If you’ve been anywhere near a casino during the past couple of decades you are no doubt aware that many–if not most–slot machines are now licensed titles featuring all manner of pop culture iconography. Movies, TV, shows, music, even popular consumer brands provide a familiar visual image to (hopefully) attract bettors to slot machines. One of the most familiar–and most successful–is the IGT slot machines featuring the iconic Wheel of Fortune game show. A number of versions of this game has been released over the years and even today it remains one of the most popular of all licensed titles.
There’s a good reason why you’ll continue to see licensed theme slots for the foreseeable future–they’re popular with players and thus make the manufacturer and the casino a lot of money. They’re also popular with the licensee–the person, title or brand on the machine. You might not think the world needs say a Tim McGraw slot machine but players, fans, slot companies, casinos and Mr. McGraw himself do very well with it. Even a marginal celebrity on a machine with average popularity can pocket six figures a year. The bigger names and more popular machines can make millions for celebrities. One recent addition to the slots floor is Madonna, who licensed her image to Australian gaming company Aristocrat for $10 million up front and a cut of profits.
Licensed slot machines aren’t exclusive to land based casinos. Many popular themes that started in brick and mortar properties have made their way online. The opposite is also true and many online casino software developers work out similar deals with licensees. The range of themes is astonishing–some popular online slots feature theme subjects as divergent as The Wizard of Oz, the TV show 24, the Judge Dredd comic book and even the rock band Megadeth.
In light of the wide range of slots found at casinos online and off maybe a Beavis and Butt-head machine was inevitable. It’s definitely a development that is long overdue. The game is designed by Blueprint Gaming which is based in the UK and a division of German gaming company Gauselmann Group. The gameplay sounds like classic Beavis and Butt-head:
Based on the popular adult animated MTV series by Mike Judge, the new slot features classic moments and scenes from the TV show and film, with gameplay packed full of modifiers and bonus rounds.
During the game, if the couch potatoes start sniggering, one of seven in-play modifiers can be triggered on any spin, including Butt Flambé, Colossal Couch Fishing, Cornholio Wilds, Die Fly, Die and So Nacho.
Three or more bonus symbols triggers access to one of six bonus rounds, including the big money feature Just Deserts, where those who can stand the heat are in for a chance to win some sizzling prizes.
I can’t tell you how much it amuses me that Blueprint Gaming director of marketing and relationships Jo Purvis was able to comment in a press release and keep a straight face:
“Beavis and Butt-Head is one of the most iconic creations from the 1990’s and we’re sure that our latest slot will appeal to fans of the show, with the gameplay bringing to life their infamous antics.”
“It’s one of our most engaging titles yet, with a multitude of modifiers and bonus features influenced by two of pop culture’s most recognisable characters. We look forward to inviting players to join the disruptive dudes in a quest to win big prizes.”
Hopefully, we’ll see B&B transition to land based casino floors.