King of Pop slot machine a thriller
john grochowski firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2012 3:52PM
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Updated: July 30, 2012 6:11AM
The buzz has been building about Bally Technologies’ Michael Jackson: King of Pop slot machines ever since it gave the casino industry a preview at Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas last November.
Now the game is ready for distribution.
There’s also an answer to a question readers often have asked me: What happens when a game designed as a wide-area progressive is placed in a casino that won’t or can’t use such systems? Wide-area progressives link games at different casinos, with the top jackpot mounting with each wager on any game on the link.
That doesn’t happen in Illinois or Indiana, where wide-area progressives are illegal. There’s no word yet on when we’ll see Jacko in the Chicago area, but when we do, it’ll be a slightly different version.
Both versions of the game will include multiple bonus events spotlighting the King of Pop with video, graphics and popular songs including “Beat It,” “Bad,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Billie Jean” and “Dirty Diana.”
All games are five-reel, 25-line video slots with a 320-coin maximum wager.
The wide-area progressive will be a penny game, while the game we’ll see here will be available to casinos in 16 credit denominations, from 1 cent to $500. The top award on the WAP will be 40 million credits, while on the non-wide area game it will be 1 million credits. Naturally, that top jackpot will be harder to get on the wide-area games, at once per 45,662,500 plays vs. once in 3,796,875 plays on the games we’ll see here. The top jackpot event is triggered when five Top Award symbols appear either on or within one position above or below the center payline.
There will be a slightly higher hit frequency on wide-area games. Players will get at least some payback on 40.97 percent of spins, vs. 39.21 percent on the other games.
Having tested King of Pop at the expo, I can tell you the experience is a thriller. The game is filled with Jackson pictures, film clips, music video, and, of course, music in a Bally’s chair with 5.1 Dolby sound.
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