Online casinos evolved together with the internet. They first emerged in the mid-1990s, right around the time the internet was going mainstream, built around secure online payment solutions and Java. Then they transitioned to Flash and made their first attempts of taking root on mobile. As time passed, the games and software evolved, giving birth to complex apps and live casino solutions based on a merger of video streaming and digital interaction.
Over the years, developers created thousands of casino games, and some of them stood out through their quality, captivating nature or even the big wins they offer to players. And some of them truly stood the test of time, still going strong even a decade after their release.
Best Casino Games of All Time
1. Gonzo’s Quest (NetEnt)
Everybody learned about Francisco Pizzaro, the conquistador that “discovered” and colonized big chunks of South America in the name of the Spanish crown. Fewer have probably heard about Gonzalo Pizzarro, his half-brother, the governor of Peru in the early 1500s, who wanted to discover something more tangible: the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. Gonzo’s Quest is a game inspired by his adventures.
Gonzo’s Quest is a slot machine with a pretty standard format and the usual special features and bonuses. What NetEnt created with it, in turn, is a highly atmospheric, captivating and beautiful casual game that truly stood the test of time: since its release in 2011, it has been among the most popular slot machines ever built.
2. Immortal Romance (Microgaming)
Perhaps it’s hard to imagine a slot machine with an actual story, given the simplicity of the game mechanics, but here it is: the game is called Immortal Romance and it has not just a story but also a heart. Its protagonists are Amber, a witch, Troy, a 200-year-old immortal playboy, Michael, an old and wise but still insanely attractive vampire, and Sarah, a scientist working on a discovery that can change the fate of humanity forever.
The game has beautiful graphics, a captivating atmosphere, and lots of big wins in store for its players. And its popularity is unbroken since its release in 2011.
3. Book of Ra (Novomatic)
Finally, here is a video slot machine that has made a name for itself both online and in real life, inspiring countless game developers to release their own take on the matter: Book of Ra by Novomatic.
The game comes with no story or explanation – we can only guess that the protagonist is an archaeologist (inspired by Indiana Jones, no doubt) looking for the legendary Book of Ra, and other riches, hidden inside a pyramid. The game has an Egyptian theme with a lot of gold and artifacts involved, no special features worth mentioning, and the potential to pay out big. Perhaps this is what keeps it so popular since its release in 2005.