The younger generation loves skill-based app games.
Pokémon Go is a recent phenomenon that has taken the world by storm due to a smart mix of game play and pseudo-augmented reality. Before that came along, Minecraft presented kids with a great concept that allowed their imaginations to run wild by giving the player the ability to create their own world using simple tools.
Another huge success is Candy Crush – a game that was so well timed that it became a global phenomenon. Using the simple and popular elements seen in Bejewelled, the makers of Candy Crush created a colourful theme with modern, polished graphics and added the ‘saga’ feature, making the game extremely sticky and addictive.
Traditional slots need to include a skill element to survive.
I think the highly immersive experience of slot games that have a skill-based arcade game element will attract a younger generation of gamers who are on the hunt for real rewards. However, slots traditionally offer the ‘luck’ experience, and if skill and strategy gameplay do become the preferred norm, then the traditional ‘slots’ concept will eventually cease to be.