Which music-themed slots would you like to see from Microgaming?
It's a little known fact, but the Motorhead smash hit song Ace of Spades, while seemingly about a game of poker, was actually written by Lemmy about his love for slot gaming.
He found it difficult to translate some of the terms for slots into his epic song and instead used poker terms instead to fit the song better. Indeed, Lemmy's love for slots and gambling never left him throughout his life. So the relationship between music and slots gambling is already well-established.
In the autumn of 2018, Microgaming announced that they had signed a deal to produce a slot game for the world famous Disco group the Village People. The band, who have had several hit songs including In The Navy and their smash hit Y.M.C.A, will be the inspiration for a brand new Microgaming slot which is coming to casinos at some point in 2019.
Now while the Village People are a great choice for a slot, especially for their party anthems which are instantly recognisable around the world, there are a number of other musicians and bands who we think would be well deserving of their own slot.
Now I know that other companies have produced slot games for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Motorhead, Kiss and Guns 'n Roses to name but four, so we are precluding them from this list, but if you wanted to have an incredible musical experience while playing on the slots and wanted a band with a great back catalogue to utilise for a game, which would they be?
I've outlined below some of my choices for slot games which I think could well be big hits with players due to them being based on famous bands and musicians. Are there any that you would like to add to this list?
Given the fact that the film Bohemian Rhapsody, which charts the life story of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, has been a huge hit in cinemas around the world, and the fact that the band has earned a legendary global status, I think that Queen would be a perfect choice for a slot game from Microgaming.
Of course, you can hear some snippets of Queen in the film Highlander, which is also a Microgaming slot (they also produced the soundtrack to the 1980's film Flash, which incidentally would make a fantastic movie-themed slot). However with a back catalogue that includes huge hits such as Radio Gaga, Don't Stop Me Now, Now I'm Here, Somebody to Love, We Will Rock You and We are the Champions to name but a tiny few of their hits, any slot company would have rich pickings developing a slot under the Queen banner.
Not to mention, with four band members in the original group, it is also a great number for the higher value symbols to be used on the reels.
I've always felt that it is criminal that there hasn't yet been, that I am aware of, a Beatles themed slot. Most likely licensing issues are the reason for this, but there is no doubt that the Fab Four would make an outstanding slot game due to their extensive range of hits.
What is interesting about the Beatles is that they went through many phases in their career, reinventing themselves many times over from originally starting out as perhaps the very first "Boy Band" icons. Over the years from 1963 to 1970, they produced a string of classic hits that have stood the test of time.
As well as their back catalogue, their collaboration with the Yellow Submarine film has always been one of the most appealing aspects for a slot game, given the cartoon style of the original film and its iconic submarine and the villains of the peace, the Blue Meanies.
Due to the aforementioned licensing issues, it may never be possible for a Beatles slot to ever see the light of day, but I hope that is not the case as there is so much potential there for this to be a classic game with an even greater soundtrack.
Another pop superstar and legend sadly no longer with us that I feel would be a perfect choice for a slot game is the famous resident of Paisley Park, Prince. With a number of iconic hits, many of which often refer to a single item, such as Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry, Cream and the higher paying Diamonds and Pearls the like, you would have some very obvious inclusions as symbols on the slot and of course, for the soundtrack to accompany the game.
However Prince's back catalogue is so extensive and his legacy so great that there is potential for you to include many other hits, such as 1999, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World and of course the iconic Purple Rain in the slot, perhaps as the subject of bonus features.
Given his flamboyant stage shows, musical expertise (Prince could play almost any instrument and often played multiple instruments on his songs) and international appeal, there is no doubt a Prince slot would be a huge hit with fans.
Due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, Def Leppard have been around for over 40 years now but it is their 1987 hit album Hysteria that probably brought the band to global attention and was an absolutely massive global success.
Part of the reason for that is the phenomenal quality of the Hysteria album, which contains song after song of the highest quality including the global smash hits Rocket, Woman, Love Bites, Animal and Pour Some Sugar On Me.
Given the iconic nature of the Hysteria album, I have always felt it would be the perfect basis for a slot game, along with the band itself, who have a long and varied history, having some of the highest highs and lowest lows in the history of rock music.
I think Hysteria could prove to be the perfect basis for a fantastic slot game with an iconic soundtrack and you could also include some other hits, such as Rock of Ages or Let's Get Rocked as some bonus features in the slot too.
There are any number of bands who you could add to this list in truth, it is just a case of which ones would have mass appeal and in my view, these four bands would do precisely that. Hopefully we'll see some of these slots from Microgaming soon.
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