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A player recently had a relatively simple question that they submitted to You Asked!:

Do you see an average number of pushes required to set off bonus?

Dianna W.

Games are designed to offer different sorts of experiences, so as you might expect, there won’t be a universal answer. But there have been trends throughout the years.

10-15 years ago, it would not be unusual to see games that bonused every 50 spins or so, and a 25x bonus would not be a pretty normal outcome from that bonus. If you play older slots and wonder why the bonuses were smaller, although more frequent, than many games today, this is a pretty good reason for it.

So what happened? Well, players indicated they wanted bigger bonuses, and were willing to play more volatile slot machines to get it. So it’s not not unusual to see games that go 100 spins on average, or even more, between bonuses. But when you do get those bonuses they tend to be more lucrative.

Of course, that’s not necessarily the case for all games. There are games that are purposefully designed to feature or bonus more often, and more of the weight is put in the bonuses than the line hits accordingly. 

One of the biggest changes between Huff N’ Puff and Huff N’ More Puff, for instance, was more bonus types and the ability to bonus more frequently. That came at the expense of the line hits, which were shaved back considerably to make room for those additional bonuses.

The good news for us as players is because there’s no one size fits all answer, we can find game types that fit our appetite for what we want to see from a game. So if you want to swing for harder bonuses that can pay well, you’ll have that option. And if you want a game that delivers more bonuses to keep you going, even if the bonus, on average, won’t pay as much, you can find that too! 

It doesn’t take particularly long to get an idea of what a slot is going to do – a couple of sessions on most give you the general idea, even if games can swing good or bad for anyone. You can also watch channels like Brian Christopher Slots to get an idea of how games will operate before trying it out for yourself.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea though of what to expect nowadays, and why bonuses may seem tougher to get on average with new games vs. old ones.

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