The Movies That Inspired the Slots
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Whether you’re a fan of horror, sci-fi, rom-com, animation or action themes, most of us love nothing better than a trip to the cinema or a film night at home.
Hollywood has produced some of the biggest success stories since it released its very first film (The Count of Monte Cristo) back in 1908. And, in the 110+ years that have followed, it’s dazzled us with every type of movie that you could possibly imagine including La La Land, Pyscho, The Godfather, and The Lord of the Rings.
In this article, we look at how many of our favourite online slots have been inspired by or based on some of Hollywood’s best-known movies.
When a movie makes millions of pounds at the box office, cinema-goers are often left wanting more. So, it makes sense that the film studios behind the hit movies often choose to create merchandise and enter into franchise agreements to keep their audiences happy.
Slot developers are equally pleased to be working alongside prestigious movie-makers, and although they try to cater to a wide range of players, many of us want to see familiar faces and themes.
One particular software manufacturer which also happens to be one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world (NextGen Gaming) even went so far as to dedicate an entire video slot to the movie legend, James Dean. Plus, another well-known slot developer, Playtech, designed a game around one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood history, Marilyn Monroe.
For those of you who like to combine your passions, movie-themed slots offer you the best of both worlds. There’s the chance to refamiliarize yourself with some of your favourite actors and actresses, enjoy bonus features that are based on familiar scenes, and potentially win cash at the same time!
Cartoons aren’t necessarily just for kids as the 2016 film, Sausage Party, proved.
Sexual innuendos and a loveable cast of buns and hotdogs voiced by the likes of Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, and Jonah Hill got viewers on both sides of the pond hot under the collar and giggling like schoolchildren.
A couple of years after the film’s release, Blueprint Gaming made its own version of Sausage Party.
The slot uses 5 reels and 20 paylines and can be played with as little as 10p per spin. But, best of all, it boasts 13 bonus features such as Mighty Douche Colossal Reels, Frank’s Hot Dog Wilds, Gettin’ Juiced Free Spins, and The (Not So) Great Beyond Bonus.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was admittedly one of the most “bodacious” films of the late 1980s, and it also secured Keanu Reeves a place as one of the most sought-after Hollywood actors for years to come.
IGT’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure online slot is based on the iconic film, and it offers you plenty of nostalgic moments courtesy of special features like Wyld Stallyns (where Bill and Ted star as wild symbols) and a No Way, Yes Way feature. You can even go back in time to collect historical characters just like in the film!
Some of you might not be old enough to remember 1998’s Beetlejuice, directed by Tim Burton. However, you can instantly explore this firm cinema fan favourite by playing Barcrest’s Beetlejuice Megaways slot.
Like other Megaways games, Beetlejuice gives you a phenomenal number of ways to create wins, and you’ll also encounter most of the film’s most memorable characters such as Lydia, Miss Argentina, Beetlejuice, and Shrunken Head.
On your spooky adventure in the haunted Connecticut country home of the Deetz family, you’ll hopefully spot Mystery Ghost symbols, cascading reels, and free spins with an unlimited increasing win multiplier.
Rick & Morty
The cartoon characters, Rick and Morty, have appeared in both films and TV series, and they started life as part of Cartoon Network’s cult programme, Adult Swim.
Blueprint Gaming’s adaptation perfectly captures the eccentric essence of the two main characters, Rick and Morty, and it also uses the Megaways pay system which gives you up to 117,649 ways to create winning combinations.
The slot’s top prize is worth a mighty 50,000x your total stake, and there are also cascading reels, mystery symbols, and several free spins bonuses like Federation Wild Spins and Pickle Rick Free Spins.
“Don’t get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight” were the wise words that were imparted by the Chinese shopkeeper’s grandson to Randall Peltzer who’s desperately looking for a Christmas gift for his son, Billy.
Gremlins was one of the biggest movies of the 1980s, and thanks to Scientific Games and Red7, it’s been given a second lease of life as an online slot.
The Gremlins slot uses 5 reels and 20 paylines and it has a betting range of 10p to £100 per spin.
Fans of the film will recognise many of the symbols that can help to create wins such as gremlins, TVs, microwaves, popcorn, and 3D glasses. There are further film references in the game’s bonus features like No More Cash After Midnight, Gizmo Box Hunt, and Avoid the Sun Free Spins Unlimited Spins.
Playtech’s King Kong slot was created in conjunction with Universal Pictures, and it sees Hollywood’s much-loved giant ape return to the screen to pay homage to the 2005 blockbuster movie of the same name.
The game’s Skull Island bonus offers multipliers of up to 30x while Wild Jungle Re-Spins is accompanied by sticky King Kong symbols.
The slot also has two different playing modes and when the Big City Mode is active, you get to leave Skull Island and travel to New York where the re-spins feature offers you expanding wilds.
NetEnt’s Jumanji slot is based on the classic 1995 film starring Robin Williams.
It uses 5 reels and 36 paylines and dazzles you with its high-resolution graphics and sound effects.
The Jumanji board game is incorporated into the gameplay, and you get to roll dice to move around the board while trying to win cash rewards, entry to extra bonus features, and win extra dice rolls.
The base game is accompanied by four randomly activated special features that all have a jungle theme such as Wild Stampede, Monkey Mayhem, Monsoon Wilds, and Sticky Vines.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed finding out about some of our favourite movie-themed slots, and if you’re keen to play any of them, all you need to do is pay a visit to the Gala Spins lobby and grab a front-row seat for one of your preferred slot games or slingo!