Branded slots are one of the hottest topics in the gaming industry right now. Gamers have made a beeline for games based on their favourite movies ever since the first pinball tables were introduced, and today the inclusion of characters, fonts, logos and other symbolism from classic films can make or break a new slot game. So where can you find your favourite films in slot form?
The first stop for many will be at a Playtech casino like William Hill or Mansion. Playtech have a deal with Marvel comics that allows them to make games based on the recent glut of big-budget Marvel films like Blade, Elektra, The Fantastic Four, X-Men and The Incredible Hulk. These games are every bit as bold as the superheroes they put on the screen, with large jackpots to match. Expect to see more from them shortly, with titles like Thor, The Avengers and Captain America all potential slot fodder.
More recently, Net Entertainment signed a deal with Universal to make games based on selected movies from their catalogue. This led to the recent release of Frankenstein, which may not seem revelatory, but no-one else gets to use the images from the original film, now over 80 years old. Even more exciting is Net’s forthcoming Scarface, based on the Al Pacino version that we all know and love.
With Marvel amply catered for, you’d expect to see games using material from their opposite number, DC Comics – and you’d be spot-on: Just like a stand-off between Iron Man and Firestorm, Microgaming have signed a deal with DC and are taking on Playtech with two Dark Knight games, coming out this year and 2013.
All of this, though, is a bit unfair on female gamers: Partygaming offer slots based on Saturday Night Fever and Gone with the Wind, but the connection is tenuous, and neither uses enough material from the respective films to call themselves a branded slot. Hope, however, is on the horizon: International Game Technology (IGT) make some excellent online slots, drawn from decades of experience in the land-based casino industry, so they really know what works – and they’ve just released a Sex and the City land-based slot, so who knows – a version may find its way online soon.
In the meantime, at least there’s Lord of the Rings. This stellar production from Microgaming beats all other branded slots hands down at present, even though it’s been around since 2010. With male and female appeal, it uses Microgaming’s trademarked Cinematic Spins facility to show you beautifully-shot images from the film as you play, with music from the original score and a progressive jackpot along with stacks of other features. Know more about casino slots, casino tips, and casino offers at Casinoscout.co.uk