KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM: JURASSIC PARK, TED, THE TERMINATOR, ROCKY, TITANIC: Famous Movies That Became Famous Slot Games
When you have a hit movie on your hands, it’s almost a license to print money. On top of the millions of dollars it rakes in at the box office, there’s also the follow up proceeds to think about. You get a second wave of cash when the movie is released on DVD, and a regular income from streaming if you partner up with Netflix or a similar service. Books based on the movie can do big business if they’re done well. Some action movies will spawn action figure ranges, and video games, all of which are a way of pouring more money on top of the money you’ve already earned.
And then, slowly, things start to dry up for a while until you release a sequel. Or do they? In more recent years, film studios have found that a good way to keep their movie franchise making money long after it’s stopped showing in theaters is to license the title to the gambling world.
There have been many popular online slot games based on big name movies, and some of the better designed ones have become legendary among casino players in their own right.
Not every online slot machine based on a movie is destined to be a surefire hit, but here are some great examples of movie themed slot games that really hit the mark...
Jurassic Park, when it came out in the 1990s, was a really big deal. If you weren’t around back then to see it, it might be difficult to imagine how much of a box office sensation it was, but trust us, people went crazy for the original dinosaur movie. Some of the facts and statistics about the success of that film are mind boggling.
Although the movie spawned a hugely successful franchise that’s still big business to this day, the manufacturers of the online slot that bears its name have gone right back to the original for their inspiration. It’s a video slot, which brings all the stars of the movie back to life in front of your eyes, and has some really cool and unique features - for example, when a Tyrannosaurus Rex appears on the reels, the game enters ‘Alert Mode’, opening up 35 different ‘wild’ features. There are also 243 different pay lines, meaning there are plenty of different ways to win.
If you like your games - and your movies - a little more adult themed, you might be more interested in the Ted title. The opportunity to be Thunder Buddies with the troublesome teddy bear is all yours with this delightfully rude gambling experience. Everything you’d hope for is here, including some distinctly not-safe-for-work symbols on the reels. There’s even a game mode which relies on you waking Ted up from his alcohol and weed induced slumber in order to help you win money. Good luck with that!
There may be comparatively few paylines - a mere 20 - but the game is so much fun it hardly seems to matter. Ted seems to get everywhere, from going on bar crawls to firing lasers at the reels. He doesn’t even seem to be confined to this game - if you head over to Rose Slots and check out the Fluffy Favourites title, you may find a fairly familiar face looking back at you!
If you’re going to make a game based around the futuristic technology of the Terminator franchise, you better really make sure that its worthy. The creators of this online slot, based on the second of the movies, definitely put the hours in, because the game looks and feels fantastic. The iconic Terminator soundtrack plays on in the background as you gamble, and the feature modes are designed to really draw you into the world of the franchise. There’s even a Terminator view mode where the whole game is seen through the famous robot’s point of view, helping you to locate bonus features. Adjustable minimum stakes make this a game that can be enjoyed by casual gamblers and high rollers alike, so if you want to play for fun, the option is there for you. The free spin round really tries to tilt things in your favour; when activated, it offers you an astonishing 1,024 ways to win. With these sort of odds, we bet that if you play it once, you’ll be saying “I’ll be back!”
Seconds out, round one. This online slot based on the most famous movie boxing franchise of all time really packs a punch. Containing soundtrack, video and image content taken straight from the film, the game does everything it can to justify its license. There are knockout rounds. There are games modes based on trying to defeat Rocky’s opponents from the movies. Rocky Balboa himself will do his best to help you when he turns up as the “Wild” feature. The game is loaded with extra features and bonus rounds which can really maximize your winnings from the game, and if you’re a fan of the films, you’ll feel right at home testing your mettle against Ivan Drago and Clubber Lang. There are 25 separate paylines, which means you have 25 chances to shout “Yo Adrian, we did it!”
Near, far, wherever you are, you’ll be able to play the official Titanic online slot game at an online casino. The 90s mega-smash, which broke almost every box office record when it was released, might not seem like the most obvious title to be adapted for casino purposes, but the creators have done a great job of making things fit. The design is beautiful, with real effort made to make the play screen look like the fixtures and fittings of the famous ship. There’s even ‘first class’ and ‘second class’ tickets available to board the Titanic, depending upon how much you’re willing to stake.
Typically of the game’s manufacturer, the play is based around five reels and 25 paylines, but a wide range of title specific bonus features like “whee mode” can add to your pot and boost your total winnings. Start playing this game and you might find that just like Rose, you can never let go! It’s not all about money, of course. Online slots like these allow players to step back into their favorite movie worlds and spend more time there long after the movie has stopped rolling. Hopefully one day, every major movie will have tie ins like these. Until then, we just have one question. Where’s our Die Hard game?