It used to be the case that when a television show became successful, it might one day lead to a movie, but that was as far as it could go. If that first movie experiment was successful, it might lead to a second movie, or perhaps even a third. DVD sales would be strong, and if the show was popular with children, it might generate a range of toys and video games, but that was about as far as it was possible to push a brand. That’s no longer the case. These days, when a television show turns into a huge moneymaker for the company that created it, it finds its way to the casinos.

Online slots that come with a theme are the most popular attractions at online slots websites in the 2020s. You can still play the kind of online slots in the UK that your parents used to play if you want to – the ones that have fruits or jewels on the reels and a couple of gentle bonus features – but younger people are more likely to be drawn to action-packed online slots that come with a brand affiliation. Some celebrities have their own personalized online slots, as do some sports teams. An interactive online slots game is a logical brand extension for a successful television show, and so it’s no surprise to see that so many shows have chosen to jump on the trend in recent years.

There are dozens – if not hundreds – of TV shows that have been turned into online slots, but here are our favorite five!

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

It’s hard to argue against the idea that “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is the biggest quiz show of all time. The show has been made and re-made for multiple different markets in multiple different languages and has created several millionaires across the world. It’s also inspired several different online slots, but our favorite is the recent ‘Megaways’ version by Big Time Gaming, which comes with an astonishing 117,649 ways to win and a massive 6×7 grid of reels and rows. There’s even a bonus feature that simulates the experience of playing the quiz, along with plenty of visuals and sounds taken directly from the show. If you never get invited to play the quiz for real, this might be the next best thing – and if you win, it can make you almost as rich!

Narcos

“Narcos” is one of those shows that you happen upon when you’re looking for something new to watch on Netflix, and then before you know it you’ve binge-watched the entire first season of this dark, gritty crime drama. NetEnt released this slot in 2019 and took an unusual direction with it; instead of going for a photo-realistic style, they animated the world of “Narcos” and turned it into something that looks a little like the “Grand Theft Auto” video game. The show’s intellectual property hasn’t suffered for that transformation, though, and it’s still an atmospheric and entertaining slot that captures the spirit of the show. “Narcos” offers 243 ways to win and 96.23% “return to player” rate across long-term play, with randomly-occurring bonus features to spice up the action during the base game.


Rick And Morty

The Adult Swim Cartoon “Rick and Morty” has captured some of the same audience that enjoys adult-orientated cartoons like “South Park” and “Family Guy,” with some of the surrealism of “Futurama” thrown in. Some reviewers interpret the narrative of the cartoon as a commentary on the most toxic aspects of masculinity, but we suspect they’re missing the point. It’s a highly amusing show if you have a warped sense of humor, and that humor has been captured perfectly by this Blueprint online slots game from early 2020. Like the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” slot, this is a ‘Megaways’ attraction, and therefore it also comes with 117,649 ways to win and more bonus features than we’re able to list here. Suffice to say that if you enjoy the cartoon, you’ll also enjoy this slot as an interactive version of the same thing – one which you can win money from if your luck is in!

Vikings

With its final season about to air, “Vikings” has never been more popular as a TV show than it is right now. It might owe at least some of its success to “Game of Thrones,” which popularized the idea of fantasy dramas set in the (at least nominally) distant past, but “Vikings” would be great no matter whether “Game of Thrones” existed or not. Not only has it entertained millions of people, but it’s also prompted its audience to develop a greater interest in history. That’s never a bad thing! The online slots game based on the show is made by NetEnt and offers 243 paying lines across a standard 5×3 reel-and-row layout, backed up by 96.05% RTP. All the main characters of the show are present, and some of them even appear as special expanding symbols to help you out with big wins. Keep an eye out for the ‘multiway’ bonus, which can increase the number of paying lines from 243 all the way up to 1024 for a limited but lucrative time.

Inspector Gadget

The name of “Inspector Gadget” alone will bring back special memories for anyone over a certain age – it’s one of the cartoons we all grew up watching. Nostalgia is a powerful lure when it comes to online slots, and so many classic kids TV series have been brought back as online slots to appeal to the now-grown-up former viewers of those cartoons. “Inspector Gadget” is one of the most beloved, and also one of the best. Blueprint released this slot in 2018 and took a more laid-back approach with it than they usually do, including only 20 paying lines on their 5×4 layout. With an RTP of 96.49%, though, the lack of paying lines doesn’t make you any less likely to win. Land yourself a shot at the free spins feature or activate the ‘prize picker’ bonus, and you’ll soon find yourself saying “go go gadget jackpot.” This is a whole lot of fun to play, right down to the inclusion of the theme tune from the original show. Ah, memories!

 

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