What are the most popular non-progressive Microgaming slots each month?

The most popular non-progressive Microgaming slots per spin per month

Microgaming offers a huge range of standard slot games, particularly on 3-reel and 5-reel format. In this article we'll look at the top slots in terms of the monthly popularity - calculated by the total number of spins played on all of the games.

So which are the most popular Microgaming slots? What is it about these games in particular that makes them so appealing to players?

In order to answer this question, we have taken data from September 2017 through until May 2018 for the top five Microgaming slot games in terms of spins played on them in each of the nine months at this popular casino. This data is compiled below and makes for interesting reading for slots fans.

Top Five Microgaming Slots (in terms of spins played) from September 2017

September 2017

  1. Thunderstruck II
  2. Thunderstruck
  3. Mega Money Multiplier
  4. Avalon
  5. Game of Thrones

October 2017

  1. Thunderstruck II
  2. Age of Discovery
  3. Avalon
  4. Mega Money Multiplier
  5. The Finer Reels of Life

November 2017

  1. The Phantom of the Opera
  2. Age of Discovery
  3. Thunderstruck II
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. Jungle Jim El-Dorado

December 2017

  1. Thunderstruck II
  2. Age of Discovery
  3. Break Da Bank Again
  4. Avalon
  5. Silver Fang

January 2018

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Silver Fang
  3. Thunderstruck II
  4. The Finer Reels of Life
  5. Break Da Bank Again

February 2018

  1. Lucky Little Gods
  2. Deco Diamonds
  3. Break Da Bank Again
  4. Jungle Jim El Dorado
  5. Thunderstruck II

March 2018

  1. Break Da Bank Again
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Avalon
  4. Break Da Bank
  5. Thunderstruck II

April 2018

  1. Break Da Bank Again
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Avalon
  4. Break Da Bank
  5. Thunderstruck II

May 2018

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Reel Thunder
  3. Forbidden Throne
  4. Alaskan Fishing
  5. Bars and Stripes

As you can see from the games populating the list, while there are some Microgaming slots that are stalwarts for players and which make regular appearances inside the top five each month, there are a significant number of games that may make just one or two appearances in the chart.

So, the question here is, what are these most popular games and what makes them so popular?

To answer this, we used a simple points system. For each month we awarded the most popular slot game 5 points, the second most popular slot 4 points and so on down to one point for the 5th most popular slot.

We then compiled the full list of games across the nine months to develop a 'Microgaming Game Popularity' league table.

Most Popular Microgaming Slots (September 2017 to May 2018)

Position

Game

Points

Appearances

#1 Spots

1

Thunderstruck II

24

8

3

2

Game of Thrones

21

6

2

3

Break Da Bank Again

17

5

2

4

Avalon

13

5

0

5

Age of Discovery

12

3

0

6

Mega Money Multiplier

5

2

0

6

Silver Fang

5

2

0

6

Phantom of the Opera

5

1

1

6

Lucky Little Gods

5

1

1

10

Break Da Bank

4

2

0

10

Thunderstruck

4

1

0

10

Deco Diamonds

4

1

0

10

Reel Thunder

4

1

0

14

The Finer Reels of Life

3

2

0

14

Jungle Jim El Dorado

3

2

0

14

Forbidden Throne

3

1

0

17

Alaskan Fishing

2

1

0

18

Bars and Stripes

1

1

0

What conclusions can we draw from this data?

There are a number of conclusions that we can draw from this data.

  • Microgaming has a strong selection of slots.

The fact that 18 slots made it into the top five across the nine months shows you that players do play a number of Microgaming slots each month and that in any given month, perhaps because of a special promotion, or maybe just because it is a specific time of the year, one game may elevate itself higher in the chart on the back of that.

  • Some slots have huge long-term playability and popularity

There are a small selection of slots that appeared in the top five more than three times over those nine months and these are the games that do seem to have the greatest long term popularity. All of these games share some similar traits including:

  • Large jackpot to be won.
  • Relatively small spin cost.
  • Excellent bonus features.
  • Decent Return to Player (RTP) percentage.

Other than that there are a number of differences between the most popular games on Microgaming which shows you the diverse taste slot players have. It certainly seems as if the theme of a game matters less to players, than the specifics of the bonus offers, size of the jackpot, Return to Player (RTP) and the cost per spin.

  • New slots can be very popular in the month of their release

Twice during the nine-month period of collecting the data, Microgaming released a new slot and that slot crashed into the charts in top spot the following month. This happened with the Phantom of the Opera slot in November 2017 and with the Lucky Little Gods slot in February 2018. However, both of these slots then disappeared from the charts in subsequent months which seems to indicate that they perhaps may lack the appeal of some other Microgaming slots.

  • Non-progressive slots are hugely popular

None of the 18 slots that reached the top five from September 2017 to May 2018 had a huge jackpot to play for which shows that if a slot has a solid theme and excellent game-play, as well as decent RTP, then it will be popular with players.

However, it was notable that several of the top games in the top 18 slots did offer a sizeable jackpot prizes. Thunderstruck II for example has a jackpot prize of over 2,000,000 coins and Game of Thrones and Break Da Bank Again also offer sizeable jackpot prizes that are well in excess of what is on offer on standard games, where the jackpot runs to usually just a few thousand coins.

Microgaming progressive games are popular and hugely successful and they appeal to a certain type of slot gamer, however for the standard player, non-progressives are a popular choice of game each month.

We'll follow up on the non-progressive Microgaming Game Popularity in the following months ahead.

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