Nudge Theory

Over recent months we’ve dipped into a number of different aspects of online slots, focussing on specific features that are often included to spice up the central winning potential of landing specific combinations of symbols. Features such as pick bonus games, reel modifiers and achievement bonuses. This week we took delivery of a new release from NetEnt and it literally nudged us to reflect on a feature that is / was often to be found on pub fruit machines which is not so common in the online slot universe. That game was Temple of Nudges, and the nudge is back!

Give It A Nudge

The nudge is a term of art in slot design and is reserved for an event after the reels have stopped following a spin. It is used to describe the movement of a reel one single ‘stop position’ up or down, with a ‘stop position’ simply being a single symbol’s height. The effect of this is to remove one of that reel’s symbols from view and introduce a new one, and with that potentially create a win event in the process. It’s a very welcome way to rescue a no-win spin, or add an extra win to the original spin’s result!

A Nudge In The Right Direction

With Temple of Nudges, NetEnt has resurrected the nudge idea in a very interesting way in our opinion. Our full review goes into greater detail on this, but the headline is that it uses its nudge feature to turn initial wins into potential chain reactions of wins in a manner that’s reminiscent of the essential buzz that keeps players flocking to cascade slots like Da Vinci Diamonds, Gonzo’s Quest and Pixies of the Forest. NetEnt has previously wowed us with a fresh take on cascade slot engineering with Finn and the Swirly Spin. And with Temple of Nudges we applaud them for finding another cool, and beautifully simple way for Neon Jackpot players to watch a win grow before their eyes into something even more thrilling. Check it out.