It’s no surprise to say that Hollywood studios are seeing huge profits from franchise films. The massive box office success of The Avengers, Star Wars, and other assorted franchises are testament to the fact that the more recognisable a film series is, the more money it will pull in from audiences around the world. As the studios look further afield to increase their remuneration we are seeing a surge of online games based on new and classic movies.
This is not a new phenomenon. Anyone who grew up in the ’80s will attest to the hundreds, if not thousands, of merchandising possibilities that were explored. Computer games, lunchboxes, bedspreads, tie-in novelisations and so on were rife, and continue to be so. One thing that is clear: we are in an age of nostalgia and heavy emphasis is being put on audience recognition. We are nearing Christmas right now, and dozens of festive favourites are being re-released and remastered on the big screen as well as annual DVD and Blu-ray releases.
In the online slot game market the increasing popularity, and profitability, of online games is married to this all important notion of audience recognition. We’re going to take a look at some of the best slot games based on classic films currently available.
1. The Wizard of Oz slot game
Based on one of the most enduring family favourite films of all time, the Wizard of Oz slot (demo it here) whisks you off on a technicolour adventure.
Here you take a walk down the yellow Brick Road all the way to the Emerald City. Making great use of the bright, bold and imaginative iconography from the beloved film, the game features many favourite characters, snippets of the iconic music and, in true film based online game tradition, some beloved movie clips. Next time a twister is on the horizon, check out The Wizard of Oz slot demo.
2. The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan’s 2008 blockbuster was a huge shift in the crowded arena of cinematic superheroes. Christian Bale returned as Bruce Wayne/Batman and was met with a critically acclaimed performance from Heath Ledger as the Joker. The film’s unrelenting pace and serious tone inspired Microgaming’s popular online game. Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent and Katie Holmes’ Rachel Dawes feature in the game but the main two characters are Batman and the Joker. If you find these characters on your screen you’ll be rewarded with extra prizes that will light up the dark lights of Gotham.
Paul Feig’s outlandish comedy tickled the ribs of audiences around the world. The camaraderie and connection of the six main characters proved a huge success at the box office. It’s also credited as being one of the front runners of the rise in female led comedies in the last 10 years. The online game was once again developed by Microgaming and features all of the recognisable faces from the films.
Part of the challenge of the game is to get these main characters on screen together; the more main characters you get on the screen the more coins you receive. There are a number of bonus games featuring cupcakes, friendship free spins and even a bonus game within the bonus games. Movie clips are well used and do much torecreate the bawdy brilliant film.
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day off
This is a real trip back in time. Ferris Bueller’s Day off is one of the most iconic ’80s films, and the central notion of a young high school student cutting class, driving around in his friend’s dad’s Ferrari and being literally too cool for school is one that most of us can get behind. WMS Gaming have recreated the film well; using some of the most recognisable images (Ferraris, shades, and so on) as well as our beloved cast of characters.
The game uses ideas from the film very well, with bonus games including Fake the Parents, Days Absent, and in a brilliant re-creation of one of the most important scenes from the film you help Ferris’ friend Cameron kick his father’s car in order to increase your reward.
It’s a game that lovingly recreates one of the best films of the ’80s therefore it’s no surprise that it is present here on this list.
Finally we come to number five on the list and it’s another classic from the recent past.
5. Jurassic Park
While we didn’t go as far back as the ’60s (there is a very unusual slot game based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho – but does not feature any of the movie images, merely the name and the idea), nor did we choose one of the many online games based on James Cameron’s Terminator series, we chose a ’90s classic to complete our list.
Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park series began in 1993. Adapting Michael Crichton’s novel, the film posted the most impressive computer generated graphics seen thus far, and it was one of the most satisfying and enduring films of the entire decade. Its captivation of the audience’s imagination has led to two direct sequels, and two more recent re-visitations in the Jurassic World films.
The online Jurassic Park slot game greatly uses the iconic dinosaurs from the film and puts you right amongst the danger as you have to not only win prizes but also escape from dinosaur such as the T-rex and raptors.
There are some great animations, plenty of spine-chilling Dinosaur sounds and imaginative bonus rounds. However in our mind it is the wonderful adaptation of John Williams’ classic score that really draws you into the game, making you feel as if you are truly part of Jurassic Park.