Game of Thrones Slots Machine
In 1996, the novel ‘A Game of Thrones’ was released to great critical acclaim, this being the first in the ‘Songs of Fire and Ice’ series of books. So successful were the books that HBO decided to create the TV show ‘Game of Thrones’. The first episode was aired in the US on April 17, 2011 and the series became an instant hit, both critically and with the millions of viewers worldwide. To create a live casino slot that captured the feeling of the series was a big ask for Aristocrat gaming – could a game appeal to both fans of the series whilst also offering a gameplay experience that was second to none?
Your first impressions of the slot will certainly be good. As you simply approach the slot, it is particularly striking as the game has two huge curved screens with one on top of the other, with the action encompassing both of these screens. The higher of the two screens arches above your head as you play, giving the slot an imposing feel – with the slot standing a total of 84 inches tall, only your average NBA player will be taller than the game.
Playing the Game of Thrones Slot
The gameplay, like the series itself, is innovative, giving a slightly different experience to what you’ll find at the majority of slots in a casino. The basic game takes place on the bottom of the two screens, with three reels in play at once, each stacked on top of the other – the size of the screen being plenty large enough to cater for the three reels with room to spare! Each of these sets of reels is completely independent, so you could get lucky on all three and see the dollars roll in. In ‘Game of Thrones’ you can certainly expect the unexpected and the three reels idea certainly conforms to this.
On the reels you’ll find a number of different symbols relating to the series as well some of the main characters, including Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Each of these character symbols actually encompass two spaces on the reels, which offers the dual bonuses of potentially more wins with these symbols and greater impact when it comes to the visual aspect of the slot.
As you might expect, the highlight of the slot comes when you activate one of the four bonus rounds, which come into play when you can land three or more of the bonus symbols on a win line. The bonus wheel will appear and will eventually stop on one of the following four features.
Game of Thrones Bonus Rounds
Mother of Dragons Bonus – A dragon flies around both screens, this visually stunning with a 3D effect. As he swoops down onto the bottom of the two screens he’ll breathe fire onto a number of symbols, turning them all wild, swooping again and again until you’ll find much of the reels wild.
Battle of Blackwater Bay – This is a recreation of the famous scene in the series. The battle rages on the top screen while on the bottom you’ll be given additional wilds on a single, much larger set of reels.
The Ice Wall – This is perhaps the most impressive of all the features. This bonus round begins on the bottom screen with a wild in the centre of the five symbols on each row of the wall. The wall will build, continuing upwards with the wild symbol moving up as each new row is formed. When the bottom of the two screens is full, the second screen comes into play, the ice wall eventually encompassing the two screens completely. Once again, this is a visually stunning round with the added bonus of it being completely original.
Progressive Bonuses – Aristocrat haven’t done anything by half at this slot, so instead of a single progressive bonus, you’ll find four at this slot.
The Game of Thrones slot is an imposing, involving and visually amazing game that will appeal to both fans of the series and non-fans alike. When you do get to play, ensure you’re ready for a long session, because I am sure there’ll be many players lining up to take your place.
Game of Thrones TV Series
The series is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and features several plot lines at once, all interweaving to form the bigger picture. Each series has a particular storyline – as examples, the first surrounded the quest to see which Noble house would claim the Iron throne, while the second recalled the attempt of the deposed dynasty to reclaim that throne.
The critical response to the series has been virtually all positive, series regularly appearing on the best of the year lists by many publications including Time magazine and the Washington Post. Game of Thrones has also been recognized in the awards season – Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister winning him both an Emmy and a Golden Globe, the series also winning a series of Emmys for visual effects and costumes. However, for a TV series, it’s the viewing figures that matter most and the show has gone from strength to strength. Season one on HBO would average between two and three million viewers per episode, this increasing to seven million viewers by season four – these based on initial viewings alone. These numbers are swamped however by viewers of the series on streamed services and box set sales. It’s not just in the US that the series has taken off either – Variety magazine writing ‘there may be no show more profitable to its network than ‘Game of Thrones’ is to HBO. Fully produced by the pay cabler and already a global phenomenon after only one season’.
The series has faced some criticism too, with the amount of female nudity, violence and torture in the series being questioned, as well as scenes of sexual violence.