Video Gaming and Casino Games have always been two separate worlds as one involves skill while the other is based on nothing but pure risk. Gambling has evolved since the beginning of time and today’s casino software and game developers are incorporating pop culture into the themes of Slots, an ingenious concept. Television and music dictate what is popular and since most of the work to develop an audience has already been done, game creators are jumping in on the band wagon.
Think of a few TV shows or even movies throughout the years that you’ve been a fan of. Now imagine if they made Slots using audio and images to create something totally new and interactive with an opportunity to win money. Would you be first in line to play? If the answer is yes then we’re on the same page. If not, well, there’s got to be something. Perhaps Ghostbusters, The Big Bang Theory, Sex and the City, Bridesmaids, Gone with the Wind, The Hangover, The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Wizard of Oz, I Love Lucy, Star Trek, The Godfather, The Sopranos, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or DC Comics interest you?
One thing that is sure to appeal to masses is music regardless of your age or gender. Both online casino and land based gambling establishments are home to a variety of music themed games. How about a little music with your Slot play?
NetEnt Rocks Series
Net Entertainment is an online game developer that has seen quite a bit of success with unique quality games but its recent NetEnt Rocks Series has provoked quite a few spins on its first release, “Guns N Roses”. Authentic images of band are used in the Slot intro, released in January 2016. As the first in this new series, the company debuted the concept at the ICE Totally Gaming Expo in London last year leaving fans of the band and of NetEnt hanging for nearly one year before the official launch.
The GNR Video Slot was everything we’d hope it would be with a rockin’ design, features and audio. The player has control of which of GNR’s hits are played as they spin the reels. The Set List includes Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City, November Rain and Chinese Democracy.
The design was cleverly done as the reels take center stage while a packed audience looks on and cheers for big wins. Special features include Appetite for Destruction Wild, Legend Spins, The Crowd Please Bonus Game, Encore Free Spins, Legend Spins and Solo Multiplier.
NetEnt has already announced the second and third releases within this series, which will be based on the legendary Jimi Hendrix and British band Motörhead. If these two are anything like GNR, they’re sure to be a hit. Luckily you won’t have to wait very long as Jimi Hendrix is scheduled for release in April followed by Motörhead in September.
Williams Interactive / WMS in Tune with Players
WMS has been popular in American land based casinos for years and the rest of the world was introduced to this game developer in recent years. One of the most iconic bands is KISS so the company took the opportunity to transfer the essence of the group onto the reels of a Slot complete with the quirky makeup and that Gene Simmons tongue, which is probably the longest of any human in history. “KISS Shout it Out Loud” features WMS’ Colossal Reels and special features including the Rock n' Records free spins, a picking bonus known as KISS Alive! and a Band Prize. The game launched in land based casinos but eventually made it to the online market.
WMS is known for including a couple other musical gentlemen into its games such as Dean Martin and Sir Elton John. The Dean Martin theme appears in “Dean Martin’s Wild Party” and “Dean Martin’s Vegas Shindig” Slots.
The Music Never Stops
“Michael Jackson King of Pop” was released by Bally Technologies in 2012 and it still has gamblers dancing in their seats. His hits, Bad, Beat it, Dirty Diana, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough and Smooth Criminal are featured as a soundtrack to gameplay. The first release was so popular they decided to create a second called “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”.
Another land based success comes from Aristocrat and its 2015 launch of the “Britney Spears Slot. Bright colors, images of the pop princess, bonus features and changing audio with her popular songs have caused players flock to the game. Britney was in Las Vegas for the launch last year and since then, the Slot has become more widely available in land based casinos but good luck getting a seat. Bonuses include 3X All Wins, Crazy, Oops I Did it Again!, Toxic Picks, Baby One More Time Wheel Bonus and a Progressive Jackpot.
Pop, rock and everything in between is going to continue to be a focal point for game developers and we all know that the music will never stop.