In Australia, pokies - or slot machines - are hugely popular, with over a third of the population regularly playing them trying to win big. Since Australia has a population of 24 million and there are well over 200,000 pokies throughout the country, that works out at one poke for ever 120 people. But what about online and mobile pokies? They’re a hit with players thanks to their higher RTP (over 95% most of the time), their much larger jackpots that can easily end up in the millions, and the fact that players can impose limits on how much money they spend, thereby reducing the chances of overspending.
Mobile pokies take things a step further than online pokies - when playing on your mobile device, whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, you can enjoy all the fun and excitement of playing pokies wherever and whenever you like. More and more of them are developed using HTML5 as opposed to Flash, which improves security and reduces strains on battery power.
Top rated and popular mobile phone pokies
Online mobile pokies are created by a range of some of the online gambling industry’s top game developers. The major developers of online pokies are Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, while Realtime Gaming, Nextgen Gaming and Cryptologic are also well established in this field. Microgaming has been part of the online gambling industry since its beginning as it claims to have launched the first proper online casino back in 1994. Based in the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, he company has an excellent reputation thanks to the quality of its game portfolio and is one of the online gambling industry’s top game developers. NetEnt is a Swedish software provider that was set up in 1999 and is also well respected throughout the industry. It’s developed over 200 highly rated games that can be found at over 170 different online casinos. Playtech is based in the Isle of Man and was launched in 1999. It’s experienced significant growth throughout the years and is the largest online gaming software supplier in the world to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
One of the best online mobile pokies is Starburst, which was developed by NetEnt and is found at many online casinos. Themed to distant space with an arcade feel to it, the pokie is packed with all sorts of features, such as retriggers, expanding wilds and stacked symbols, not to mention a useful autoplay feature. It has five reels and a total of 10 pay lines - it’s ideal for beginners as bets can be placed for as little as one cent. Another mobile pokie that’s been a hit with players is the safari-themed Microgaming progressive jackpot Mega Moolah, which has been known to payout some pretty huge life-changing sums of money in its time. In fact, a £13 million Mega Moolah win by a very lucky player is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest jackpot ever won on an online slot game. This mobile pokie has a minimum bet of 25 cents, with 25 paylines and five reels and features such as a free spin trigger symbol, multiplier symbol and scatter symbol enhancing gameplay. Game of Thrones is a great example of a pokie that doesn’t have an original theme, but is instead themed after a popular IP; in this case, a hugely successful TV show. It’s officially endorsed by HBO and even though it doesn’t actually feature any of the characters from the TV show, it’s still a big hit with Aussie players. There’s a scatter symbol and a wild symbol, as well as bonus rounds and multipliers. Players can choose between the 15 lines version, where the minimum bet is 15 cents, and the 243 ways version, where the minimum bet is 30 cents.
AUSlots is one of the top mobile pokies sites in Australia. Developed by Mirage Corporation NV, this huge new site just launched earlier in 2017 and even though it’s aimed at Aussies, it’s available to players around the world. People living in the US and a small number of other countries can’t legally sign up to AUSlots or place any real money bets, though it’s still available to the majority of people living outside of Australia. As well as over 500 pokies, AUSlots offers virtual sports betting, 10 live casino games and over 100 casino games. Rounding off the games library are over 70 video poker games, three virtual games and two scratch cards. AUSlots is known for offering the best mobile pokies for real money, though it offers free mobile pokies games as well. Practice play gives newbies the chance to get to know how the mobile pokies work before they start playing with real money.
AUSlots features mobile pokies by some of the industry’s top game developers. These include PragmaticPlay, OneTouch, iSoftBet, NetEnt, GamArt, QuickSpin, BetSoft and Xplosive. The casino hopes that by working closely with some of the best in the business, it can deliver the best mobile pokies to its keen players. All of the games at AUSlots can be played on Android, iOS and Microsoft smartphones and tablets. The casino’s parent company, Mirage Corporation NV, also operates SpaceLilly.com and LuckyStar.io - all of its casinos use the BlueOcean gaming platform. AUSlots is fully customised for the Australian audience, featuring Aussie-focused games, as well as localised payment methods and support systems
HTML5 delivers mobility
If you’ve played a lot of online casino games on desktop computers and mobile devices, you may have noticed that the games are developed a bit differently. Generally speaking, online casino games accessed from desktop computers use Adobe’s Flash to run effectively, whereas mobile casino games tend to use HTML5.
Before smartphones and tablets became popular, websites would typically use Flash as it was at the time the go-to software to use for web-based gaming, applications and animations featuring both visual and audio components. Flash wasn’t without its problems: not only did it become increasingly targeted by thieves due to weaknesses in its programming, it used up a lot of resources and when it was used on smartphones, it would drain batteries very quickly.
With HTML5, both of these core problems are addressed. Security is vastly improved as HTML5 is a key component used when developing website content, unlike Flash which is essentially a third-party add-on. In other words, HTML5 is part of what makes up a casino game, whereas Flash is a programme added to a website to enable casino games to run. As for battery life, HTML5 drains it considerably less than Flash, which is great for players as they can play for much longer on their mobile devices before they have to charge them up.
When it comes to mobile casinos, most of them use HTML5 as it essentially allows players to access the casino’s games from the web browser without having to download any additional software to their device. Alternatively, there are casino mobile apps. These are ideal for those who play at certain casinos regularly, but if you have too many of them, they can take up a considerable amount of your device’s memory.
So for mobile casinos, HTML5 is the standard software used. It’s basically taken over from Flash as the go-to software used for running things like casino games on mobile devices. Flash is gradually being phased out by a number of technology companies; Apple, for example, doesn’t include Flash in its devices, instead opting for HTML5 and Google announced in December 2016 it would be blocking all Flash content from its Chrome web browser.
It’s thanks to HTML5 that mobile casino games are able to operate so quickly and efficiently. AUSLots and other casinos use this software to give players the best online and mobile gambling experiences.
- How do mobile pokies work?
Players simply place a wager and then spin the reels. The reels have all sorts of symbols on them and these come in all sorts of themes. If you get a winning combination, you’ll win. If not, you’ll have to spin the reels again. To get a winning combination, the symbols must all be in the same horizontal row, which is known as a payline.
- What are progressive pokies?
Progressive pokies work in the same way as standard mobile pokies, except that the cash prizes can be significantly larger. For standard mobile pokies, the jackpot is a fixed amount. But for progressive pokies, there’s no limit to how much the jackpot can be. Every time a player plays and doesn’t win the jackpot, a small amount of that player’s bet is added to the jackpot. Most progressive jackpots are linked to a network with every game that’s part of that network contributing to the same shared jackpot. So the larger the network, the larger the jackpot tends to be, though at the same time, with more people playing, your chances winning are reduced.
- Are online mobile pokies safe?
Generally speaking, mobile phone pokies are very safe indeed. It’s not in any casino’s interests to cheat or deceive players as they’ll face potentially huge fines and a seriously damaged reputation if they do. However, there will always be unreliable casinos and pokies that have been rigged. The best way to play mobile pokies that are safe is to play at a safe casino. The best way to do that is to double-check the casino has an active licence from a regulating authority.
- How do you win at mobile phone pokies?
Some online casino games involve an element of skill, but with pokies it’s all about luck. You can, however, slightly improve your chances of winning by playing at a mobile casino that meets two criteria: first, it must a generous bonus package. Claim as much free bonus as you can from the welcome bonus (typically a few hundred dollars) so that’s less of your own money you have to spend. Second, it must offer good odds; most online mobile pokies offer payouts of 99%, which means over time the average player will receive 99% of their money back. The lower the payout figure, the less of your money you’ll get back.