The truth be told, I was not a big comic book reader as a young child – as a female, society told me that I shouldn’t get involved in the stories of superheroes like Batman, Spiderman, and Superman. However in the mid 1960s I started to read my older brothers’ comics and fell in love with the artwork and stories. They did what any good book does, and transported me into their universe. It wasn’t until later in that decade when the equal rights movement caught fire and made it ok for me to have a tattered Spiderman comic hanging out of the back pocket of my bell-bottomed jeans.
That said, you will see that my son, Harry Tee, is the author of many of the comic book themed slots games that are reviewed on this site. He has always been a comic fanatic, reading them by the stack in his room for hours. Therefore, it just makes sense that he reviews all of the games that are based on superheroes that I’ve never heard of.
Before seeking out a comic book themed slot machine, it is always important to verify if the machine is based on the comic book itself, or it is based on the movie of that comic book. There’s obviously a huge difference between the two.
For example, one version of Wolverine Slots that was made by Playtech is not based on the wildly successful movie character played by Hugh Jackman, it is actually based on the graphic novels, (although Harry said that there are some elements of that game that remind him of an old X Men video game for the Sega Genesis). So for anyone who’s played that particular game looking for a bare-chested Hugh Jackman symbol, I’m sorry to say that it doesn’t exist. Again, before you put one cent into a slot machine, make sure you’re getting the game that you’re actually looking for.
Marvel Slot Games
The Marvel Universe of superheroes is led by its most popular characters Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America, and everyone’s favorite sarcastic billionaire, Ironman. Many would argue that they also have the most engaging, interesting and diabolical super villains ever created, such as Red Skull, Ultron, Doctor Octopus, and Green Goblin.
Marvel really took off in the 1960s due to their plot lines that reflected the times, and brought in real life fears such as communism and the Viet Cong. As a result, they attracted readers who were outside of the usual demographic of under 14, and adult males were now buying comic books in droves. Although young girls like me were also starting to take notice.
As a result of this vast pool of characters and history on which to draw upon, Marvel Slots games are always released to much fanfare, and usually earn much praise from the slots community. The software engineers know how passionate Marvel fans are, so they are always very careful to remain true to the stories and characters. They know that anything but the best will draw a loud chorus of boos from the Marvel faithful who will shun the game into obscurity.
DC Slot Games
Most comic book “experts” claim that DC Comics has always been the equivalent of Marvel’s “goofy younger brother” that tests their readers patience with fanciful plot lines and characters. This is primarily due to the fact that DC has traditionally had “lighter” plot lines that are targeted towards younger readers, but personally I still like DC the best.
It could easily be argued that without Batman, DC Comics would have folded years ago if they were forced to be dependent on heroes like Aquaman and Shazam! to drive sales. Simply put, DC Comics has always been the “American Apple Pie”, to Marvel Comics band of “Jaded Misfits” who stumbled over their personal shortcomings to protect the world.
That said, any story that involved DC’s best characters combining to form the Justice League of America, was always a great one. Superheroes leaving their respective story lines to come together and join forces to fight evil, was one of the best ideas that the company ever had. Batman, Superman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman all on the same team was just too cool of a premise not to become emotionally invested in, and the “Super Friends” cartoon that aired in the 70s and 80s was just fantastic.
Did anyone else used to watch this show? It’s definitely one of the best television adaptations of a comic book ever, in my opinion.