There are many slot genres you might choose to play online. Irish luck, Ancient Egyptian, and Asian-themed slots always tend to do well. However, one of the more popular slot genres you can find are branded slots. Games in this genre often include video games, game shows, products, and of course, TV/film-themed slots. It is the latter that we are going to look at today.
Our Choice of Top Film & TV Slot Games
Slots themed on television shows, and movies always have near-instant appeal. After all, if you’re a fan of a show or film, you are very likely to be drawn to a slot themed on that brand. In this slot article, we take a quick peek at a handful of the most popular slots you can find online within this genre.
DC Universe Slots
Our first slot destination on this whistle-stop tour of branded slots isn’t actually one game at all, but a whole bunch of them. DC Universe inspired slots used to be produced by Microgaming. Instead, Playtech focuses on the Marvel Universe. When Disney acquired Marvel, those slots were set for the chop. God forbid Playtech if Disney was going to let Marvel have anything to do with online gambling. What was Playtech to do? Snap up the DC license from under Microgaming’s nose, of course.
To date, around 15 or so slots are operating under Playtech’s DC banner. These games are all progressive jackpot slots, and they cover popular characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the numerous villains those heroes encounter, as well as the Justice League. Some are themed on 60s serials, others, legendary films such as The Dark Knight. A few are also based on more recent movies, such as Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Each has four differently valued progressive jackpots which can be triggered at random, as well as a bunch of unique features to boot.
Game of Thrones
Microgaming’s Game of Thrones is arguably themed on the most successful television series of the last decade. The GoT slot was always going to be a popular release, but it also needed to be one which everybody could afford to play. To that end, Microgaming ensured that two different versions of Game of Thrones were available. The first featured just 15 paylines, and the second, the customary 243 ways to win payline structure.
Game of Thrones is in many ways quite similar to generic Microgaming slots. There are several free spin bonuses up for grabs, one for each of the leading houses to appear in the show. Each of the Baratheon, Lannister, Stark and Targaryen bonuses also feature stacked icons based on those houses and other varying numbers of free spins and multipliers. Launched in 2014, this game may lack some of the pizazz of later seasons of the show, but it still has lots to offer, including a £75,000 non-progressive jackpot prize.
Ghostbusters and Triple Slime
There are two Ghostbusters slots out there for players to enjoy, and both come from the same software provider, namely IGT. The first slot is simply titled Ghostbusters, and it pays homage to the film of the same name by featuring the characters from the original movie, including Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray. Excellent audio and faithful graphics aside, this slot is also renowned for its surplus of goodies. These include five randomly triggered mystery features, a Ballroom Busters click and win the game, and a Stay Puft free spin round.
Launched several years later, the Ghostbusters: Triple Slime slot is a more stripped back continuation of the first game. It is played over 720 lines but is also themed on the two original movies. Stay Puft appears as a wild in this release, which carries a Slimer inspired fortune wheel bonus and a Triple Slime bonus round which works in a similar way.
Like Microgaming, Playtech decided that every player, irrespective of their budget, should be able to enjoy their take on Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Themed on the 2000 film which starred Russell Crowe as General Maximus, this slot is an epic and hugely popular release. While Joaquin Phoenix’s Emperor Commodus and company do appear on the reels, players will lament the loss of the title character, who is replaced by a helmet. Image right issues are to blame, presumably.
Gladiator offers up 25 lines and can be played for as little as a penny per line per spin. However, there are goodies to be had here. The Coliseum Bonus can see players work their way up a step ladder to bang out free spins, multipliers, as well as extra scatters and extra wilds. Meanwhile, a Gladiator Bonus offers players a click and win feature whereby the select helmets to win cash. Notably, in the Gladiator Jackpot version of this slot, those helmets could equate to progressive jackpot prizes.
Jurassic Park and Jurassic World
Two Jurassic Park slots are in existence. The first one is themed on the original film, while the second concerns the more recent release, known as Jurassic World. The game based on the 1993 Steven Spielberg hit truly is a wonder to play. It features Microgaming’s customary 243 ways to win payline structure and has stacked wilds which raise your odds of success. The game also carries a randomly triggered T-Rex Alert Mode which can see your next six spins (not free) met with as many as 35 extra wilds on the reels. There are also five different free spin bonuses you can trigger, much like in Immortal Romance or Thunderstruck II. Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and Dilophosaurus rounds can all dish out goodies. They include wild reels, split/multiplier wilds, mystery multipliers, stacked wilds, and guaranteed winning wilds.
By contrast, the Jurassic World slot has surprisingly less to offer. Again, wilds are stacked over a 243 ways to win payline structure, and landing just two scatters will turn those into wilds. This time, the slot’s randomly triggered round focuses on the Indominus Rex and can multipliers worth up to 1,000x a win appear. Lastly, there are just three free spin bonuses here. Each offers 10 spins. However, the Gyrosphere Valley, Creation Lab and Raptor Den rounds promise increasing multipliers, collapsing symbols, and frozen scatter wilds, respectively.
Also known as Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World, this was one of the first slots to showcase what Playtech could do with movie-themed games. The slot features imagery from Peter Jackson’s King Kong film, and dishes out two gaming modes – Jungle Mode and Big City Mode. Each brings its own elements to the game.
The Jungle Mode specialises in offering bonus rounds, with a Wild Jungle Re-Spin and Skull Island click and win bonus the prizes here. By contrast, the Big City Mode can offer Wild Kong Re-Spin bonuses, and a City Tower Bonus, which once again acts as a click and win feature. This 25-line slot can dish out prizes worth up to 3,000x your bet.
Blueprint Gaming’s Mars Attacks is a real hit for anybody who remembers the Topps trading card game, or the mad 1996 film by Tim Burton. That flick had an all-star cast which included Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Benning, Glenn Close, Natalie Portman, Michael J. Fox, Danny Devito, Tom Jones, and Sarah Jessica Parker. It is only natural that this alien invasion-themed release has an all-star set of special features.
No fewer than five randomly triggered base game modifiers can appear in this game. They can trigger extra wilds, raise the paylines from 20 up to 3,125, replace symbols, add mystery symbols, and lock winning combos into place while triggering re-spins. Five proper bonus rounds also exist in this game. They can trigger click and win rounds, free spins, trail bonuses, and much more besides.
Narcos has proven itself something of a hit since the Netflix show first appeared, telling the tale of a Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Since then, the show has moved on to the Cali cartel, and now Mexican drug gangs. However, this game focuses on just the first two seasons of the show, with a cartoony look and style dominating the reels.
The Net Entertainment slot is known for featuring Walking Wilds, and there is a randomly triggered Drive-By feature which can turn high paying icons into wilds. The 243 ways to win slot uses the ever-popular “locked symbols” mode to help players land cluster wins, while a free spin bonus can see high paying icons turned into wilds on each spin.
Planet of the Apes
There have been more than a few Planet of the Apes slot unveiled at casinos over the years. However, the cream of the crop is the 2017 release by Net Entertainment, simply titled, Planet of the Apes. This slot game is by far one of the more original branded slots you will come across. For starters, it features two sets of 5 reels, one for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the other for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Moreover, there is a lot of action which can take place between those reel sets.
Dual features can see symbols picked at random on each reel set, freeze into place, and then transfer over to the other side. Each reel set also has its own bonus rounds. Rise bonuses can ensure a prize for every human and ape symbol which appear on the reels. Dawn bonuses can turn all humans and apes into the same symbols. Stacked wilds and two distinct free spin bonuses (again, one for Rise and one for Dawn) can also pop up in this NetEnt slot.
Scarface is one of the earliest NetEnt developed, movie-themed slots around. It was one of the first to showcase what the Scandinavian casino software provider could do when they put their mind to it. The game is themed on the hit movie of the same name and uses imagery as well as video clips from the Brian de Palma flick, which starred Al Pacino and Tony Montana.
The Scarface slot is notable for its special features. Nudge spins can see wilds nudged down on each free spin until they no longer appear. A generic free spin bonus can see 3x multipliers applied to each win in the round, which consists of 15 free games. There is also a bonus round whereby players must try and take out as many gunmen as possible to win cash prizes before dying in the fountain in one of the film’s most iconic scenes.
This fun slot is for players who like a wealth of bonuses and a touch of wackiness with their online slots. The Goonies is based on the 1985 film of the same name, in which a bunch of kids uncover pirate treasure and much more besides while on an epic adventure. The most impressive aspect of this 20-line slot from Blueprint Gaming is the array of special features it can offer.
At any point in the game, players might trigger one of six mini features. These include added wilds, wild reels, colossal symbols, instant cash prizes, extra scatters and guaranteed wins. Six proper bonus rounds are also included. They include instant cash prizes, multipliers, three different free spin rounds, and a trail bonus.
The Mummy is one of the most popular film-themed slots of all time. Based on the 1999 and 2001 films in the franchise, Evy (Rachel Weisz), Rick (Brendan Fraser), The Scorpion King (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velazquez) and everybody’s favourite Mummy, Imhotep are all represented on the reels of this 25-line slot.
The Mummy ticks all the right boxes for features. Players can “unlock” bonus features as they play, and once they are unlocked, players can chop and change between them as they go. Spins could be played with extra scatters, expanding wilds, spreading wilds, collapsing reels, multiplier wilds, or frozen wilds, as you see fit. The Mummy also delivers two bonus rounds. The first is a Mummy Hunt feature which sees players trying to escape a pyramid to pocket instant cash prizes. The second is a free spin round, which offers an initial 5 spins. Wilds are collected on each of those spins, and then all are redistributed across the reels for a sixth and final Super Spin.
Vikings is another major television show which has turned out to be a runaway success. It is nearing its final (sixth) season now, so playing this game has never been more appealing. Based on the History Channel show, the slot sees Ragnar Lodbrok, Björn, Lagertha, and Floki all represented on the reels.
Although there is no wild in Vikings, there are Hotspots, and these are just as efficient at helping players to land wins. If a Viking character falls in a Hotspot, it will turn all other characters on the screen into the same symbol. A randomly triggered Shield Wall bonus will see mystery symbols come into play, too. Lastly, a Raid Spins bonus sees the 243-line game expand to offer 7 reels and 78,125 paylines. The Hotspot now expands to the third, fourth and fifth reels, too, giving players an even better chance of landing a top win.
Worthy of a Mention…
Of course, there are many other top movie and television show-themed slots which are worth a punt. They couldn’t all make our list, or we’d be here all day. Some of these top titles include IGT’s Transformers: Battle for Cybertron and series of Star-Trek slots. iSoftBet is not shy about getting involved in this genre either. They are responsible for the Basic Instinct slot, based on the hit movie of the same name. Any player who fancies a laugh (and doesn’t mind a bit of crude humour) may wish to try their hand at the Beavis and Butt-Head slot. Meanwhile, a bit of flesh is on show in the Baywatch slot.
Players will also find movie-themed games from NextGen Gaming, too. Psycho is arguably one of their more popular releases, with the famous shower/knife scene getting good coverage in this game. NetEnt also has Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Invisible Man, and Dracula slots as part of their Universal Monsters series of games, while several Phantom of the Opera slots can also be found online.
Gone but Not Forgotten…
Sadly, not all movie-themed slots tend to last, and some of the best have been taken away from us. As mentioned earlier, because movie-themed slots are licensed from film studios and networks, they may not be around forever. Licenses expire, and when that happens, film-themed slots have to be taken down.
Over the years, we’ve lost quite a few epic slots. Some of the more memorable ones to vanish include Net Entertainment’s Aliens, based on the horror film series by Ridley Scott and James Cameron, as well as the aforementioned Marvel-themed slots. A Microgaming developed Terminator 2 slot, and two South Park slots have also come and gone, although even they don’t hold a candle to Microgaming’s The Dark Knight. In its day, The Dark Knight paid out millions of pounds in progressive jackpot prizes and was one of the most popular slots of all time.
However, if Playtech’s acquisition of the DC license (and the subsequent release of their own Dark Knight slot) tells us anything; it is that film and TV show slots always prove popular, and will keep on being produced in their masses. If you haven’t tried one before, you’re urged to do so.