Beyond the Silver Screen: Classic Movie Franchises Revived as Slot Machines

by Staff & Contributors

Looking back at the movie crop of the year behind us, I think there’s one thing you can’t accuse Hollywood moviemakers to have: too much creativity. Last summer alone we’ve seen over 20 remakes, prequels, and sequels hit the big screen, including a “20 years later” sequel to Independence Day, which was the textbook example of why one should leave once-successful movies alone. The silver screen is not the only place where heroes and monsters are revived. Many of them return to much smaller and much more personal screens – smartphones and tablet computers – in the form of casual games you can play on the go.

Robots and Dinosaurs

7Sultans online casino has been around for more than a decade, offering its players an amazing variety of games to play – free or otherwise. During the years, the 7Sultans game library was constantly growing with games inspired by basically whatever you could think of – including movies and TV series. In 2014, the 7Sultans added two highly anticipated games to its lineup – coincidentally, both of them preceded the revival of their respective franchises by a few months. The two games were “Jurassic Park” and “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, both reaching back to the 1990s for inspiration.

Both games are beautiful, exciting, and entertaining – in their own way, of course. Both of them have managed to capture the spirit of the movie they were based on (thanks, in part, to the clips taken from the movie and included in the games). Both of them are still among the most-played games at the 7Sultans, not caring about the success (Jurassic World) or failure (Terminator: Genisys) of the movies they preceded.

Universal Monsters

Another game developer, another collection of famous movies turned into slot machines. This time it’s a Swedish studio called NetEnt, and the series in question is the one involving all the beloved “Universal Monsters” of history: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The games are all great renditions of the original characters and stories, a tribute rather than a revival of the classic films (except for Dracula, which resembles the moderately successful “Dracula Untold” released in 2014).

A Fortunately Forgotten Remake

Psycho is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable movies ever made. That until the otherwise highly appreciated Gus van Sant (Good Will Hunting) attempted to remake it in 1998. His take on Psycho was bashed by critics and audiences alike – it even won the Razzie for being the Worst Remake, while van Sant won the one for being the worst director.

Fortunately, game developer NextGen Gaming ignored the 1998 version, reaching out to the 1960 original for inspiration. The resulting slot machine pays a tribute not only to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece but the whole genre, haunting our ears with the original’s nerve-racking score.

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