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Top Four Film Based Slots

The range of places, both actual and imaginary, where film writers and filmmakers find inspiration is really long and diverse. Basically, anything can serve as an inspiration for a good film, but creators also have the freedom to come up with a brand-new idea from scratch. Often, films are on the other side of the equation, and they serve as inspiration for other entertainment products, or in this exact case – online slots. Let’s have a look at the best online slots that are based on popular films.

Planet of The Apes

Planet of the Apes is one of the most popular film franchises in recent years following the Reboot series that started in 2011 with the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and this online slot is based on the first two sequels of the reboot series, the one mentioned above and the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This game was developed by NetEnt, after obtaining the rights to use imagery and assets from the actual film, so if you’re a fan of Planet of the Apes you won’t be disappointed with this online slot. In fact, we can say that the game is released in association with 20th Century Fox. It is a typical NetEnt game with an interesting twist – the screen is divided in half where the first half shows the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, whereas the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and respective symbols are displayed on the second, right part of the screen.

Gladiator

Gladiators and their fights are a very popular topic, with countless books, films and comics, but it is fair to say that the 2000-film featuring Russell Crowe is the most popular piece based on the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius one of the most notable gladiators in history. This game was created by Playtech and in many ways it is a typical Playtech game, which means it is of high quality, considering that this company with offices in 17 different countries has developed some of the most exciting online slots in history. This game features several bonus features, all of which in line with the game theme, so if you’re looking for a break from more standard games, this would be a great option for you. On the other hand, if you’d like to have a look at more standard games and their features, check out this Double Bubble SlotsWise review.

Beauty & The Beast

This is an online slot by Yggdrasil, based on the popular Beauty & The Beast Disney tale, or to be more precise the 2017 film of the same name featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. The game was released one day after the initial film release. It is a top-notch game that really put Yggdrasil on the map of popular online slot developers. There are 20 paylines and the maximum amount that you can win in Beauty & The Beast is £100,000. The game RTP may vary from 96.30% to 97.10%. The game comes with a Free Spins mode and other bonus features.

Jurassic Park

It wouldn’t make any sense not to include a game that’s based on a Spielberg movie, so the slot based on the mega popular Jurassic Park made its way to our list. This is yet another Microgaming game and we have to note that they are pretty good when it comes to creating film-based slots. The game features characters from the film and the sound effects ae on another level. There is a free spins bonus round and other exciting features. The maximum amount that you can win in this game is 6,000 times your original wager. 

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Arcade Coin Slot Keychain

This Arcade accurate 1:1 scale replica coin return button Keychain will show off your retro gaming roots! The 1:1 scale keychain is crafted from die cast metal just like old school arcades and will even light up thanks to its built-in LED.

Order HERE for $14.99.

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Exclusive First Look: Willy Wonka Pinball By Jersey Jack Pinball

Jersey Jack Pinball presents a world of pure imagination! Find the Golden Ticket and enter Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for an unforgettable pinball adventure full of fun, surprises, and magic around every corner! This pinball masterpiece was designed by the legendary Pat Lawlor, designer of Dialed In!, Twilight Zone, and over a dozen other classic games, including the best-selling pinball machine in history, The Addams Family.

All models of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory pinball include four flippers, six balls, a captive ball, seven magnets, the Everlasting Gobstopper, the Most Secret Machine, Oompa Loompa camera sculpture, 7″ Wonkavision LCD, a 27″ HD LCD screen with interactive 3D animations, and candy-colored LED light shows. Gameplay features four multiballs, collecting Wonka Bars, spelling Scrumdiddlyumptious, touring Wonka’s Factory, and a host of other goodies to lead you down the chocolate river to three wizard modes, including Pure Imagination. Scenes and dialogue from the original 1971 film directed by Mel Stuart, starring Gene Wilder, are showcased bringing this exciting theme to life.

“This is a dream theme designed by a dream team,” said Jack Guarnieri, founder of Jersey Jack Pinball. “It’s a game that will be loved and cherished forever, a perfect gift for the entire family, and a great addition to any home, arcade or bar.”

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory pinball machines will be available in Standard, Limited, and Collector’s Edition models. Only 500 units of the Collector’s Edition model will be made!

Pricing and Availability:

Standard Edition $7,500

Limited Edition $9,500

Collector’s Edition $12,500

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory pinball machines will be available summer 2019 and can be purchased directly or through an authorized Jersey Jack Pinball distributor.

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Apple Introduces Apple Arcade — The World’s First Game Subscription Service For Mobile, Desktop And The Living Room

Apple today announced Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more. Apple Arcade games will redefine games and be curated based on originality, quality, creativity, fun and their appeal to players of all ages. Apple Arcade will give customers the freedom to try any game from its handpicked collection of titles that are all-you-can-play, have no ads, ad tracking or additional purchases, and respect user privacy.

The App Store is the world’s most successful and vibrant gaming platform with nearly 300,000 free and paid games. Free games, supported by advertising or in-app purchases, are enjoyed by hundreds of millions of players around the world. Paid games are often critically acclaimed and beloved by the people who play them, but competing with free is hard, so even the best of these games have only reached a smaller audience. With the simplicity of a single subscription, Apple Arcade will bring games like these to the App Store’s more than 1 billion gaming customers. Apple Arcade is the perfect complement to the already enormously popular catalog of free games on the App Store, making iOS the premier gaming platform for players of all ages.

Apple is not just handpicking the games in Apple Arcade, but also contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life. Made by some of the most critically acclaimed game developers in the world, Apple Arcade games will entertain customers with incredibly fun gameplay and immersive stories, while capturing imaginations with original art and music. The service will feature games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more.

Apple Arcade will introduce an innovative way to access a collection of brand new games that will not be available on any other mobile platform or in any other subscription service. Rather than pay up front for each game, a subscription to Apple Arcade will give players the opportunity to try any game in the service without risk. Since every game includes access to the full experience, including all game features, content and future updates, no additional purchases will be required. Every game will be playable offline, and many games will offer support for game controllers. Because subscribers can play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, they can pick up where they left off in a game, even if they switch devices. New games will be added to the service on a regular basis.

Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS.

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Six Interesting Facts About Roulette

Derived from the French for ‘little wheel’, roulette has a varied history with its predecessors based in ancient civilisations, before moving over to France and the rest of Europe in the 18th century. That said, the game hasn’t changed too much over the years and there’s a reason why it’s known as the ‘Queen of the Casino’ – it’s arguably the most popular and famous casino game around the world. Whether you’re a first-time gambler or seasoned professional, join the fun at: https://casino.paddypower.com/c/roulette.

1. The Number of the Beast

The number 666 is referenced in the Holy Bible and for centuries has been associated with all that is devilish. So, it is no wonder, therefore, that roulette is often known as ‘The Devil’s Game’. The reason for this is that when all the numbers on the wheel are added together, it totals 666 – that is zero, through to 36. It doesn’t matter which version you’re playing too (more on that later), the outcome is always the same. Supposedly, it is said that a game of roulette is so fast-paced that players behave as if they were possessed by the devil, acting in a frantic manner.

2. Never Mind Lucky 7, It’s Lucky 17

Believe it or not, the most widely played number in roulette is 17. Now we aren’t sure whether that’s due to the number’s central location on the table, or because it’s supposedly James Bond’s favourite number. Author Ian Fleming was a keen gambler too – but preferred baccarat. But billionaire businessman and owner of Newcastle United Mike Ashley reportedly stunned gamblers at a casino in Mayfair, when he scooped £1.3 million on a single spin of the roulette wheel – gambling on number 17.

3. The Man Who Broke The Bank… Was A Real Person

It turns out that a real person inspired the song and film with the same name – Charles Deville Wells was the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo. He was inspired by Joseph Jagger, who in 1873 used six clerks to take notes of every number that hit on the roulette table in the belief that the wheels were mechanically imbalanced and certain numbers would come up more than others. Using this information, he won until he was banned. Wells copied him years later and notched up a win of 23 spins – but was later jailed for fraud and died penniless.

4. Red or Black: It’s Always A 50/50 Chance

The wheel is unpredictable and because a red number hits the first time, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get black on your next spin. Similarly, the chance of hitting the same colour in 10 successive spins is only 1 in 1024. But in 2004, Ashley Revell from Kent sold his possessions (including a Rolex, BMW and golf clubs) and flew out to Vegas where he bet the lot on roulette. He gambled $135,300 on a single spin (red 7) and surprisingly, he won. He used his winnings to set-up an online poker company, inspired by football – that later went bust. 

5. The Roulette Wheel Originally Had A Double Zero

These days, there are two kinds of roulette: European roulette and American roulette. However, when the game came to France in the 18th century, the layout was slightly different to how it is now, with a red zero and black double zero. These were later changed to green to prevent confusion. French brothers Francois and Louis Blanc introduced the single zero style wheel to Germany in the mid-1800s; but the double zero version made its way to the USA. Interestingly, the house odds in the European version are 2.7%, significantly better than the American version which offers odds of 5.26%. Of course, if you’re playing online, you can choose which game you’d like to play.

6. California Roulette – But Not Roulette As We Know It

Certain forms of gambling are still illegal in California and roulette is one of them; however, in 2004 they legalised a form of roulette called California roulette. Based upon the Vegas-favourite, the game is played with a deck of 28 cards, rather than a wheel and a ball. The cards follow suit to the American version of the game but the cards also have the colour and suit similar to an ordinary deck of playing cards. The dealer draws a card from the deck and this will determine the winning bet. 

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Die Hard Board Game Slated For Spring 2019 Release

USAopoly, a leading board game and puzzle publisher, and FOX Consumer Products announced plans to release Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game this spring. This is the first time the suspenseful action classic, which made its theatrical debut in 1988, has been officially licensed for a board game.

“Die Hard’s influence over the action-thriller genre is staggering, so we were beyond excited for the opportunity to harness the movie’s expert blend of action, intelligence and drama into a unique tabletop experience,” said Pat Marino, Lead Game Designer, USAopoly. “We are developing a game that will deeply resonate with Die Hard enthusiasts, incorporating even the slightest details to create a rich and entertaining experience that properly pays tribute to arguably the greatest action movie of all time.”

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will leverage one-versus-many, asymmetric gameplay to pit protagonist John McClane against others acting as thieves, cooperating to foil the hero’s plan, which is to save the hostages in the iconic Nakatomi Plaza high-rise. Movie buffs and hobby game enthusiasts will appreciate the forthcoming release’s distinct homage to the 1988 film, which packs rules and gameplay to the air vents with callbacks to Die Hard’s most memorable scenes, characters, and events. 

Federico San Martin, Vice President of Global Toys and Hardlines, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products added: “The Die Hard board game from USAopoly provides an engaging touch point for fans seeking a nostalgic trip back to Nakatomi Tower and, three decades after the film’s release, allows a new generation of fans to play a unique game experience showcasing this incredible property.”

The OP, the award-winning publisher behind hit party games Telestrations® and Blank Slate™, as well as popular hobby games Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, has worked with FOX Consumer Products for 13 years. The company has created compelling board game experiences for a variety of their licenses, including Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama and Planet of the Apes. 

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will be available Spring 2019 in select retailers, encouraging friends to come out to the table, get together, have a few laughs. Debates over whether the title will be considered a Christmas game or an action game to play year-round are expected to surface among fans waiting to relive the pop-culture hit on the table top. 

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Horrified: Universal Monsters Board Game 

Featuring the iconic and infamous Universal Monsters, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Horrified will include seven sculpted figures and unique gameplay where only you and your friends can save the village from rampaging monsters!

Game play is intended for 1 to 5 players ages 10 and up. Horrified: Universal Monsters Board Game will be released in August 2019.

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The LEGO Group Introduces LEGO Hidden Side, Combining Building With Augmented Reality To Create A New Way of Play

The LEGO Group today unveiled LEGO Hidden Side, an augmented reality enhanced LEGO play theme where kids must turn a haunted world back to normal, one ghost at a time. It is the only play experience available today that fully and seamlessly integrates augmented reality (AR) with physical construction to reveal a hidden world of interactive play. 

Developed for children 7 years and up, LEGO Hidden Side is showcased to buyers, media and influencers for the first time at American International Toy Fair Booth in Booth 1335 of Hall 3B at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, February 16-19. 

LEGO Hidden Side includes a series of eight “haunted” building sets full of awesome functionality and secret surprises that, on their own, provide the build and roleplay fun of any LEGO play theme. 

Activating the bespoke AR app developed together with the theme brings the models to life, revealing a hidden world of interactive mysteries and challenges to solve. When combined, the two worlds make each other even more compelling and fun. LEGO Hidden Side marks the first time the company introduces one of its play themes as a service.After launch, the app experience will continue to expand with the addition of new ghosts, new game challenges, and randomization of gameplay so the experience is different every time kids play. 

LEGO Hidden Side will be available globally in late summer 2019. Physical sets will range in price from $19.99 to $129.99 (USD). The LEGO Hidden Side app will be a free download from the App Store and Google Play.

For more information, visit www.lego.com/hiddenside

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Stranger Things-Themed Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

At New York Toy Fair 2019, Hasbro / Wizards of the Coast unveiled a Stranger Things-themed Dungeons & Dragons starter set!

According to the description, the starter set allows players “to experience the D&D adventure Stranger Things character Mike Wheeler created for his friends”. 

The set includes 5 Stranger Things character sheets that are based on classes used in the show (such as Will the Wise and Dustin the Dwarf). It also includes two exclusive Demogorgon figures, one of which players can paint and customize. 

You can pre-order a copy of the set on Amazon for $24.99 with shipping slated for May 1st, 2019.

Features:

– Stranger Things themed Dungeons & Dragons set: embark on an exciting dungeon & Dragons adventure, hunt for the Thessalhydra, “created” By the character Mike from the Netflix original series, Stranger Things
– Great game for new dungeon & Dragons players: whether players are new to D&D, or looking for a new adventure, this Stranger Things themed roleplaying game includes everything a group needs to play
– Detailed rules, adventure book and game dice: The exciting adventure book and colorful rulebook contain tons of information on how to play the game, strategy, and tips for players to advance a character beyond the Fifth level, plus 6 Polyhedral dice so you’re ready to play
– Stranger things character sheets: play as a favorite Stranger Things character
– Includes 2 Demogorgon figures: the game includes 2 Demogorgon figures, one that players can paint and customize

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Hasbro Launching Family Entertainment Centers Across North America

Los Angeles-based Kilburn Live has entered into a licensing agreement with Hasbro, a global play and entertainment company, to create, build and operate Hasbro-themed family entertainment centers across the US and Canada.

The indoor family entertainment facilities will take iconic Hasbro brands and create interactive, immersive and innovative entertainment experiences in a high-energy, gamified environment with multiple activity zones.

Charlie Keegan, former CEO of Main Event Entertainment, will head the new division that will lead the development of the multiple location rollout across North America. Current licensed brands include well-known franchises including My Little Pony, Monopoly, Mr. Potato head, GI Joe, Clue, Battleship, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Trivial Pursuit, Chutes and Ladders and others.

As Hasbro consumers are looking for more ways to engage with its brands that are loved by adults and kids alike, Hasbro believes that this new endeavor will exceed their expectations.

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