How TV gameshows have inspired online casino slots

Online casino slots come in all sorts of themes these days.

Quite a lot of them are themed after original concepts, though there are a few fair that are inspired by well known films, superheroes, stories and other parts of cultural life.

A growing number of them are based on hit TV shows, ranging from fun gameshows and hilarious comedies, to entertaining talent shows, thrilling dramas and many more.

If a TV show has a large fanbase and there’s a slot based on it, chances are that slot will be fairly successful, since people passionate about a TV show are likely to buy into anything to do with that show.

But perhaps gameshows have a particular affinity with slots because they similarly allow players to win big prizes or cash, and can have an element of gambling for a mega win.

Here’s a look at just a few of the many slots inspired by hit gameshows, from classics to recent hits.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The hugely successful TV show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? was known for its dramatic music and tense atmosphere, not to mention the potentially huge cash prizes up for grabs.

This slot by Ash Gaming aims to give you the chance to experience what it’s like to sit in the famous hot-seat.

It has all the iconic features from the show, with the three lifelines (Ask the Audience, 50:50 and Phone a Friend) appearing as symbols and the money ladder being used for the progressive jackpot, which can get as high as seven figures – so you really could be a millionaire.

In total, the slot has three bonus features, along with five reels and 50 paylines.

Have a go for yourself at Paddy Power casino.

Deal Or No Deal

There are actually several different slots themed after this hugely popular game show, including Deal or No Deal – The Banker’s Riches, Deal or No Deal – Dream Factory and Deal or No Deal – World Slot.

Deal or No Deal Slot
Deal or No Deal Slot

One of the most exciting ones to play is Deal or No Deal: Jackpot King. It’s one of many games that are linked to the core Jackpot King progressive jackpot.

What sets this apart from other progressives is the fact that it’s not just limited to slots, with scratch cards and other games linked in as well. As for the slot itself, it has a set-up of five reels and 20 paylines, as well as a total of five bonus rounds.

Virgin Games has Deal or No Deal available to play today.

Bullseye

Fans of the cult classic Bullseye will surely love playing this thoroughly entertaining slot by Microgaming. As the saying goes, ‘You can’t beat a bit of Bully’.

Bullseye Slot
Bullseye was in safe hands with Microgaming, the developer

It brings back all the features and nuances of the darts-themed gameshow that viewers loved, with symbols including some of the show’s typical prizes and, of course, its lively mascot Bully, the anthropomorphic bull.

Hard to see this slot having much nostalgic appeal outside of the UK, but a good slot is a good slot.

Bully is definitely one to watch out for as he acts as both a wild and a multiplier, plus if you land three of him across the central payline when wagering the maximum amount, you’ll win the top prize.

The slot has a total of 243 ways to win and both a bonus feature and a free spins feature.

Head to LeoVegas and you’ll be on target for playing this slot.

Jeopardy!

IGT have taken the popular American general knowledge quiz show Jeopardy! and developed it into a thrilling slot that offers exciting gameplay and plenty of chances to win.

Jeopardy! is based on the hit US quiz show, and is by US slot developer IGT
Jeopardy! is based on the hit US quiz show, and is by US slot developer IGT

It does a very good job of recreating the look and feel of the show, with soundbites from its current presenter Alex Trebek and narrator Johnny Gilbert making it feel like you’re a real-life contestant.

The slot has five reels and nine paylines, with symbols featuring the Jeopardy! logo, as well as some general categories such as science, movies, music and geography. The bonus round features the familiar 30-screen set-up as seen in the show, with players having to click on the screens to reveal the bonus amount hidden behind them.

This game is also available at Paddy Power.

Family Fortunes

The gameshow Family Fortunes would pit two families against each other and would have them answer everyday questions that were surveyed by audience members to win cash prizes.

Family Fortunes brings the gameshow to the slot world.
Family Fortunes brings the gameshow to the slot world.

This five-reel, 20-payline slot by Fremantle Media combines the very best elements of the gameshow with all the features common to online slots.

It’s a fun and entertaining slot offering you the chance to win some generous cash prizes, though of course you don’t have to go head-to-head with another family to do so. The Double Money bonus round gives you free spins and doubles winnings, while the Big Money bonus round asks you a series of multi-choice questions, with cash prizes given for correct answers.

Virgin Games currently has this available to play.

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