Video games have become a popular source of inspiration for certain slot developers in recent years. Like games steeped in historical antiquity, of which there are thousands, this particular genre seems to lend itself very well to slot games for online casinos. Why? Because in most cases the dirty work has already been done – the visuals have already been crafted and a storyline hammered out by the studio’s creative department. All that’s left is to frame the best bits within a context that will appeal to gamblers. Here are some of the most famous examples.
Tomb Raider – Microgaming
This is one of the most popular video games of all time. The original was released on the Sony PlayStation in 1997. Since then, the main character Lara Croft has made countless appearances in a steady stream of sequels across pretty much all major platforms. A sub-par series of movies also emerged in the 90s and 00s, although we’d probably best not go into those here. Microgaming decided to jump on the fully-laden bandwagon in 2004, unveiling a slot featuring the scantily clad marauder. Comprising five reels, 15 pay-lines and an RTP of 96.65%, highlights included a free spins bonus round and some reasonably well-polished cartoon renderings inspired by the video game.
Street Fighter II – The World Warrior – Netent
Ok, so this one has yet to be released. But it’s the first slot to be based on Capcom’s iconic fighting game. Street Fighter II began life on arcade machine screens before being converted to the Super Nintendo. At the time, players gushed about the ‘arcade-perfect’ graphics (they weren’t). Nevertheless, the high-profile port bore a striking resemblance to its more powerful cousin in terms of visuals as well as playability. And now, reel-spinners will be able to try their luck on a Street Fighter slot. Although little has yet been revealed about the features one can expect, Netent has made mention of a ‘fight-style’ bonus round that will allow players to choose their favourite fighter and then battle for cash prizes as well as free spins.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – Cryptologic
Call of Duty is another highly successful video game franchise that still enjoys cross-platform appeal. So it’s entirely understandable that a major developer such as Cryptologic has done its very best to cash-in. This particular interpretation is replete with all manner of battlefield symbols from Call of Duty including grenades, guns, soldiers and masked militia. There are five reels and a potentially lucrative bonus game that can award a slew of multipliers.
Resident Evil 6 – Skywind
Resident Evil goes back a very long way and was originally released in 1994 by Capcom. It has since spawned a raft of sequels as well as a movie and a television show. In 2019, Skywind launched a medium variance five reel slot dedicated to this Japanese classic. Standout features include an assortment of bonus missions, of which one can pay out as much as 250 times your total stake.