Slot Machines with a Theme


Nov 2012

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casino slot machineThere are many different slot machines at casinos and most people have seen the three reel one armed bandit either on television or at a casino.  But what many people may not know is today there are many different types of slot machines that actually have a theme and are more fun to play because of it.  The themed slot machines have been around for a while but with better technology, these games have taken on a new look and offer the gamer much more action with bonus rounds that can bring the player a great deal of money if they win.

One of the issues with themed slot machines is that the amount of the bet may not be met when a spin is won.  For instance, if you are playing a slot that has forty lines and you bet one credit per line or forty cents, you may only win a spin that is worth five cents.  So there is a downside but for the most part, when you win, you win big.  Traditional slot machines do not have bonus rounds nor do they offer anything but reels that only pay on one line.  With themed slot machines, there is so much more to them.  We’ll take a look at some of the more popular of the themed slot machine games and see how they rate.

Lord of the Rings

Anybody who loves the Lord of the Rings trilogy will absolutely adore the slot machines based on the movies that came out over a decade ago.  The first offering was based on the first movie in the trilogy, Fellowship of the Ring and included characters that were highlighted in the movie.  There are three different types of bonus rounds.  There is a random round that has either Gollum climbing over the screen and making certain sections wild or the elves shooting arrows to make the wilds.  Then there is the other random bonus rounds where all Frodos are wild, a scatter bonus which means that the characters do not have to be in line to win, wild reel bonus where one or more entire reels are wild, a multiplier bonus where the player can get up twenty five times the normal payout and the ring bonus where you only need one ring to go to the big bonus level.

The big bonus round is when you get three rings on any pay line and when the player gets to this round there are a wide variety of bonus games to choose from.  If the player sets up an account with the game, they can save their play and earn points to unlock more bonuses. The player can also log into and unlock bonuses by playing online games that are also based on the movies.  Today, The Two Towers is the Lord of the Rings offering and the only difference between the Fellowship and Two Towers is the look of the characters.  But it is a fun game while it doesn’t pay out huge amounts, the player can win some nice jackpots.

The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers

One of the most popular of all the Wizard of Oz slot machines is the Ruby Slippers version because it has the best payouts and the players can win a great deal of money on a minimum bet.  It is also a progressive game so as players over the world play it, the jackpot increases.  You do have to bet max which is over four dollars a spin to win the jackpot but it can reach over a million dollars so a four dollar investment is not really that bad.  All you need to win the jackpot is bet max and get five progressive symbols on a pay line which sounds easy but it actually is not, it’s difficult to win but worth it for the size of the payout.  The minimum jackpot is two hundred and fifty thousand so even if it has been recently hit, it is still worth it to play.

This game features all the favorite Wizard of Oz characters and it has three bonus rounds and a ruby slipper feature that offers up to four wild reels and a multiplier.  When the ruby slipper round is activated, bubbles come out from the side of the machine and onto the screen.  If a bubble pops on a reel, that reel is wild.  There are up to four out of the five reels that can become wild.  Once the spin is complete, Dorothy clicks her heels and a multiplier flies up to the top of the game and signifies whether the round is worth two, five or ten times the normal payout.  This can big money for the player if they get four wild reel times ten.  For a forty cent bet, the player can win thousands.

The other three bonus rounds are activated by the characters which you need three of in order to activate the bonus.  Then the bonuses take you to the wicked witch’s castle where you have to choose symbols to uncover credits and avoid the witch, Emerald City where the Wizard give you free spins and finally the crystal ball bonus where the characters have to again avoid the witch but if they do not, the good witch may save them and offer the player extra bonus money.  This is a really great game, it is fun, has a great deal of action and the players have the opportunity to win a great deal of money.

Other Themed Slot Machines

In today’s casinos, there are more themed slot machines than there is the traditional one armed bandit.  You can go to Wonderland with Alice, hang out with Carrie in Sex in the City or revisit the Hangover Movie.  There are so many themed slot machines now that it seems that everything that we know as familiar movies has been turned into one.  Tarzan, Ghost Busters and Godzilla are some of newest ones that have come out recently.  There are also the older themed slot machines that are also electronic and have bonus rounds but they do not offer the gamblers the same high payouts as the more in depth ones do.

Not only do these slot machines offer high payouts, they are also quite interactive with Bose speaker systems build into the chairs or other high quality sound outputs.  These games are more like video games than gambling which is just another reason why many choose to play them over other choices.  It’s more of an experience than gambling.  You really feel like you are a part of the slot machine instead of just feeding in money and hoping for three sevens in a row.


While traditional slot machines are loved by purists and have a place in the hearts of all slot players, the new themed slot machines are quickly taking over the casinos all over the world.  Because of their interactive play, great sound quality and high technology, they have quickly gained a following particularly with younger gamblers.  Everyone who plays slots has a favorite that they have to play when they hit the casino.  If it isn’t paying out, they can move on to another well executed themed slot machine.