The 7 Best Movie Themed Slots & Where to Play Them

The decision for an online casino developer to build a game around a movie or a movie themed slots game is a difficult and possibly expensive one. That company must enter into a licensing agreement with the film company, which can require a bit of negotiation…if the company even wants to put the film name on a slot game. Further, the developer must agree to quite a few tenets of the deal, pertaining to such things as character likenesses, associated symbols, and music.

A number of companies have undergone that process and come out the other side with amazing games. Microgaming and NetEnt are the two that include the most branded content in their game libraries.

Most of the branded movie-themed online slots are developed for land-based casinos only, as those tend to make the most money with massive consoles and higher minimum bets.

Some games, however, are primed and ready for Canada’s top online casinos. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular movie themed slots.

  1. Bridesmaids by Microgaming

This 2011 comedy featured Saturday Night Live regulars like Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph, as well as Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper. Bridesmaids was a huge success in the theaters and beyond, and the game has maintained significant appeal to female fans.

Microgaming licensed the game for online casinos and turned the film’s themes of friendship and wild wedding antics into exciting features like Scattered Cupcakes and Flying High Free Spins. All six bridesmaids are featured in the game, along with music and clips that fans will recognize. The game debuted in 2015 with as a 5-reel video slot with 40 paylines.

Most of Canada’s highest-ranked online casinos carry Bridesmaids, including River Belle Casino.

  1. Jumanji by NetEnt

The 1995 film Jumanji has remained popular in films due to its initial success featuring Robin Williams and its sequels with stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. Jumanji takes board game fun and turns it into a fantasy adventure with many twists and turns.

NetEnt licensed the name for its online casino game released in 2018. With five reels and 36 paylines, Jumanji features the likenesses of Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst from the original film. And the special features include everything from Monkey Mayhem to Sticky Vines. Film fans will recognize the themes all over the slot game.

Playamo Casino is one of the casinos offering Jumanij as a featured title.

  1. Jurassic Park by Microgaming

As a 1993 science fiction film, Jurassic Park quickly became a classic. The Steven Spielberg-directed film is a massive hit that spurred several sequels, all the way through to the latest one in 2018.

Microgaming bought the casino game rights years ago and has released several versions of the game. Due to its great popularity with internet slots players, Microgaming recently released its very latest version of Jurassic Park. The 2014 version is the one found at most online casinos, though, and it is as popular as ever. The 5×3 game has a massive 243 paylines and features like stacked wilds, free spins, and a T-Rex Alert mode.

The game has something for every player, including in-game footage from the film and parallax effect.

  1. Planet of the Apes by NetEnt

Planet of the Apes was originally a series of low-budget films that aired in the late 1960s and early 1970s featuring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall. It was a sci-fi drama then, but filmmaker Tim Burton remade it for a 2001 release. Another reboot in 2011 led to Planet of the Apes sequels, giving new life to a classic production.

NetEnt took that popularity and transformed it into a hit slot game online, one that features clips and characters from the later films. The game takes players into the two different phases of the apes’ eras, Rise and Dawn. Those options play into the features of the unique 10-reel game with 40 paylines.

Players at 888casino can’t get enough of Planet of the Apes.

  1. Terminator 2 by Microgaming

The original Terminator film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger was a hit in 1984, as was Terminator 2 in 1991. The Terminator series of films remains popular to this day with sequels still being produced.

Microgaming turned the second in the Terminator series into a wildly popular online video slot, first released in 2014. The latest iteration came out in 2019 with a few more features and bigger payouts. Players love the reminders of the film throughout the game.

All Slots Casino always keeps Terminator 2 in its top games.

  1. Tomb Raider by Microgaming

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was the original film released in 2001 starring Angelina Jolie. Its strong female lead character spurred a sequel in 2003 and then a remake in 2017. No matter the year or iteration of the film, though, the choice to make it into an online slot game was a no-brainer.

Microgaming did just that, and its 2012 slot release of Tomb Raider has stood the test of time. Other versions are also available at Canadian casinos, but Jackpot City is one of the best to offer it.

  1. Phantom of the Opera by Microgaming

The musical has been popular since its debuted in 1986, based on the French novel released in 1910. Phantom of the Opera and its timeless themes, however, prompted the musical’s director, Andrew Lloyd Webber, to produce a film of it. That 2004 film starred Gerard Butler as the Phantom. Though it received mixed reviews, it gave the title new life.

And, of course, it gave Microgaming an idea for a hit online slot. The 5-reel game debuted in 2017 with 243 paylines with a plethora of features, such as dancing wilds, free spins, and random Chandelier and Masquerade bonuses. The classic music is the soundtrack for the game.

A Few Others and More to Come

There are a handful of other films that have made it to online casinos. Horror films like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street are popular, especially around Halloween, naturally. Platoon is a war-themed slot that develops its own fan base. And Gladiator is a film-based game that stands out from its Roman-set competitors without the benefit of movie themes and clips.

There are many, many more films that have made their way to slot machine developers for land-based casinos only. These range from older films like the Pink Panther and the Wizard of Oz to comedies like Anchorman and Big Lebowski. Music fans love the Grease and Dirty Dancing slot games. Action movie fans like Rambo, Robocop, and Top Gun. Classics like the Godfather and Scarface have a specific following, but many players flock to character-based games like King Kong, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Batman, Superman, Dark Knight, and the Incredible Hulk.

What movie themed slots would you like to see on its way to online casinos next?

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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