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Published on November 10th, 2020 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


5 Classic Slots and Why They are Still Popular

Thousands of new slot games are released each year, yet there are a host of classic titles that manage to remain popular in spite of this onslaught of fresh competitors.

Here is a look at a handful of the most enduring slots and an examination of what gives them the edge over their rivals.


Developed by NetEnt, Starburst is often cited as being the world’s most popular slot, and it is easy to see why when you fire it up and start spinning the reels.

First and foremost, this is an unfussy slot in terms of its interface and theme. It sticks to the use of stylish, eye-catching precious stones as its symbols, in combination with a few classic symbols from slots of old such as lucky 7s.

Secondly, as with lots of games found at manyspins – online slots like Starburst are able to hold the attention of players year after year because of the bonus features on offer. In this case, there are wilds and re-spins available to win, along with the general jackpot opportunities offered in this 5 reel, 10 payline title.

Pixies of the Forest

Not all slots are successful enough to warrant a sequel, but this is something that Pixies of the Forest achieved, and as a long standing classic slot experience available to enjoy online, it boasts a few bells and whistles that have allowed it to remain relevant for over half a decade.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this slot is the sheer number of paylines it packs, which at 99 in total is certainly head-turning. Some people may be overwhelmed by such a varied payline setup, but clearly it is a feature that has helped to capture the imaginations of plenty of slot aficionados, as well as being influential in the design of future slots, including Pixies of the Forest II.

Treasure Island

Launched by Quickspin all the way back in 2013, Treasure Island is undeniably vulnerable by the standards of modern online slots.

Even with plenty of time passing since its original release, the graphics and soundtrack manage to remain engaging and aesthetically appealing. Furthermore with a solid 97% return-to-player, it is a slot that rewards loyal players by not hanging on to more than its fair share of the cash they pump into it.

Finally, the pirate theme of Treasure Island is always popular, falling alongside other classic slot themes such as Ancient Egypt as being central to casino culture.

Gonzo’s Quest

As the oldest slot in this list so far, the fact that players are still enjoying Gonzo’s Quest over a decade after it first hit the scene should be enough to convince newcomers to give it a go.

The theme is a fun blend of Aztec architecture and conquistador-style adventure and exploration. Meanwhile there are five reels and a total of 20 paylines to choose between, as well as the usual mix of re-spins and bonus rounds to mix things up.

It may look a little long in the tooth compared with more up to date slots, but Gonzo’s Quest has stood the test of time, just like the stories that inspired it.


One of the other connections that links classic slots that are still popular today is that they are based on themes that are not flash-in-the-pan pop cultural fads, but rather those that have already endured for centuries. This is certainly true of Sparta, which of course draws on the warlike Ancient Greek civilization to determine its symbols and soundtrack.

Essentially there is something for everyone in the world of classic slots, and if you are not won over by the most popular offerings, there should still be a game out there to tempt you.


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