When Slots Meet Hollywood Blockbusters

Nov 30

The combination between online slots and popular movies is simply perfect as it provides a very entertaining gaming session along with some of the best known characters to ever appear on the big screen.

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The size of the online gambling industry has allowed software providers to really go crazy with their games and provide a highly entertaining gaming session that exceeds just a few casino games. Slots are by far the best representation of the variety that comes with today’s modern casinos and while there are many reasons behind it, one cannot deny the popularity that the spinning reels have among casual and regular players alike.

Even as a beginner, it is hard to resist not giving a few slots a chance. The bets can range from very small to more than just a pretty penny so a wide variety of customers will find that slots are made to fit their bankroll and they can easily customize the betting range they want to play with. The potential to win big prizes is also very high on the list of reasons for slots being so big on the internet, as each spin can result in a huge payout worth five figures or even a progressive jackpot that easily goes over the one million dollar mark. But arguably the biggest appeal that slots have is in their style, with titles having pretty much every theme you can think of.

Some of the most popular online slots are themed after known movies and this gives them a special feature that other casino games simply cannot have. In fact, there are more than just a handful of blockbuster slots available and the odds of finding one that is themed after one of your favorite movies are very good.

Playtech’s Gladiator

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In May 2000, Gladiator was released in theaters across the United States and the movie quickly stood out as one of the best. Starring Russell Crowe as a former Roman general who is betrayed by the emperor’s son and forced to become a gladiator in his search for revenge, Gladiator is one of the most iconic movies of the past few decades and there is a very good chance that most players have seen it at least one time.

In mid-2008, leading casino software provider Playtech launched a video slot called Gladiator that was heavily inspired from the movie. It broke new ground as the industry was still growing and became the first major video slot based directly on a film and made in agreement with the studio.

The Gladiator slot has actual images of the characters from the movie and will surely appeal to fans as they get to bet and play on the Coliseum. The betting range was also something quite special for Playtech as there are various ways to select how much money to play by choosing how many lines out of the 25 available would be active during the spin, the value of the coin and the size of the bet for every line. As a result, bets can range from $0.01 to $1,250.

Since getting victory in the Coliseum comes with a lot of money and fame, the Gladiator slot is rocking a huge progressive jackpot that increases with every bet. The biggest jackpot ever won on this slot is worth £2,015,367 and this happened in October last year. It was followed by another win of over half of a million pounds just the next month. Since February 2014, Gladiator can also be played on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Microgaming’s Terminator 2

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A very popular online slot that fits in perfectly with the “going to the movies” theme is Terminator 2 from Microgaming. As the name would suggest, this is based on the 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the main role. After the success of the first film, the sequel comes with a twist as the Terminator must now protect Sarah Connor’s son from an advanced cyborg.

The movie is filled with action and it will remain iconic for years to come due to its great production value and unique storyline. Microgaming did a good job at taking the good parts from the film and putting them on five spinning reels in order to create an online slot that is very fun and also very rewarding through various special features.

Again, actual images and clips from the movie are used in the game as the main symbols are the characters seen on the big screen and when they are part of a winning combination, short videos will present parts from the movie.

One of the features we mentioned is an additional row added during free spins and increased paylines to go with it. The result is 1024 ways to win during spins that don’t require any bets and can award huge amounts, up to 440,000 coins.

The Marvel Series

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It is impossible to talk about slots and movies without mentioning Marvel. The studio behind some of the biggest movie adaptations of popular comic books has seen a lot of success in theaters over the past few years as superheroes seem to have taken over the charts.

With their popularity on the big screen, it was only normal for some of them to make it into the world of casino games and Playtech is certainly the big player in this regard. The developer has obtained several licenses and made the most out of them by creating slot games that feature different superheroes. A few examples would include Iron Man in several games, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra, Blade, X-Men and the Punisher.

All of these saw more than their fair share of ticket sales when they were released in theaters around the world and the online slots generally look very similar. The symbols are pictures of the respective characters from the movies and even some of the animations seen on the reels and bonus rounds are used to better promote the theme.

This, combined with exciting ways to win real money, makes the Marvel Series from Playtech more than just a simple collection of games and it is easy to jump right into the action and have fun with your favorite superheroes. There are also slots based on the Avengers, Spider-Man and more that fit in this category.

The great news is that there are still a lot of games still to come as the slots are generally released a few years after the movies make it to the big screen so we can expect more big titles coming from Playtech and based on the Marvel franchise.

NetEnt’s Aliens

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A perfect example of a slot that looks more like an action video game than a casino game is Aliens from Net Entertainment. Although this is based on the iconic movie from 1986 directed by James Cameron that continues to story of the original Alien from 1979, the video slot is very modern and features amazing graphics.

As expected, the theme is based on aliens but they are shown in different stages of maturity, starting from just an egg to a fully grown and horrifying Xenomorph. Furthermore, the slot comes with three levels which have better rewards and also help present the story a lot better. With a fairly long clip at the beginning showing the spaceship landing on the planet, the Aliens slot does a great job at putting the player directly into the action.

Once at the station, the search is on for the crew or whatever made it disappear. As a nice touch, the spin button has been styled like the center location on a scanner. As wins add up, you will be able to advance to the next level on which you will encounter an alien. Moving on and the mission becomes to destroy the queen and her nest, with nice features that help keep the suspense levels high as bullets and grenades are needed to accomplish this goal.

It is certainly hard to call Aliens a slot and fans of the franchise should give it a try, even if it is just in demo mode, to see just how far the classic slot games have come over the years and how entertaining they can be nowadays.

Jurassic Park

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Since Jurassic World is making waves with its trailer but there is still plenty of time left until its June 12, 2015 release, it is the perfect time to enjoy the 1993 Seven Spielberg movie that started the franchise. Or better yet, check out the video slot based on the popular thriller and featuring actual images from the film as well as nice animations and rewarding features.

The Jurassic Park slot is one of the newer releases from Microgaming as it was launched a few months ago. The unveiling was quite the even, with several online casinos changing their theme to better promote the new game. Overall, Jurassic Park keeps with the standard five reels and three rows with 243 ways to win used for most of the recent games from the developer but the theme really makes it stand out.

The three main doctors from the movie are also seen on the reels through pictures and clips. Other symbols include dinosaurs and the background is set in the jungle and is constantly moving. The big and dangerous T-Rex can be heard sometimes and he even appears in the game to unlock special features that increase the winnings. A dozen free spins can be claimed with different added perks, like multipliers or increased wilds, in order to make sure that it is profitable for players to check out the modern slot version of the classic movie.

South Park

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As a final touch and an honorable mention, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about the South Park slots from Net Entertainment. Granted, these are not based on blockbuster movies but the popularity of the animated series presents a good alternative.

NetEnt’s talents for creating gorgeous slots did not go to waste with the first South Park slot that looks remarkably similar to the actual series. Of course, it features the main characters on its reels so players can have fun with Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle, while each of them has their special bonus rounds.

In addition to just having the symbols in the game, there are also difference scenes that take place off the reels and these look exactly like the well-known series, giving the game a very amusing touch.

The sequel is called South Park: Reel Chaos and instead of featuring the regular characters, this game is based on the superhero/villain personas of the gang. Shown in several South Park episodes, the guys sometimes become superheroes with different unique powers and try to stop Professor Chaos, played by Butters, and his evil minions. The different theme brings a new perspective to the South Park slots franchise and it also keeps the rewarding style by having several bonus games available based on the main characters.