When it comes to online slots, there is no doubt you have your all-time and your most recent favourites. However, that doesn't mean your preferred slots are equally popular on the global scale. As we've just started a brand new year, it's time to take a quick glance back at 2016 and see which video slots were some of the most popular online casino games in the iGaming industry.
Jack and the Beanstalk Slot: Never Not Popular
There could hardly be a list of the most played online slots without NetEnt slots. That is why we're going to start off with one; more specifically, the eternally popular Jack and the Beanstalk slot. It runs on 20 paylines and has a wild card card that triggers re-spins. Heck, that's not all the wild symbol does; it even moves across the reels to secure more wins and multipliers! No wonder this game is so popular, right?
"The Jack and the Beanstalk slot features Free Spins, special features and a wild card that triggers re-spins."
In addition, the famous Jack and the Beanstalk slot also features Free Spins with special features that get you to collect various symbols and, thus, earn more coins. As for the jackpot - hit five Jack symbols and a 1,000-coin win is all yours!
Thunderstruck II Slot: Now with More Rumble
Where the original Thunderstruck slot has 5 reels, its more advanced sequel, the Thunderstruck II slot features 243 ways to win. Three guesses as to why the latter one is more popular all over online casinos!
"Apart from multipliers, wild cards, Free Spins and bonus games, you can also hit a jackpot of 6,000 coins on Microgaming's Thunderstruck II slot."
The Thunderstruck II slot is not only one of the all-time greats, it's also one of the most played Microgaming slots in 2016. Curious as to why? For one, it's got several bonus games, all of which are prolific, exciting and entirely Nordic mythology-themed. Two, there are Free Spins, wild cards and multipliers galore. And three, the jackpot can get you an incredible 6,000 coins!
Space Wars Slot: 3D Re-spins in Space
The Space Wars slot may not be as well-known as some other NetEnt slots, but it's actually quite often played, probably due to its multiple paylines, fun 3D design and re-spins.
"The Space Wars slot is an exciting 3D slot where for every matching alien symbol you score a re-spin."
Namely, what happens in this slot is various alien symbols and wild cards tumbling down the reels and coming to a halt. Should you get any matching aliens, you'll win coins. In addition, for every match, you get one free re-spin. If you happen to be a fan of this slot, why not take a look at our list of the best 3D slots and find some other favourites? We promise there are a bunch of 3D gems waiting for you!
Gonzo's Quest Slot: An Avalanche of Wins
Truth be told, there's not much we haven't already said about this NetEnt slot. Still, it's just one of those perpetual favourites that's it's hardly surprising it was just as frequently played in 2016 as it was in previous years.
"The Gonzo's Quest slot is one of the most popular high-volatility slots, thanks to its combination of Free Spins and bonus features."
Although we're certain you've already spun the reels of the Gonzo's Quest slot, here's what makes it so beloved in a few words. Basically, it's probably a mixture of its special Avalanche feature, increasing multipliers and the Free Fall feature with Free Spins. To top it off, it's one of the most famous high-volatility slots, which is why it's safe to say it'll always be played, thanks to all of you high variance aficionados!
Avalon Slot: Arthurian Free Spins
Another Microgaming slot that has made it onto the list is the Avalon slot, with its 20 paylines and two wild cards. While this slot doesn't brim with special features, it's steadily one of the most played slots in the online gambling world.
"Microgaming's famous Avalon slot features numerous opportunities for winning Free Spins."
What the slot does feature is Free Spins, which can be triggered with 3, 4 or 5 Lady of the Lake symbols. The result is the activation of up to 12 Free Spins with a multiplier that can go as high as x7.
Siberian Storm Slot: A Whirlwind of Possibilities
Make way for the last slot on our top played list today – the Siberian Storm slot. IGT slots are well liked in the iGaming universe due to a variety of reasons and, in this case, it's probably largely because of the game's 720 possible winning combos.
"The Siberian Storm slot features 720 winning combos and dozens upon dozens of Free Spin opportunities."
Additionally, what you'll get from this video slot are Free Spins, ranging from 8 to as many as 96 Free Spins. It gets even better; the Free Spins actually come with stacked wilds, so that's even more opportunities for winning.
Your Top Played Slots in 2016?
What are your most played online and mobile slots in 2016? Would any of the listed games climb your top 6? Or are your favourites among Playtech slots, Play'n GO slots, Endorphina slots or some others?
Tell us all about it at our Forum; we're looking forward to starting 2017 with a lively discussion!