It was only a matter of time before the King of Pop became the king of slots and so it was Bally who had to take on the challenge of delivering one of the biggest branded games of all time. They did a very good job too, the Michael Jackson slot has been popular on the land casino floor for some time and Bally have no finally developed it for online play, both as a free to play slot emulator and real cash slot. The online slot does lose the progressive jackpot from the land based title if you play at low bet but otherwise, there’s still all to play for, if you didn’t get chance to play it as a physical slot, here’s how this chart topper stacks up.
Visually, as you would expect, this is a superbly developed game, with the reels absolutely packed full of iconic imagery. The top paying icons are the wild and the bejewelled glove, both of which offer a 500x stake multiplier, whilst the performers hat, sunglasses and shoes offer 200x/150x and 120x respectively. Below this sits a number of playing card symbols which is both unusual and disappointing for a collaboration slot. I think they could have done a little more bespoke work overall on this title given that the theme is the big draw. As it stands only one song, ‘Dirty Diana’ and some sound bites are added in for effect. This is a far cry from more modern music slots such as NetEnt’s Guns N Roses title.
What it might lack in icons, the game certainly makes up for in bonuses, starting with the moonwalk wilds. These can appear singularly or stacked at random intervals and come in three distinct flavors, a base wild, a bonus triggering wild and a bonus and jackpot wild. The latter two are clearly the most valuable as they function as both wilds, scatters and in the last case as a jackpot trigger, though getting all those together in a 5x combination is going to be extremely rare.
There is a separate Jackpot scatter and bonus scatter which can combine with the above wilds, a bonus scatter appearing within one position of the centreline triggers the games second bonus feature. This is a lucky wheel of fortune where free games, instant credits or credits with an additional multiplier wheel spin are all available to the lucky player.
Two distinct free spins round appear on the King of Pop slot, Beat it free games and Smooth Criminal free games, offering 10 or 5 spins respectively. It’s hard to judge which is more lucrative on average, the Beat It games tend to have a higher hit ratio but the smaller number of Smooth Criminal games have more variance and wild combinations and thus a bigger one off win chance. In both game rounds the bonus and jackpot icons are not available.
Overall the King of Pop slot is as entertaining as you would expect it to be despite a slightly lacklustre development investment in the music and imagery, the gameplay holds it up. There’s more variance than other music slots such as Kiss by WMS and as a character driven slot it has a much wider appeal than the Bruce Lee slots. I’d recommend taking this for some free play time before heading over to Guns N Roses for cash play, but there again I was never a huge MJ fan!
Michael Jackson King Of Pop Slot Rating
4 / 5
based on 7 player ratings