Cartoons, Comics and Online Casinos
Colourful images packed full of primary colours all cleverly combined to attract your attention. Audio brimming with chimes, noises that you’re drawn to and notice, onomatopoeia – whizz, bang, splat, kaboom. You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a description of many leading online slot games, as it very well could be. However, what we’re describing are the attention-grabbing traits of cartoons, specifically those that fall within the comic book genre.
Of course, the visual elements are all there in almost every comic book ever created. Ever since the 1930s, when superheroes with powers beyond imagination were first introduced to the world, readers have been drawn to them. Now, the comic book industry is more popular than ever due to the numerous cinematic reimagining that big studios like Marvel and DC have received. These days, you can’t go anywhere without being reminded that comic books are big. Whether it’s the Avengers, Batman, Superman, X-Men, Deadpool, Black Panther or any of the other big names, you’re sure to notice their existence through merchandise, movie posters, clothing, soundtracks and pretty much everything else.
Still, comic books weren’t always this big. There was a time when comic readers were considered the epitome of uncool, often regarded as immature or even weird. Cartoons have received similar stereotypes – especially anime that is watched by adults – but it is games that have the most similar trajectory to comic books. For decades, adults who played games on console, PC or online were thought of as basement-dwellers, too preoccupied with escapism to ever lead a fruitful life. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.
While comic books were becoming cool due to blockbuster movies, games gained more exception due to a number of other reasons. Mainly, the fact that modern mobile devices are capable of hosting games that even the least skilled casual gamer in the world can play. Now, there’s no way people can begrudge gamers because that would mean their own Candy Crush-obsessed grandmother was a lame nerd and we all know that isn’t the case.
Of all the different gaming sectors that are now gaining popularity, none are doing better than the iGaming industry. This isn’t too surprising considering they are accessible anytime, anywhere as they exist on the internet or occasionally as smartphone apps. What is interesting though, is that many online slots over the last decade have utilised the bright colours and aesthetic of cartoons and comic books. Clearly, there is something about the combination of primary colours and simple sounds that attracts many of us – not to mention superheroes.
It may be these similarities that have spurred many comic book and online slots developers to come together to create branded games. There are now dozens of online slots based on our favourite comic book heroes appearing on leading iGaming platforms. For example, the best online casino, the aptly named Casino.com, is home to comic book games including Justice League, Superman II and Superman The Movie. Even some games that aren’t specifically branded have comic book aesthetics, which is the case in Ice Cave and the Age of Gods series. You’d also be forgiven for thinking the rest are game versions of a cartoon series, as there’s plenty of animated characters, imaginary creatures and bubble writing to go around.
In the future, it’s quite easy to imagine that we won’t be able to discuss cartoons, comic books or online slots separately. Instead, it may become increasingly important to understand how all three of these seemingly different genres and industries have become intertwined over the decades. Of course, we’d love to know what you think in the comments below. Do you have a favourite comic book or cartoon with an online slot counterpart?