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Not all of the games we’re going to discuss are licensed products, though. Other virtual poker machines based on Hollywood are designed as an homage to a famous film character or genre of filmmaking. We want to cover each of these pokies types.
The official name of this game is a mouthful: “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Online Slots”. This poker machine is based on the popular movies which first made Keanu Reeves a star. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is about two slackers whose fledgling band, “Wyld Stallyns”, inspires a 27th century utopia. If the two fail a history class, their band will come to naught, so George Carlin is sent in a time machine from the year 2688 to help them pass.
This leads to a misadventure in which the two metalheads recruit several historical figures to help with their history report, including Napoleon Bonaparte, Billy the Kid, Socrates, Sigmund Freud, Ludwig van Beethoven, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, and Abraham Lincoln. The sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, is best known for the two knuckleheads being challenged to a game by Death, then defeating the Grim Reaper when they select modern games Death had no skill at, such as Twister, Battleship, and Clue.
The 3 reel, 5 pay-line poker machine offers wild symbols, scatter symbols, and free spins. Bill and Ted Pokies have no progressive jackpot, but it otherwise has most of the features players want in a video slots game.
The Dark Knight pokies game is based on the 2008 Hollywood film featuring Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Heath Ledger as The Joker. The movie was a blockbuster upon release, making over $1 billion worldwide and receiving 8 Academy Award nominations. The Dark Knight poker machine from Microgaming offers music, sounds, and clips from the film.
The Dark Knight game also offers 5 reels, wild symbols, scatter symbols, a bonus round, and an expanding wild symbol. The wilds substitute for any other symbol on the reel, except for the scatter icon. The bonus game has a picture of Batman and the Joker and asks you to pick a side. These characters are based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, whose exploits in Gotham City have thrilled readers for over 70 years.
Tomb Raider Pokies are based on the exploits of Lara Croft, the star of a series of popular video games of the late 1990’s and 2000’s. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized Lara Croft as the “Most Successful Human Virtual Game Heroine,” though we weren’t aware that those awards measured such subjective subjects. Angelina Jolie depicted Lara Croft in two successful Hollywood movies: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
The first game still holds the record as the highest grossing movie adaptation of a video game in US movie history–its third worldwide. The gambling machine has 5 reels and 15 paylines, along with a max payout of 37,500 coins. The game has a fixed jackpot, so no progressive is offered. Features added to Tomb Raider Pokies include free spins, wilds, scatters, and a bonus round. Those who prefer to game with an Android phone, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or other smart phone can play Tomb Raider poker machines through Microgaming mobile casinos.
Hellboy is a licensed pokie based on the two popular Guillermo del Toro movies by the same name. Hellboy is a demonic do-gooder who was found (as a baby) by a unit of US soldiers during World War II in war-torn Europe. He was raised to be decent, so Hellboy (depicted by Ron Perlman) protects mankind by fighting monsters and other occult threats. Hellboy is a 5 reel, 20 payline gaming machine with scatters, wilds, a gamble feature, free spins, and a bonus game.
Agent Jane Blonde is a take-off of the movies and novels features British secret service agent James Bond 007. Just like Agent 007 is sent to exotic locations around the globe, Jane Blonde is sent on adventures in places like ski slopes. She has to sneak into guarded warehouses, don SCUBA gear to sneak onto luxury yachts, and have dramatic meetings on private jets.
Most of the reel symbols are excuses to get Jane Blonde, ostensibly an American FBI agent, into various adventure outfits. Rocket-powered lipstick cases, C-4 gum, and handguns (with garter belts) are other reel symbols. The poker machine has 5 reel and 9 paylines. Video pokies features include wild symbols, scatter symbols, and free spins. Like any good spy thriller should, the game has a gamble feature. Agent Jane Blonde is also available at Microgaming-powered mobile casinos. The game’s max flat-top jackpot is 10,000 coins.
While the Rat Pack poker machines aren’t tied to the famed group of performers by that name (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.), the funny animal cartoons are made to look like those various members of the Rat Pack. You’ll see rats as crooners, rodents in the spotlight playing the piano, and rats at the microphone stand singing duets. Game features include 5 reels, 30 lines, scatters, wilds, free spins, a gamble feature, and a 30,000 coin fixed jackpot.
Apocalypse Cow is one of the most absurd poker machines from Microgaming. Set against imagery evoking Vietnam War movies like Apocalypse Now, you’ll see silhouettes of cows flying through the air, as if launched by a catapult (or an explosion). Attack helicopter icons and military dog tag symbols are interspersed with funny looking bovines, cherries, lemons, and watermelon slices. It would be a mistake to ignore this 3-reel, 1 payline fruit machine, though, because it also offers a nudge feature you don’t see on most pokies. When a reel symbol is one slot away from winning, you can hit the nudge button to create the winning combination.
These are just a few of the film inspired poker machines from Microgaming. Chocolate Factory Pokies is clearly inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Gladiator Pokies is not the licensed poker machine for the Oscar winning film starring Aussie great Russell Crowe, but the game is inspired by the gladiatorial arenas where Maximus gained his revenge on the crazy Roman emperor.
Samurai 7’s isn’t licensed from the classic Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai. Still, it’s clearly inspired by that film and its many re-imaginings, such as The Magnificent Seven, Battle Beyond The Stars, and Samurai 7.
Kung Fu Monkey pokies and Karate Pig Pokies are homages to Kung Fu Panda and the Karate Kid movies, respectively. Leagues of Fortune takes much of its art from the 1954 Walt Disney Productions film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which starred Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre. Jason and the Golden Fleece is partly inspired by the 1963 film, Jason and the Argonauts, which featured the work of the stop-motion animation great, Ray Harryhausen.
If you want to stretch things further, you can even play The Umpire Strikes Back Pokies. Though the poker machine’s theme is based on the game of cricket, the name is a reference to the second (and best) of the Star Wars films by George Lucas. Even Girls With Guns: Jungle Heat uses female action heroes as its inspiration. So punters who want to play movie themed pokies have a lot of choices when you gamble at a Microgaming casino.