Michael Jackson Slot Machine - An Enjoyable MJ Slot Game
Following Bally Technologies' preview of its Michael Jackson: King of Pop slot machine at Las Vegas' Global Gaming Expo last November, the latest themed game has attracted much attention from the media, and of course, MJ fans. Announced in concert style through posters advertising "Worldwide Rollout 2012" and "Now Playing" messages, the MJ slot machine is a interactive one with custom video clips and high-definition music. It is now being distributed in casinos across Sin City, with players hoping that it is a 'Thriller' in every sense of the word.
A bit about Bally Technologies: Bally Technology is a leader in video machines, slots and interactive systems for the worldwide gaming industry. It holds the distinction of being the first gaming company to be traded on NYSE and credited with quite a few technological milestones, including the all-electronic reel-spinning slot machine. Michael Jackson: King of Pop is part of the company's continuing slot series inspired from pop culture. It follows last year's 'Grease', a game based on the well-known movie musical by the same name. A new game soon to be released using the same theme is Pawn Stars. A nationwide rollout of this new themed slot game will see it become a part of most American brick and mortar casinos.
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Feature-rich slot machine
Michael Jackson: King of Pop's excellent visuals and clarity can be experienced through the cabinet's 22 inch high-definition touch screen video monitor and a 32 inch vertical tower monitor. Visually impactful, the displays are life-like, with a strong MJ presence in the form of Michael Jackson effects and bonus round contents.
Based on Bally Technologies' ALPHA 2TM platform and operating system, the themed video slot offers top-notch graphics, detailed game play and thoughtful features. The U-SpinTM allows you to spin a huge sparkling record to enter one of the six bonus rounds or earn credits. You can touch and spin the record located on the upper screen, and the experience is very real, mimicking the speed and motion of a real wheel.
The iDeckTM button technology is fully integrated with the pop star theme and engages with game play dynamically. A digital button deck offers an enjoyable digital experience and showcases more MJ iconography. It is noteworthy to mention that Michael Jackson: King of Pop slot is the only device in the gaming industry to deliver bonuses on a digital panel button.
It's about the music too!
The slot machine's bonus rounds are based on Michael Jackson's top six music videos - Billie Jean, Beat It, Bad, Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Smooth Criminal and Dirty Diana. Bally Technologies plans to add two more songs for future editions. To use the iconic pop star's songs and videos, Bally worked with Sony Entertainment and the Jackson Estate. To develop the full high definition surround sound, which is featured on the custom Pro Series TM Surround Chair, a sound designer was specially commissioned to recompose the singer's original audio.
A memorable MJ experience
Michael Jackson: King of Pop spent a year in development; the hard work that has gone behind the slot machine is apparent. Fantastic sounds and graphics combine to provide memorable game play for not just hard-core MJ fans, but casino patrons and gamers in general.
Winning combinations see MJ moon-walking across the screen to 'Bad'. And you can use his world-famous sequin gloves to spin a wheel to earn prizes and enjoy listening to 'Smooth Criminal' playing in the background. The 'Beat It' bonus round has a special treat for fans of MJ's awesome moves - enjoy his foot kick icons and transform them into wilds! Whilst you listen to the foot-tapping songs in surround sound, the digitally re-mastered songs vibrate your seat. With songs playing loudly as you play the game, the experience delivered is truly one of a kind. The show-stopper is a golden statue of MJ rising from the top box!
Despite Michael Jackson's untimely death, his legend lives on. And Bally Technologies has brought not a bit, but a whole lot of Michael to the gaming experience, with its newest offering. Living up to its name, the slot game, is "All About Michael", as the company's International Marketing Manager Andres Chacon puts it.
A look at the game play
Michael Jackson: King of Pop slot machine is a 5 reel, 25-line video slot allowing a maximum wager of 320 credits. It has a progressive jackpot, with the maximum bet being $4 and minimum bet being 40 cents. Being a wide-area progressive jackpot, the Michael Jackson slot is connected to several slots across the United States. The top award is 40 million credits on the wide-area progressive slot (WAP) and one million credits for the non-wide area game. This means bagging the top award will be more challenging in the WAP games. When the 'Top Award' symbols appear within or on one position below or above the center payline, you win the top jackpot. The bonus features are (1) Stacked Wilds (2) Moonwalk Wilds (3) Beat It Free Games (4) U-Spin Platinum Bonus Spin (5) Smooth Criminal Free Games.