The Most Played Flash Games On the Internet
For a long time Macromedia's (later Adobe's) Flash was a go as a solution for browser based game developers all over the world. Today there are several other popular game engines around - like HTML5 and Unity - but Flash is still among the most popular platforms for browser based games. Most of these games are casual, and some of them offer "advanced" features (like saving your progress), but they are generally associated with quick play with not much dedication. But there is a category of games that millions of players engage with each day, from all over the world. People play them for fun, but also for real money. I am talking about casino games offered through specialized portals by licensed and regulated operators.
Casino games are without a doubt the most played browser-based games ever invented. Just look at the numbers - there are several hundred operations all over the internet, serving the gaming community with hundreds of exciting casino games each. While many run on the same platform, the number of games available for browser play is several thousand. And the number of players using them for entertainment or for wins is millions.
Casino games can be divided into several major categories. The most popular category is slot machines. If you take a look at the list of casino games available at Royal Vegas Casino, you'll see that online slot machines are available in the biggest numbers - they offer over 200 types for free or real money play. Royal Vegas also offers table games, video poker games, scratch cards and casual games, but even all these combined are no match for the number of video slots. Slots are among the most played games at online casinos, and also among the most generous due to their progressive jackpots. Royal Vegas, for example, has 16 jackpot games in its offer, some of them with their biggest payouts worth several millions.
With the spread of high performance mobile devices HTML5 is becoming a more and more popular alternative to Flash. It allows the deployment of browser games across multiple platforms, as it is supported by most of them, whereas Flash is slowly becoming obsolete. Flash has been blamed to consume too many hardware resources and to have too many security flaws, so it's no wonder it is being phased out and replaced by alternatives like HTML5 that's not proprietary, and doesn't have compatibility issues. Still, Flash games are - and will remain - easily accessible for internet users, offering us hours of fun just a click away.
Rabcat Gaming Takes Players on a Journey to Egypt
The riches of Egypt have always served as an inspiration for the gambling industry. First there were casinos named after places discovered under the sands of the Sahara desert, hiding the marks and items - many of them made of gold - created by the civilization that has disappeared millennia ago, later there were games inspired by them. Egypt, as a theme, is an evergreen for casino software developers. Now Rabcat Gaming, an European game development company, has reached out once again to the distant past, releasing a new Egypt-themed video slot machine called River of Riches. The game is distributed by Microgaming, an Isle of Man based development company, so players can begin playing at europalace.com or any other Microgaming-powered casino on the internet.
River of Riches is built with Rabcat's traditional attention to detail and realistic style. The game has five reels, three rows and 25 win lines, and features symbols all reflecting the riches of a land long forgotten - and a rugged adventurer out to discover them under the sand. Players can meet symbols like King Tut's burial mask, an Ankh, a scarab and the pyramids in the sunset, joined by the usual J to K symbols to fill in the blanks - all drawn with an artistic edge and an incredible attention to detail. When involved in winning combinations, all symbols are both animated and joined by a sound effect that fits into the game's theme - River of Riches is a very atmospheric game.
The symbol of Re, the Sun God of Egypt, acts as a scatter symbol in the game. When two or more such
symbols land on the screen, players will be rewarded with a bonus win. When three or more symbols gather, the win comes with an added number of 10 free spins with wild symbols staying fixed, maximizing the winning potential of every single spin. Speaking of wild symbols - the River of Riches video slot machine has two of them: the above mentioned adventurer out to uncover the (expensive) secrets of the ancient Egypt, and the fixed Wild symbol that only appears during the free spins feature of the game.
When it comes to special features, I must say the River of Riches disappoints. The previous Rabcat releases have always had a special side game, fitting into their themes - either the capturing of a dragon, or the fighting of some obscure character - but the River of Riches does not have anything like this. It is still a great game to play, though, and quite a generous one too, with a potential for massive wins.