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A Hollywood Invasion of Casino Halls
Submitted by Squish on January 6, 2014 - 6:37pm.
Four Blockbuster Film Series Featured in Casino Slot Reels and Video Poker Machines
One of the great things about Hollywood’s movie franchises are the plethora of media adaptations that fans can enjoy. From tie-up publications to movie soundtracks to TV spin-offs, moviegoers get to enjoy their all-time favorites outside the theater and explore the expanded universe of the series beyond the silver screen. And now, thanks to ventures between bigtime studios and gaming companies, fans can now experience Hollywood on movie-inspired slot and video poker games in casinos worldwide.
A slots game based from The Hangover trilogy doesn’t need much explanation. This popular comedy franchise starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis left a deep impact to moviegoers around the world that its Las Vegas setting secured a place at the “the ultimate guy’s getaway” book. The film remained popular after its third and final sequel release last May, encouraging many casinos to jump into the bandwagon and launch Hangover-themed slot and video poker machines. Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace, the location of the first and third film of the series, dedicated a row of Hangover-modeled slot machines on its casino floor.
Another movie trilogy that’s invading casino halls is Transformers. Originally produced as an animated film in the 1980s, Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures breathed life to the franchise as a live-action trilogy beginning in 2007. Since then, the series that topbilled Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox has not only generated millions of dollars worth of box office receipts, but also huge profits from juicy casino partnerships. More recently, Castle Jackpot featured a Transformers-based slots game in anticipation of the next movie out of the series starring Mark Wahlberg.
The rags-to-riches story of Rocky Balboa is among the most successful movie franchises in Hollywood, spawning six movies in a span of four decades. The series even garnered the distinction as one of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time by the American Film Institute. Just as the franchise is increasingly becoming popular among movie goers in the 1980s, video poker and slot machines are also taking the spotlight in casinos worldwide, making possible the inclusion of Rocky characters to slot reels and video poker home screens. At present, gaming company Playtech provides much of Rocky-based content to casinos around the globe.
Marvel has produced some of the most recognizable heroes and villains in Hollywood, that’s why people weren’t surprised to see Spiderman, Iron Man and Wolverine in slot machine reels. Marvel joined forces with WMS Gaming and Playtech to develop live and online slot games for its millions of fans worldwide. Other Marvel characters that one should expect in slot and video poker machines are the Incredible Hulk, Thor, and the Fantastic 4.
Written by Greg Hunter