Which Film & TV inspired slots would you love to see from Microgaming?
Over the years Microgaming have been busy licensing a number of top movies for which they have produced some stellar slots.
Games such as Bridesmaids, Terminator 2, Jurassic World, Highlander, Halloween and Phantom of the Opera (which is based on the film version, rather than the stage), have all proved to be huge hits for the company over the years.
When it comes to the small screen, TV has also provided Microgaming with the inspiration to produce a number of fantastic slot games too. The hugely popular Game of Thrones slot remains a massive favourite with players, as does Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Battlestar Galactica and the underrated and underplayed Bullseye slot.
As we are not privy to the top level talks that take place between Microgaming's top brass and the Film and TV studios and production companies, it is always exciting to hear of an impending new release, but that doesn't stop us hankering for slot versions of some of our most popular TV shows and Films.
So in this article, we've compiled a list of TV shows and Films that we would love to see developed one day. These are some of the shows that we think would go down a storm as a slot.
Blade Runner/Blade Runner 2049 slot
There is no doubt that both Ridley Scott's original and Denis Villeneuve's 2017 sequel are science fiction masterpieces. Neither may have been a huge success in the cinema, but each have a massive following of fans who are totally absorbed by the Blade Runner story (and your author is one of them).
Given the stunning visual effects in both films, allied to some of the most poignant and effective use of music in a science fiction film, the ability to offer either one slot, or if we are being especially greedy, two slot games, one for each of the films, is a fantastic opportunity.
With a small number of key characters in each film, you could easily cover all the key thematic elements and the many innovative scenes and gadgets used in the film could provide the inspiration for the bonus features of the slot. How about a Voigt-Kampff Test Bonus round, where you have to pick the replicant from the different eyes displayed on screen? Guess correctly and you win a bigger amount of money than picking human eyes.
Done correctly, a Blade Runner styled slot could be visually epic and with careful management of the game and bonuses an absolute winner.
50 Shades of Grey Trilogy slot
In the UK, legislation is coming in which will prohibit companies from using advertising for slot games which may encourage under-age gambling. This could be problematic for the future of games like Tarzan, or indeed any game which has a cartoon-style feel.
As such, I think we are going to see a shift in trends in the next few years onto more mature subject matter. That's not to say we will have no more cutesy styled games, I believe we will as the market for them clearly exists, but I think they will not be as heavily promoted.
As the success of the two Playboy slots have shown, more 'adult themed' slots do tend to do well and with the 50 Shades books being such a hit with readers, plus the film series that followed, I think that we could head towards a more 'adult' themed slot.
Now, if you haven't read or heard of 50 Shades of Grey, then it is essentially a love story about a couple who indulge in a variety of forms of kinky practices that involve whips, handcuffs and the like. Sure, it's not going to be a slot that you'll pop on at Christmas to play in front of your parents, but it is worth remembering that slots are 18 certificates in their own right anyway.
Given the huge appeal of the books and films, plus the 'titillation' factor, there is no doubt that a 50 Shades slot could be a huge success, the question is whether a slot development company would have the guts to create the game in a tasteful enough manner, something that Microgaming have proven they can do time and time again.
I have always felt that James Cameron's epic tale which portrayed the doomed vessel's first cruise from Southampton to New York, would have translated into a fantastic slot. With plenty of key actors and actresses in the film, plus so many different key elements in the theme (Titanic, the Icebeg, life-rafts etc), picking symbols for the game would not be difficult.
Neither would the soundtrack be a problem with Celine Dion's iconic song being a perfect backdrop to the action on screen. Cut scenes from the movie could also be added for additional drama and of course, there's plenty of iconic moments on screen that would be perfect topics for bonus features, including the tragic last moment where Jack slips below the waves, leaving Rose floating on a door.
Of course, seeing as this slot is based on a real-life event, albeit one that happened over a century ago, the game would have to be very carefully and tastefully done, but I think thematically and with so many different elements, a Titanic slot would work perfectly on so many levels and have huge appeal to fans.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
With a pulsating soundtrack of 80s classics, including the theme to the film by Yello, Ferris Bueller's Day Off was an cracking feel-good film of the 80s and it had many iconic moments. The film tells the tale of schoolboy Ferris who faked illness to take a day of school and then tried to make it the most memorable day off school ever, all while keeping his parents and the school principle in the firm belief that he was indeed ill.
The late John Hughes made the film and it has so many stand out moments that would be perfect for bonus rounds on a slot game. With just a few key characters too, you could easily use them as the higher value symbols for the reels and the soundtrack for the film was spectacular, which would be a simple way to add some great audio to the proceedings.
With it being a feel good film too, it would also inject a little comedy into slots, something which other games have done very well and which does really appeal to slot players.
Hopefully Microgaming are thinking of expanding their line up of TV or film-based slots with some of the above suggestions!
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