A history of Slingo Originals
It may surprise you to learn that Slingo has actually been around for almost 25 years, having first launched back in 1996. The game had been invented by a US businessman called Sal Falciglia Senior, who decided the world needed a game that combined the best of slots gaming with bingo. Back then, he would never have dreamed that the game he invented would become a world-wide phenomenon, especially since the internet was still in its earliest days, when nobody could have guessed its global impact. In fact, he’d hoped, somewhat modestly, that Slingo might someday become a game show on TV!
But once the world started gathering online, Slingo was there to greet them. It’s considered to be the very first ‘casual’ online game, having been originally launched on the AOL platform, before going on to feature on MSN. From there, the Slingo brand made its way onto Facebook, and CD ROMs, before ending up on mobile platforms, where it can be enjoyed by players around the world.
Around 55 million Slingo fans around the world can attest to the game’s extraordinary appeal. And it’s not just confined to the online world either. From instant-win games to land-based slots cabinets in bricks-and-mortar casinos, Slingo is a global phenomenon.
Slingo Originals has connection with major brands
One of the main reasons for the ongoing popularity of Slingo is the simplicity of the core concept. Players need to create winning lines, just like in bingo, using symbols that spin up using a mechanic lifted straight from slots gaming. Generally, the more Slingos - or lines of five symbols - that you create, the more you win, although there are now so many variants of the game that many of them operate a little differently.
But the flexibility of the game’s core premise means it can be endlessly adapted to suit different themes. It’s already made the leap from land-based gaming to online versions, via social media platforms. And the sky really is the limit where this game is concerned.
Slingo Originals comes under the Gaming Realms umbrella, so the company benefits from that organisation’s clout with some of the best-known TV shows of our times. This has enabled Slingo tie-ins with a number of well-loved TV brands, including Deal or no Deal, Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor and Love Island.
Slingo Originals has won industry awards
With such a huge fanbase around the world, it comes as no surprise to discover that Slingo Originals has made waves throughout the gaming industry. In fact Slingo Originals won the award for Mobile Casino Product of the year at the EGR Operator Awards in 2016. They followed this up with an award for Innovation of the Year from Which Bingo in 2018, for the brand’s Slingo Rainbow Riches game, which applied the popular Slingo mechanic to an iconic slots game, to great acclaim.
How Slingo Originals game work
Slots fans already know there’s very little that can be done to influence the outcome of a spin on the reels of an online slots game. In fact, there’s nothing at all that can be done, since every spin is governed by random number generating mechanisms, that ensure a completely random outcome each and every time you spin the reels.
Slingo, however, introduces elements of interactivity into many of its games, giving players the opportunity to generate their own luck, at least to a certain extent. As new variants reach our screens, the mechanics for playing each Slingo game can vary quite widely, but particularly for the earlier games, there’s a high level of skill involved to encourage better outcomes.
Most games present the player with a 5x5 grid, but although this can resemble a set of reels, this is actually your bingo card. There’s a single horizontal reel underneath the grid, and each section of this horizontal reel relates to the column immediately above it. Spin up a number, or a symbol, that matches with a symbol in the column above, and that symbol will be marked off in your grid.
The aim is to complete rows or five marked symbols, horizontally, vertically and diagonally too. So each game holds the possibility of creating 12 Slingos in total. And the more you create, the higher your winnings.
Unlike in slots games, you don’t pay per spin of the reel, but instead you buy a game. This entitles you to a number of bingo balls being released from a hopper, creating each spin. Once you’ve completed all your paid-for spins, you then have the option of continuing the game by paying for each subsequent spin, at the amount shown on the Start button.
This is where you need to have a strategy in place to make the most of your opportunities. Most games require you to complete at least four Slingos before you stand the chance of winning back your stake. So you need to assess the likelihood of matching up any remaining symbols, compared to the expense of paying for additional spins.
Most Slingo games include Wild symbols and Free Spins symbols that can help you to win a cash prize worth more than your stake. Jokers can be set against any unmatched symbol in the column above, while Super Jokers can be used to cross off any symbol, anywhere on the grid. Free Spin symbols add an extra bingo ball into the hopper, giving you an additional chance to spin up some winning symbols.
There aren’t any Progressive Jackpot features in any of the Slingo games, but that’s not what Slingo fans are looking for. The games are designed to give players a fun and entertaining experience, with the opportunity to win some small, but highly satisfactory, cash rewards.