Looking for the best TV-themed slots? Well, there are hundreds to choose from – but not all of them do a good job of capturing the spirit of the show which inspired them. The 5 TV slots below, on the other hand, are sure to be loved by any true fan.
The Noel Edmonds game show Deal or No Deal has built a cult following in the UK, and viewers dream about one day taking on the banker and walking home with a massive cash prize. In this Blueprint Gaming slot, that dream can become a reality. As well as the mystery symbols, jackpot prizes and free spins typical of this developer, the main draw will be the Deal or No Deal bonus where you compete against a virtual banker. You are faced with 22 boxes, and just like in the show, you pick the boxes to open, see the prizes contained within, and wait for the phone to ring with a counteroffer. How much can you win on this Megaways title? According to Blueprint, 10,000x is the theoretical limit. But beating the banker for just a few hundred quid is satisfying enough.
Beavis & Butthead was an outrageous cartoon which debuted in 1993, chronicling the lives of two teenage MTV addicts who sniggered their way through the latest pop vids while destroying their neighbourhood with ridiculous pranks. Politically incorrect before that was even a phrase, Beavis & Butthead inspired a slew of not-for-kids cartoons such as South Park and American Dad (both of which have their own slots, BTW). Blueprint Gaming’s official slot certainly does full justice to the anarchic spirit of the show. The 5 reels appear on a TV screen flanked by the two numbskulls who snigger, burp, and fart their way through the spins. Three or more scatters trigger the bonus feature, where the genius of the game truly lies since the initial picking game leads to one of 6 bonuses. These include a Great Cornholios free spins round, and three picking games set in Coach Buzzcut’s office, Burger World, and in a desert, where you try to guide these loveable morons to an oasis. What’s the RTP on this riotous fun? It’s 95.49% – which isn’t too bad for a TV-slot, and with a 10,000x max payout, this slot can pay well – assuming you enjoy the constant sniggering. Heh heh heh.
The Narcos Netflix series may have gone off the rails since swapping the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar for some Mexican nonentities, but thankfully this NetEnt slot focuses on the original story which got us all hooked in the first place. The design is made up of realistic drawings of the main characters from the show, with symbols including the DEA agents Pena and Murphy, and the elusive Escobar himself. In the base game, you can take advantage of walking wilds, a random drive-by feature (where a car fires bullets at the reels – if any of them hit a character, they turn into a wild) and a Locked Up game triggered by 3 Escobar symbol sees you receive free coins. The bonus feature comes with 10 free spins and is where the big wins tend to come. Although those aren’t huge, the low variance and high RTP (96%+) make Narcos a perfect slot for fans of the show.
The HBO series Game of Thrones famously appealed to fans of high fantasy, medieval history, and pointless nudity. Microgaming’s official slot cleverly uses symbols marked with house sigils from the show instead of characters – probably to avoid the game appearing old since GoT regularly kills those characters off. You will find houses Baratheon, Targaryen, Lannister, and Stark all represented here, while the Iron Throne symbol acts as the scatter. Three scatters will trigger the bonus feature, where you first select which combination of free spins and multipliers you want. For example, the Targaryen banner awards you 18 free spins with a 2 multiplier, plus stacked symbols relating to the house of Daenerys – and the other 3 houses have their own options. It’s always nice to pick a house you feel an affinity to – I tend to opt for the Lannisters, although I never find they actually do pay their debts. But with a theoretical max payout of 20,000x, I do live in hope. With the official theme tune playing in the background, Game of Thrones 243 ways will be a sure favourite of any Westeros fan.
Downton Abbey was a huge global hit. Audiences just couldn’t get enough of this tale of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants through the years before, during, and after the Great War. A slot based around the show was inevitable, and in fact, a couple of Downton Abbey slots have been released over the years, but only the game produced by the Skywind studio is still currently active. The slot does a fantastic job of evoking the spirit of the series, with the theme tune playing in the background, and symbols including main characters such as Robert, Brendan, and Lady Mary. There’s also a quite lovely touch after each spin, where you hear the servants hard at work, cleaning and scrubbing, while the bell goes off to demand assistance. Lazy Crawley buggers! There are up to 28 free spins on offer in the bonus feature, and stacked wilds also help you build some decent wins in this round. A slight criticism about Downton Abbey would be the RTP. It’s a frankly shocking 90%, which is the kind of return you might complain about in a land-based casino. You ain’t going to ascend to the aristocracy playing this slot, that’s for sure – but it’s still a lot of fun to play despite that.
TV slots are always going to be popular among fans of each show, and casinos love to pack their games lobbies with these franchise games. While we sometimes see developers take advantage of the situation by creating low RTP TV slots, that doesn’t mean fans should avoid these games. They just need to know what they are letting themselves in for. And for fans of the shows themselves, the 5 slots above are brilliant entertainment.