We are all, or at least any of us who are either fans ourselves or have contact with fans of gaming, familiar with the hugely popular multi-player shoot-em-up games of Call of Duty and Counter Strike. Those two are probably the most famous and widely played shooting games in their purest format but there are also several other games that are hybrids with a strong shooting element, such as Halo or Grand Theft Auto. It is probably fair to say that shooting games are currently the most in-vogue genre in gaming and that is also reflected in the fact that even online casino games can recently be seen to have started following the trend. There has always been plenty of thematic variety within top video slots games but shooting themes have never been hugely popular until recent times. That’s changed though. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular shooting-themed offerings currently being played all over the UK on online casinos.
Microgaming’s Tomb Raider is one of the most talked-about slot games of recent years. The 5 reel, 15 pay line adventure features the gun-toting action girl Lara Croft, a familiar sight in her skintight shorts, pigtails and massive .45 calibre handguns. Tomb Raider is one of the few franchises which successfully went from the gaming world to the big screen, rather than the other way around and has come back in the other direction with its reincarnation as a slot game. The game has all the usual slot features such as wilds, free spins and bonus games, though multipliers do not feature. The minimum wager per line is £0.05 and the jackpot can reach up to almost £19,000, so it’s not only the all-action theme of this slot which is keeping players’ adrenalin levels up!
The popular Aliens games have taken the more traditional path with the original movies recreated as computer games. This can often be a hit-and-miss process but Aliens is one of the success stories. The dark, oppressive intensity of the shoot-em-up thrillers has been translated into the popular series of games and the video slot version is no different. Slot games are traditionally jingly and upbeat in mood and sound effects, but not this one. Hitting a winning combination can actually frighten the life out of you as it is marked by a dramatic sound effect provoking the fear an alien assailant has just burst out of the darkness onto you. Scary stuff!