We have come a long way from what the one arm bandit once was. Software developers are always creating bigger and better Slots to reel players in. In the case of the old adage “looks aren’t everything”, Slots are the exception to the rule. The showier it is the greater chance it will attract the player. Cabinets are sassy, chairs vibrate, sounds that resonate and lights that flash with bling are the current trend.
One major draw are celebrity or also known as branded Slots. The land based Casinos were first to introduce the celebrity Slots followed by online Casinos. Top software companies like Microgaming, Net Entertainment, IGT and WMS are popular for developing the hottest Slot titles in the industry. The theme of these slots are inspired by high profile celebrities, blockbuster movies, TV shows and even animated characters.
There is a lot that goes into the development including getting a license agreement and approval from the brand. It also must reach a broad range of demographics, something that will appeal to a large audience. They are a huge success in the gambling community with many showcasing original music, movie clips and images with a replication of graphics that are stunning.
Popular Music Celebrity Slots
Michael Jackson King of Pop – This is a Bally’s software hit created with some of Jackson’s most popular songs playing like Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana and Bad.
Elvis Presley Slot – Powered by IGT software there are popular 3 variants including Elvis Rockin’ the Charts Spinning Reel, Elvis the King and Elvis a Little More Action released for online Casinos.
The Osbournes – Designed by Microgaming, it is one of the early releases to launch. The theme combines rock star Ozzy Osbourne from the band Black Sabbath and his family from their hit reality TV show. The five reel Slot features 20 playlines with up to 200 coins. There are three bonus games including Knock Knock, Mini’s Free Spin Trail and Grab a Gift.
Dean Martin’s Wild Party – Created by WMS software listen to this Italian crooner’s songs while you spin. He was part of the legendary Rat Pack gang and the Slot features amazing graphics and the Money Burst Bonus feature.
Blockbuster Movie Themed Slots
Star Wars – The graphics and images from the movie are spectacular from IGT. There are four in the series including Dark Side, Jabba’s Palace, Empire Strikes Back and Droid Hunt all of which are a penny coin value.
Star Trek – Another great hit from the IGT camp. The main characters from the movie are featured with the some of the original soundtracks. Top Jackpot is £250,000.
Scarface – From Universal Studios, this Video Slot was designed by Net Entertainment. It features Al Pacino as the legendary Tony Montana offering Free Spins, Nudge feature and Bonus Game.
Deal or No Deal – One of the most famous game shows in the UK and US. Gamesys software hit the Jackpot when they snared the license for this slot that fast became a hit. The concept is unique from standard games and stays within the spirit of the game show.
Sex and the City – Once of the several Bonuses is triggered a clip from one of the shows in the series pops up on the screen. This Progressive Jackpot Slot is divided into four screens giving players more chances to win.
I Love Lucy – WMS went retro in this 50’s inspired TV show Slot. The cascading reels feature Win it Again Bonus and the Pick a Clip Bonus. Highest Jackpot is 500 credits when the I Love Lucy logo appears across the reels.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is available. Tip of the iceberg? Lets not forget to give Titanic Slot an honorable mention. It is the familiarity of big names in the entertainment industry that draw players to celebrity slots. They are becoming one of the most popular attractions and as it continues to grow players will anxiously await the latest newest releases to hit land based and online Casinos. Some anticipate brands like Breaking Bad, Board Walk Empire and Lady Gaga would be nice. Software developers are you listening?
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