The first online slot is turning 20 this year!
In 1998, the world of online slots was born with the creation of Cash Splash. Developed by Microgaming, this vegas themed slot was truly vintage and a product of its time.
This year, Cash Splash turns 20 and the team at No Wagering decided it was only right to pay homage to this iconic game and look back at the legacy it created.
What is Cash Splash?
Cash Splash was the first online slot available on the internet and is quite basic in terms of gameplay. There are only 3-reels with 1 payline, but the slot set the groundwork for future online slots.
As expected, there aren't many features aside from a progressive jackpot. The slot did feature classic slot symbols such as 10, J, Q, K, A and old-school high paying such as 7, BAR and a cherry.
In terms of volatility, Cash Splash contains a medium volatility level as well as an RTP of 91.51% which is expected for a progressive jackpot slot. The jackpot itself is seeded at £5,000 with the biggest wins reaching up to £134,929.
What makes Cash Splash stand out?
Ultimately, the best thing about Cash Splash is the simplicity of the gameplay. It's the perfect option for players looking to play an old-school slot machine but with the option to play it anywhere without having to go to a land-based casino.
There are only 3-reels with no real features aside from the progressive jackpot. This slot is definitely for jackpot hunters and arguably set the benchmark for what progressive jackpots should be. At the time of release and up until the early 2000s, there were no big progressive jackpots that could rival Cash Splash.
The impact of Cash Splash
It seems that Microgaming had taken a land-based slot and applied it to the internet. No one could have predicted the success that would follow.
The game led to a number of primitive slots such as Pirates Paradise, Martian Money and Pharaoh's Fortune as well as the 5-reel version of Cash Splash that connects the progressive jackpot.
Cash Splash sequel
In 2004, the 5-reel version of Cash Splash was released with low volatility and is connected to the original with a progressive jackpot. This updated version of the slot is known as a soft sequel and reboot to the original.
Most of the core gameplay remains the same but with the addition of 5-reels instead of 3-reels. Whilst the original 3-reel Cash Splash is hard to find at online slots, many players can still find the 5-reel version with the amazing progressive jackpot.
The future of iGaming
The past few years have seen explosive mechanics such as Megaways and Infinity Reels as well as other intriguing elements such as slot franchises connected like Age of the Gods.
Online slots are constantly evolving and the future could literally be anything. Cash Splash set the benchmark and will be forever respected as the grandfather of online slots.