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From the nostalgic to the new, here's a look at five slot machines based on fan-favourite franchises

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, slot machines are a staple in the casino-laden streets of Las Vegas. With people getting more and more discerning when it comes to the games they play, however, how are slot machines going to compete? The answer: licensed properties.

Slot manufacturing giant IGT basically got the ball rolling when it licensed the Wheel of Fortune brand way back in 1996. Since then, casinos have seen an influx of slots based on movies, TV shows, and even musicians (Elvis, anyone?). Here’s a look at some of them.

  • 5. Avatar – It doesn't take a lot of brainpower to come to the conclusion that the world’s highest grossing movie of all time would probably print money as a slot machine. Similar to the movie it’s based on, the Avatar slot machine is one of the most impressive machines out there tech-wise
  • 4. The Lord of the Rings – The same logic as the one used for the Avatar slot machine likely applies here as well. There’s a separate slot machine for all three movies, although the first game doesn't seem to have the “The Fellowship of the Ring” subtitle. Maybe they lost it somewhere in the fires of Mount Doom.
  • 3. The Six Billion Dollar Man – 1970s pop icon Steve Austin is back! Not in a gritty, self-referencing remake with a Lee Majors cameo, but as a slot machine. While you probably won’t win anything close to six billion dollars by playing this game, this relatively new Playtech creation has been a bit of a hit online as one of the more heavily promoted slots on
  • 2. The Hangover – “The Hangover is set in Vegas, so why not make a slot machine out of it?” That’s probably a good encapsulation of the thought processes that led to this licensed machine’s creation; although there’s no doubt that the film’s popularity had something to do with it too. They did get one thing right, though: breakout character Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) is heavily featured and throws out a lot of his comedic sayings throughout the course of the game.
  • 1. The Walking Dead – This horde of undead walkers just won’t stay put, will it? The announcement of the Walking Dead slot machines from Aristocrat is one of the more unusual licensing choices for the hit AMC TV show, but chances are it’ll grab attention just for the sheer novelty of finding a zombie-based game among the other brightly-lit slot machines on the casino floor. The 18-49 demographic is sure to get some mileage out of this one.

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