A wishlist of Microgaming slots we would love to see - Part Two
In part one of this two-part article, we took a look at five different types of slot games that we'd love to see developed by a reputable company such as Microgaming at some point in the near future.
In the first part we already talked about developing a high-quality win-both-ways slot, where players can win from left to right and right to left across the reels. Also, in our first five wishes were two slots based on Film and TV shows, first off was a slot based on the classic Science Fiction film franchise Blade Runner, while another improved slot based on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire TV series was another possibility.
Finally, we rolled back the years to consider developing a new type of retro-styled slot, based on the pub or club fruit machines that were popular at one time that featured Nudges, Holds and even trail-based features, or Hi/Lo guessing games.
Here's the next games I'd love to see developed in the future:
- A Football Card/Sticker Collection-based slot
One of the things that has struck me with some modern slot games, is that having a quest element, especially one where the slot can save your progress, does make a game hugely appealing. The problem I have with these quests is that they are often entirely arbitrary and often the time you put in to get the reward at the end, doesn't really match up.
In an unrelated issue, I have also seen how popular features such as FIFA Ultimate Team is on console game, where players open virtual packs of cards at varying cost, to 'collect' players for their team. Players can earn points in these games by playing matches, selling cards etc to raise more points to buy more packs.
As such, I think combining the two, to develop a slot game where you can collect football cards and stickers to complete a collection (and thus earn bonuses when you do) would I feel not only appeal to slot gamers, but also to the myriad of people who enjoy collecting things (especially football cards, for which there still exists a strong market).
Card packs could be unlocked after a set number of spins, after certain wins or by triggering bonus features and of course as players collect cards, they can unlock additional bonus features, Free Spins, or cash prizes as they do.
- A quality Darts-based slot
I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures when playing Microgaming slots is to load up the old classic Bullseye for a few spins. The game is based on a TV game-show of the 1980s and 90s that was first presented by the late Jim Bowen and which was primarily based on Darts. However aside from this game, I don't think I've ever seen another darts slot.
That I think is a huge shame as not only is the sport massively popular, not just here in the UK but it is gaining in popularity all over the globe, but I also think the potential to develop a slot based on the top darts players and then have darts themed bonus games within the slot to be activated when you land scatters etc, is a great opportunity.
Maybe they could even give you a chance to throw for cash prizes on Bully's prize board where your aim and pace could determine what prize you win. Or how about taking on some of the top PDC players like Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson in a game of 501, where if you win, you win a cash prize. The tougher the player you face, the more you could win.
- A Star Wars slot series
Microgaming have some outstanding progressive jackpot games and of course the Mega Moolah slot is the crown jewel out of the bunch, but if their selection of games is lacking one thing then I think it is a very good film-themed slot much like the current DC Universe selection of games available with another provider.
Having seen their success with Film and TV tie-ins across multiple titles, I think Microgaming could develop a series of slots based on arguably the biggest and most lucrative film franchise of all, Star Wars, provided of course they could obtain the rights (likely not an easy thing to do with Lucasfilm, but perhaps viable now that Disney hold the rights).
Could you imagine how popular these slots would be? Imagine slot games based on the original trilogy of films with bonus features derived from each. You could build into each game features based on the film and if each slot shared the Mega Moolah jackpot pool, then the popularity of these games could see the jackpot soar to new heights and a new world record.
Then of course, you now have the three 'prequel' films you can make slots on, as well as the three new films, two of which have been released and the other is, as yet being filmed. We've already seen two spin off films too in Rogue One and Solo and again, these could form part of the expanding Star Wars slot universe.
- eSports slots
I know that one of the thing that major slot development companies look out for when designing a slot is the 'next big thing' in the hope that they can ride on the crest of a wave of popularity for the aforementioned fashion and develop a slot which will have great appeal at a particular time.
At the moment, there is a burgeoning interest in eSports gaming and console gaming in general and I think slot companies will be looking at some of the most popular eSports titles, such as League of Legends, Defense of the Ancients 2 (usually shortened to Dota2) and Counter Striker: Global Offensive, as well as developing games such as Player Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG) and Fortnite and I can certainly foresee a day when these games are the focus of new slots.
After all, it wasn't that long ago that developing a slot on a particular computer game sounded ludicrous, but as the success of the Tomb Raider series of games, plus the Hitman slot has shown, there is a real market for these games.
With games such as League of Legends players can level-up and get stronger. In a slot game this could translate into revealing new game features and additional bonus possibilities.
There's a few other games on my wish-list. I'll write about those some other time :)
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