What is it about branded slots games that has made a charming, but retro pursuit such as slots gaming become so popular with a more modern market? While the tendency in recent years has been for more games of skill to rule the roost, branded slots have reinvigorated their sector of the market, with young and old players alike buying into them in a big way.
Whoever it was that realised that you could replace the old standard pictures of fruit with images from Marvel comics or pretty much any other pop culture phenomenon deserves some gratitude– because the slot machine, for so long the poor relation of casino gaming, has come roaring back, as these five options show. Armed with these game choices and Gambling Kingz’ tips for successful play, you too could be swept up in the online slots revival.
1. Family Guy Slots (Moobile Games)
The chaotic Griffin family have been immortalised in everything from soft toys to toiletries, and the move to a slots game was obviously simply a matter of time. The game is a five-reel slot which features all the members of the family as well as other iconic items from the show such as Stewie’s ray-gun, the family’s TV set and a bottle of Peter’s favourite Pawtucket Patriot Ale. In-game sounds include soundbites from the Griffins themselves, giving the game major appeal for fans.
2. Game of Thrones Slots (Rizk Casino)
Another TV tie-in, this time with the always suspenseful and usually violent world of Westeros and George R.R. Martin’s cast of characters. The game neatly draws on the in-show world by offering free spins and cash prizes for matching either two or three Iron Thrones, while the sigils of four Houses (Baratheon, Lannister, Stark and Targaryen) offer increasing levels of bonus spins in-game. With the story still awaiting a final chapter, should we read anything into the fact that the Targaryens rank highest?
3. Guns ‘N’ Roses Slots (NetEnt)
Speaking of intrigue, violence and a creative mind that takes forever to put any new material out, the Guns ‘N’ Roses tie-in slot game is one that will have fans of the band enthralled, with a range of features including “Crowd Pleaser” bonus games, as well as — of course — a fantastic soundtrack.
4. Motorhead Slots (NetEnt)
“You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me”. It’s unlikely that when Lemmy penned those words nearly 40 years ago that he saw his band being immortalised in online slots gaming, and not just because the internet didn’t exist. The reels in the game feature the usual cherries, shamrocks and Lucky Sevens, which is a missed opportunity to include the Ace of Spades, but the dark visuals and darker soundtrack more than make up for it.
5. Little Red Riding Reels (Intouch Games)
Exclusive to mFortune’s online and app-based gaming, this option differs from the previous four in being cuter and more in keeping with the bright, simple graphics of the old fruit machines. It’s a popular game with progressive jackpots and challenging mini-games such as Go To Granny’s, which will allow you to win more spins and more money. As with the original fairytale, only your cunning and courage will keep the wolf from the door.
There are many more options out there, but these are five of the best; so get spinning and find your favourite.