Given the massive popularity of iGaming these days, slot developers are now under massive pressure to craft the best online slots that will appeal to the largest audience possible. To do this, one of their first goals is to come up with a core game that’s both playable and addictive. The psychology behind the latter is well-documented, so much so that we don’t have the space to elaborate here. But how do you attract the interest of players in the first place? The answer is to be found in theming.
All slots are framed within some kind of context or topic. Browse through the lobbies of pretty much any online casino and you’ll discover that historical epochs are extremely popular. And the same goes for movie, TV and music tie-ins. In fact, pop music is one such medium that’s been getting a great deal of attention of late, especially from the major game distributors. Here are a few examples.
Guns N’Roses Slot
This slot game from Netent is of course inspired by the famed hard rock band from Los Angeles. It follows a five-reel format and features 20 pay-lines. Play is accompanied by five hits such as Sweet Child O’ Mine which has recently hit 1bn views on Youtube and Paradise City. As is typical of Netent slot game tie-ins, a slick, thumping intro awaits new players. The reels are also suitably decorated with band members, Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
‘You know I’m born to lose, and gambling’s for fools…’ So goes one of Motorhead’s most famous anthems, the Ace of Spades. Happily, this is one of the songs that um, gamblers can play along to as they spin the reels in the forlorn hope of actually winning. They love a spot of irony at Netent. The actual game includes an assortment of special features such as a mystery reel mechanic, a free spins bonus and a forgiving RTP of 96.98%.
Jimi Hendrix Slot
The genius 60s guitarist has also been immortalised in an online casino slot, whether he likes it or not. Boasting a flower-power retro theme complete with well-rendered psychedelic imagery, this particular offering from Netent is one of its most successful. Accompanying the base game are two special features, Purple Haze and the Red Guitar Re-Spin. Purple Haze transforms all symbols into wilds (that’s a good thing) while the Red Guitar Re-Spin mechanic generates extra spins and thereby extra opportunities to lose more cash.
The King’s legacy endures thanks to a five-reel slot game from Williams Interactive (also known simply as WMS). There are 60 pay-lines and a special feature in which giant symbols appear across the reels to generate winning combinations. Four unique features have also been included which add a bit of spice to the sad spectacle. The man himself is depicting in various stages of his illustrious career. Some of his most famous songs can be heard in the background including Hound Dog, Suspicious Minds and Burning Love.