In 2020, there are many different ways for us to occupy our time. At-home entertainment has become a huge industry, with millions of new releases each year. As well as traditional pastimes like reading and playing board games, we have dozens of contemporary inventions to keep us entertained.
The advent of the internet and more widespread access to it across the last two decades has meant we’re now spoiled for choice. Should we find ourselves at a loose end, this is a state that needn’t last long.
One type of entertainment that’s becoming increasingly popular is online gambling. While this has been in existence since 1994, the industry has experienced exceptional growth of late, so that it’s now worth an estimated $59 billion.
Among its most popular offerings are slots, with these games drawing inspiration from a myriad of different sources. Interestingly, these include some of our favorite ways to waste time, from board games and TV shows to movies.
We take a look at some of the classic entertainments that have inspired the latest slot releases.
Deal or No Deal
As the title implies, the Deal or No Deal game online is inspired by the TV show of the same name. Taking this iconic format and transmuting it into a more immersive version of itself, its appeal is obvious: it allows fans to take their place in the hot seat. While prizes are not guaranteed, as is the case with the show itself, the slot boasts this same chance to win. Combined, these factors create an immersive, engaging, and exciting game that appeals to an already-existing fan base.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Mystery Box
Another popular TV show title is Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Mystery Box, which is inspired by the international game show franchise. The series has been on our screens for over 20 years, delivering some nail-biting moments in its time. For those who want to experience the same feeling of excitement and opportunity as contestants, the game delivers. Arguably more engaging than watching from one’s sofa, it’s little wonder that it’s proven popular on the slots’ circuit.
While TV shows have acted as the inspiration for slot games on numerous occasions, they’re not the only form of entertainment that has been adapted for this most modern of audiences. So too has the Rubik’s Cube, one of the most popular gaming innovations of the 20th century. Sharing much in common with the original, this five-reel, the 25-payline offering allows you to pick from six different spin modes. No matter which one you choose, however, you’re sure to enjoy this marriage of modern and contemporary gaming.
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Board games, too, have been adapted, and there are none more beloved than Monopoly. Now among the roster of classic entertainments that have been given the 21st-century treatment, its creators have developed a whole range of casino titles for players to enjoy. These include mobile as well as desktop offerings so that almost anyone can experience the excitement. And, given that the game has sold more than 275 million copies around the world, it has a lot of fans who’ll be glad of this fact.
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Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.