Over the years, we have seen a wide range of unique themes for online casino games. Now, a new niche is dominating bingo and slot games. Let’s take a look at the rise of all things candy-themed.
The rise of unique bingo themes
As technology seemingly endlessly develops, online bingo games have seen a transformation, boasting everything from live-streamed bingo rooms to play games in real time to on-demand bingo games. As the dynamics of bingo have developed, so too have the themes that they encapsulate. On various platforms throughout the UK, bingo enthusiasts can try out bingo, slot, and ‘Slingo’ games that riff off unique themes of mythology, popular TV shows, and food, combining the gameplay of bingo, dynamics of slot games, and immersive themes. One of the most popular of these themes is, of course, confectionery.
Over the years, the popularity of sweet-themed games have continued to rise, thanks to the vibrant colors and mouth-watering images. One of these games is the Sweet Bonanza slot, which utilizes bingo rules and slot mechanics, boasting fruit-flavored symbols and different-shaped sweets. Now, sense-wise, bingo games typically only engage touch and sight – however, by incorporating confectionery, this engages the ideas of taste and smell – and, in doing so, incorporates these senses into online casino games.
But, taste and smell are not the only senses to be engaged in these bingo games…
Use of music and dynamic gameplay
Sound is one of the most important senses to inform the perception and immersiveness of an experience. In fact, according to research in Vox Magazine, sounds – especially music – can evoke psychological and physiological responses, particularly when it comes to memory and emotion. When we hear certain sound effects or music, this can be linked to certain memories or feelings, causing us to become more immersed in the narrative or gameplay as it conjures up specific emotions.
Let’s do a little experiment – think of your favorite candy in your head. Got it? What does it make you feel? Chances are it makes you feel happy or nostalgic. With this in mind, the use of jaunty music and jovial sound effects can enhance these same emotions, recreating and magnifying the feeling you feel when tucking into your favorite sweets.
The future of sweet-themed games
Now, we have already seen how sound, taste, and smell are being incorporated into these sweet-themed games, but what might the future have in store? One potential outcome is thanks to the rise in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) which create new virtual environments or enhance reality respectively. By incorporating VR and AR into these online casino games, they have the potential to become even more dynamic and immersive.
To even further enhance the gameplay, a headset could be introduced that plays the music in surround sound, for a more authentic experience. Most excitingly, however, are recently developed devices from researchers at Beihang University and City University of Hong Kong, which are hoped to become ‘Smell-o-Vision’ for VR. These devices either attach directly to the skin or are held within a mask, and can currently generate up to nine localized scents.
Though these are far from hitting the shelves, in the future these devices could allow players to smell the sweets and fruits that are in their game, revolutionizing the immersiveness of the gameplay.[amazon_auto_links id="280559"]