Isn’t it a true delight when you stumble upon a great-looking video slot that features a theme taken from your favourite movie, TV show or video game? Making slot machines by drawing inspiration from new, major blockbuster or classic, cult movies turned out to be a successful strategy for some of the leading gaming software developers in the industry, such as Microgaming, Net Entertainment and Playtech. These games attracted more players who initially enjoy the theme, visual presentation and design, and then get caught-up in the well-elaborated gameplay, and that’s a fact. Sounds like a real recipe for success, right? Thanks to favourable contracts with major film studios, these developers obtained permission to use authentic imagery and soundtrack from these movies or series, which perfectly connects to the fans of these projects or franchises. Let’s take a look at some of the best branded video slots available. As there are too many to number in only one listing, we’ll be doing a ‘part two’ as well, so stay tuned.
Themed around the cinema hit classic, Scarface slot was released in 2012 by Net Entertainment, thanks to a licensing deal between the Swedish developer and Universal Studios. Without too much explaining, the slot is based on the 1983 flick directed by Brian de Palma, which stares Al Pacino as the ambitious gangster Tony Montana. Much like the famous mobster Tony would say “Say hello to my little friend!” and initiate full-on excitement among the viewers, NetEnt proudly announced the launch of a 5-reel, 20-payline branded slot based on the savage movie a few decades later. In all fairness, the slot pays a great tribute to the original movie with superb graphics contrasting the overall retro feel of the visual effects. The biggest attractions of the Scarface slot are the special features that include stacked Wilds and a Nudge spins round. In the highly rewarding bonus game players assume the role of Tony Montana himself, and just like the character in the movie they have to stand their ground, kill as many enemies as possible and receive coins for theirs outstanding gangster-like performance.
One of the most recreated comic book superheroes in cinema history, Batman was revived once more in the outstanding Dark Knight trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. To be true to facts, the first movie by the acclaimed director was called Batman Begins, while the following feature film is referred to as The Dark Knight and remains the most famous of them all – marked by Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as Batman’s archenemy The Joker. It was only a matter of time when a big developer would turn this stunning material into a slot game, and it finally happened with Microgaming’s 5-reel, 243-ways to win video slot machine. The game features images taken out of the actual movie, as well as the dark music score for the background setting. As for the gameplay, The Dark Knight slot is feature-packed. Batman and The Joker characters will randomly appear and introduce extra Wilds, even make entire reels go Wild. The Free Spins round comes with 15 free plays and 2x multipliers. To top it all, there are four progressive jackpot rewards for the most heroic endeavours in Gotham.
The legendary Terminator 2: Judgment Day feature film was released in 1991, and who would have thought gamblers around the world would have the chance to play an excellent video slot inspired by the adventures of the iconic Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in online casinos across the web. The slot machine was released in 2014 by Microgaming, thanks to the company signing a licensing deal with Studiocanal for the rights to recreate Terminator 2 in form of a casino game. Action, amazing special effects, all our favourite characters (Sarah Connor, John Connor, T-800 and T-1000), as well as the masterful music – it’s all there; you just have to spin the reels and enjoy. With three bonus features to make use of, the game is just as fun to play as it is to observe. Base gameplay relies on 243 ways to win, but in the Free Spins feature another row of symbols is added, amounting to 1024 ways winning possibilities. The T-1000 Transformation feature is simply spectacular, as you can watch T-1000 morph into other symbols, shape shift just like in the movie, and create better wins. The T-800 Vision feature pays homage to Arnie’s scanning abilities, and you’ll be treated with cash prizes in this one. Terminator is back, waiting for you at your favourite online casino venue!
Another licensed release from Microgaming, Jurassic Park pays tribute to the cult 1993 movie directed by Steven Spielberg about dinosaurs suddenly being discovered and proceeding to terrorise the modern world. To the fans of the movie, a 2014 launch of the slot machine was nothing short of a success. The game features familiar characters including doctors Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm, and offers an adventurous 5-reel, 243-ways to win structure. The iconic Jurassic Park logo is the game’s Wild symbol. The special features include a randomly triggered T-Rex Alert Mode during which up to 35 extra Wilds are introduced across the reels and the player has the opportunity to win 6 free spins. The other bonus feature is Free Spins, with three or more Dinosaur Egg symbols triggering the round where you get 5 free plays (based on five different dinosaurs: tyrannosaurus Rex, velociraptor, brachiosaurus, triceratops, and dilophosaurus) and also a chance to add 25 extra spins with multipliers. Jurassic Park the movie is more than just a monster flick, and Jurassic Park the slot is more than your average casino experience.
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