The game SLOT-8 is a simulation of an 8-way pay slot gambling machine. You are presented with the slot machine screen, and a starter capital of $100. Betting is 1-8 dollars, the bet is increased with the spacebar. Enter-key pulls the handle, and the symbols randomly change with accompanying noise. Winning combinations/patterns are presented on the right of the screen. Depending on how much you bet, your score is added from different rows, i.e. if you bet $1, only the middle horizontal row is counted, and if you bet $8, all rows, columns and diagonals are counted for matching patterns. The active rows are indicated with highlighted numbers on the left and top of the screen.
Each time you win, there is a musical tune played, different for every pattern. If you lose all your money, the game is over. If you win enough, you end up on a scoreboard.
This historic SLOT-8 game is a typical example of a classic slot machine simulator. Especially in the eighties and nineties, these simulators were an easy way to play without having to visit the real casino. Nowadays, when online slot machines are available on the Internet and you can play for real money, these old simulators look funny. On the other hand, they were very safe because there was no risk that you could lose anything or create an addiction. Moreover, they allowed players to understand that the odds are always in favor of the casino and their long-term chances of winning are negligibly small.
Plus, there's the other side of the matter. The original slot machines were mechanical devices in which the real cylinders rotated around its axis and the probability of a winning combination could be easily calculated. Today's slot machines are digital engines programmed to generate profits for their owners. Even the most experienced mathematician has no control over his real chances of winning. So if you want to train before visiting a real or online casino, this old game is perfect trainer for you.
This version of SLOT-8 was designed for personal computers with operating system MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System),
which was operating system developed by Microsoft in 1981. It was the most widely-used operating system in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was supplied
with most of the IBM computers that purchased a license from Microsoft. After 1995, it was pushed out by a graphically more advanced system - Windows and
its development was ceased in 2000. At the
time of its greatest fame, several thousand games designed specifically for computers with this system were created. Today, its development is no longer continue
and for emulation the free DOSBox emulator is most often used. More information about MS-DOS operating system can be found
Available online emulators:
5 different online emulators are available for SLOT-8. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game SLOT-8 are summarized in the following table:
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