The retrofuturist subgenre of steampunk is seen throughout literature, movies, TV shows, graphic novels, and now, video slots. Think moustachioed villains in Victorian top hats, analogue inventions such as clockwork spiders, elaborate goggles and a whole load of stylised accessories fashioned from brass. This, pretty much, is steampunk.
March 2019 saw Thunderkick release a steampunk odyssey, Riders of the Storm. With world-class graphics and an inventive mechanic, Riders of the Storm found its forever home in the steampunk themed slots hall of fame.
Steampunk slots - a graphics goldmine and a world both elaborate and unique will be a surefire hit with the steampunk theme fanboys. Players that enjoy fantasy realism, Victorian-themed slots, post-apocalyptic adventures and alternative world settings could do much worse than dip their toes into a steampunk slot outing.
Steampunk fans, both newly recruited and card-holding members of the steampunk community can also enjoy some massive jackpots. Fortunium Gold, a gorgeously designed steampunk slot is a proud member of the Mega Moolah series of games from Microgaming.
The Mega Moolah jackpot network holds the record for rewarding the highest prize ever on a video slot. One lucky Swede took home €18.9 million for his casual foray into the Mega Moolah matrix. With a steampunk themed slot now linked to the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot network, fans can get their retrofuturist fix while vying for some massive jackpots.
Coined by novelist K.W. Jeter in 1987, steampunk was considered a tongue-in-cheek reaction to cyberpunk (coined in 1983). Also known as ‘weird west’, steampunk is a niche theme with massive potential for both gameplay and visuals.
Influenced by science fiction, the steampunk world is purely analogous and often takes inspiration from the Wild West. An anarchic mash-up of left-field creative genres, steampunk is as creative as it is weirdly wonderful.
With a loyal following, steampunk has a ready-made video slot audience. Slots allow players to become a part of the action, engaging with the slot, becoming a part of the game itself, and hopefully taking down some juicy wins on the way.
Features of a steampunk themed slot include the usual mix of Free Spins, Multipliers, Wilds, Scatters and Bonus Games, all set against a fantastically Steam Age/Futurist aesthetic.
Silkpunk, a subgenre of steampunk seems as if it could be the next creative step for slot producers. Similar to steampunk, silkpunk takes its thematic cue from East Asia. Asian-themed slots already rank incredibly well in online casino lobbies and perhaps a silkpunk outing could be the next step in the steampunk themed slot development sphere.