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War Themed Slots by Software Providers

By: Adam Richards, Monday May 23rd 2011
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On May 30 the United States observes Memorial Day to commemorate the military personnel who laid down their lives for their country. Even though the tragic consequences of war are well known and documented, it is a stark reality that wars are inevitable. They have been fought in the past and will be fought in the future. There are some software developers who have used the theme of war in their slot games. This article discusses some of them.

Text books on history recount numerous famous wars. One of them is the Battle of Trafalgar fought in 1805 between the British and French navies. Admiral Lord Nelson commanded the smaller British Navy from HMS Victory. Though Nelson was killed, the British won the battle. The Realtime Gaming slot game Victory commemorates this battle. HMS Victory is the wild symbol and the ship sways on the raging seas during animations. The battle scarred British flag is the wild symbol. Admiral Nelson offers the largest fixed jackpot of 10,000 coins when five of the symbols appear in an enabled payline. As a tribute to Lord Nelson there is a payout of two coins even if the symbol appears only on reel 1. The other thematic symbols are sailor, cannon and bell of the HMS Victory.

World War II saw air planes being uses on a significant scale in war for the first time. This war also saw women playing a more direct role, though still non combative, for the first time. The slot game from the software developer Microgaming Bomber Girls depicts both these aspects of World War II. The women are in uniform in roles of mechanic, nurse and radio controller. Bomber Girls also refers to the pin ups used by the pilots, which were often painted on the side of fighter planes. The background to the reels looks a plane's cockpit. The other symbols include an airplane, a pair of flying goggles, a compass and bombs.

War has often been glamorized in movies and novels, but the reality is different. The starkness of modern warfare is explicitly depicted in the slot game Call of Duty 4 from the software developer Cryptologic. This branded slot game is based on the video game from Activision. The reels are set against the background of a war scene. The symbols on the reels include machine guns, grenades, helmets and other war accessories. During winning combinations small video clips of war scenes are played which highlights the death and destruction caused by war. After spins grenades explode randomly converting some symbols to wild and offering additional payouts. The bonus game on the second screen is also based on a realistic war scene.

Over a hundred years ago H. G. Wells had described in his novel The War of the Worlds how interplanetary wars will be fought. That classic novel has been adapted for radio, film, television and stage. The software developer Ash Gaming has launched a slot game based on this novel. The War of the Worlds is a grand 100 payline slot game with four rows across the reels. The symbols on the reels include alien war machines and war ravaged environments. The bonus game takes the players through the three locations where the war was fought in the novel.

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