Fixed Payline Online Casino Slots

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In Canada, online casino games have enjoyed immense popularity, none so more than online casino  slots. But with such great varieties, how does one decide where to start?  By knowing a thing or two about the types of slots that one can play, that’s how. In lieu of embarking on a slots gaming adventure, it helps to know which slots stand out from the rest – an endeavour not lightly undertaken, especially when one takes into account that an online casino like JackpotCity has more than 400 of these games! One way to go about it is to break down the games into the way they pay out potential wins. The classic formula is the fixed payline slot, which is as good a place to begin as any. Fixed payline slot games generally consist of 5 reels, 3 rows and 9, 15 or 20 paylines. This number has been known to go up to 25 and in some cases 100. For the sake of an introduction, players could do worse than try out these three tried-and-test fixed payline slots. Some say they’re the best!

Agent Jane Blonde Returns

The true test of a good online casino slot game is its ability to garner a sequel. The original Agent Jane Blonde is an iconic casino game that despite being released way back in 2004 still gets loads of play.  Some might consider it a bit dated, but this is only conveyed by the game’s graphics, and certainly not its gaming mechanics. Microgaming knew it had to revisit its favourite action heroine and in doing so sought out the innovative minds of Stormcraft Studios. Agent Jane Blonde Returns has retuned with renewed vigour, clearly displayed in its up-to-date graphics and seamless integration with smartphone and tablet technology.  Stormcraft Studios have stuck to what made the original great by giving it 15 fixed paylines across 5 reels and 3 rows.  Stacked Wilds and Re-spins are the main features of this low-volatility slot game.

Fortunes of Asgard

Mythology, it’s one of those themes that no casino can do without. Novomatic has Zeus and its sequels, Microgaming has Thunderstruck, and more recently it partnered with Bla Bla Studios to create Fortunes of Asgard, a highly ambitious online casino slot game.  Famous Norse characters such as Thor and Heilla will appear on the reels as well as the mighty Mjolnir, thunderous Thor’s hammer. Players can exercise a degree of leverage in this game by choosing one of two modes – a feature related to selecting either Thor or Heilla as the Wild symbol. Each mode creates a different set of circumstances for winning possibilities.  On the whole, this game offers up its potential rewards by way of Free Spins, a Galaxy Bonus, Sticky Wilds and Wild Reels. The Galaxy Bonus has the ability to dish out 39x the player’s bet. Fortunes of Asgard also offers up that old Microgaming classic addition – the gamble feature – accessible after each win and equipped with the capacity to double the player’s money. The highest possible win from a single spin is 20 000 coins.


Another great online casino slot  by Microgaming, Fortunium follows Victoria the explorer and Maximilian the inventor on a quest through a steam-punk cityscape to find the mysterious metal that offers the chance to potentially win. A 5-reel, 5-row game with 40 paylines, Fortunium has 5 premium symbols and 4 low value symbols. The low symbols are represented by hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds while the premiums are represented by Victoria, Maximilian, Zeppelins, nerf guns and treasure chests. Victoria and Maximilian both stack and pay out 8x for 5 of a kind.  The Scatter symbol is a  green glass sphere that pays out x100 for five of a kind and triggers 10 free spins when 3 or more spheres land anywhere on the reels. If the players lands a Scatter during free spins, an extra free spin is awarded. 

An interesting Mystery feature is trigged when Mystery symbols in the form of question marks land on the reels, revealing a randomly chosen symbol. Pressing the Win Booster button on the left of the reelset during the feature filters out low value symbols – only wilds and premiums go off. This means it’s possible to get 3 full wild reels with every spin. For Mystery symbols to appear, the player needs to land 3, 4 or 5 Scatters to get 1, 2 or 3 Mystery reels per spin.

As these examples show, the fixed payline mechanic is showing no signs of wearing out, even though it is the oldest formula in the world of casino slots.

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