One thing that’s become a common fixture on today’s online casinos is the movie slot machine. Log on to All Out Slots, or any review site or online casino, and you’ll find at least one virtual fruit machine based on a hugely popular blockbuster.
It’s understandable that slot developers would want to create such games too. Firstly, the movies chosen are often massive successes at the box office. This as good as guarantees at least some instant appeal.
Another reason why slot designers are so keen to base their offerings on movies is that a lot of the hard work is already done for them. They will, of course, be borrowing imagery, music, and story concepts from the original material. This avoids investing a lot of time and resources developing a project of questionable appeal.
But does the movie slot machine work for the punters too? To answer that, let’s look at some of the best around.
The Terminator 2 slot machine from Microgaming is a great place to start. Based on one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most popular movies, it manages to do an excellent job of recreating the feel of the original movie.
Players are treated to iconic clips from the film each time they hit a prize. What’s more, the slot’s bonus features are relevant to the plot. The villain of Terminator 2 can morph into any other character symbol – just as the T-1000 unit does in the movie. Touches like these make for a memorable slot experience.
Next up, we have Jurassic Park. Another legendary science-fiction/action movie produced by veteran slot designers Microgaming – only this time, there are dinosaurs!
Like with the Terminator 2 machine, all the main characters from the movie are represented. The imagery used for both symbols and the background is straight from the movie itself lending real authenticity to the title.
The bonus features on the Jurassic Park slot machine are equally strong too. There is a great free spin mode with various added gameplay enhancing features and a “T-Rex Alert” mode. Triggered at random, this latter bonus loads up the reels with “wild” symbols for a period, creating many more chances to win!
By now, you’re probably noticing a theme emerging. Our picks for the best movie slots around are all based on massively popular action films. This seems to be the genre that lends itself best to the slot machine medium since there is usually a lot of opportunity for suspense and excitement within the original plot.
Our next choice sticks with this theme. Like our other selections, Scarface by Netent is loaded with characters from the movie and players are treated to real video excerpts from Tony Montana’s narcotic-heavy rise and fall as the game is played.
The standout feature of the whole title has to be the “Say Hello to my Little Friend” bonus mode. As you might expect, this is set right at the end of the movie when, charged up on as much Colombian marching powder as he can fit inside his head, Tony goes to war with his rivals. Players are tasked with defending our hero’s mansion from the onslaught of gangsters using a gun or grenade. Frankly, it’s great!
Continuing the trend of classic action movies turning into excellent slot machines, next we have Rocky by Playtech. We join the Italian Stallion ringside for yet another slobber knocker. Like our other selections, Rocky is fully licensed, so its designers could make it as true to the original material as possible.
The Rocky slot packs a punch in terms of its special features too. It offers players a free spin mode, which awards up to 25 free chances to win with a 2x multiplier; an instant win for spelling “ROCKY” across the reels; and the Knock Out Bonus. This latter feature is the highlight of the title since players are invited to do battle with Rocky’s previous foes one more time. Of course, there are plenty of prizes to boot too!
Planet of the Apes
Based on the specific titles Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this slot is perhaps the most ambitious on our list. It features a split board and really it plays as if you were betting across two independent slots simultaneously.
That is, until you hit certain special features. For example, if you land a full stacked “wild” symbol across an entire “Dawn” side reel, it will be mirrored on the “Rise” gameboard. In addition to this bonus, there are individual free spins modes for each gameboard and the sticky, high value “dual feature”.
In case you haven’t guessed, we’re big fans of a movie slot machine when done right. There are loads of examples, both good and bad around. Presuming you like betting (since your reading this, that seems a fair presumption) and enjoyed the originals movie’s plot, you will almost certainly like a slot based on that movie by one of the leading developers. Heck, we’ve even played games where the movie was bad, and the slot was great. It’s all personal preference!