For years, game developers have turned to popular licensed materials such as movies, television shows, musical acts, board games, game shows, video games and even well-known consumer products as content and inspiration for the latest slot machines. Indeed, it’s hard to envision a modern slot cabinet line launching without at least a handful of licensed content games to spark operator and consumer interest.
And it appears 2018 will not be an exception to this rule. At the most recent G2E in Las Vegas, most of the major slot manufacturers either showcased new licensed content games or offered new iterations of established licensed themes such as Wheel of Fortune and Monopoly. A new player was even added to this space when Novomatic unveiled its first licensed slot machine based on the 1990s cult movie From Dusk Till Dawn.
To help keep track of all these licensed content addition, Slot Management & Marketing once again offers its company-by-company recap of popular licensed slots including a look of what new licensed games are in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond, which you will find below:
POPULAR LICENSED PRODUCTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT: Walking Dead, Tarzan, Batman The Classic TV Series, Rolling Stones, Phantom, The Mummy, Flashdance, Mission Impossible, Let’s Make a Deal, Jaws, Britney Spears, Ted, Sons of Anarchy, Superman The Movie, Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, Dumb & Dumber, A Christmas Story, Man of Steel, Magic Mike Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, Game of Thrones II, The Big Lebowski, The X Files, Candy Land, Mystery Date, Zorro, Tapatio, My Cousin Vinny, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Sharknado.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: WESTWORLD, Madonna, Mariah Carrey, Game of Thrones Fire & Blood.
Aristocrat Technologies scored one of the biggest licensing coups this past year when it inked a partnership deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products that will lead to the creation of a slot game based on the smash HBO series Westworld. The WESTWORLD Slot Game will take players on a thrilling journey through the series, which features fan-favorite characters, attractive imagery, high-definition footage of the most memorable scenes and the show’s distinctive music, according to a press release. WESTWORLD Slot Game debuted on Aristocrat’s new and sleek flame55 cabinet.
In addition to WESTWORLD, Aristocrat also has new licensing arrangement with the Madonna brand for a new multi-game slot deal. Each Madonna Slot Game will be themed with its own unique game play, inspired by and including Madonna’s popular hit songs from her most memorable eras. Since arriving on the Hot 100 with “Holiday” in 1983, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Madonna has earned a total of 57 chart hits, including a record 38 Top 10 singles. Madonna also holds the title of the highest-grossing solo touring female artist in Billboard Boxscore history.
Aristocrat also added to its various lines of established licensed slot games, including a new version of Game of Thrones for its new flame55 cabinet. The new game theme, Game of Thrones Fire & Blood, is based on seasons four, five and six of HBO’s hit TV show and includes new characters, a new multi-site progressive and all-new game play driven by flame55’s unique configuration.
POPULAR LICENSED PRODUCTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT: Fruit Ninja, Penn & Teller, Casablanca, Underdog, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Richie Rich.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: The Brady Bunch, Knight Rider, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Shark Week, Singin’ in the Rain and Willie Nelson.
Everi continued its incursion into the licensed games space with new games inspired by cult television shows The Brady Bunch, Knight Rider and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the classic movie musical Singin’ in the Rain, country music legend Willie Nelson and cable TV’s Discovery Channel Shark Week.
At G2E, The Brady Bunch, displayed on Everi’s new Empire 5527 cabinet, featured the show’s beloved characters along with a variety of bonus games that include video clips and sound from the show’s most memorable moments. Knight Rider, the NBC television series starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight and his AI-equipped car KITT, came to life on both the Core HDX and Player HD cabinets in a new five-reel, 30-line video game. The new Buffy The Vampire Slayer for the Empire MPX cabinet is a five-reel, 1024- ways video game that showcases Buffy Summers, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s popular “Slayer” character. A new key content introduction for Everi’s Empire Arena is Discovery Channel’s Shark Week bank-wide bonus game. Shark Week brings undersea adventure to life in a new way as the capabilities of Nitro drive bank-wide bonus offerings and big win celebrations for a banked array of six gaming devices.
On the classic move front, Singin’ in the Rain, based on the classic American romantic-comedy movie musical which ranks in the top ten on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time list, is a new three-reel, five-line mechanical game making its debut on the Skyline cabinet. Meanwhile, the legendary country music of Willie Nelson will debut on slot floors with two new games for Everi’s Player Classic mechanical reel cabinet—Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie and Willie Nelson’s Whiskey River.
POPULAR LICENSED PRODUCTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT: Jetpack Joyride, Catapult King, Into The Dead, Breakneck, Doodle Jump, Cut the Rope 2, Road Redemption.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: PAC-MAN Battle Casino, Deal or No Deal Poker Special.
Gamblit Gaming has concentrated on making “gamblified,” skill-based versions of popular online and mobile social game content. Recently, the company announced a strategic partnership with Japan based BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., the developer behind the iconic arcade game PAC-MAN, to launch a one-of-a-kind casino experience with PAC-MAN Battle Casino. According to press materials, this game features cutting-edge real-money gaming mechanics as two to four players battle each other for a cash prize, while retaining the fun and retro maze gameplay that has made PAC-MAN a fan-favorite around the world. The original Japanese development team behind PAC-MAN Battle Royale is teaming up with Gamblit Gaming on a co-development project to bring PAC-MAN Battle Casino to life on casino floors in early 2018 on Gamblit’s Model G interactive game tables. They are also planning to develop an all new single player PAC-MAN experience for Gamblit’s TriStation hardware.
Gamblit has also unveiled Deal or No Deal Poker Special, a “gamblified” version of the classic television game show Deal or No Deal, offered on the company’s Model G interactive multiplayer game table and single-player TriStation hardware.
POPULAR LICENSED PRODUCTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT: Mission: Impossible, Paranormal Activity, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: Steve Aoki’s Neon Dream, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Vikings, Hang ‘Em High.
At G2E, skill games provider GameCo introduced its latest licensed content games, which included Steve Aoki’s Neon Dream, an infinite runner game featuring Grammy Award-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki; and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a first-person action game based on the iconic science fiction film. The company is also developing skill slot games based on the television series Vikings and the classic Clint Eastwood movie Hang ‘Em High.
POPULAR LICENSED PRODUCTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT: American Idol, Avatar, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bridesmaids, Charlie’s Angles, Entourage, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Jeopardy, Sex and the City, Dolly Parton, Godzilla, Dark Knight, Jenga, I Dream of Jeannie, Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Sherlock Holmes, True Blood, The Hangover, Wyland, Family Guy, Back to the Future, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wheel of Fortune, Deal Or No Deal, Bejeweled, Zuma, Plants vs. Zombies, Tokidoki, Money Drop, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, TMZ Video Slots, The Voice, The Ellen DeGeneres Show Sharing the Love, The Goonies, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Slots, How to Marry a Millionaire, Rubik’s Slots, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Double Diamond, Wheel of Fortune Double Times Pay, Jurassic World 3D, Zuma 3D, Baywatch 3D, Betty White.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Blake Shelton Video Slots, Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Triple Gold, Wheel of Fortune Triple Double Diamond, Wheel of Fortune 3D Wild Sapphires, James Cameron’s AVATAR 3D.
On the new licensed game front, IGT has created the Blake Shelton Video Slots game, which it will initially offer on its new CrystalCurve ULTRA cabinet. According to a press release, the WAP-eligible progressive gives players a front row seat to play through Shelton’s chart-topping country music hits. The game leverages a built-in player camera and Dynamic Attract technology, and introduces an in-game giveaway feature that gives players the opportunity to receive a guitar signed by Blake Shelton. The company has also created new slot games based on the classic television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
As is usually the case, IGT has added a plethora of new game types for its established and successful licensed products. Case in point is Wheel of Fortune, which has seen a spate of new game titles for various slot cabinets that includes Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Triple Gold and Wheel of Fortune Triple Double Diamond for its new MEGATOWER cabinet. The company also continues to create 3D and 4D versions of popular licensed games such as James Cameron’s AVATAR 3D.
POPULAR LICENSED PRODUCTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, Frogger, Frogger Get Hoppin’, Beat Square, Hot Press Winnings, Castlevania.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: Castlevania: Labyrinth of Love and Castlevania: Ring of the Heavens.
Konami has unveiled the next chapter in Castlevania licensed video slots with two new themes for players to explore. Based on the iconic video game first popularized in the 1980s, Castlevania: Labyrinth of Loveand Castlevania: Ring of the Heavens explore new territories, beasts and monsters on Konami’s Concerto Crescent curved screen cabinet, according to press materials. Authentic art, animation and music from the series are found throughout, with multi-mystery bonus adventures that bring the legend of Castlevania to life.
Castlevania: Labyrinth of Love is a slightly darker take on the original debut title. The game takes place in the unique setting of a moonlit, mountaintop castle across a stormy red sky. Players have the chance to take on monsters, slay the undead and become a legendary hero with free games, arcade-inspired bonus features and progressive bonus battles. Meanwhile, Castlevania: Ring of the Heavens features a never-before-seen, symbol-driven progressive bonus throughout primary play.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: From Dusk Till Dawn.
NOVOMATIC entered the licensed game market with From Dusk Till Dawn, a game that resurrects the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez classic on the casino floor as the cult film celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Presented on the NOVOSTAR V.I.P. III and V.I.P. Lounge cabinets, the game has all the elements to inspire players with its fiery gameplay, Dusk and Dawn jackpots and exciting features and bonuses, according to press materials. Staying true to the cult classic, the From Dusk Till Dawn slot game delivers an explosive adventure for slot enthusiasts and fans of the film alike.
POPULAR PRODUCTS SLOTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT: Ironman, Wizard of Oz, Battleship, The Lord of the Rings, Clue, The Price is Right, Star Trek, Game of Life, I Love Lucy, KISS, The Jetsons, Top Gun, Yahtzee, Willie Wonka, The Flintstones, Elton John, Mad Men, Gremlins, Elvis, Austin Powers, Monopoly, Titanic, David Copperfield, Michael Jackson, Grease, NASCAR, Betty Boop, ZZ Top, Pawn Stars, The Beach Boys, Wonder Woman, Duck Dynasty, Friends, Playboy, The Simpsons, KOOZA (Cirque du Soleil), Space Invaders Evolution, Cher, Caddyshack, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Margaritaville, Seinfeld, The Bachelor, National Lampoon’s Vacation, The Godfather, Johnny Cash, Tetris.
NEW LICENSED PRODUCTS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: JAMES BOND franchise, THE LORD OF THE RINGS RULE THEM ALL.
Scientific Games made one of the biggest splashes in the licensed game segment with the introduction of its immersive JAMES BOND Experience, made possible through an exclusive agreement with EON Productions Limited, Danjaq and MGM Interactive, a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Inc., which gave Scientific Games the rights to leverage all past and future iconic JAMES BOND films, as well as the film’s talent portraying JAMES BOND, according to press materials. Scientific Games unveiled JAMES BOND CASINO ROYALE on the new Gamefield 2.0 platform, JAMES BOND GOLDFINGER on the TwinStar J43with iReels platform and JAMES BOND DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER on the Blade with Wheel cabinet.
The company also augmented its existing licensed product lines. THE LORD OF THE RINGS RULE THEM ALL is the latest addition to its successful franchise based on The Lord of the Rings movie series.