’Slots’ of Fun with these Cartoon Classics

It’s okay to daydream while you shovel the white stuff. Close your eyes and imagine the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip. The bells and whistles of banks of slot machines, the thrill of screaming ‘winner, winner, chicken dinner’ at the blackjack table, or the high of turning over a full house and raking in a large pot in the poker room. Whether it’s the windchill of Winnipeg, and it’s minus 45 degree temperatures, the cold and snow of southern Ontario, or the ongoing pandemic, the prospects of a gambling getaway seem dim. Stay positive. In casino parlance, hopefully we’ll be ‘running hot’ sometime very soon.

“There’s clearly enthusiasm for what a successfully implemented vaccine rollout could do for the Strip,” one gaming industry analyst recently told the Las Vegas Sun. “The question is when people will get comfortable.”

Las Vegas

In the meantime, at least we can still enjoy our favourite games online. And, as Canadians suffer through a long, frigid, uncomfortable winter, Team Maple has been trying to provide some comic relief to lighten the load. Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed, we’ve been profiling some of the most popular animated sitcoms and how they’ve lampooned gambling, the casino lifestyle and everything Las Vegas.

“All I got is two pair, a pair of ones, and another pair of ones.”

Yes, Bugs Bunny slow rolled Yosemite Sam with quad aces. Fred Flintstone once lost a week’s worth of wages at the Dinosaur races. And, Homer Simpson sheepishly unveiled his secret betting system to his son Bart by saying, “I don’t tell your mother how much I’ve lost.” More than just hilarious cartoons, these shows and their characters have transcended television and become part of our culture. They have also proven to be big business in the gambling industry.

Family Fun

If you’ve ever watched Family Guy you know the Griffins have had their share of ups and downs in the casino. Mostly downs. But the casino game bearing the show name is one of the hottest commodities around. According to alongtheboards.comFamily Guy ranked second on the list of ‘Top 5 Slot Machines’ for 2020:

  1. Starburst
  2. Family Guy
  3. Fairytale: Red Riding Hood
  4. Monopoly Mega Movers
  5. Jumanji

Makes sense. One of the most popular series on television, one of the most popular games in the casino. Developed by IGT, the Family Guy slot machine is a classic 5×3 reel game, with 30 pay-lines and several bonus rounds and free spins, and it features all the major characters from the hit TV series. You’ll also enjoy clips, based on famous sketches from the show, while you play, and you have a chance of winning up to $100,000 each round.

Family Guy Slot

Fun Facts: In 2005, a soundtrack-DVD combo, titled Family Guy: Live in Vegas was released, and a video game and pinball machine followed (2006 and 2007, respectively). Also, noteworthy, Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards, hit the market in 2016. It’s a card game with content and characters from five animated televisions shows from Fox — Family GuyFuturamaAmerican Dad!, Bob’s Burgers and King of the Hill.

A Homer Run?

One of the most successful sitcoms of all-time, The Simpsons has been lighting up our television screens, and the ratings, for more than 30 years now. Spoofing American culture like only Homer, Bart and company can. And, since 2016, when The Simpsons slot first premiered at the Global Gaming Expo, it’s been doing the same on the casino floor — lighting it up.

The Simpsons Slot

This fantastic game comes to us from SG Gaming, and its subsidiary WMS. It’s wildly popular. The reviews are excellent. Housed in a Gamescape cabinet, it features three stunning HD displays, including a huge 40-inch screen at the top. There is an interactive tablet at the bottom with multi-touch support, and all the show’s most popular characters play a starring role.

According to slotsmg.comThe Simpsons Slot is “easily one of the most, if not the most, interactive and entertaining slots there is.” You’ll enjoy brilliant motion sensors, plentiful bonuses and rewards and, if you’re lucky, a significant jackpot too.

Online Version?

“Whoo, one more, come on…”

The anticipation and excitement in Homer Simpson’s voice is palpable. One of the most popular characters in animated history, the patriarch of the Simpson clan is front and centre on a relatively new online slot game, by the same name, from WMS. Big on entertainment, many of the show’s characters star in the game, which boasts three angled screens, which create an immersive effect, and a bonus round that uses an innovative hand sensor.

Other features:

  • Re-spin feature with a hold and spin-like system of collecting character symbols.
  • Catch doughnut sprinkles for extras for the main free spins game.
  • Randomly triggered monorail bonus which makes use of the 3 angled screens.
  • Many smaller on-reel features, which can add win multipliers
  • A choice of regular bets or ‘High Roller’ bets for enhanced bonuses.

You’ll have fun playing it, especially if you like the sitcom, and it packs plenty of punch. From a huge progressive jackpot to scatter features to random awards to play for, The Simpsons online game also employs a series of ‘wild’ and ‘mystery’ symbols to trigger many ‘big win’ possibilities. Even better, Homer will be right there with you the entire time, cheering you on.

The Simpsons Slot

“Time to spin that doughnut,” he says on one screen as the action unfolds.

Can you say gambling with doughnut sprinkles? Doh!

Yabba-Dabba-Do the Jackpot?

In late 2014, the iconic characters in The Flintstones were forever immortalized on the casino floor amid the banks slot machines. Once again, WMS Gaming is responsible, after it inked a merchandising deal with Hanna-Barbara, the production company behind the show. The game is a 5-reel affair with a terrific looking display and cabinet. With a vertical 32-inch screen, and columns that expand vertically during bonus rounds, there is also a 40-inch screen on top. It’s an impressive sight. Fred, Barney, Wilma, Betty, Pebbles, and Bamm Bamm are all part of the experience, too.

The Flintstones Slot

The graphics are superb, as are the bonus rounds, and there is even a bowling feature that allows you to pick balls for cash prizes. Wasn’t getting rich always Fred’s ambition on the show? This game delivers on that idea by offering a progressive jackpot that can easily exceed six-figures.

Online Version?

Not bad for the Stone Age, eh? The Flintstone’s on the internet? Yes, they are. The online slot game is manufactured by Playtech, and includes symbols of all the main characters. Interestingly, the most valuable symbol is Dino, the family’s pet dinosaur, which gives you a chance to win 1,000 times your line bet if you are able to get five of these icons on the pay line. There are 5 reels and 1,024 different ways to win in this game.

Gambling is Universal

Alright, let’s hop into our time machine now and jet pack to the future, the Space Age, and The Jetsons. This slot machine stays faithful to the TV series by featuring many clips from the program over the years, especially during the bonus rounds. Each of the main characters, George, Jane, Judy, Elroy and Astro the dog, have symbols, and there is also a TV screen symbol. A 5-reel game from WMS, it is colourful, has great animation, and comes complete with 20 pay lines.

The Jetsons

That’s All Folks

Just as Elmer Fudd hunted long and hard for that perfect plan to trap his arch nemesis, the ‘Waskily Wabbit’, Team Maple has searched up and down for a Bugs Bunny related slot machine. To no avail. Oh, we found t-shirts, coffee mugs, and board games, but no casino slots.

When you’re the world’s greatest gambler, it’s important to keep a low-profile in the casino. Management may ask you to leave, after all. Looney tunes, right?

Derrick Oliver

Derrick Oliver

Derrick Oliver Dewan is the founder of High Roller Radio, and has interviewed a number of the world’s top poker players including Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Barbara Enright. A former, long-time radio and television broadcaster, Derrick has always had a passion for all things gambling (and darts too). He has even played at the World Series of Poker and other cash games all around the world.

To see more of Derrick is up to on a day-to-day basis, go follow him on Twitter @HighRollerRadio

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