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Bogus Terror: The Strangest Slot Game I Ever Worked On

Bogus Terror: The Strangest Slot Game I Ever Worked On

By ‘Bill Spins’ Bill O’Reilly

During my years as a slot game developer, I came across – and worked on – numerous weird and wonderful releases. The colossal online casino industry has opened up endless opportunities for creative game developers to venture into zany and offbeat realms during research for designing slot games, whilst the sheer volume and rate of online slots in the UK has put further pressure on creators to put forward outstanding slots in a highly competitive market. As you can imagine - and if you’re a casino enthusiast, have probably witnessed for yourself - online slot themes vary wildly. As a player, the choice is endless; simple fruit machines, jewel-themed creations, seasonal slots, TV show releases, quirky Irish-luck games, wizards and witches… and some wacky-yet-much-loved releases based on fast food, fishing and fluffy retro toys.

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Operation White House Slot Release

A slot that stands out for me in terms of theme, however, is a game my colleagues and I worked on several years ago. Named ‘Bogus Terror’, you could be forgiven for guessing that this game was a light-hearted Halloween slot of some variety. Nevertheless, Bogus Terror assumed a weightier subject matter – quite political, in fact. Bogus Terror, a 5-reel, 20 payline slot game, was set within the United States and featured the White House as the backdrop to its reels.

Reel symbols included FBI agents, FBI badges, secret documents and the United States flag. Bogus Terror slot game offered a free spins bonus feature which was triggered by three ‘Terror Alerts’ bonus symbols landing on any of the 20 fixed paylines upon the reels. 10 Terror Alerts free spins were awarded, during which, special ‘explosive’ symbols could land. The number of explosives collected determined how many symbols you could click and reveal within the next part of the Terror Alerts Bonus feature. The click and reveal ‘Bomb Detonator Bonus’ tasked the player with selecting explosives to detonate, which in turn revealed a random cash value.

Too Terror-fying

Rarely do slot games directly adopt politics as a theme, but Bogus Terror was ultimately themed upon the FBI and the White House’s war against terrorism in the United States, and encouraged the player to settle into character working for the FBI. Despite the serious nature of the theme, Bogus Terror ironically depicted a traditional cartoon-style – looking back, we likely chose this design in an attempt to balance the gravity of the theme with at least some buoyancy.

The Final Cut

Bogus Terror reached the final stages of extensive slot game development and testing, and was a brilliantly entertaining slot game in terms of gameplay. Undoubtedly, the single-most interesting game I had worked on, too. However, – and this probably comes as no surprise – the world’s first slot game based upon the United States’ fight against terrorism never made the final cut.

Online slots and video games may share many similar features, but perhaps online casinos should continue to embrace light-hearted slot themes and leave the controversial subjects to the Playstation.

What do you think? Would you have played Bogus Terror slot?