When you think of Slot machines, chances are the image that comes to mind is of little old ladies with their coin buckets pulling the lever of an outdated game. Despite this common perception, Slot gaming has gone through a serious transformation over the years. While classic games still exist, players can now enjoy touchscreen offerings, complete with music, video, and more advanced features. One of the latest moves by software brands has been to merge the worlds of video games, and reel games together in an effort to attract millennial players, and an altogether younger crowd. The idea is to evoke a sense of nostalgia by incorporating video games or aspects of them that individuals recall from their childhood, while also incorporating a level of skill and interaction that the younger generation craves, in an otherwise skill-less game. Below is a list of some of today’s video game-based Slots:
Powered by Rival Gaming, this Slot title is inspired by the arcade game hailing from the golden age of video arcade games: Cloud Quest. Regarded as a classic from the 80s, often referred to as the best decade ever, the object of the original Frogger was to get frogs safely back to their homes by way of crossing a busy street, followed by a river, full of all kinds of extreme obstacles. Rival’s, Frogged, serves as a tribute to this game, offering a 5×3 reel set, 20 paylines, and 3D animations. In this version, the object remains the same, and all the classic elements are revived, with a modern twist, and the chance to score some serious cash. Fans of the original need not worry, as the Slot contains some iconic vintage elements. For example, gamers can look forward to an 80s-inspired soundtrack. Additionally, while the reel background portrays a highway, the river will appear during a ‘River Rapids’ round, which serves as a Free Spins Bonus. Froggy, himself, will serve as the game’s expanding Wild, and does so by leaping up the reels when he appears in a winning combination. Multipliers are also up for grabs, and it features a betting range between $0.20 and $50.
In yet another tribute to the eighties, iSoftBet launched the Mega Boy Slot just this month. Though not themed around any one particular video game, it encompasses an authentic retro style that will have any video gamer feeling as if they have just jumped into a time machine and traveled back to a time when Nintendo and Sega were still cool. The game’s background is reminiscent of Super Mario Bros, and you’re half expecting Mario & Luigi to pop up at any given moment. It is made up of 5 reels, and 25 fixed paylines, with simple icons making up the reels, including bells, sevens, cherries, and the basic 9 through Ace icons. Video game-esque characters can also be seen outside the reels, including two characters who will lunge toward win combinations as they appear on the screen, in order to award special Multipliers, and more. Arcade-inspired music will also fill the air, and there are two unique game modes, which offer opportunities for power-ups, including Multipliers, and expanding Wilds.
Play’nGO took a slightly different route with the recent launch of Cloud Quest, straying from the 80s, and encompassing the feel of the more modern video games of today. Once again, it is not themed around a particular video game, but it certainly has all the makings of one. It features a 5×5 grid, and 10 paylines, and gives off a sort of Zelda/superhero fusion. Players will have the opportunity to level up during play, meaning that they can move up in both character and rank. The current rank at any given moment is displayed by the character featured on the left side of the game. The Bonus round, which is awarded when the word ‘Bonus’ is revealed completely on a row during a spin, holds the key to leveling up. Players are given the task of defeating monsters during this round, and doing so can trigger level up opportunities. This Slot also allows players to accumulate super powers, which can be earned once the power meter is completely filled. It fills up with each appearance of the power stone icon on the reels. Play’nGO gives gamers all the elements of a video game in combination with the necessary components of any good Slot.