2019 Is an Exciting Year for Branded Slots
By Space Coast Daily // June 18, 2019
With every new slot release, players all over the world have the chance to experience ground-breaking graphics. This year, one of the most interesting trends to take over the gaming market is branded slots.
Slots based on television shows, movies and video games have been around for a while – but they will be bigger and better in 2019. This year, we will see some exciting releases based on our favorite characters from pop culture, as more branded slots will hit the web than in any other year gone by.
Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs from Microgaming
In February 2019, Microgaming announced the launch of its Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs slot. For months, the internet was all abuzz with excitement for the slot, and it has finally hit casinos in May. This will be the third game based on the Tomb Raider brand in Microgaming’s collection.
Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs is a 243 Ways to Win slot game. Rolling Reels are in effect, which destroys winning symbols so that new ones can take their places and potentially trigger multiple wins. With every “roll” that occurs, the win multiplier will increase up to 5x.
There is also a free spins bonus round, which is triggered when three scatter symbols land on the reels. You can trigger up to 32 free spins initially, and there is an enhanced multiplier meter that can improve your wins by up to 15x.
The game has been launched on the 15th anniversary of Microgaming’s first Tomb Raider slot. It was a milestone for the online casino industry, as no other games developer had ever created a branded slot before. Since then, countless other slots based on TV shows, video games and movies have been launched, so this really is an important occasion to celebrate.
Beavis and Butthead from Blueprint Gaming
Recently, Blueprint Gaming teased its upcoming Beavis and Butthead online slot. Based on the crude 1990s cartoon of the same name, this slot game brings players a bit of nostalgia. The distinct art style of the cartoon has been captured by the design team at Blueprint Gaming, and all of the bonus features perfectly represent the series’ recurring jokes and locations.
It will be a 20-payline online slot that features a wide range of bonus features. Firstly, six different random modifiers can be applied to the base game, adding random wilds, stacked wilds, mystery symbols and colossal symbols to the reels. Then, there are six bonus games which include pick-a-prize rounds, free spins and cash trails.
This is a popular formula for branded slots from Blueprint Gaming. Just last year, the company released two other pop culture slots: The Goonies and Mars Attacks.
Both of these games also came equipped with 12 total bonus features, so it seems that Blueprint is certainly onto something when it comes to creating successful branded games. As such, gaming experts at CasinosRealMoney.com anticipate that we’ll see many more branded slots from Blueprint in coming years.
Narcos from NetEnt
Narcos is another upcoming release for 2019, to be launched by NetEnt. This online slot offers players 243 winning ways with each spin, and players will be able to trigger free spins, walking wilds and multipliers to help boost your winning potential.
Like Beavis and Butthead, this online slot does a fantastic job of combining the source content with slots gameplay. All of the bonus games are based on scenes and characters from the series. There are Drive by and Lock-Up bonuses that recall key sequences from Narcos, so fans of the series are sure to be thrilled with the slot.
The release of Narcos will build on the success of NetEnt’s Vikings slot, which was released last year to a very positive response from players across the web.
This game features a similar format to Narcos with 243 Ways to Win and offering a free spins round. There are also plenty of unique features, such as hot spots that transform symbols into wilds and wild walls.
Ozzy Osbourne and The Village People from Microgaming
Microgaming will launch two more branded slots in 2019 – based on two acts from two very different ends of the musical genre spectrum. It seems that the developer wants to cover all of its bases in terms of representation of pop culture figures.
The Village People: Macho Moves is a 15-payline online slot with a very cute aesthetic. The theme is very 70s and the actual Village People are represented by little cartoon characters. You can choose from five of the band’s chart toppers, including YMCA and Macho Man, to play while you spin the reels.
The slot will come equipped with a great range of bonus features, offering you many chances to win big. The Wild Meter is the main bonus, allowing you to trigger free spins with wild reels, random multipliers up to 20x and transforming symbols.
Ozzy Osbourne will be released later this year, and few details are known about this game. All we know is that it will have a soundtrack of the Prince of Darkness’s great hits, similar to how the Motorhead and Guns n Roses slots feature songs from their respective artists.
So, regardless of what kind of movies, television shows or music you listen to, there is sure to be a slot release this year that will speak to you. Plenty of thrilling brands will be making their debut as online slots, offering players all sorts of opportunities to earn big wins in unique gaming environments.
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