i like the slot and miss out on bonus pop sounds etc (




    if the music is background and on constant while the game is loaded that is great .
     
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  26. Sep 17, 2014
  27. hoff1985

    hoff1985 Meister Member mm1

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    yeah my all time hate goes for 2 scatters on the first 2 reels and no trigger. hate it!!!
     
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  28. Sep 17, 2014
  29. quber

    quber Senior Member

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    My hate is when you are playing on autospin and the game shows you every individual line win before continuing. I can see the reels so i know what I have won, just spin the reels again. Also on a similar vein when you are spinning manually and you have to click the spin button to collect then hit it again to spin, just let me do it with one click.


    Oh and let's not forget the Max Bet button, if it needs to be there just make it set the stake to the max but don't spin the reels at the same time.
     
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  30. Sep 17, 2014
  31. mathsboy1975

    mathsboy1975 Senior Member webmeister

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    I hate the "feature" of almost all slots I have played in which the reels slow up after you have 2 scatters present already. I suspect that this is supposed to induce a feeling of anticipation for the feature bonus but for me I just find it plain irritating. If the ratio of 3 scatter hits to 2 scatter hits were not so low then it would not be so bad. I find myself hitting the STOP button on MG games whenever this happens just to avoid this irritation. As others have mentioned this is particularly irritating when the scatters show on the first 2 reels.
     
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  32. Sep 17, 2014
  33. 243 lines=daft

    243 lines=daft Senior Member

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    Those times when the scatter symbol on the 5th reel seems to have gone on holiday.

    I know that the likelihood of a scatter landing differs between reelstrips on some games but there do seem to be times when the 5th reel scatter just vanishes for five or ten minutes.

    Also slots that reset to substantial total stakes whenever you open them (which can be two or three figure sums). No excuse for this other than trying to trip players up.
     
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  34. Sep 18, 2014
  35. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Just thought of another one... no two!

    Slots where the scatter appearing on reels 4 or 5 STILL makes a "chime" even though you have none on reels 1, 2 & 3 and so can NOT trigger the feature! :sob:

    On Rival slots the expanding wild on reel 5 expands even when it does NOT form part of a winning combination :mad:
    (If you have a 3-symbol win with wild on reel 1-3)

    KK
     
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  36. Sep 18, 2014
  37. QueenBee

    QueenBee Experienced Member

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    1 x multiplier

    I hate when the slot multiplies your win by 1 !!! For example Lost Island, where one wild results in winnings multiplied by 1.
    How stupid do they think we are? :confused:
     
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  38. Sep 18, 2014
  39. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Good point John - and that reminds me of a related gripe. I've noticed that the standard reel animation on some of the MG Quickfire games is stupid, it'll show symbols flashing by that aren't even ON that reel - case in point, Hitman. If you play it on QF the reel animation shows wilds on the first and last reel. Eye candy or not, they still should be taking how the game works into account and noticing stuff like that before it's released - especially in a game like that where the wilds are such a color contrast to the other symbols it's obvious they're going past.
     
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